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Critic's picks - theater
THE CORN IS GREEN
Nicholas Martin returns to the Huntington Theatre Company with the Emlyn Williams heart-warmer he directed in Williamstown, starring Kate Burton (left, with Morgan Ritchie). Through Feb. 8. Boston University Theatre. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org - LOUISE KENNEDY
This smart, funny, and fearless show from Company One tells stories through the words and music of five powerhouse young performers and a DJ. Through Jan. 24. Boston Playwrights' Theatre. 866-811-4111, www.bostonplaywrights.org - TERRY BYRNE
THE DUCHESS OF MALFI
David Gammons directs a vividly stylized production of John Webster's blood-soaked tale of passion and vengeance, the Actors' Shakespeare Project's first venture away from the canon. Through Feb. 1. Midway Studios, 15 Channel Center St. 866-811-4111, www.actorsshakespeareproject.org - L.K.
Janos Szasz magnificently reimagines the Chekhov classic (above) in a rain-soaked future dystopia. Karen MacDonald and Mickey Solis lead the American Repertory Theatre's terrific cast. Through Feb. 1. Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.amrep.org - L.K.
THE NEW CENTURY
Director Paul Daigneault brings a light touch to this even lighter show, four short comic plays by Paul Rudnick, in a SpeakEasy Stage Company production. Through Feb. 14. Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.bostontheatrescene.com - L.K.
THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING
Eric C. Engel directs Nancy E. Carroll in the finely wrought New England premiere of Joan Didion's ice-cold memoir. Through Jan. 31. Lyric Stage Company. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com - L.K.