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<em>The Miracle Worker; I Love My Wife; A Civil War Christmas</em>
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The Miracle Worker
Denver Performing Arts Complex
(303) 893-4100

This production “will stand as both a eulogy and a legacy to” playwright William Gibson, who recently died, said The Denver Post. Gibson’s 1960 play remains a visceral live experience, and 12-year-old actress Daria LeGrand here gives an uncanny performance as Helen Keller.

Los Angeles
I Love My Wife
Brentwood Theatre
(213) 365-3500

Leah Thompson and Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander star in this somewhat dated Cy Coleman/Michael Stewart musical about spouse-swapping, said the Orange County, Calif., Register. While it’s hardly a “timeless masterpiece,” Alexander has tweaked it into an affectionate period piece.

New Haven, Conn.
A Civil War Christmas
Long Wharf Theatre
(202) 488-3300

Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel’s largest-scale work to date “could give Dickens a run for his holiday money,” said Variety. This historical patchwork featuring Abraham Lincoln, Clara Barton, Walt Whitman, and others “taps into seasonal themes of redemption, forgiveness, and community, with a decidedly American bent.”

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