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"Outdoor Recess," a comedy by Joy Jones, presented by the Metropolitan Ebony Theatre Company, about a pair of office workers who look for unorthodox ways to release their tension. Through next Sunday.

"Lenny & Lou," a Woolly Mammoth world premiere, directed by Tom Prewitt, of Ian Cohen's comic play about a deeply neurotic family from Queens. Through Sept. 26.

The national touring company of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" visits the Kennedy Center Opera House Dec. 7-26. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

"Venus," Suzan-Lori Parks's drama of a young woman from South Africa who finds herself on exhibition as a sideshow freak. At Olney Theatre Center through Sept. 26.

"Tambourines to Glory," a new adaptation of the Langston Hughes play, marks the D.C. debut of an Atlanta-based company, True Colors Theatre, spearheaded by Kenny Leon, director of the recent Broadway revival of "A Raisin in the Sun." At the Lincoln Theatre through Sept. 26.

"The Donkey Show," a retelling of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" through disco -- yes, as in the collected works of Donna Summer -- makes its Washington bow courtesy of Asian Stories in America. Through Oct. 2.

"One Red Flower," the premiere at Signature Theatre of a new musical by Paris Barclay, inspired by soldiers' letters home from Vietnam in 1969. Eric Schaeffer directs a cast that includes Florence Lacey. Through Oct. 3.

"Ivona, Princess of Burgundy," Witold Gombrowicz's satire of the romantic mismatch of a playboy prince and his repulsive bride, is staged by Scena Theatre. Through Oct. 3.

"A Tale of a Tiger," Rorschach Theatre's staging of Dario Fo's fable of a Chinese soldier and the animal that helps him see the world in a new way. Directed by Ami Dayan. Through Oct. 3.

"The Time of Your Life," William Saroyan's 1939 comedy about barroom habitues, is revived by director Terry Kester for American Century Theater. Through Oct. 9.

"Living Out," the D.C. debut of Lisa Loomer's look at the complications of raising children with the help of nannies who don't have their green cards, directed by Wendy C. Goldberg at Round House. Through Oct. 10.

"The Elephant Man," a revival of Bernard Pomerance's hit Broadway drama about the trials of a grotesquely deformed man in Victorian England. The Catalyst Theater production is directed by Jim Petosa. Through Oct. 16.

"Host and Guest," Synetic Theater's powerful evocation in words and movement of tribal bloodshed and religious hatred in a mountain village, pays a return visit. Directed by Paata Tsikurishvili. Through Oct. 16.

"M. Butterfly," David Henry Hwang's breakthrough drama, based on a true story, about a man who does not know the woman he loves is actually a man. Stephen Bogardus and James Hiroyuki Liao are featured in the Arena Stage production, directed by Tazewell Thompson, which runs through Oct. 17.

"The Russian National Postal Service," a comedy by Oleg Bogaev, opens Studio Theatre's season of new and classic works by and about Russians. Floyd King plays an eccentric who writes letters to himself from Lenin and the Queen of England. Through Oct. 17.

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