Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 11/01/2011

On stage in November


Kyle Jean Fisher and Jay Hardee star in WSC Avant Bard's "The Mistorical Hystery of Henry (I)V" this month. (Photo by Lloyd Wolf)
November promises the dependable entertainment of stage-tested productions. “Jersey Boys,” “Krapp’s Last Tape” (starring a two-time Oscar nominee, no less) and “Pride and Prejudice” are just a few of the familiar names headed to area theaters.

It all kicks off with fan favorites from Capital Fringe Festivals past. The off-season mini fest, FallFringe, plays host to stand-up comic Vijai Nathan and Kimleigh Smith.

After wowing audiences with its The Great Gatsby premiere last season, the Washington Ballet is remounting artistic director Septime Webre’s take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. Also returning: The powerful voice of E. Faye Butler, who provides the dance’s dazzling, jazzy soundtrack.

Lives intersect and diverge in German writer Roland Schimmelpfennig’s ensemble piece The Golden Dragon,” which finds five actors portraying 15 characters.

The title of The Mistorical Hystery of Henry (I)V is the first indication that this isn’t your typical Shakespeare production. The second is that WSC Avant Bard is behind Tom Mallan’s adaptation, which combines and abridges parts I and II of “Henry IV.”

David Dorfman Dance presents its latest creation, Prophets of Funk,” which pays homage to the music and energy of Sly and the Family Stone.

Dog & Pony DC is known for quirky productions, but this sounds wacky even for them. Each performance of Beertown doubles as a potluck, as attendees are encouraged to bring a nut-free dessert to share with the rest of the audience. The play, meanwhile, looks at a community that unearths its time capsule every five years to consider which items to add — and take out.

The unlikely success of four kids making it in the music world may be entertaining, but the tunes are the real reason to take in the Tony- and Grammy-winning musicalJersey Boys.” The story of the Four Seasons rocketing to stardom is accompanied by catchy hits, including “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Sherry.”

It’s time to break out of those staid holiday traditions. MetroStage offers an alternative in its remount of Kathy Feininger’s toe-tapping take on Dickens, A Broadway Christmas Carol,” which mashes up the Scrooge tale with well-known show tunes from “Oklahoma” and “Cats,” among other musicals.

If the movie “Anonymous” leaves you wanting more Bard-inspired entertainment, head to Arena Stage this month. In Bill Cain’s Equivocation,” William Shakespeare is commissioned to write a propaganda play, putting him between the worlds of art and politics.

The hills are alive in Maryland when Olney Theatre Center presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s family friendly classic The Sound of Music.”

John Waters’s outrageous film Hairspray,” which was remade into a Tony-winning musical, makes its way to Signature Theatre. Radio host Robert Aubry Davis takes on the role of Edna Turnblad.

Cue the sighs — here comes the brooding Mr. Darcy. Pride and Prejudice arrives at Round House Theatre with a slew of local standout actors, including Rick Foucheux as Mr. Bennett.

Synetic Theater caps off this season’s Speak No More series of silent Shakespeare productions with a remount of its 2008 hit Romeo and Juliet.” The acrobatic Alex Mills, one of the three Iago incarnations in “Othello,” and Natalie Berk (from Synetic’s “Don Quixote”) take the leads.

Oscar nominee John Hurt comes to Washington to star in Krapp’s Last Tape,” Samuel Beckett’s Nobel Prize-winning drama, presented by Dublin’s Gate Theater.

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