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    The Train Driver

    Directed too deliberately by its author, Athol Fugard’s 2009 play “The Train Driver,” getting its NYC premiere at Signature Theatre, is barely dramatic and too obviously symbolic.

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    Strange Tales of Liaozhai

    Employing Chinese brocades as puppets and featuring films of disappearing ink paintings, “Strange Tales of Liaozhai,” at Here, is visually exquisite but theatrically somnolent.

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    The Year of Magical Thinking

    In its L.A. premiere, Joan Didion’s 2007 one-woman memoir-turned-play, “The Year of Magical Thinking,” offers Judy Jean Berns in a strong performance that still has room to grow.

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    Us

    Actor-author Michelle Clunie’s didactic new play “Us,” now Off-Broadway at the Lion Theatre, uses a romantic breakup as an allegory for liberals’ affair with President Obama.

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    The Why Overhead

    Adam Szymkowicz’s busy new comedy “The Why Overhead,” from Zootopia Theatre Co., employs a dozen fine actors to portray the lives, loves, and terrors at a customer call center.

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    Silent

    “Silent,” actor-author Pat Kinevane’s rich, detailed solo show about a homeless man’s guilt over his brother’s suicide, at Irish Arts Center, dazzles but lacks emotional resonance.

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    The Full Monty

    Third Street Theatre’s intimate production of David Yazbek and Terrence McNally’s 2000 Broadway musical “The Full Monty” is charmingly determined though slightly off-kilter.

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    Blake Ellis on James Carpenter in 'The Dresser'

    Blake Ellis recalls working alongside James Carpenter in the San Jose Repertory Theatre's production of "The Dresser."

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    The Eyes of Others

    Bulgarian author Ivan Dimitrov’s debut play, “The Eyes of Others,” at the New Ohio Theatre, is a thin and derivative absurdist comedy that features some first-rate performances.

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    I Love a Piano

    The weak gimmick of following an upright piano’s “life” can’t kill “I Love a Piano,” the all–Irving Berlin revue getting a slick and entertaining staging from 3-D Theatricals.