The Good German: David Wiltse's 2003 drama about a German couple who shelters a Jewish publisher during the Hitler era features plenty of articulate debate about prejudice and personal responsibility, but all the talk never results in dramatic fire. Louis Tyrell's production is solid if not stellar, with a skilled acting ensemble backed by a production design of somber earth tones. The result is appropriately Germanic -- thoughtful, solid, and rather dull. (Through June 12 by Florida Stage, 262 S. Ocean Blvd, Manalapan 561-585-3433, 800-514-3837)
Lips Together, Teeth Apart: Terrence McNally's 1991 Lips Together, Teeth Apart invites you to wander through the body-strewn battlefield of the early war on AIDS. Sally and Sam (Patti Gardner and Oscar Cheda) find themselves spending July 4 at the beach house willed to Sally by her recently dead younger brother, David. Sam's sister Chloe and her husband John (Angie Radosh and Gordon McConnell) are along for the ride. As you'd expect, the play's four characters have packed along their own secrets from musty hetero closets. To really understand the play, you must hear from not just four characters, but five. The fifth is the play's setting -- Fire Island, where a vacation is like spending time in a gay oxygen tent without much to do except swim, eat, party, and fuck (not necessarily in that order). (Through June 5 at Palm Beach Dramaworks, 322 Banyan Blvd., West Palm Beach. 561-514-4042)
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