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a little bit because of parentcare (they're both over 90)
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the original cast album of my & Alan Menken's
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
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has taken up much more work-hours (for packaging, booklet copy,
pre- & post-release publicity) than I anticipated.
Not that I'm complaing. It's a good problem to have.
Please know that the original Aisle Say site has not gone permanently dormant,
it's just on an enforced hiatus. And I'm still actively reviewing.
Stay tuned; we will return.

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"Filthy, lousy, disgusting, lice-ridden boids."
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Presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
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Waiting for Lefty

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Directed by Marty Pistone
Presented by Stanford Repertory Theater
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Wild Boy
by Oliver Goldstick
Based on the book Not Even Wrong: Adventures in Autism by Paul Collins
Directed by Ken Sonkin
Presented by Dragon Productions
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