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Critics’ picks: Theater

WATER BY THE SPOONFUL A moving and well-acted production, directed by Scott Edmiston, of Quiara Alegría Hudes’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a veteran of the Iraq war, his newly divorced cousin, and a quartet of recovering crack addicts in an online chat room. All of them are struggling to find their footing, and all of them receive the playwright’s compassion. Through Nov. 16. Lyric Stage Company, Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com

WAITING FOR GODOT Two years ago, Conor Lovett performed a powerful solo adaptation of “Moby-Dick’’ in Boston. Now Lovett is back, playing Vladimir, one of two men in Samuel Beckett’s classic drama who wait, and wait, and wait on a country road for a mysterious fellow who never shows up. When it premiered on Broadway in 1956, New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson described it as an “acrid cartoon of the story of mankind.’’ Directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett. Oct. 31-Nov. 10. Production by Gare St Lazare Players Ireland. Presented by ArtsEmerson. Paramount Center Mainstage. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org

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SPLENDOR Acclaimed local playwright Kirsten Greenidge returns to the fictional Boston suburb of Bellington, where she set her last play, the acclaimed “The Luck of the Irish.” The play follows a large cast of characters over four decades, as high school romances, tragedies, and resentments echo down the years. The ambitious and sometimes unwieldy play touches on race, class, and gender roles. Through Nov. 16. Company One. At the Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.companyone.org

JOEL BROWN

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