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 | Through May 9 | Curtain 7:30 pm Tues | 2 pm [April 21, 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

OPUS | Violinist-turned-playwright Michael Hollinger’s drama, which is enjoying a sharp New England premiere by New Repertory Theatre (at the Arsenal Center for the Arts through April 17), explores the intense, near-familial intimacy of artistic collaboration by peeping through the off-stage keyhole as a renowned string quartet, some 10 years into its four-way musical marriage, comes unstrung. Although some clinkers — and a glaringly wrong note at the end — are struck, the 90-minute play boasts a cleverly musical construction (reflected in Cristina Todesco’s set design, in essence a platform hung from strings) as well as a light touch. And under Boston University School of Theatre head Jim Petosa’s direction, the work is performed as subtly as its melodramatic ornaments will allow by a quintet of performers — Benjamin Evett, Michael Kaye, Shelley Bolman, Bates Wilder, and Becky Webber — who string-synch serviceably to snatches of recorded Bartók and Beethoven and whose individual members demonstrate that, if even they can’t really play their instruments, they can keep Opus in fine tune. | New Repertory Theatre, 321 Arsenal St, Watertown | 617.923.8487 | Through April 17 | Curtain 7:30 pm Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 3:30 + 8 pm Sat | $35-$54; $27-$49 seniors; half-price student reservations

STOP KISS | Bad Habit Productions presents this play by Diana Son in which “an unexpected romance between two young women is shattered when a brutal assault leaves one in a coma. The other is left to piece together the story of their friendship, and find out what her happiness is worth to her.” Anna Waldron directs; the cast includes Scarlett Redmond, Lisa M. Smith, Rory Kulz, Tom Giordano, Holly Banks, and Michael Simon. | Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St, Boston | | Through April 18 | Curtain 8 pm Thurs-Sat | 2 pm Sun | $15 advance; $20 doors

TRAD | Mark Doherty’s Fringe First winner at Edinburgh gets an outing from Tír Na Theatre. It’s the story of how Thomas, who’s 100 years old, and his dad (yes) go looking for the son that Thomas claims to have fathered some 70 years ago. Súgán Theatre’s Carmel O’Reilly directs; Nancy Carroll, Billy Meleady, and Colin Hamell are in the cast. | Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Black Box Theatre, 539 Tremont St, Boston | | Through April 24 | Curtain 7:30 pm Wed-Thurs | 8 pm Fri | 4 + 8 pm Sat | 3 pm Sun | $25; student, senior discounts

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