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Critics’ picks: Theater

OTHER DESERT CITIES

Over the holidays with her parents, a writer announces that her new memoir revisits a very grim chapter in their family history. Blood relations, indeed. Jon Robin Baitz’s play features superb performances by Anne Gottlieb as the anxious but determined author and Karen MacDonald as her formidable mother. An engrossing display of familial fireworks. Through Feb. 9. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Wimberly Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com

INVISIBLE MAN

The nameless protagonist confronts racial injustice, power politics, and betrayal in a stage adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s classic novel that’s every bit as unsettling as Ellison would have wanted it to be. Starring Teagle F. Bougere as the title character, in a performance that grows in force over nearly three hours. Through Feb. 3. Huntington Theatre Company. At Boston University Theatre. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org

MARRY ME A LITTLE

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Director IIyse Robbins broadens the Stephen Sondheim musical revue to include gay relationships, and it works beautifully in this understated gem. Through Jan. 27. New Repertory Theatre, Charles Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.newrep.org Don Aucoin

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