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    Selling it

    Name the play: “He’s a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine. . .” Yes, Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” the 1949 classic about salesman Willy Loman. This Lyric Stage Company of Boston production is directed by Spiro Veloudos and stars Ken Baltin and Paula Plum (above). Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. (through March 15). $25-$61, $10 senior discount. The Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Boston. 617-585-5678.


    Half and half? In Ronald Harwood’s comedy “Equally Divided,” Edith has been the dutiful, doting daughter to her less-than-gracious mother, and now that the latter is dead, Edith’s sister Renata shows up to claim her half of the estate. Presented by Merrimack Repertory Theatre. 7:30 p.m. (through March 9). Feb. 13 $5 (cash at box office between 4:30-7:30 p.m., limit two); $20-$60, $15 students, 10 percent senior discount. Nancy L. Donahue Theatre, 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell. 978-654-4678.

    Walker and the chocolate factory Soak up as much information as you can when Timothy Walker presents “A History of Chocolate: Where It Comes From and How It Was Used in Early New England.” There will be a demo of 18th-century chocolate-making techniques. 7 p.m. Free (register online). Old North Church, 193 Salem St., Boston. 617-523-6676.


    Prifti’s honor Concord-Carlisle High School and the art world lost a gem when David Prifti died in 2011. The photographer and teacher once said: “Through the juxtaposition of images, found objects, and ephemera, I create autobiographical associations that become symbolic, conveying a sense of personal history and the passage of time.” The result is “Prifti: Drawn by Light.” Tues-Sun noon-4 p.m. through March 2. $7, $3 seniors, free under 12 and for everyone Thursdays 2-4 p.m. Griffin Museum of Photography, 67 Shore Road, Winchester. 781-729-1158.

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    Angels We can’t top this description of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ “Victorian Secrets” : “Something’s rotten in the state of England. Mona Lott has been found dead at Victorian Secrets, a brothel run by no-nonsense madam Harriet Upinthere. Everyone wants to know who did it, but as long as dim-witted cop Billy Club is mounting the investigation, they’re not going to find out.” 8 p.m. (through March 9). $28, $38 (Fri-Sun). Hasty Pudding Theatre, 12 Holyoke St., Cambridge. 617-495-5205.


    Man cave Feb. 14 and Vince Valentine go hand in hand like hugs and kisses. The actor stars as the Caveman in “Defending the Caveman,” Rob Becker’s romp through the land of male and female relationships (oy). Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. (through Feb. 23). $39, $3 senior discount. The Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis St., Beverly. 617-531-1257.


    Mouthing off Care to listen, learn the craft, both? The Boston
    Storytelling Festival
    offers storytelling, slams, and workshops, and features award-winning tellers from massmouth slams. Feb. 15 from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free (registration for workshops is recommended at All ages. Boston Public Library Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400.

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