MAMMALS | Apollinaire Theatre Company presents the East Coast premiere of this work by English playwright Amelia Bulmore that got a decided thumbs-up from the Sunday Times. “Jane and Kev don’t have secrets. They don’t have room for them. Their children take up all the space. But when Kev comes home from a business trip with something to confess, he starts a chain reaction which has shattering consequences. Their weekend guests, wisecracking Phil and glamorous Lorna, are blissfully free of family chaos by contrast. But not being tied down isn't necessarily all fun and games either.” Ted Batch, James Bocock, Becca A. Lewis, Alison Meirowitz, Lorna Nogueira, and Maria Schaedler-Luera star; Danielle Fauteux Jacques directs. | Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnisimmet St, Chelsea | 617.887.2336 or apollinairetheatre.com | Through May 16 | Curtain 8 pm Fri-Sat | 3 pm Sun [May 9, 16] | $25 advance; $30 doors; $20 senior advance; $15 student rush

THE ODD COUPLE | Trinity Rep stalwarts Brian McEleney and Fred Sullivan Jr. get to cut loose as Felix and Oscar in Neil Simon’s eternal comedy of mismatched bachelors who wind up as roommates in a big apartment on Riverside Drive. Trinity artistic director Curt Columbus is at the helm. | Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St, Providence, Rhode Island | 401.351.4242 or trinityrep.com | Through May 9 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues | 2 pm [May 5] + 7:30 pm Wed | 7:30 pm Thurs-Fri | 2 pm [no April 24] + 7:30 pm Sat | 2 + 7:30 pm Sun

ON THIS MOON | Flat Earth Theatre presents this new sci-fi drama by Kevin Mullins that bears more than a passing resemblance to The Tempest. “Living on a remote moon, Dr. Paulson seeks a better life for his daughter, Mary. To that end, he tasks his android servant, Ariel, with sabotaging a passing ship containing a potential suitor for Mary, Freddy — who later reveals that he is gay. Ariel, who desires freedom above all, performs Paulson’s bidding in the hopes that he will release her. Events are complicated by Mary’s secret relationship with Caden, an alien also living on the moon. Caden, meanwhile, wants only to remove Paulson from the moon which he feels is rightfully his.” Arsenal Center for the Arts Black Box, 321 Arsenal St, Watertown | 800.838.3006 or flatearththeatre.com | Through April 24 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | $15 advance; $18 doors; $5 discount students, seniors

TRAD | Mark Doherty’s Fringe First winner at Edinburgh gets an outing from Tír Na Theatre. Thomas, who’s 100 years old, has just let it slip to his Da (yes) that, some 70 years earlier, there was an “incident” that resulted in the birth of a babe. And Da, retracting one foot from the grave, is determined to find his kin. So Thomas, his body bent to a right angle and missing an arm, and his domineering progenitor, a garrulous wisp missing a leg, set out on their hobbled search for a scion, armed only with the given name of the birth mother and Thomas’s timid recollection that she packed a fierce stare. Former Súgán Theatre Company honcho Carmel O’Reilly is at the helm of the delightful picaresque, which makes several rambles ’round the ramps of frequent Súgán set designer J. Michael Griggs’s simple yet inventive, dark-toned set. And a superb trio of Súgán vets — Tír Na producing artistic director Colin Hamell, Billy Meleady, and Nancy E. Carroll — play the piece with precision and wit, with only the mournful strains of Morgan Evans-Weiler’s fiddle and Chad Kirchner’s guitar to hint that Trad, though bent on propelling its stunted characters either out of this world or into the future, is more than just a lampoon of boastful, blindered, blarney-strewn Irish tradition. | Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Black Box Theatre, 539 Tremont St, Boston | BostonTheatreScene.com | Through April 24 | Curtain 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8 pm Sat | $25; student, senior discounts

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