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    ENTERTAINING MR. SLOANE

    When they premiered in the '60s, all three of Joe Orton's plays were considered shocking. They were blacker-than-black comedies that exposed Britain's repression and hypocrisy, and mercilessly toyed with its sexual mores. While the decades have mellowed Orton's impact and all but obliterated his shock value, his ...

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    Harm's Way

    It's a grim, eloquent, tautly written play, skillfully directed by Steve Zuckerman on a bleak, all-gray set. Stehlin richly captures the grief and gravitas of a career officer who must face the fact that his personal hell has become enmeshed with the hell of war.

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    ASSASSINS

    at the El Centro Theatre

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    DRIVING WHILE BLACK IN BEVERLY HILLS

    Frank S. Jenkins' play, under Lynn Hamilton's well-staged direction, takes a microcosmic look at the effect of world and national events in the troubled '70s on one middle-class black family who made it to the Hills of Beverly in a grand manner. Anthony Nash (a stiff and uncertain Felton ...

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    BURN THIS

    Presented by Signature Theatre Company at the Union Square Theatre, 100 E. 17 St., NYC, Sept. 19-Nov. 3.

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    WHO'S HOT, WHO'S NOT

    Largely subtle and slyly understated, the humor in this Sherwood Kiraly play holds an effortless charm. With its gentle quips and satire kept at a constant simmer, you could say this work exhibits a quiet sort of comedy. Of course, Harry Poe—the play's egotistically dictatorial antagonist, who runs ...

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    Mephisto

    Presented by the Theater of Necessity and Reverie Productions at Present Company, 198 Stanton St., NYC, June 9-July 1.

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    OONA: SPONTANEOUS THEATRE

    Were the press kit made available to everyone, you, too, could behold the image of the actress who has chosen in her headshot to flip off the viewer. While one can certainly appreciate the we-don't-follow-the-rules-we-make-them attitude, the sad truth is that when you're indulging in a self-styled "completely ...

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    LIFE WITHOUT MOTHER

    Seven-year-old Jacob Lee and his younger sister Julia are taken away from their sodden, sleeping-around mother. Inexplicably, Julia is left in the care of older brother Marcus, while Jacob is adopted by the wealthy Huntingtons of Boston. The two don't meet again until 11 years later as they're ...