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Critics’ picks: Theater

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TRIBES Nina Raine’s exquisitely observed drama about a deaf young man, long eclipsed by his argumentative family, who forges an independent identity when he decides to learn sign language after meeting a young woman who is losing her hearing. Directed by M. Bevin O’Gara, it features some of the finest ensemble acting seen on any Boston stage this year. (Pictured: Erica Spyres, Joey Caverly.) Extended through Oct. 19. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com

ROMEO & JULIET Actors’ Shakespeare Project launches its 10th season with a production of Shakespeare’s tragedy of star-crossed lovers. Codirected by Bobbie Steinbach and Allyn Burrows. Through Nov. 3. Actors’ Shakespeare Project. At Strand Theatre, Dorchester. 866-811-4111, www.actorsshakespeareproject.org

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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET A jukebox musical inspired by the 1956 jam session at a Memphis studio whose participants included Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Oct. 8-20. Broadway in Boston. At Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre. 866-348-9738, www.broadwayinboston.comDON AUCOIN

THE OTHER PLACE Sharr White’s 2011 play will keep you guessing as to what’s behind neurologist Juliana’s medical “episodes,’’ why she’s divorcing her oncologist husband, Ian, why Ian doesn’t want her to reconnect with their estranged daughter, Laurel, and why the script keeps jumping from one place to another, one reality to another. This production doesn’t maintain the suspense as long as it might, but it offers a star turn from Debra Wise as Juliana and a heartwarming finish. Through Oct. 6. Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater, at Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 866-811-4111, www.centralsquaretheater.org

JEFFREY GANTZ

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