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Looking for more bright spots among the black boxes? Check out upcoming productions by other theater companies that put on quality shows at bargain prices.
Capital Fringe's Wattage Series
The edgy summer festival offers a new midseason series of three works, each with the theme "tradition and survival."
Up next: "Hoodoo." Through May 8; "The House With Two Doors" and "Yours, Isabel" through May 9. Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave. NW. 866-811-4111. www.capfringe.org. $20; three-show pass $45.
Studio Theatre's 2nd Stage
This company retains the spirit of small theater under the umbrella of a titan: 2nd Stage has its own artistic director, raw space, edgy scripts and bright young actors.
African Continuum Theatre Company
The theater company that specializes in the African American experience now produces one show each season.
The In Series
This group blends musical theater, dance and chamber opera.
This company, more than 20 years on the scene, mixes it up with international offerings: Bertolt Brecht, Conor McPherson and beginning Friday, a play by actor Kenneth Branagh.
This well-regarded troupe produces contemporary American work by the likes of Tennessee Williams and Edward Albee, as well as one crowd-pleasing holiday play.
Keegan, led by husband-and-wife actors Susan and Mark Rhea, puts an emphasis on storytelling, staging Irish plays and American classics.
Teatro de la Luna
This theater offers new work out of Latin America in Spanish with English surtitles and produces an annual International Festival of Hispanic Theater.
Work by and about women is the focus of this company, which also produces a slate of new works each season.
This company focuses on plays that ask important questions, such as "Angels in America," followed by audience discussions.
This company, which was founded by former Fairfax County teachers and a singing instructor, snapped up a Helen Hayes nod this year as outstanding emerging theater company.
Landless Theatre Company
This company has carved out a niche producing musical theater for people who like movies -- spoofy, silly fare that isn't thought-provoking but sure is fun.
Up next: "Perez Hilton Saves the Universe! (Or at Least the Greater Los Angeles Area)." May 7-June 3 at the District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. www.landlesstheatrecompany.org. $25.
Dog & Pony DC
See the familiar in a fresh light with this company, which puts new spins on Shakespeare, burlesque and puppetry.