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‘Avenue Q’

When Through March 3 • Where Playhouse @ Westport Plaza, 635 West Port Plaza • How much $30-$75 • More info 314-534-1111; metrotix.com

“Sesame Street” is the inspiration for this outrageous, and outrageously funny, musical comedy that mostly focuses on puppets. But it’s definitely not for children. The show is as joyous as it is irreverent. Directed by Lee Anne Mathews. By Calvin Wilson

‘District Merchants’

When Through Feb. 10 • Where Wool Studio Theatre, Jewish Community Center, 2 Millstone Campus Drive • How much $42-$45 • More info newjewishtheatre.org

“The Merchant of Venice” gets an American makeover in Aaron Posner’s brilliant play about money and mercy, presented by New Jewish Theatre. With Gary Wayne Barker, J. Samuel Davis and Courtney Bailey Parker. Directed by Jacqueline Thompson. By Calvin Wilson

‘The Mother------ With the Hat’

When Through Feb. 10 • Where .ZACK, 3224 Locust Street • How much $18-$20 • More info 314-534-1111; metrotix.com

R-S Theatrics presents Stephen Adly Guirgis’ hilarious play about love and betrayal. The terrific cast includes Adam Flores, Aaron Dodd and Sofia Lidia. Directed by Carl Overly Jr. An experience not to be missed by anyone who cares about theater. By Calvin Wilson

‘Wittenberg’

When Through Feb. 10 • Where Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 North Grand Boulevard • How much $25-$35 • More info 314-534-1111; metrotix.com

Upstream Theater presents a comedy by David Davalos involving Martin Luther, Faustus and Hamlet. Witty and imaginative, and just what sophisticated theatergoers are looking for. Directed by Philip Boehm. By Calvin Wilson

‘The Wolves’

When Through Sunday • Where Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts, 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves • How much $46-$71 • More info repstl.org

A girls’ soccer team comes to fascinating life in Sarah DeLappe’s comedy-drama set mostly during warmup sessions. Unlike anything you’ve seen before. The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis production is directed by Melissa Rain Anderson. By Calvin Wilson

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