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The ticket: Theater

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THE CHERRY ORCHARD An exquisite production of Chekhov’s final play, with Marya Lowry (pictured) as an aristocrat in danger of losing her estate and her beloved cherry orchard, and Steven Barkhimer as a businessman offering her a way out. Through March 9. Actors’ Shakespeare Project, at Dane Estate, Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill. 866-811-4111,

THE FLICK Annie Baker again demonstrates her uncanny ear and empathy for lost souls in this group portrait of employees at a fading moviehouse in central Mass. Shawn LaCount, who helmed “The Aliens’’ a few seasons back, shows a sure grasp of the idiosyncratic Baker idiom. Through March 15. Company One Theatre in collaboration with Suffolk University. At Modern Theatre at Suffolk University, Boston. 800-440-7654,

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THE WHALE The inimitable John Kuntz stars in the New England premiere of a drama by Samuel D. Hunter about a morbidly obese Idaho man who, nearing death, tries to reconcile with the daughter he hasn’t seen in many years. Directed by David R. Gammons. Through April 5. SpeakEasy Stage Company, at Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

THE SEAGULL Kate Burton stars as egocentric actress Madame Arkadina in a production of Chekhov’s drama that also features Burton’s son, Morgan Ritchie, as Konstantin, Arkadina’s playwright son. Through April 6. Huntington Theatre Company. At Boston University Theatre. 617-266-0800,

WITNESS UGANDA Griffin Matthews plays himself in this musical treatment of a story drawn from his journey to Uganda to help build a school, only to learn the charity behind the project is a sham. The show is a joyous, wrenching experience. The script, which Matthews co-wrote with composer/partner Matt Gould, skips lightly through the preliminaries, all the better to work up to an emotional chokehold. Rousing dance breaks prove a perfect complement to Gould’s richly layered music. Diane Paulus directs this world premiere. Through March 16. American Repertory Theater, at Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge. 617-547-8300,

DEATH OF A SALESMAN The beauty of Arthur Miller’s 1949 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner is that it indicts the American dream without exonerating the American dreamer. And this Lyric Stage production directed by Spiro Veloudos resists the temptation to make Willy Loman merely the victim of the system that chews him up and spits him out. Ken Baltin as Willy and Paula Plum as his wife, Linda, may shade their characters toward your sympathy, but they never fall into sentimentality, and the rest of the cast is also first-rate. Through March 15. Lyric Stage Company, Boston. 617-585-5678,


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