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The Rivals

Richard Sheridan wrote this lighthearted farce in 1775 when he was just 24, and even though it's considered a minor classic of the English theater, the play has the slightly naive, unformed sensibility that you'd expect from such a young…
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Levee James

The strongest part of S.M. Shepard-Massat's new play is the unwholesome mixture of ingredients that Zora Neale Hurston and William Faulkner used to such strong effect: Southern farmers, racism, murder, and sex. Shepard-Massat has written an elemental drama about an…
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House Proud

Is A Doll's House dated? Henrik Ibsen's story of Nora Helmer trying to fit the mold of a banker's wife was revolutionary in 1879 for suggesting that a proper lady might have good reason to leave her proper husband. Nora…
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Good Godot

American Conservatory Theater mounted a play last season called The Dazzle, about the eccentric brothers Collyer, who died in near-solitude under a legendary mess of old newspapers and antique furniture in their Harlem town house. The show starred Gregory Wallace…
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The Dazzle

Harlem's legendary Collyer brothers were wealthy eccentrics who left behind a mansion packed to the ceiling with junk; their death was a macabre, '20s-era news story to match Faulkner's A Rose for Emily. Langley Collyer, in playwright Richard Greenberg's fictional…
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The Celebration and The Room

The pair of Pinter one-acts at ACT works as a brief, two-punch retrospective at which audiences can compare the playwright's first play, The Room (1957), with one of his latest, The Celebration. The first is a sleepy, postwar-Britain chamber piece…
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