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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Recently opened:

"700 Sundays" Billy Crystal performs his one-man show about the people who shaped his life. At National Theatre. Through Sept. 17.

"A Piece of My Heart" American Century Theater presents a drama about the role of women in the Vietnam War. At Gunston Arts Center Theater II. Through Oct. 10.

"Camille" The great tragedy experiences a reinvention: as a drag-tastic comedy. At Clark Street Playhouse. Through Sept. 27.

"Cavalia" Talented horses and equally talented human performers under a big top in Arlington. Through Sept. 27.

"Dirty Blonde" Emily Skinner stars as Mae West and as a Mae West fan. At Signature Theatre. Through Oct. 4.

"Cosi fan tutte Goes Hollywood" Nick Olcott and Victoria Gau's irreverent English adaptation of the Mozart opera. Presented by The In Series. At Source. Through Sept. 26.

"The Musical of Musicals: the Musical" A sendup of musical theater history, in which a simple plot is adapted to the styles of five different major composers. At MetroStage. Through Oct. 18.

"The Quality of Life" A family drama about two couples struggling to handle the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. At Arena Stage in Crystal City. Through Oct. 18.

"Zero Hour" A bioplay examining the life of comedian Zero Mostel. At Theater J. Through Sept. 27.

"Eclipsed" The world premiere of a play about African women and their vision of America. At Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Through Sept. 27.

"Moonlight" Joy Zinoman directs Harold Pinter's meditation on family, estrangement and mortality. At Studio Theatre. Through Oct. 18.

SEPTEMBER

16 -- "Lord of the Flies" National Players, America's longest-running touring company, kicks off Tour 61 with the classic tale by William Golding. At Olney Theatre Center. Through Sept. 17.

17 -- "A Midsummer Night's Dream" After its sold-out run at the Kennedy Center, Synetic brings the Shakespeare work to Rosslyn Spectrum. At Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre. Through Oct. 10.

17 -- "From U Street to the Cotton Club" The In Series presents playwright Sybil Williams's piece about actress Michelle Rogers, whose journey takes her from the countryside to D.C., to Harlem, and back home to U Street -- all framed by jazz-age standards. At Source. Through Sept. 26.

17 -- "Lúcido" The U.S. premiere of Rafael Spregelburd's darkly humorous tale of a dysfunctional family suspended between wakefulness and dreams is directed by José Carrasquillo. At GALA Theatre-Tivoli. Through Oct. 11.

17 -- "Phèdre" Ted Hughes's adaptation of French playwright Jean Racine's 17th-century drama, directed by Nicholas Hytner and starring Helen Mirren, is presented as a co-production with the National Theatre of Great Britain. At Sidney Harman Hall. Through Sept. 26.

17 -- "The Trial of The Catonsville Nine" A drama about civil disobedience during the Vietnam War. At Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre. Through Sept. 18.

25 -- "Black Pearl Sings!" A drama about music, history and race. At Ford's Theatre. Through Oct. 18.

26 -- "Ferdinand the Bull" An easygoing bull and his pig friend Cochina travel to Madrid in Karen Zacarías's children's play based on the story by Munro Leaf, with music by Deborah Wicks La Puma. At Imagination Stage. Through Nov. 1.

26 -- "The Tale of the Fisherman and the Golden Fish" Synetic Family Shows presents a staging of the old Russian folk tale. At Classika Theatre. Through Nov. 22.

28 -- "Pavee Lackeen" Solas Nua presents Perry Ogden and Mark Venner's play about the struggles of a young girl traveler. At Flashpoint.

30 -- "Night Must Fall" A thriller about a strange man who settles in a small town. At Olney Theatre Center. Through Oct. 25.

OCTOBER

1 -- "Jersey Boys" The story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons was the winner of the 2006 best musical Tony Award and the 2009 Olivier Award for best new musical. At National Theatre. Through Dec. 12.

2 -- "One Destiny" Various characters grapple with their roles in the Lincoln assassination in this historical one-act. At Ford's Theatre. Through May 22.

3 -- Jane Krakowski The "30 Rock" star performs as part of Barbara Cook's Spotlight series. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

4 -- "Angels in America" Forum Theatre's production of both parts of Tony Kushner's landmark drama, performed in repertory. At Round House Silver Spring. Through Nov. 22.

6 -- "The Alchemist" This production of Ben Jonson's 17th-century satire is directed by Michael Kahn. At Lansburgh Theatre. Through Nov. 22.

