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Critics’ picks: Theater

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REFLECTIONS OF A ROCK LOBSTER Burgess Clark directs his incisive adaptation of Aaron Fricke’s memoir about the personal and legal battle he waged, as a high school student in Cumberland, R.I., to win the right to take his boyfriend to the prom in 1980. This remount of last year’s production, from a slightly trimmed script, will feature several new cast members. (Reviewed March 2012.) March 9-17. Boston Children’s Theatre. At Wimberly Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.bostonchildrenstheatre.orgDON AUCOIN

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MILDRED FIERCE In Ryan Landry’s dizzily entertaining musical parody of “Mildred Pierce,’’ the sublime Varla Jean Merman devours the signature Joan Crawford role. Through March 17. Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans. At Machine. www.brownpapertickets.com D.A.

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MIDDLETOWN Will Eno’s sobering gloss on Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” is full of regular-seeming people who over the course of 2½ hours speculate as to what ought to happen between birth and death and gradually begin to connect with one another. Through March 10. Actors’ Shakespeare Project. At Cambridge YMCA Theatre, Cambridge. 866-811-4111, www.actorsshakespeareproject.org

THE GLASS MENAGERIE John Tiffany’s revival of Tennessee Williams’s semi-autobiographical 1944 play is grounded in the excellence of its four actors, particularly Cherry Jones as faded Southern belle Amanda Wingfield. And by staging the action on a pair of hexagonal platforms that seem to float in time and space, Tiffany reminds us that you can never really leave your family behind. Through March 17. American Repertory Theater. At Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge. 800-547-8300, www.americanrepertorytheater.org

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METAMORPHOSIS A haunting adaptation of Kafka, with a riveting performance by Gisli Örn Gardarsson as Gregor Samsa, who awakens one morning to discover he has been changed into a giant insect. The more chilling transformation is that of Gregor’s heartless family. Through March 3. Vesturport Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith. Presented by ArtsEmerson. At Paramount Center Mainstage. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.orgD.A.

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