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    Marvelyn McFarlane (left) and DeLance Minifee in SpeakEasy Stage’s “Clybourne Park.”
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    Marvelyn McFarlane (left) and DeLance Minifee in SpeakEasy Stage’s “Clybourne Park.”

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    A RAISIN IN THE SUN All the passion Lorraine Hansberry poured into her prescient 1959 masterpiece comes surging through in Liesl Tommy’s stirring production. LeRoy McClain, Kimberly Scott, Ashley Everage, and Keona Welch deliver piercing performances as the four adult members of the Younger family, each eager for a new start but divided on what that means. Through April 7. Huntington Theatre Company. At Boston University Theatre. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org

    CLYBOURNE PARK The fuse is always lit in M. Bevin O’Gara’s sharp and penetrating production of Bruce Norris’s drama about race and gentrification, inspired by “A Raisin in the Sun.’’ A skilled ensemble ensures that the play registers with full force. Through March 30. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com DON AUCOIN

    THE IRISH . . . AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY Frank McCourt’s celebration, through story and song, of the Irish-American experience and a heritage that confronts adversity with determination, good humor, music, and a love of life. Through April 28. At Davis Square Theatre, Somerville. 800-660-8462, www.frank
    mccourtstheirish.com
    TERRY BYRNE

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    REFLECTIONS OF A ROCK LOBSTER Burgess Clark directs his incisive adaptation of Aaron Fricke’s memoir about the battle he waged, as a high school student in Cumberland, R.I., to win the right to take his boyfriend to the prom in 1980. This remount of last year’s production, from a slightly trimmed script, features several new cast members. Through March 17. Boston Children’s Theatre. At Wimberly Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,
    www.bostonchildrenstheatre.org

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    MILDRED FIERCE In Ryan Landry’s dizzily entertaining musical parody of “Mildred Pierce,’’ the sublime Varla Jean Merman devours a signature Joan Crawford role like one of the pies Mildred sells to keep her no-good daughter in the lap of luxury. Through March 17. Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans. At Machine. www.brown
    papertickets.com
    DON AUCOIN

    THE GLASS MENAGERIE John Tiffany’s revival of Tennessee Williams’s semi-autobiographical 1944 play is grounded in the excellence of its four actors, particularly Cherry Jones as faded Southern belle Amanda Wingfield. And by staging the action on a pair of hexagonal platforms that seem to float in time and space, Tiffany reminds us that you can never really leave your family behind. Through March 17. American Repertory Theater. At Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge. 800-547-8300, www.american
    repertorytheater.org
    JEFFREY GANTZ