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Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 06/30/2011

On stage in July


Yee-haw: “Oklahoma!” returns to Arena Stage in July. (Photo by Carol Rosegg.)
Local theaters are taking some of the guesswork out of buying tickets this month with a slate of tried and tested shows. Both Arena Stage and Woolly Mammoth Theatre are remounting crowd-pleasers from last season, while adaptations of beloved films, including “Steel Magnolias” and “Grease,” are taking the stage (John Travolta not included, sadly).

The Reduced Shakespeare Company, known for its madcap, fast-paced takes on everything from the Bible to the history of Hollywood, is at it again. This time, the company gives its singular treatment to the history of athletics in The Complete World of Sports (abridged).” (July 5-24)

The massive roster of offbeat, wacky and wild productions known as the Fringe Festival descends on Washington for the sixth year. While it can be tough to wade through the overwhelming schedule, some celebrated groups from past years are returning, including No Rules Theater Company with its show “Assembly Required: Comedy A to Y” and “Who’s Your Baghdaddy or How I Started the Iraq War” by Charlie Fink Presents, which premiered the much-loved “Super Claudio Brothers” at last year’s festival. (July 7-24)

The edgy new shows at the Contemporary American Theater Festival are usually worth the drive to Shepherd University in West Virginia. This year’s lineup includes David Mamet’s “Race” and Kyle Bradstreet’s “From Prague.” (July 8-31)

Arena Stage’s inaugural production at the Mead Center, a rollicking rendition of Oklahoma!,” revisits the complex’s Fischandler Stage. The musical won four Helen Hayes Awards, including best musical direction and best choreography. (July 8-Oct. 2)

Get a look inside Andy Warhol’s famous Factory and its infamous inhabitants, from Candy Darling to Edie Sedgwick, with Studio Theatre’s musical POP! ” The show stars local standout Tom Story as the pop artist. (July 13-Aug. 7)

Big hair and the music of Bon Jovi are among the draws to Rock of Ages,” a musical love story set in the 1980s. ­(July 12-24)

When Bruce Norris’s pointed, witty Clybourne Park had its area debut at Woolly Mammoth last year, the critical reception was unwaveringly positive. The theater is remounting the production to give local audiences another chance to see the show, which takes place in the suburban house from “A Raisin in the Sun.” The play juxtaposes the 1950s, when a black family moves into a white neighborhood, and 2009, at which point a white couple buys that same house in what has become a predominantly black area. (July 21-Aug. 4)

Don’t forget to pack tissues for Keegan Theatre’s Steel Magnolias.” The show, which follows a group of Southern women, is by turns hilarious and heartbreaking. (July 23-Aug. 21)

It’s an appropriate time of year for a little summer lovin’, and the place to get it is Olney Theatre Center, which is staging the musical Grease.” (July 27-Aug. 21)

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