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Critics’ picks: Theater

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RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN  Playwright Gina Gionfriddo (“Becky Shaw’’) ranges across the topography of the women’s movement — and the life choices shaped by that movement — in this shrewd and incisive comedy, directed by Gionfriddo’s longtime collaborator, Peter DuBois. Through June 30. Huntington Theatre Company. At Wimberly Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org
DON AUCOIN

DANCING AT LUGHNASA  Memory plays require a dreamy atmosphere delicately blended with a few sharply defined details. This lovely production reaches that threshold and surpasses it, with an ensemble that embodies all of playwright Brian Friel’s tenderness for his fragile characters, living in the imaginary Irish village of Ballybeg, County Donegal, in the summer of 1936. Through June 23. Wellesley Summer Theatre Company. At Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre, Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall, Wellesley College. 781-283-2000, www.wellesleysummertheatre.com

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IN THE HEIGHTS  The title of this Tony Award-winning musical (above) refers to an exhilarated state of mind as well as a vibrant New York neighborhood. In this production, directed by Paul Daigneault and loaded with life and energy, a vivacious ensemble creates a community of absolutely irresistible characters. Through June 30. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com

TERRY BYRNE

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