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    “Tappin’ Thru Life: An Evening with Maurice Hines”
    Scott Suchman
    “Tappin’ Thru Life: An Evening with Maurice Hines”

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    TAPPIN’ THRU LIFE: AN EVENING WITH MAURICE HINES The legendary tap dancer chronicles his lengthy career by means of song, story, and, of course, dance, while also paying tribute to his late brother Gregory. May 14-19. ArtsEmerson. At Cutler Majestic Theatre. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org

    ICARUS In this Depression-era retelling of the Greek myth, major complications arise when Icarus falls in love with Penny, the star of a carnival sideshow, who happens to be the daughter of the show’s proprietor. Conceived and directed by Jason Slavick, written by Slavick and the ensemble. With music and lyrics by Nathan Leigh and puppetry by Faye Dupras. May 17-18. Liars & Believers. At Cambridge YMCA. www.liarsandbelievers.com

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    GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS This 1984 Pulitzer Prize winner represents the purest distillation of David Mamet’s trademark dialogue: those staccato exchanges, bursting with obscenities. Director Charles Towers sustains an atmosphere of high-stakes tension as Will LeBow and Todd Licea lead a skilled ensemble, playing bottom-feeding real-estate salesmen forced to compete to keep their jobs. Through May 19. Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lowell. 978-654-4678, www.mrt.org

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    AMADEUS Jim Petosa’s robust production of Peter Shaffer’s tragicomedy about a scheming mediocrity, Antonio Salieri, who sets out to thwart a genius, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Benjamin Evett’s performance makes evident the paradoxical nature of Salieri, the only one who truly understands the scope of Mozart’s achievement. Extended through May 26. New Repertory Theatre. At Charles Mosesian Theatre, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.newrep.org
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    ALMOST BLUE A small band of misfits, thrown together in one man’s shabby rooming-house abode, makes desperate swipes at connection in this absorbing thriller. Through May 18. Theatre on Fire. At Charlestown Working Theater. 866-811-4111, www.theatreonfire.org

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    THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE At a moment when we’ve been all too focused on events unfolding in the real world, this production of the 2002 musical (based on the 1967 movie) is a wonderfully entertaining immersion into escapism. Director-choreographer Ilyse Robbins knows the focus needs to be on the singing and dancing, and, wow, does her company deliver. Through May 12. Stoneham Theatre.
    781-279-2200, www.stonehamtheatre.org

    PIPPI LONGSTOCKING The unconventional title character defies expectations, and so does director Wendy Lement’s frothy stage version of the classic children’s book. Through May 12. Wheelock Family Theatre. 617-879-2300, www.
    wheelockfamilytheatre.org

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