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Dennis Trainor Jr. and Philana Mia in Company One's production of ''The Pain and the Itch.'' Dennis Trainor Jr. and Philana Mia in Company One's production of ''The Pain and the Itch.''
By Louise Kennedy
Globe Staff / March 27, 2009
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THEATER

THE PAIN AND THE ITCH

Company One presents Bruce Norris's dark satire of upper-middle-class Americans. It's irritating, often in a good way. Through April 4. Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.bostontheatrescene.com

THE WRESTLING PATIENT A play based on the true story of Dutch Jewish writer Etty Hillesum has its world premiere in a co-production by SpeakEasy Stage Company, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, and FortyMagnolias. Through April 11. Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.bostontheatrescene.com

SPEECH & DEBATE

Stephen Karam's black comedy of high-school misfits makes its Boston debut. Through April 25. Lyric Stage

Company. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com

A BRONX TALE Chazz Palminteri tours in his one-man show, based on an incident from his childhood. March 31-April 5. Colonial Theatre. 617-931-2787, www.broadwayacrossamerica.com

TROJAN BARBIE Carmel O'Reilly directs Christine Evans's drama of dolls and war for the American Repertory Theatre. March 28-April 22. Zero Arrow Theatre, Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.amrep.org

CORIOLANUS

Robert Walsh directs a stylized Actors' Shakespeare Project production in a newly renovated venue. Through April 5. Arts at the Armory, Somerville. 866-811-4111, www.actorsshakespeareproject.org

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