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ADDING MACHINE: A MUSICAL | SpeakEasy Stage Company presents the New England premiere of this Off Broadway hit (Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Jefferson, and After Dark awards for best new musical) with music by Joshua Schmidt and lyrics by Schmidt and Jason Loewith. It's based on Elmer Rice's 1923 play The Adding Machine, in which 25-year vet Mr. Zero loses his job to the title calculator, murders his boss, and is rewarded with a trip to the Elysian Fields. Brendan McNabb stars as Mr. Zero; Leigh Barrett, Amelia Broome, John Bambery, Bob DeVivo, Liz Hayes, David Krinitt, Sean McGuirk, and Cheryl McMahon round out the cast. SpeakEasy general manager Paul Melone directs. | Boston Center for the Arts, Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St, Boston | 617.933.8600 | Through April 10 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues-Thurs [Tues April 6 only] | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8 pm Sat | 3 pm Sun | $30-$54; $5 discount students, seniors

APPLE | "Andy is in trouble. Downsized from his job, his marriage in crisis, he looks to a mysterious young woman for salvation. But when his wife becomes seriously ill, Andy must make a choice: care for an estranged wife, or run away with a woman he knows little about." That's the set-up for Canadian playwright Vern Thiessen's play, which is getting its New England premiere from Phoenix Theatre Artists and Company One. The cast includes Dave Sanfacon, Barbara Douglass, and Eliza Lay; Phoenix artistic director Greg Maraio is at the helm. | Boston Playwrights' Theatre, 949 Comm Ave, Boston | 866.811.4111 | Through April 3 | Curtain 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8 pm Sat | 2 pm Sun | $25; $20 students, seniors

BECKY SHAW | The Huntington Theatre Company brings us Gina Gionfriddo's 2009 Pulitzer finalist, in which newlyweds Suzanna and Andrew fix up her BMF Max with his co-worker Becky in a blind date that lands the would-be lovebirds in a police station — whereupon Suzanna and Andrew start questioning their marriage as well as their matchmaking chops. Huntington artistic director Peter DuBois takes charge of a cast that includes Wendy Hoopes as Becky, Seth Fisher as Max, Eli James as Andrew, Keira Naughton as Suzanna, and Maureen Anderman as Susan (Suzanna's mother). | Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave, Boston | 617.266.0800 or huntingtontheatre.org | Through April 4 | Curtain 7:30 Tues | 2 pm [March 24] + 7:30 pm Wed | 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | 2 + 7 pm [evening March 28] Sun | $20-$82 | Carolyn Clay's review on page TK

DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE | Hard on the heels of the Lyric Stage's production last October, Trinity Repertory Company takes on Pulitzer finalist Sarah Ruhl's 2008 Off Broadway hit, a smash-up of life and death, profundity and whimsy, that kicks off when Jean answers a stranger's cell phone — just after he's bought the farm. Is it too late to fall in love with him? Trinity has Janice Duclos as Jean, Richard Donelly as the deceased, Phyllis Kay as his widow, Barbara Meek as his mother, and Rachael Warren as his mistress; Beth F. Miles directs. | Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St, Providence, Rhode Island | 401.351.4242 | Through March 28 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues-Fri | 2 pm [no March 20] + 7:30 pm Sat-Sun | $25-$65

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