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Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 06/04/2012

On stage in June


The cast of the 2011 Broadway production of "The Normal Heart," which makes its way to Arena Stage this month. (Photo by Joan Marcus/Courtesy of Arena Stage)
If the tourist-thronged Mall is any indication, the summer visitors are here. Local stages are no exception, but we aren’t going to shake our heads and mumble something about keeping right on the escalators with these exciting newcomers. This month, the traveling production of Tony-winning musical “Memphis” comes to the Kennedy Center, the inventive troupe 1927 makes the trip from England and Keegan Theatre stages a world premiere of a play by Irish playwright Rosemary Jenkinson.

Speaking of visitors, what do we spy over at Theater J? Is it a bird? A plane? No, it’s just The History of Invulnerability,” a play about Superman creator Jerry Siegel. (June 6-July 8)

While Source Festival may be a great opportunity for up-and-coming artists to debut their work, it’s also a good chance for theater fans to catch the next big thing. The fifth anniversary of the festival promises a slate of 10-minute plays, a few full-length works, the results of artistic “blind dates” and a one-night-only talent show. (June 8-July 1)

Inventive British company 1927 brings The Animals and Children Took to the Streetsstateside. The genre-defying mash-up of music, theater, film and animation offers social commentary with a light touch in this look at what happens when a group of kids starts a riot. (June 8-July 1)

The Normal Heart,” Larry Kramer’s beloved 1985 play about the AIDS epidemic in New York, didn’t make it to Broadway until 2011. Better late than never, given that it took home a Tony for best revival. It heads to Arena Stage — boasting a couple actors from the Broadway rendition — to fill a gap left by a scrapped production of “Like Water for Chocolate.” (June 8-July 29)

The In Series is celebrating its 30th year of breathing new life into well-worn productions with Mozart's opera Idomeneo.” This is the first time since 1999 that the group has staged the production about a war between humans and gods. (June 9-17)

Keegan Theatre’s world premiere of Cuchullain sounds promising, given that it reassembles the team behind last year’s acclaimed “Basra Boy.” Abigail Isaac will once again direct Josh Sticklin in a one-man show with a script from Irish playwright Rosemary Jenkinson. Expect an equal mix of darkness and comedy from this tale of a Belfast druggie with a debt to pay. (June 9-July 1)

The Tony-winning musical Memphis follows the relationship between a white DJ and black singer in the 1950s. It also features a rocking score by Bon Jovi's David Bryan. (June 12-July 1)

Shakespeare Theatre Company finishes its season with the Bard's romp The Merry Wives of Windsor,” wherein Falstaff attempts to ingratiate himself with two wealthy ladies. (June 12-July 15)

On the heels of success with “The 39 Steps,” Olney stages a slightly more serious suspense. The 1970 play Sleuth looks at what happens when a man invites his wife’s lover to the couple’s secluded estate. (June 13-July 8)

Imagination Stage is teaming up with the Washington Ballet for a new production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe that will no doubt be a visual spectacle. (June 20-Aug. 12)

And another one for the kids, this one at Adventure Theatre. If You Give a Moose a Muffin — sequel to the beloved children’s book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” — looks at the consequences of a very demanding quadruped after a hypothetical host makes the mistake of offering him a tasty breakfast treat. (June 22-Sept. 2)

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