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PICK OF THE DAY

Love in Lebanon?

Turn the calendar back almost 70 years to July 4, 1944 for Lanford Wilson’s “Talley’s Folly.” The Pulitzer-winning play introduces us to Matt Friedman (Benim Foster), a Jewish immigrant, who heads back to Lebanon, Mo., to resurrect a courtship with Sally Talley (Kathleen Wise). Presented by Merrimack Repertory Theatre. 7:30 p.m. (through April 13). March 20 is $5 night (two-ticket limit, cash at box office 4:30-7:30 p.m.), $20-$60, $15 students, 10 percent senior discount. Nancy L. Donahue Theatre, 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell. 978-654-4678. www.mrt.org

THURSDAY

The three soldiers Henri, Gustave, and Philippe can’t take it anymore, the “it” being bingo and other annoyances at the retired soldiers’ home. So, the trio of World War I veterans comes up with a plan to bust out in Tom Stoppard’s “Heroes.” 7:30 p.m. (through April 12). $25, $20 seniors, $10 students. Salem Theatre Company Theatre, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. 866-811-4111. www.salemtheatre
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Women’s History Month “There are more portraits of ships from the 17th century than of women,” according to Miriam W. Butts, creator of “Remember These Ladies, 17th-Century Women and the World They Lived In.” The images of portraits plus accompanying text shed light on women’s role in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through March 31. Free. The Commonwealth Museum, 220 Morrissey Blvd., Boston. 617-727-9268. www.commonwealthmusueum.org

Freedom Using oral histories and maps, Dr. Cheryl Janifer LaRoche explains how free African-American communities helped fugitive slaves obtain their freedom. One of the communities in “Free Black Communities and the Underground Railroad: The Geography of Resistance” was on the north slope of Beacon Hill. 6 p.m. $5, $3 seniors and ages 13-17, free 12 and under (RSVP, space is limited). Museum of African American History, 46 Joy St., Boston. 617-725-0022, ext. 222. www.afroammuseum.org

Ten days of design You have a choice of kick-off events at the first Boston Design Week: Boston Preservation Alliance’s “Preservonomics 101: The Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation” (6 p.m.) or Design Museum Boston’s “Student Competition Gallery and Awards Night” (6:30 p.m.). For more on Design Week, see Page 12. Through March 30 at various Greater Boston locations. Most events are free. March 20 at 6 p.m. at Modern Theatre, 525 Washington St., Boston; March 20 at 6:30 p.m. at 315 A St., Boston (RSVP recommended). 617-363-0405. www.bostondesignweek.com

FRIDAY

A score to settle When a gifted pianist returns to the stage for a benefit performance, there’s a message on his score: “Play one wrong note and you die.” “Grand Piano” stars Elijah Wood and John Cusack. March 21 at 10 p.m. (through March 24). $10, $8 students, $7 seniors and kids. Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-876-6837. www.brattlefilm.org

SATURDAY

Spring into action We’re into the third day of spring which deserves continued support and encouragemen. The Revels Spring Sing celebration of the vernal equinox involves singing, dancing, and more. March 22 3-5 p.m. $20, $5 under 12. Grace Vision Church, 80 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown. 617-972-8300. www.revels.org

June Wulff can be reached at june.wulff@globe.com.

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