What's On Stage in October

"Twelve Angry Men" at the Kennedy Center is one of the many shows debuting in October. (By Joan Marcus)
By Erin Hartigan
washingtonpost.com Staff Writer
Monday, October 2, 2006; 4:29 PM

October heralds Halloween, colder days and a few darker shows on local stages. The month features two different psychiatrists probing troubled patients, a stage adaptation of a Nobel Prize-winner's novel and two very unique political statements.

Take a seat among a couple of tramps when the Kennedy Center presents "Waiting for Godot." Produced in honor of playwright Samuel Beckett's centenary, this absurdist tale is performed by Gate Theatre of Dublin. (Oct. 3-5)

Twelve jurors must unravel prejudices and preconceptions as "Twelve Angry Men" casts judgment at the Kennedy Center. Emmy Award-winner Richard Thomas stars in this story of men deciding the fate of a boy accused of patricide. (Oct. 3-22)

Fans of David Rees's riotous and principled Internet comic strip will clamor to "Get Your War On" at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. The show, by the Rude Mechanicals, pays homage to the cartoon with a basic set as five actors react to the war on terror and President Bush. (Oct. 5-14)

Theater Alliance brings the writing of Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison to life with "The Bluest Eye." Performed at H Street Playhouse, this harrowing adaptation follows a '40s-era young black girl who believes that having blue eyes would change her life. (Oct. 12-Nov. 5)

Scena Theatre hopes audiences will bug out over the area premiere of "The Insect Play" at Warehouse Theater. Written by two brothers in 1921, this commentary on communist Czechoslovakia shows several species of anthropomorphized insects debating life philosophies and governing methods. (Oct. 13-Nov. 19)

Three women struggle against physical and emotional violence in Studio Theatre's "Crestfall." Set in contemporary Ireland, this vivid and haunting show, directed by company Artistic Director Joy Zinoman on the theater's 2ndstage, traces themes of beauty and betrayal. (Oct. 18-Nov. 12)

Washington Shakespeare Company implores audiences to take a ride with "Equus" at Clark Street Playhouse. The Tony Award-winning show follows a psychiatrist as he attempts to treat a young man with a darkly obsessive horse fascination. (Oct. 19-Nov. 19)

Morality and faith come to the forefront in Keegan Theatre's "Agnes of God." Staged at Church Street Theatre, this show traces a court-appointed psychiatrist determining whether or not a young nun is competent to stand trial for the death of an infant found in her convent room. (Oct. 19-Nov. 19)

Nothing is as it seems when "An Inspector Calls." Produced by Washington Stage Guild at Arena Stage at 14th and T, this thriller unfolds at a young woman's engagement party as a detective examines her family's ties to a gruesome crime. (Oct. 26-Nov. 26)

Cirque de Soleil invites audiences to celebrate life when "Corteo" dives into the old Washington Convention Center site. Featuring 61 acrobats and artists, the show follows a clown as he imagines his funeral and its attendants. (Oct. 26-Nov. 26)

Rorschach Theater gets into the Halloween spirit with "Monster" at Casa del Pueblo. Drawing parallels to modern science, this take on the Frankenstein story showcases the creature's humanity just in time for Halloween. (Oct. 28-Nov. 26)

There's still time to catch Signature Theatre's lean version of "My Fair Lady" in the company's old garage space (through Nov. 19) and Ford Theatre's retro production of "State of the Union." (Through Oct. 22)

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