7 -- "Hysteria" Sigmund Freud and Salvador Dali match wits and philosophies. At Rep Stage, Howard Community College. Through Nov. 1.

8 -- "A Flea in Her Ear" A new version of Georges Feydeau's farce by David Ives. At Source. Through Nov. 8.

10 -- "Animalia" A puppet show based on the beloved picture book. At Kennedy Center, Family Theater. Through Oct. 11.

12 -- "Adding Machine: A Musical" Elmer Rice's expressionistic work re-imagined as a musical by Joshua Schmidt and Jason Loewith. Directed by Jason Loewith. At Studio Theatre. Through Nov. 1.

13 -- "International Festival of Hispanic Theater" Teatro de la Luna's annual festival. Through Nov. 21.

14 -- "Painting Madame X" A one-man show about John Singer Sargent and his most famous portrait, starring Bob Diven. At Corcoran Gallery of Art.

16 -- "Dracula" A dance-theater adaptation of Bram Stoker's horror novel. At Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre. Through Nov. 15.

16 -- James Joyce's "The Dead" A dramatization of Joyce's famous story. At Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre. Through Oct. 24.

19 -- "Red Roses and Petrol" Kathleen Akerley directs a staged reading of Joseph O'Connor's play as part of Solas Nua's series of free readings of works from Irish play company Fishamble Theatre. At Flashpoint.

21 -- "Lost in Yonkers" One of Neil Simon's best-loved plays. At Theater J. Through Nov. 29.

21 -- "Much Ado About Nothing" The Shakespeare comedy about love and marriage. At Folger Theatre. Through Nov. 29.

23 -- "Lie With Me" Jim Brady and Maura McGinn star in a new play by artistic director Keith Bridges. Jon Cohn directs the Charter Theater production. At Theatre on the Run. Through Nov. 22.

23 -- "War of the Worlds" and "The Lost World" A double bill of science fiction and adventure classics by L.A. Theatre Works, one of America's premier radio theater companies. At George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

24 -- "Barrio Grrrl!" A musical about a 9-year-old girl and her imaginary friend saving the neighborhood. At Kennedy Center, Family Theater. Through Nov. 15.

26 -- "Full Circle" A political satire set during the fall of the Berlin Wall. At Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Through Nov. 22.

28 -- "26 Miles" A comedy about a cross-country road trip. At Round House Theatre. Through Nov. 22.

29 -- "A Streetcar Named Desire" Tennessee Williams's classic drama, starring Cate Blanchett. At Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater. Through Nov. 21.

NOVEMBER

5 -- "Of Mice and Men" Keegan Theater presents John Steinbeck's tragedy. At Church Street Theater. Through Nov. 29.

6 -- "Anna in the Tropics" A drama about factory workers who discover Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina." At Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kogod Theatre. Through Nov. 15.

7 -- "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure" Steven Dietz's adaptation of an 1899 play by Arthur Conan Doyle and William Gillette won the 2007 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Mystery Play. At Wayside Theatre.

8 -- "Espresso" The American debut of Finland's Circo Aereo mixes time-honored circus arts, such as juggling and aerial work, with innovative cabaret theater. At George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

10 -- "Show Boat" This classic marked the beginning of modern musical drama. At Signature Theatre. Through Jan. 17.

12 -- "Danny & Chantelle (Still Here)" The American premiere of Philip MacMahon's play, directed by Abbey Theatre Director Wayne Jordan. At Flashpoint. Through Dec. 6.

12 -- "Lulu" A tragedy in which a young woman finds out that you can have too good a time on the streets of London. At Clark Street Playhouse. Through Dec. 13.

14 -- Christine Ebersole The star of "Grey Gardens" performs as part of Barbara Cook's Spotlight series. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

16 -- "From Both Hips" Solas Nua's free readings series continues with Mark O'Rowe's work, directed by Wayne Jordan. At Flashpoint.

17 -- "As You Like It" Shakespeare's pastoral comedy. At the Shakespeare Theatre. Through Dec. 20.

18 -- "Camelot" The classic Lerner and Loewe musical about King Arthur. At Olney Theatre Center. Through Jan. 3.

19 -- "Pearl Bailey . . . by Request" Roz White impersonates legendary singer Pearl Bailey. At MetroStage. Through Dec. 20.

19 -- "The Clean Up Woman" J.H. Lawrence's play about a woman who hires a housecleaner, and the antics that ensue. At Warner Theatre. Through Nov. 22.

