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CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK

Issues of class take center stage on local stages

Historically, Americans have not been terribly comfortable talking about class. But that conversation is taking place this fall, and vigorously, all over ­Boston-area stages.

The local theater season has been dominated by works that explore the wounds, conflicts, contradictions, and fine distinctions of social class, just as the issue of haves and have-nots has flared into view in the presidential campaign.

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