‘Angels in America’

When Through Oct. 6 • Where Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts, 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves • How much $20-$97.50 • More info

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.

‘Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope

When Through Sunday • Where Washington University’s Edison Theatre, 6465 Forsyth Boulevard • How much $15-$50 • More info

The Black Rep starts its 43rd season with a revival of the 1970s musical revue that addresses the African American experience. A wonderful blend of showbiz panache and social critique. Directed by Ron Himes.

‘Man of La Mancha’

When Through Oct. 6 • Where Robert G. Reim Theatre, Kirkwood Civic Center, 111 South Geyer Road, Kirkwood • How much $25-$65 • More info

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.

‘A Model for Matisse’

When Through Saturday • Where .ZACK, 3224 Locust Street • How much $20 • More info 314-534-1111;

Joe Hanrahan and Rachel Hanks star in this charming play, based on a documentary, about the French painter and his auspicious friendship with a nun. It’s the kind of production at which the Midnight Company excels. Directed by Ellie Schwetye.

By Calvin Wilson

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