HITSVILLE U.S.A.

There’s only so much history one can get from a two-hour musical. But “Motown the Musical” — with its 66 hit songs — reminds us how Berry Gordy’s vision helped create an America in which both blacks and whites were “Dancing in the Streets.”

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Weekend's best bets: Oct. 9

So much good stuff awaits that you could go to the theater for the next 10 days and still not see everything worthwhile. At the top of our list: “Clybourne Park” at Aurora, “Lasso of Truth” at Synchronicity and “How I Learned What I Learned” at True Colors. Coming soon: “Murder Ballad” at Actor’s Express and Atlanta Opera’s season-opening “Madama Butterfly.”

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Weekend's best bets: Oct. 2

Take your pick, or two, or three. You can’t go wrong with “Detroit” at Horizon Theatre, “Driving Miss Daisy” or “Clybourne Park” at Aurora, “Lasso of Truth” at Synchronicity, “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” at Actor’s Express, “Native Guard” at the Alliance or Out of Hand’s “White Rabbit Red Rabbit,” wherever you find it. Happy play-going!

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Weekend's best bets: Sept. 25

Topping our list: the world premiere of “Lasso of Truth” at the new Synchronicity Theatre, the decidedly grown-up “Detroit” at Horizon Theatre, Daisy and Hoke at Aurora Theatre, Out of Hand’s “White Rabbit Red Rabbit” and CORE Performance Company’s free world premiere of “a home is a home is a home.” Ready, set, go … !

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