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Critics’ picks: Theater

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AMADEUS Peter Shaffer’s drama about the poisonous envy composer Antonio Salieri felt for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and what Salieri (in Shaffer’s fanciful imagining) did about it. Benjamin Evett plays Salieri to Tim Spears’s Mozart. Directed by Jim Petosa. April 28-May 19. New Repertory Theatre, Charles Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.newrep.org DON AUCOIN

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POOL (NO WATER) Mark Ravenhill’s darkly disturbing 2006 play has no water and also no characters, no location, and no staging instructions — it’s just the recollection of what happened when a group of artists tried to make art, and money, out of the accident that befell their most successful member. But this intimate and imaginative production, directed by Danielle Fauteux Jacques, is filled with life and love (as well as nudity and a lot of expletives). Through May 4. Apollinaire Theatre Company. At Chelsea Theatre Works, Chelsea. 617-887-2336,
www.apollinairetheatrecompany.com

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SHE KILLS MONSTERS The “she” in Qui Nguyen’s 2011 fantasy is 15-year-old Tilly Evans, who kills Dungeons & Dragons monsters. Actually, Tilly’s dead, killed in a car crash with her parents, but her older sister, Agnes, finds Tilly’s D&D notebook and enters the game in order to reconnect with her sibling. Real-life sisters Jordan Clark and Paige Clark Perkinson play Tilly and Agnes in this high-spirited, swordplay-filled production, and their chemistry is palpable. Through May 11. Company One. At Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.companyone.org

JEFFREY GANTZ

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! With a spirited ensemble performing songs written for the animated shorts that ran on Saturday morning TV in the 1970s and ’80s, this show is the perfect treat for the 5- to 10-year-old set and their Gen X parents. Directed by Burgess Clark. Through May 5. Boston Children’s Theatre. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.bostonchildrens
theatre.org
TERRY BYRNE

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