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Let Me Down Easy; Alice Sit-by-the-Fire; Life’s a Dream

New Haven, Conn.Let Me Down EasyLong Wharf Theater, (203) 787-4282Anna Deavere Smith has created unforgettable one-woman shows based on interviews with real people caught up in extraordinary events, said Frank Rizzo in Variety. Though Smith “has lost none of her ability to em­brace the essence of her interviewees,” her new work about sickness and health “seems less anchored and tends to drift.”

Los AngelesAlice Sit-by-the-FirePacific Resident Theatre, (310) 822-8392This “bedtime story for adults” by Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie here receives “a smart and finely calibrated revival,” said David Ng in the Los Angeles Times. Complex enough to acknowledge adultery and familial discord, it’s nevertheless a “comedy that leaves you feeling warm and snug about parenthood.”

Washington, D.C.Life’s a DreamChurch Street Theater, (202) 265-3767This “contemplative, complexly plotted drama” by 17th-century Spanish playwright Pedro Calderón de la Barca rarely gets performed, said Peter Marks in The Washington Post. The Shakespearean fantasia “spins stories within stories” in a beguilingly dream-like manner, and young director Alexander Strain “proves to be a thoughtful shepherd of this challenging work.”

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