20 -- "As You Like It" Aquila Theatre, a British-American touring company, presents Shakespeare's comedy. At George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

20 -- "The Fantasticks" Arena Stage presents the most successful off-Broadway musical of all time. At Lincoln Theatre. Through Jan. 3.

23 -- "A Christmas Carol" Ford's does this tale of holiday cheer every year. At Ford's Theatre. Through Jan. 3.

24 -- "August: Osage County" The Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a family dealing with addiction. At Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater. Through Dec. 20.

24 -- "Mulan" Disney's animated tale of a young woman in medieval China who dresses as a man to take her wounded father's place in the army comes to the stage. At Imagination Stage. Through Jan. 10.

DECEMBER

2 -- "The Solid Gold Cadillac" The 1930s comedy about a woman who takes on big business. At Studio Theatre.

4 -- "Teddy Roosevelt and the Ghostly Mistletoe" A holiday-themed mystery starring our bold president. At Kennedy Center, Family Theater. Through Dec. 30.

5 -- "The Snow Queen" This puppet-show version of the holiday story based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale is created in collaboration with puppet artists from Varna National Theatre in Bulgaria. At Classika Theatre. Through Jan. 10.

7 -- "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind" The Neo-Futurists return to D.C. with their rapid-fire miniplays. At Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Through Jan. 2.

12 -- Karen Akers The Broadway singer performs as part of Barbara Cook's Spotlight series. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

15 -- "Young Frankenstein" Mel Brooks's comedy gets the musical treatment. At Kennedy Center, Opera House. Through Jan. 10.

16 -- "Mommy Queerest" Judy Gold performs her one-woman show. At Theater J. Through Jan. 3.

16 -- "The Screwtape Letters" An adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel returns to the Shakespeare Theatre. Through Jan. 3.

20 -- "Rent" Keegan Theater presents Jonathan Larson's rock musical. At Church Street Theater. Through Jan. 20.

21 -- "The Nun's Wood" Julia Harman Cain directs a reading of Pat Kinevane's play as part of Solas Nua's Fishamble play-reading series. At Flashpoint.

JANUARY

1 -- "Stick Fly" A comedy about a young man bringing his fiancee home for the first time. At Arena Stage in Crystal City. Through Feb. 7.

6 -- "In the Red and Brown Water" An evening driven by music and myth from rising playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney. At Studio Theatre.

11 -- "The Last Cargo Cult" Monologist Mike Daisey talks about South Pacific cargo cults and their relation to American materialism. At Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Through Feb. 7.

12 -- "I Am My Own Wife" A one-man show about a transvestite surviving 20th-century Germany. At Signature Theatre. Through March 7.

15 -- "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" A modern adaptation of "Faust," set in 1950s Hollywood. At Gunston Arts Center Theater II. Through Feb. 6.

18 -- "The Buddhist of Castleknock" A reading of Jim O'Hanlon's play is directed by Bill Largess as part of Solas Nua's series of free readings. At Flashpoint.

19 -- "The RFK Project" A biographical drama about Robert F. Kennedy. At Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre. Through Jan. 30.

20 -- "The Four of Us" A drama about a friendship tested by unexpected success. At Theater J. Through Feb. 21.

21 -- "Mahalia" A biography of the heroic African American singer Mahalia Jackson. At MetroStage. Through March 14.

21 -- "Three Sisters" Constellation Theatre presents the Chekhov classic about the slow death of the privileged class in turn-of-the-century Russia. At Source. Through Feb. 21.

22 -- "The Human Jungle Gym" An acrobatic dance performance. At Kennedy Center, Family Theater. Through Jan. 23.

22 -- "The Rivalry" A drama about the debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in the presidential election of 1860. At Ford's Theatre. Through Feb. 14.

23 -- "Puss 'n' Boots" The classic fairy tale about the well-shod cat is presented by Synetic Family Shows. At Classika Theatre. Through March 14.

27 -- "Orestes, a Tragic Romp" Wunderkind director Aaron Posner retells the story of the house of Atreus. At Folger Theatre. Through March 7.

27 -- "Permanent Collection" A drama about racism and fine art. At Round House Theatre. Through Feb. 21.

28 -- "Antony and Cleopatra" A wordless production of Shakespeare's geopolitical tale. At Lansburgh Theatre. Through Feb. 28.

28 -- "The Miser" Moliere's comedy about what happens when we value money above all else. At Clark Street Playhouse. Through Feb. 28.

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