Local theater companies are putting on quality shows at bargain prices

Friday, April 16, 2010; WE30

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.

Up next: "60 Miles to Silver Lake." Through May 9 at Studio Theatre's Stage 4, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. http://www.studiotheatre.org. $25-$35.

African Continuum Theatre Company

The theater company that specializes in the African American experience now produces one show each season.

Up next: "The Old Settler." Through May 15 at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-529-5763. www.boxofficetickets.com. $25-$30.

The In Series

This group blends musical theater, dance and chamber opera.

Up next: The Spanish- and English-language "Searching for Gabriela." Through April 24 at Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7760. www.inseries.org. $16-$31.

Scena Theatre

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.

Up next: "Public Enemy." Through May 16 at H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. 703-683-2824. www.scenatheater.org. $15-$33.

Rep Stage

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.

Up next: "On the Verge or the Geography of Yearning." Through May 2 at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 410-772-4900. http://www.repstage.org. $12-$30.

Keegan Theatre

Keegan, led by husband-and-wife actors Susan and Mark Rhea, puts an emphasis on storytelling, staging Irish plays and American classics.

Up next: "The Graduate." April 30-May 23 at Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202. http://www.keegantheatre.com. $25-$30.

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.

Up next: "Rifar el Corazon (Heartstrings)." May 6-29 at Gunston Arts Center, Theatre Two. 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. 703-548-3092. http://www.teatrodelaluna.org. $20-$30.

Venus Theatre

Work by and about women is the focus of this company, which also produces a slate of new works each season.

Up next: "In the Goldfish Bowl." May 6-30 at Venus Playshack, 21 C St., Laurel. 202-236-4078. www.venustheatre.org. $20.

Forum Theatre

This company focuses on plays that ask important questions, such as "Angels in America," followed by audience discussions.

Up next: Reading of "Waiting for Lefty." April 25 at 3 p.m. McGinty's Public House, 911 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring. 240-644-1417. www.forumtd.org. Free.

1st Stage

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.

Up next: "The Last Five Years." May 7-23. 1524 Spring Hill Rd., McLean. 703-854-1856. www.1ststagetysons.org. $15-$25.

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.

Up next: "Courage." June 2-26 at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 202-547-6839. www.dogandponydc.com. $15.

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