DEATH BY CHOCOLATE | Shear Madness company member Mike Dorval reprises this show detailing his "one-man, 30-year, 110-pound odyssey of cake, candy, and a few things he learned between meals." | Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Black Box Theatre, 539 Tremont St, Boston | 617.426.5000 | Through December 18 | Curtain 8 pm Fri | 6 + 8 pm Sat | 2 pm Sun | $29

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 | Through January 2 | 8 pm Fri [no Christmas Day] | 8 + 10:30 pm Sat | $25-$49

GIRLS NIGHT: THE MUSICAL | This girls' night out — which got its start in Great Britain in 2003 and spread to the US in 2007 — "follows five friends in their 30s and 40s as they relive their past, celebrate their present, and look to the future on a wild and hilarious night out at a karaoke bar," in the process singing "It's Raining Men," "I Will Survive," Lady Marmalade," "We Are Family," "Man I Feel like a Woman," and "Girls Just Want To Have Fun." | Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave, Boston | 877.386.6968 | Through December 20 | Curtain 7:30 pm Fri | 4 pm [3 pm December 12] + 7:30 pm Sat | 3 pm Sun | $55

HEROES | In French writer Gérald Sibleyras's 2003 comedy Le vent des peupliers, which has been adapted by Tom Stoppard into the Olivier Award–winning Heroes, three World War I vets live out their dotage in a Gallic old-soldiers' home as if suspended between Verdun and Beckett — except that these guys' capricious approach to the void recalls Giraudoux more than Godot. It's not altogether clear why Stoppard was moved to apply his linguistic flair to Sibleyras's trio of dottily walking wounded embarking in 1959 on one last campaign. But the result is not without a piquant charm, and at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Carl Forsman's well-acted production, which originated at New York's Keen Company, mixes sweetness with a floundering flamboyance. And it's touching how the trio — limping Henri (Kenneth Tigar), dashing if shell-shocked Gustave (Tony winner Ron Holgate), and Philippe (Jonathan Hogan), whose old head wound causes mid-sentence fainting spells — support one another when they're not popping off like a gang of old gatling guns. | Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 50 East Merrimack St, Lowell | 978.654.4MRT | Through December 13 | Curtain 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8 pm Sat | 2 pm Sun | $26-$56; $23-$51 seniors; $15 students [balcony]

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