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A heavy drama

Weighing in at more than 500 pounds, Charlie is eating himself to death in his Idaho apartment. Samuel D. Hunter’s “The Whale” presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company introduces us to the Internet writing teacher who tries to patch things up with the unhappy teenage daughter he hasn’t seen in years. March 7 at 8 p.m. (through April 5). $25 and up, $25 ages 25 and under, $5 senior discount. Stanford Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600.


Theydunit Agatha Christie’s work is the butt of Stoneham Theatre’s “Something’s Afoot” musical spoof of “And Then There Were None” and “The Mousetrap.” 7:30 p.m. (through March 23). $45, $50; $40, $45 seniors. Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St., Stoneham. 781-279-2200.

Midsummer in winter We usually write about this Shakespearean comedy in warmer weather, so it’s refreshing to give “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” a shoutout in winter, courtesy of Bristol Old Vic and Handspring Puppet Company. 7 p.m. (through March 15). $25-$89. Recommended for ages 12 and older. Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston. 617-824-8400.


Members only William Turner painted an old New England farm truck under a snow blanket and won first prize at “Winter Visions” for “Left in the Cold.” Skaters on the Frog Pond in “Winter Serenity” earned Doug Adams jurors’ choice. The Copley Society of Art multimedia member show isn’t all about winter, so put a spring in your step and check it out. Thursday hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (through March 13). Free. The Copley Society of Art, 158 Newbury St., Boston. 617-536-5049.

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A Blair-ing wrongdoing Remember Jayson Blair, the guy whom no good journalist wants in their club? He’s the subject of the opening film of the Salem Film Fest. “A Fragile Trust,” directed and produced by Samantha Grant, reveals the young reporter’s plagiarizing and fabricating at The New York Times. 7:30 p.m. (through March 13; 5 p.m. free kickoff reception at Old Town Hall). $10; $8 students, seniors, and kids. CinemaSalem, 1 East India Square, Salem. 978-744-1400.


Stars and stars For about 40 minutes, the music of our local rock stars fills the Charles Hayden Planetarium at Laser Aerosmith. There will be “Sweet Emotion,” “Dream On,” and other classics. March 7 at 7:30 p.m. (through the summer; includes bright, flashing lights). $10, $9 seniors, $8 kids (recommended for grades 9-12). Museum of Science Charles Hayden Planetarium, 1 Science Park, Boston. 617-723-2500.


House keeping Sally Foster Otis was the mother of 11 children and the wife of a congressman. Elizabeth Mott ran the “Champoo Bath House” medical business. The Misses Williams rented out rooms to “cultivated” gentlemen and couples. Learn about these “Ladies of the House” at your tour of the Otis House. March 8 from 10-11:30 a.m. $15 (registration recommended). The Otis House Museum, 141 Cambridge St., Boston. 617-994-5920.

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