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From left to right: Raya Malcolm as Rosie, Jo Michael Rezes as Mark/Mia, Liz Hayes as Pip, David Keohane as Ben, and Corrina May as Fran in Great Barrington Public Theatre's "Things I Know To Be True."

“The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness,” actress Jessica Lange once said. “When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.”

That bond and all it implies is an underlying thematic link among three exceptional plays — one of them a Pulitzer Prize musical; one a commissioned world premiere — that are being given exquisite productions at theaters in Williamstown, Great Barrington and also Chatham, N.Y.

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Jeffrey Borak is The Eagle's theater critic.