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Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 09/29/2011

On stage in October


The colorful characters from “The Book Club Play” come to Arena Stage this month. (Scotty Beland)
In October on area stages, good things come in pairs — two versions of “Othello,” a couple of Arthur Miller productions and a duet of shows about film legends.

The first of those homages is a sensory overload — in the best way possible — courtesy of Canada-based Lemieux Pilon 4D Art. Norman promises dancing holograms, stunning projections and acting, all in honor of filmmaker and animator Norman McLaren, who won the Best Documentary Oscar in 1953 for “Neighbours.”

The Kennedy Center’s Suzanne Farrell Ballet performs on home turf for its 10th anniversary. The company will present two mixed-repertory programs, but both promise a look at Balanchine’s “Diamonds.” The famed choreographer created the piece, part of the full-length “Jewels,” for Farrell in 1967.

A Bright New Boise,” Samuel D. Hunter’s comedy-laced drama, takes place under the glaring fluorescent lights of a big-box store called Hobby Lobby. The story uncovers the ulterior motives of an evangelical Christian who takes a job at the craft emporium; other workers provide the offbeat comic relief.

Scena Theatre presents Steven Berkoff’s reimagining of Oedipus Rex. Greektakes place in the modern day, populated by shady British lowlifes.

Arena Stage’s resident playwright, Karen Zacarias, who wrote “Legacy of Light,” is behind the comedyThe Book Club Play,” about the tenuous dynamics of a book club under the domineering rule of its founder.

Folger Theatre kicks off its season with Shakespeare’s revenge-fueled tragedy Othello.” Robert Richmond, who took on last season’s “Henry VIII,” directs.

Here’s more of the same — but different. Anyone who saw Synetic Theater’s stunning, silent rendition of “Macbeth” knows that the company takes a unusual approach to the Bard’s works. The group will also be tackling Othello,” as the second in its three-play Silent Shakespeare Festival.

KJ Sanchez and Emily Ackerman culled hundreds of hours of interviews to examine the transition Marines face when they return home from war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. The result is ReEntry,” which opens at Round House Theatre this month.

Constellation Theatre takes a break from the epic fairy tale genre to revisit George Bernard Shaw’s comedy Arms and the Man.” Luckily, the company has good luck with quirky, quip-filled farce, made clear by last season’s “On the Razzle.” This play concerns a love triangle of a self-serious young woman and two goofy soldiers.

Keegan Theatre is capping off a tour of The Crucible with a production on its home stage at Church Street Theater. When Keegan unveiled its version of the Arthur Miller play in 2004, it garnered rave reviews and had a sold-out run.

Theater J is also staging a work by Arthur Miller. The semiautobiographical After the Fall will be directed by Jose Carrasquillo, who just wrapped up the challenging “Happy Days” with WSC Avant Bard.

Rep Stage is honoring icon of stage and screen John Barrymore with the one-man show Barrymore.” Nigel Reed, who wowed audiences in “Trumbo: Red, White and Blacklisted,” will portray the actor circa 1942, during rehearsals for the stage version of “Richard III.”

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