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    Uncle Vanya

    Presented by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, casting by Anne McNulty, at the BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NYC, Jan. 10-March 9 (in repertory with "Twelfth Night").

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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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    MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM

    Presented by the Classical Theatre of Harlem at Harlem School of the Arts, 141st St. and St. Nicholas Avenue, NYC, Oct. 4-Nov. 3.

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    The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

    It's not that this film is dreadful; it's just dull. Pippa (Robin Wright) has been happily married for several decades to a man (Alan Arkin) 30 years her senior.

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    J. Edgar

    Ambitious, controversial, speculative, engaging, and sometimes frustrating, Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" is a worthy, if at times uneven, attempt to encapsulate the life of the man who ruled the FBI for nearly 50 years.