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    Beverly Farms native Victoria Stewart’s behind-the-scenes theater career has included working Julia Taymor puppets for Andrei Serban’s “The King Stag,” and providing the hands for Peter Sellars’s and Tan Dun’s “The Peony Pavillion.” In addition to being a crackerjack stage manager, she’s an award-winning playwright whose work has been performed all over the country. Lyric Stage presents the New England premiere of her play “Rich Girl,” a modern-day interpretation of “The Heiress.” See what ensues (hint: meddling mother) when the sheltered, wealthy Claudine falls for a starving artist. (For more on the play, see Page 6.) March 28-April 26. Wed-Thurs 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 3 and 8 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. Matinees April 2 and 23 at 2 p.m. $25-$61, seniors $10 off, $10 student rush. Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Boston. 617-558-5678,


    Marriage made in music Boston Modern Orchestra Project artistic director Gil Rose says of the group’s partnership with New England Conservatory, “Our 15-year marriage with NEC is built on a mutual commitment to provide a platform for NEC students, faculty, and alumni to stage and perform new music.” To that end, they present the annual Boston ConNECtion, featuring works by Binna Kim, Lei Liang, Steven Stucky, and Donald Crockett. March 28, 8 p.m. $20, $15 students. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-585-1260,

    Low key Bassist Greg Loughman, drummer Mike Connors, keyboardist John Funkhouser, and guitarist Phil Sargent play jazz and are members of Lowman, a rock band inspired by post-gig discussions about “music that incorporated the sophistication and improvisation of the jazz they play with . . . intelligent songwriting and raw energy.” They present the CD release for “Garden of Rainbows,” funded by an Indiegogo campaign pledging donations to Horizons for Homeless Children and Community Servings. March 28, 8 p.m. $12. Davis Square Theater, 255 Elm St., Somerville.



    One by one In Martin Pearlman's “Finnegans Wake: An Operoar, Act 3,” Paula Plum delivers Anna Livia Plurabelle's final monologue set to music. It’s one of the pieces in “Monologues,” a chamber concert by Boston Baroque that also features Handel’s “Agrippina condotta à morire” and Bach’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor. March 29, 8 p.m. $40, $20. Pickman Hall, Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. 617-987-8600,


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    Civil War pages Concord’s Civil War involvement included sending items to the battlefront, providing soldiers and nurses (including Louisa May Alcott), and hosting Emerson, Thoreau, Frederick Douglass, and other antislavery leaders. Rick Frese talks about the history in his new book, “Concord and the Civil War: From Walden Pond to the Gettysburg Front.” March 30, 3 p.m. Free. Concord Bookshop, 65 Main St., Concord. 978-369-2405,