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Theater & art

Critics’ picks: Theater

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

AMADEUS (above) 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. 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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