Philosophers and playwrights like to tackle big questions, though when a playwright writes like a philosopher it takes a special audience to appreciate the result. Noah Haidle’s play, Smokefall, eloquently challenges that special audience and those who rise to the challenge will be richly rewarded…

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Michael Frayn’s Noises Off has been celebrated as a farce to be reckoned with, and if reckoning means that the ensemble cast must execute precisely while pretending to be flailing about, then the cast of the current production at Lamb’s Players Theatre has reckoned well indeed…

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The French Revolution, and the years before it, inundated the world with news of dire consequences in a particularly failed monarchy. Christopher Hampton’s ‘Les Liaisons dangereuses’ had every opportunity to exploit the revolution in the interest of character development — and somehow, Hampton abandoned its every notion in this nonetheless well-mounted drama.

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We love who we love, and we’re willing to bear the consequences, at least the way Paul Rudnick’s ‘Regrets Only’ tells it. Diversionary Theatre’s latest entry veers too close to farce at one point, but its storytelling is rife with sometimes painfully funny one-liners and situations to that end.

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