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    SWEET CHARITY Director-choreographer Ilyse Robbins delivers her trademark pizzazz in a crackerjack production of the Cy Coleman-Dorothy Fields-Neil Simon musical about a dance-hall hostess who is perpetually unlucky in love. Vanessa Dunleavy is simply terrific as the endearingly innocent Charity Hope Valentine, with strong support from the rest of the cast, especially a very funny Andrew Giordano as a good-natured movie star. Through April 24. Stoneham Theatre, Stoneham. 781-279-2200,

    OH GOD Will Lyman plays God (which seems about right to me) and Maureen Keiller is the psychotherapist to whom the Almighty turns in a time of dire emotional need. This wryly incisive comedy by the late Anat Gov is smoothly directed by Guy Ben-Aharon. Through April 30. Israeli Stage at Black Box Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown.

    SHOLOM ALEICHEM: A FAMILY PUPPET SHOW The life and travels of the legendary author are depicted by Caravan Puppets in this participatory show, during which kids can also expect to learn some Yiddish. With a post-performance conversation on how the puppets were created. May 1 at 11 a.m. Jewish Arts Collaborative, at JCC Riemer-Goldstein Theater, Newton. 617-531-4610,


    MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY Anne Washburn’s fascinating, multilayered vision of a post-apocalyptic future in which an episode of “The Simpsons’’ looms increasingly large as a cultural totem. Dynamically directed by A. Nora Long, “Mr. Burns” is about what we remember, how much we need to tell ourselves stories to survive, and the way that stories change their shape and their meaning over time. Through May 7. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678,

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