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 | April 16-24 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Fri | 2 pm [April 24] + 8 pm Sat | 2 + 7 pm Sun | $15 advance; $18 doors; $5 discount students, seniors

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN | The 2007 musical whose mouthful of an official name is The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein makes its Boston debut, sporting a book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, music and lyrics by Brooks, and choreography by Susan Stroman, who also directs. It’s based, of course, on Brooks’s 1974 film; here Tony Award winner Roger Bart reprises his Broadway role as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, and Rye Mullis plays “The Monster.” | Opera House, 539 Washington St, Boston | 800.982.ARTS | April 20–May 2 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues-Thurs [7 pm April 21] | 8 pm Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | 2 + 7:30 pm Sun | $30-$91

ARMS AND THE MAN | MIT’s Dramashop essays George Bernard Shaw’s satirical romance set during the Serbo-Bulgarian War of 1885 and involving a young Bulgarian girl, her posturing war-hero fiancé, and the Swiss mercenary who bursts into her bedroom brandishing chocolates instead of cartridges. MIT faculty member Michael Ouellette directs. Kresge Little Theater, 48 Mass Ave, Cambridge |
http://dramashop.mit.edu/tickets| Through April 16 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Fri | $8

LE CABARET GRIMM | The Performance LAB launches its inaugural season with this world-premiere experimental musical by former Boston Theatre Works honcho Jason Slavick that’s based on the tales of the Brothers Grimm and promises “a live band on stage, masks, large puppets, dance, and a punk sensibility.” Cassandra Marsh composed the original score and Boston Conservatory faculty member Michelle Chasse did the choreography; the cast includes Austin Auh, Rachel Bertone, Becki Dennis, Jamie Lee, Nick Peciaro, Haley Selmon, Lee Skunes, and Ally Tully. There’ll also be an opening act called “The Hubbub” that on this second weekend (April 15-17) will comprise the Boston Typewriter Orchestra and Puerto Rican transgender burlesque artist Ms. Lolita LaVamp. | Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St, Boston | 617.933.8600 or BostonTheatreScene.com | Through April 24 | Curtain 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri-Sat | $35; $20 students

CATS | If you’ve suspected that cats don’t really have nine lives, well — you’re right. They have many more. The unlikely Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats is back, with Growltiger, Macavity, Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer, Gus the Theater Cat, Old Deuteronomy, and, of course, Grizabella and “Memories.” | Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St, Boston | 800.982.ARTS or BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com/Boston | Through April 18 | Curtain 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 2 + 8 pm Sat | 2 + 7:30 pm Sun | $37.50-$82.50

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