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Critics’ picks: Theater

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DISTRACTED

In a narrow sense, Lisa Loomer’s play is about a couple’s frantic attempts to find the right treatment for their young son after he is diagnosed with attention deficit disorder. But the playwright has broader satiric points to make about a more generalized form of cultural ADD, stemming from our fixation on the screens that surround us. Directed by Wesley Savick, with Stacy Fischer the standout in a fine cast (above). Through June 9. Underground Railway Theater and Catalyst Collaborative@MIT. At Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 866-811-4111, www.centralsquaretheater.org

ON THE TOWN

A production longer on wistful charm than effervescence, reflecting the innocence we associate with the 1940s but also flecked with traces of our contemporary ambivalence and our mistrust of happy endings. Directed by Spiro Veloudos and choreographed by Ilyse Robbins. Through June 9. Lyric Stage Company. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com

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