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The week’s other openings

Dog Problem; The Great Game; Locomotion

Dog ProblemUndermain Theatre, Dallas(214) 747-5515David Rabe’s grotesque Mafia comedy may well be “worthy of comparison to Shakespeare,” said The Dallas Morning News. Then again, that might be thanks to the “astonishing virtuosity” of the Undermain’s cast, which delivers Rabe’s “magnificently constructed gangster rhetoric” with breathless ease.

The Great GameBerkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, Calif., (510) 647-2949This collection of mini-plays about the futility of Western efforts in Afghanistan will leave audiences feeling “numb, drained, and entertained,” said the San Jose Mercury News. These compellingly staged works drive home the idea that “those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.”

LocomotionKennedy Center Family Theater, Washington, D.C.(202) 467-4600Jacqueline Woodson’s tale of an “11-year-old who finds himself in foster care after his parents die” may seem too heavy for children’s theater, said The Washington Post. But the “sobering plot line” gives way to “a good deal of humor” and the show “ultimately sounds a hopeful note.”

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