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    La Verdad Sospechosa (The Suspicious Truth)

    In this 17th-century comedy, a compulsive liar disrupts an entire community and almost destroys his family before he is reined in and order is restored.

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    'The House of Von Macramé' Is Bloody Fun

    “The House of Von Macramé,” Joshua Conkel and Matt Marks’ delirious new musical at the Bushwick Starr, mixes the cattiness of high fashion with the gore of a slasher movie.

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    2012 Standout NY and L.A. Theater Performances

    As 2013 commences, Backstage continues its tradition of eschewing a list of the top 10 shows of the past year in favor of a salute to actors. Not the “best,” not the “most,” not ranked in any order—simply performances so outstanding that Backstage’s reviewers wish to salute them.

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    'Bad Jews' Is Good Show

    Joshua Harmon’s exhilarating “Bad Jews,” part of Roundabout Underground, is a strikingly perceptive comedy with claws featuring a symphonic performance by Tracee Chimo.

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    NY Review: 'Dogfight'

    Gratifyingly intelligent, richly observant, and immensely enjoyable, the new musical "Dogfight," at Second Stage, directed by Joe Mantello, is a stunner.

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    'Smash' Recap: Episode 3, 'The Dramaturg'

    Welcome back to "Smash," where we meet cute with Karen, who is imagining herself wearing 1/4 of a shirt and performing a fully staged number from "Hit List," the musical that Jimmy and Kyle are writing that doesn’t really exist yet.

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    The Jungle Book

    Playwright and shadow-puppet designer Megan O’Brien’s adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book,” from Theatre East, is a charming 45 minutes of theater for all ages.

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    NY Review: 'Bring It On: The Musical'

    "Bring It On: The Musical," "inspired" by the Universal Pictures' franchise about cheerleaders, is generic but vigorous and aimed squarely at teenage girls.

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    L.A. Review: The Book of Mormon

    The "Book of Mormon” national tour hits Los Angeles’ Pantages Theatre with a joyous production fronted by Gavin Creel and Jared Gertner, and musicals will never be quite the same.

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    The Dream of the Burning Boy

    Consisting of slim, movielike scenes and built on a situation so unique that it squelches any wider resonance, "Boy" never gathers enough steam to generate appreciable dramatic force.