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Theater lover's heaven

 The critics I know in South Florida have been joking about this week -- some loving/dreading it -- for several months.  For whatever reason, six major South Florida companies have scheduled openings of new shows within three days this week.  For theater lovers, it's bliss.  For critics, it's "what do I see when" and "thank God gas isn't over $4 a gallon any more."

I'll tell you a little more about each of these shows as the week goes on, but here's what's opening:

M Ensemble is opening I Ain't Yo Uncle: The New Jack Revisionist Uncle Tom's Cabin, Robert Alexander's biting satire of the Harriet Beecher Stowe classic, on Thursday, April 16, at 8 p.m.

Mosaic Theatre begins performances of Winter Miller's In Darfur, about the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, Thursday at 8 p.m.

MAURITIUS photo A New Theatre starts performances of Theresa Rebeck's Mauritius, about half-sisters who inherit trouble along with a rare stamp collection, at 8 p.m. Thursday. (That's Michaela Cronan pictured in Mauritius)

The Caldwell Theatre Company has previews Tuesday-Thursday, April 14-16, and a Friday opening of its Agatha Christie musical spoof Something's Afoot.

Broward Stage Door Theatre opens Stephen Sondheim's Tony-winning A Little Night Music at 2 p.m. Thursday.

And GableStage opens its production of Nilaja Sun's No Child, with Lela Elam playing 16 characters at a public school, on Saturday, April 18, at 8 p.m.