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Bad With Money
Directed by Aaron Mark, out playwright-performer Ben Rimalower's one-man show about his struggle with debt is courageously honest, keenly specific, and emotionally naked — like your fave Taylor Swift song, if Tay-Tay were a recovering alcoholic who once dabbled in prostitution to support her overspending. He doesn't have wisdom or answers, but the masterful raconteur does have darker, wince-worthier anecdotes than those in his previous solo hit, Patti Issues
Duplex Cabaret Theatre, through December 18.

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The Fortress of Solitude
An old wedding ring strengthens the bond between superhero-obsessed Brooklyn boys, black Gus and Jewish Dylan — dynamic duo Kyle Beltran and out actor Adam Chanler-Berat — in Itamar Moses and out composer Michael Friedman's soaring, soulful adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's 2003 coming-of-age novel. Dylan recalls Gus as "my best friend, my lover" in the book, but the magical-realist musical, helmed by Daniel Aukin, only hints at sexual experimentation.
Public Theater, through November 16.

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Lips Together, Teeth Apart
Death becomes this competent if somewhat stagnant revival of Terrence McNally's 1991 comedy about two casually homophobic married couples spending a strained Fourth of July weekend at a Fire Island beach house. Ugly Betty Emmy winner America Ferrera leads the fine cast as guilt-haunted Sally, who inherited the house — is the pool tainted? — after her brother died of AIDS. Time moves a bit too slowly here, but, much like the Pines, it's a lovely place to revisit.
Second Stage Theatre, through November 23.

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Lypsinka! The Trilogy
John Epperson celebrates three decades of his legendary lip-synching alter ego with three shows running in repertory: Lypsinka! The Boxed Set, a jaw-dropping revue of his greatest bits; The Passion of the Crawford, a meticulous Joan Crawford tribute featuring a reenactment of a 1973 interview; and the drag-free John Epperson: Show Trash, an autobiographical evening of insouciant story and song. Read my lips: This is the theatrical event of the holiday season.
Connelly Theater, through January 3.

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You Got Older
With help from her siblings, including a quirky lesbian sister, a wayward woman comes home to care for her cancer-striken father — a devastating Reed Birney, Tony-nominated for his drag role in Casa Valentina — in this brilliant bile-black comedy by Clare Barron, winner of the 2014 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award. Seamlessly stitching long stretches of hyper-realistic chatter and surreal sex dreams, director Anne Kauffman unbandages the grotesque beauty of illness.
Here Arts Center, through November 22.

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