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The week’s other openings

<em>Dublin Carol; Yellow Face; The Winter&rsquo;s Tale</em>

Dublin CarolWashington, D.C.H Street Playhouse (703) 683-2824Director Robert McNamara’s take on Conor McPherson’s 2000 play is harmed by unintelligible Irish brogues and a drunken sequence that’s “obviously choreo­graphed,” said The Washington Post. But the “aching poignancy” of this piece, about an aging undertaker, remains intact.

Yellow FaceSan FranciscoMountain View Center for the Performing Arts(650) 463-1960David Henry Hwang’s play satirizes the 1988 Miss Saigon controversy, when a white actor was cast to play one of the musical’s Asian characters, said the San Francisco Chronicle. With a self-aware wit, “Hwang almost succeeds in making us laugh ‘race’ into well-deserved oblivion.”

The Winter’s TaleSpring Green, Wis.Up-the-Hill Theatre (608) 588-2361The Winter’s Tale has an undeserved but understandable reputation as a problem play,” said The Wall Street Journal. The American Players Theatre’s “spare and pointed” staging merges the psychological and comedic elements of Shakespeare’s romance into a “harmonious whole.”

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