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Arts

Critics’ picks: Arts

Theater

OTHER DESERT CITIES Over the holidays with her parents, a writer announcesthat her new memoir revisits a very grim chapter in their family history. Blood relations, indeed. Jon Robin Baitz’s play is directed by Scott Edmiston with his usual fluid assurance, and it features superb performances by Anne Gottlieb as the anxious but determined author and Karen MacDonald as her formidable mother. An engrossing display of familial fireworks.

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