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‘The Agitators’

When Through Oct. 13 • Where Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 North Grand Boulevard • How much $25-$35 • More info 314-534-1111; metrotix.com

Upstream Theater presents Mat Smart’s play about the longtime but often turbulent friendship between activists Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. It’s theater at its most provocative and enlightening.

‘Angels in America’

When Through Sunday • Where Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts, 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves • How much $20-$97.50 • More info repstl.org

The Rep presents Tony Kushner’s classic play set in the 1980s and dealing with the AIDS crisis and the Reagan era. The first-rate cast includes Barrett Foa and Meredith Baxter. Terrific and unmissable. “Part One: Millennium Approaches” and “Part Two: Perestroika” are presented in repertory. Directed by Tony Speciale.

‘Cry-Baby’

When Through Oct. 19 • Where The Marcelle, 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive • How much $20-$30 • More info 314-534-1111; metrotix.com

Based on a John Waters film, this musical about a tough but troubled teen and the girl who loves him is a lot of fun. New Line Theatre applies its trademark, lightheartedly irreverent touch to fine effect.

‘Equivocation’

When Through Sunday • Where Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 Union Boulevard • How much 20-$25 • More info brownpapertickets.com

Set in Shakespeare’s time, Bill Cain’s play about a theater company involved in political intrigue boasts a terrific cast. A West End Players Guild production, it’s a must-see for fans of the Bard and his work.

‘Fifty Words’

When Through Sunday • Where Gaslight Theater, 358 North Boyle Avenue • How much $30-$35 • More info ticketmaster.com

Isaiah Di Lorenzo and Julie Layton star in Michael Weller’s comedy-drama about a marriage in danger of self-destructing. Funny and provocative. Directed by John Pierson, it’s a St. Louis Actors’ Studio production.

‘Man of La Mancha’

When Through Sunday • Where Robert G. Reim Theatre, Kirkwood Civic Center, 111 South Geyer Road, Kirkwood • How much $25-$65 • More info stagesstlouis.org

Stages St. Louis presents the classic musical about a delusional would-be knight. It’s the show that gave the world the song “The Impossible Dream.” James Patterson is terrific in a production that scores a bull’s-eye. Directed by Michael Hamilton.

By Calvin Wilson

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