What's on Stage in November

By Erin Hartigan
washingtonpost.com Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 1, 2006; 2:41 PM

With the holiday seson approaching, local theater companies are getting into the spirit with a festive annual production and a period musical.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company hopes to get audiences "All Shook Up" about the American premiere of "Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis." John Vreeke directs this American premiere of a dominatrix celebrating her big birthday with a few outlandish guests. (Nov. 6-Dec. 10)

With "The Beaux' Stratagem," Shakespeare Theatre Company uses two reckless men to critique class, marriage and English society. A world premiere adaptation begun by Thornton Wilder and completed years later by Ken Ludwig, this comedy follows the men's foiled attempt to seduce a pair of rich women. (Nov. 7-Dec. 31)

Studio Theatre gets into the holiday spirit with "The Long Christmas Ride Home," by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel. The show combines music and Bunraku-style puppets to tell the story of a fateful Christmas Eve. (Nov. 15-Dec. 24)

Pumpkins abound when Olney Theatre Company adapts Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "Cinderella" to the New Mainstage. Stage Director Mark Waldrop, who directed "Cinderella" for the theater 12 years ago, added a new song and tweaked some of the storytelling. Children's tickets are half-priced. (Nov. 15-Dec. 31)

A favorite book springs to life when Round House Theatre explores "The Little Prince." In this family-friendly story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a wandering Aviator meets a mysterious Little Prince and the two share stories of adventures. (Nov. 15-Dec. 10)

Christmas arrives early with "A Christmas Carol" at Ford's Theatre.   The annual adaptation, starring Richard Poe as Ebenezer Scrooge, will feature a visit from author Charles Dickens. (Nov. 15-Dec. 30)

Love and music fill the air at Arena Stage when "She Loves Me" debuts. In this show, the inspiration for "The Shop Around the Corner" and "You've Got Mail," rival shop clerks feud in '30s Budapest while accidentally falling in love as anonymous pen pals. (Nov. 17-Dec. 31)

A man's dark memory is revealed in Keegan Theatre's "Faith Healer." The theater company produces at least one Irish play each year. This selection, a brutal and honest play, is staged at Gunston Arts Center. (Nov. 30-Dec. 23)

Three generations of a family dream in "A Raisin in the Sun," produced by African Continuum Theatre Company. Staged at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, this Broadway hit tackles racism and dreams. (Nov. 30-Jan. 7)

There's still time to catch Heather Raffo's moving portrayal of Iraqi women in "Nine Parts of Desire" at Arena Stage (through Nov. 12) and enjoy a clown's dream funeral in Cirque du Soleil's "Corteo" (through Nov. 26).

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