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 | $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 Thurs-Fri | 2 + 7:30 pm Sat-Sun

INDEFINITELY
BLUE MAN GROUP | The Drama Desk Award–winning trio of cobalt-painted bald pates begin their delightful and deafening evening of anti–performance art beating drums that are also deep buckets of paint, so that sprays of color jump from the instruments like breaking surf, and end by engulfing the spectators in tangles of toilet paper. | Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St, Boston | 617.931.ARTS | Indefinitely | Curtain this week: 8 pm Thurs [May 6] | 7 pm Fri | 4 + 7 + 10 pm Sat | 2 + 5 pm Sun | 8 pm Tues-Wed | 5 + 8 pm Thurs [May 13] | $48-$62; $30 student rush

THE DONKEY SHOW | Diane Paulus & Randy Weiner’s disco-set riff on A Midsummer Night’s Dream is an hour-long work set in the Studio 54–inspired environs of Club Oberon and framed by episodes of Saturday Night Fever in which you may or may not choose to star. The dramatis personae include Dr. Wheelgood, a gold-lamé-clad Puck on roller skates; club owner Mr. Oberon, who’s out to humiliate his haughty diva girlfriend, Tytania; desperately yearning or cockily dismissive lovers Helen, Dimitri, Mia, and Sander; and a twin couple of ruffle-shirted, Afro-coiffed dudes both named Vinnie. Ingeniously double-cast, sexily supple, and screeching into headsets, they join the paying crowd (a small minority of whom occupy tables in a cabaret area that also sees action) for an immersive night of hedonism and hustle driven by the pounding beat and melodramatic passions of disco hits from the 1970s. | Oberon, Mass Ave + Arrow St, Cambridge | 617.547.8300 | Indefinitely | Curtain 8 pm Fri | 8 + 10:30 pm Sat | $25-$49

SHEAR MADNESS | The dramatis personae of the audience-participation whodunit (which is now the longest-running non-musical in American theater history, having run 29 years in Boston) continue to comb Newbury Street for the murderer of a classical pianist who lived over the unisex hair salon where the show is set. | Charles Playhouse Stage II, 74 Warrenton St, Boston | 617.426.5225 | Indefinitely | Curtain 8 pm Tues-Fri | 6 + 9 pm Sat | 3 + 7 pm Sun | $42; $31.50 with AAA discount; half-price college-student rush, one ticket per college ID, at the box office, one hour prior to curtain

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