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    Patina Miller in the ART’s production of “Pippin.”
    Michael J. Lutch
    Patina Miller in the ART’s production of “Pippin.”

    Opening

    MARRY ME A LITTLE The Stephen Sondheim musical revue about lonely New Yorkers, directed and choreographed by
    Ilyse Robbins, with a cast that includes Aimee Doherty, Erica Spyres, Brad Daniel Peloquin, and Phil Tayler. Jan. 6-27. New Repertory Theatre, Charles Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.newrep.org

    OTHER DESERT CITIES In the New England premiere of Jon Robin Baitz’s drama, tension builds during a Christmas gathering in Palm Springs when a writer tells her family she is poised to publish a memoir that includes a painful chapter from their past. Directed by Scott Edmiston and featuring Anne Gottlieb, Nancy E. Carroll, and Karen MacDonald.
    Jan. 11-Feb. 9. SpeakEasy Stage Company, Wimberly Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com DON AUCOIN

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    PIPPIN Diane Paulus turns the 1972 Broadway musical from Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson into a circus spectacular, with spectacular success. The acrobatics themselves are extraordinary, but what grounds this production is “ordinary” stuff like accomplished acting, singing, and dancing. Plus it has a warm heart. Through Jan. 20. American
    Repertory Theater. At Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge.
    617-547-8300, www.americanrepertorytheater.org

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    OUR TOWN “When the theatre pretends to give the real thing in canvas and wood and metal,” playwright Thornton Wilder wrote, “it loses something of the realer thing which is its true business.” Director David Cromer’s stark production aspires to Wilder’s “realer thing” and achieves it. Through Jan. 26. Huntington Theatre Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org JEFFREY GANTZ