Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston, Feb. 25-March 3

A contemporary twist on “Romeo and Juliet,” a discussion with the author of “Cat Person,” celebrating Maple Magic, and more.

Huntington Theatre Company takes on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Up-and-comers George Hampe and Lily Santiago have the title roles.
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Huntington Theatre Company takes on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Up-and-comers George Hampe and Lily Santiago have the title roles.


Cinéma Vérité

And you thought getting your kid into the right pre-K class was tough. The Competition (Le Concours) traces the admissions process at La Fémis, the French national film school, which fills just 50 slots from a pool of 1,200-plus. Director Claire Simon hosts a post-screening discussion of the documentary, which made a splash on the festival circuit, at the Brattle Theatre. 7 p.m. $12.


Scary Stories

You might recognize her name from her New Yorker short story “Cat Person,” an account of a cringe-worthy date that went viral in late 2017. Kristen Roupenian discusses her critically acclaimed new collection, You Know You Want This: “Cat Person” and Other Stories, with Globe Love Letters columnist Meredith Goldstein at Harvard Book Store at 7 p.m. Free.

Opening Friday

A Story of More Woe

Huntington Theatre Company artistic director Peter DuBois masterminds a contemporary take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The young up-and-comers in the title roles (George Hampe and Lily Santiago) have a stellar local supporting cast, including Nancy E. Carroll, Will Lyman, Omar Robinson, and Marianna Bassham. Through March 31 at the Huntington Avenue Theatre. $25-$109.


Big and Bold


More than 20 years after co-creating the unlikely modern classic Hedwig and the Angry Inch, John Cameron Mitchell visits the Shubert Theatre on his The Origin of Love Tour. The evening incorporates post-punk and neo-glam rock with storytelling about the quest for identity and love — a sneak peek at the groundbreaking performer’s upcoming podcast Anthem. From $35.


Sticky Sign of Spring

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So long, winter — mud and maple sugaring are in season. Celebrate at Natick Community Organic Farm’s Maple Magic with sugaring tours, live music, hayrides, demonstrations of centuries-old sugaring techniques, and a pancake breakfast. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (breakfast 8 to 11 a.m.). Admission $8; breakfast $12, kids under 11 $6.

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