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Chess; Titus Redux; Jailbait

ChessSignature Theatre, Arlington, Va.(703) 820-9771The musical love child of lyricist Tim Rice and ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, Chess has been revived many times since its 1986 debut, said the Baltimore Sun. This version stays faithful to the work’s original era but updates it enough to keep audiences “consistently entertained.”

Titus ReduxKirk Douglas Theatre, Los Angeles(213) 628-2772John Farmanesh-Bocca’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus reconceives it as an “impassioned critique of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,” said the Los Angeles Times. Jack Stehlin plays the Roman general as a “tightly wound war hero affected with post-traumatic stress disorder.”

JailbaitProfiles Theatre, New York(773) 549-1815Deirdre O’Connor’s play, about underage girls who frequent urban nightlife, creates an atmosphere of “sexual and emotional danger,” said the Chicago Tribune. Rae Gray and Zoe Levin memorably portray two 15-year-old would-be seductresses who set their sights on older men.

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