Critic’s picks: Theater

John Dolan

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HOW WE GOT ON An exuberantly high-energy show about the way dreams are born and pursued that demands to be seen, heard, experienced, felt. Summer L. Williams directs Idris Goodwin’s coming-of-age play about three suburban Midwesterners in the late 1980s who forge a bond as they explore the creative possibilities of hip-hop. Through Aug. 17. Company One, Boston. At Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

THIS IS OUR YOUTH Kenneth Lonergan’s study of youthful ennui and dissolution on the Upper West Side during the early 1980s stars Alex Pollock, Jimi Stanton, and Amanda Collins. Directed by Lewis D. Wheeler. Through Aug. 25. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433,

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