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Critics’ picks: Theater

“By the Way, Meet Vera Stark”

Johnathan Carr

“By the Way, Meet Vera Stark”

Opening

BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK Kami Rushell Smith plays the title character, an
African-American maid turned actress, in Lynn Nottage’s pointed comedy about racial stereotyping in Hollywood. Directed by Summer L. Williams. March 29-April 27. Lyric Stage Company, Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com

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OPERATION EPSILON A satisfyingly taut and well-acted production of Alan Brody’s fine, historically based new drama about German nuclear scientists held captive at the end of World War II in a British country house, where they confront — and evade — their moral responsibility. Through April 28. Nora Theatre Company. At Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 866-811-4111, www.central
squaretheater.org

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A RAISIN IN THE SUN All the passion Lorraine Hansberry poured into her 1959 masterpiece comes surging through in Liesl Tommy’s stirring production. LeRoy McClain, Kimberly Scott, Ashley Everage, and

Keona Welch deliver piercing performances as the four adult members of the Younger family, facing the chance for a new start but divided on what that means. Through April 7. Huntington Theatre Company. At Boston University Theatre. 617-266-0800, www.huntington theatre.org

CLYBOURNE PARK The fuse is always lit in M. Bevin O’Gara’s sharp and penetrating production of Bruce Norris’s drama about race and gentrification, inspired by “A Raisin in the Sun.’’ A skilled ensemble ensures that the play registers with full force. Through April 6. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage .com

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