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The week ahead: Theater, galleries and museums

Piercing parody

MILDRED FIERCE In Ryan Landry’s dizzily entertaining musical parody of “Mildred Pierce,’’ the sublime Varla Jean Merman devours a signature Joan Crawford role like one of the pies Mildred sells to keep her no-good daughter in the lap of luxury. Pictured (from left): Robin JaVonne-Smith, Laine Binder, Olive Another, Varla Jean Merman, Meredith Langton, and Rosalie Norris. Through March 17. Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans. At Machine.
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