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Tom Fool This new translation of Franz Xaver Kroetz’s 70s examination of family, psycho-sexual tensions and the political world amounts to a compelling night of theatre. Alternately funny and deeply moving, it features outstanding performances from Meg Fraser and Liam Brennan. Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow, until Sat 18 Nov. Read review

Distracted Morna Pearson’s debut play at the Traverse is a quirkily humorous and quietly haunting piece of theatre. In it, we meet a young autistic boy, whose isolation is relieved by another child whose single mother is also quite troubled. Between them a delicate bond is formed. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, until Sat 25 Nov. Read review

Broke Iain F MacLeod’s adaptation of David Lescot’s French text sees a man retreat into a fantasy world after he’s declared bankrupt. A peculiar relationship develops between he and his court appointed liquidator, and a psychological collapse brings a form of liberation from consumerism. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, until Sat 25 Nov. Read review

Shadow of a Gunman Sean O’Casey’s classic is revived at the Citz in Phillip Breen’s intelligent production. A young wannabe writer allows himself to be mistaken for an IRA gunman in the tense days leading to civil war. Catastrophe occurs when the real war arrives at his Dublin tenement. Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow, until Sat 18 Nov. Read review

The World in Pictures Playful parody combines with sly satire and human observation in this latest effort from Forced Entertainment. Tramway, Glasgow, Fri 24-Sat 25 Nov. Read preview

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