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Sex with Strangers | Geffen Playhouse
Stephen Louis Grush and Rebecca Pidgeon in 'Sex with Strangers' at the Geffen Playhouse. Photo by Michael LamontLaura Eason’s play, in a well-realized staging by Kimberly Senior, begins with all the hallmarks of the classic pulp thriller: a beautiful woman alone in a large house when car headlights suddenly sweep the frozen panes followed by the crunch of approaching footsteps and a forceful knocking on the door. But this is a whodunit more concerned with authorship in an era of Internet anonymity and new questions about partner profiles. Photo: Stephen Louis Grush, Rebecca Pidgeon
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Cloud 9 | Antaeus Theatre Company
Laura Wernette and Adam J. Smith in 'Cloud 9' at Antaeus Theatre CompanyThe sun, it was said, never set on the British Empire during the 19th and early 20th Centuries, but Caryl Churchill set her 1979 comedy to show how a misguided, patriarchal mindset would lead to the Empire's unraveling while maintaining social repression for another 80 years back in England. Photo: Laura Wernette, Adam J. Smith
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Women Laughing Alone with Salad | Kirk Douglas Theatre
David Clayton Rogers and Lisa Banes in 'Women Laughing Alone With Salad.' Photo by Craig Schwartz.

Sheila Callaghan gives the play a flywheel heart that sparks numerous inter-related issues: The brighter ones land; the purely playful are just for show. The main target here is the pervasive power of image-based marketing. Photo: David Clayton Rogers, Lisa Banes
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Going to a Place Where you Already Are | South Coast Repertory
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Depending on the angle at which you view a semi-glass of water, the title may suggest the quest for spiritual certainty is just tail-chasing, or it may be a comforting wake-up that the answer you seek is, as we used to say, "right in your own backyard." Photo: Hal Landon Jr., Linda Gehringer
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Bed | Echo Theater Company
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The last thing characters achieve in Sheila Callaghan’s world premiere is rest. This bed is boxing ring, confessional and court of appeals, and where one more one-night stand leads to an unlikely decade-long relationship. Photo: Kate Morgan Chadwick, TW Leshner
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Romeo and Juliet | A Noise Within
Donnla Hughes as Juliet in A Noise Within's 'Romeo and Juliet,' directed by Damaso Rodriguez. Photo by Craig Schwartz

Damaso Rodriguez and A Noise Within have given Shakespeare's love story muscle and maturity, opening 2016 with an institutional assurance that proclaims both the willingness and wherewithal to shine with "the fairest stars in all the heaven." Photo: Donnla Hughes
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Barcelona | Geffen Playhouse
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Bess Wohl's seemingly straightforward play has plenty of laughter and wisdom within it. In its West Coast premiere, director Trip Cullman creates a carefully delineated, highly enjoyable staging with a performance likely to be this site's 2016 favorite. Photo: Betty Gilpin, Carlos Leal
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Pocatello | Rogue Machine Theatre
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The first production in Rogue Machine's new Met location is the third Samuel D. Hunter play reviewed by Theatertimes, with some familiar themes about having and maintaining family. Photo: Mark L. Taylor, Erin Brolin
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Safe at Home, An Evening with Orson Bean | Pacific Resident Theatre
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Between the elegant jokes and well-executed magic tricks, Orson Bean tells the story of Dallas Burrows, a lonely only child who left his broken home at 16, changed his name, and walked headlong into decades of survivor's guilt.Photo: Orson Bean
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