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Sunday, September 7, 1997

NOW RUNNING

"Never the Sinner," a play about the notorious Leopold and Loeb murder case, at Signature Theatre (in co-production with Rep Stage). Through Sept. 28.

"Rent," the celebrated musical about '90s bohemian life in New York's East Village, at the National Theatre. Through Nov. 12.

"Room Service," a revival of the '30s comedy once filmed by the Marx Brothers, performed by the Flying Karamazov Brothers, at Arena Stage. Through Oct. 19.

SEPTEMBER

2-"Noises Off," Michael Frayn's splendidly physical farce about problems in a second-rate acting company, opens at the Olney Theatre. Through Oct. 16.

2-"The Tempest," Shakespeare's melancholy, magical late romance, opens at the Shakespeare Theatre. Through Oct. 26.

3-"Belle of Amherst," a one-woman show about Emily Dickinson starring Tana Hicken, opens at the Round House Theatre. Through Sept. 14.

3-"Skylight," English playwright David Hare's personal and political account of the final meeting of two lovers, opens at the Studio Theatre. Through Oct. 5.

5-"The Comedy of Errors," Shakespeare's early farce about mismatched twins, opens at the Washington Shakespeare Company. Through Oct. 5.

10-"tigertigertiger," an absurdist musical comedy for the whole family, opens at the Theatre of the First Amendment at George Mason University. Through Sept. 28.

10-"Psychopathia Sexualis," a comedy about modern sexual mores by John Patrick Shanley, the writer of the film "Moonstruck," opens at the Source Theatre. Through Oct. 5.

12-"More Fun Than Bowling," Steven Dietz's acerbic social comedy, opens at the Rep Stage. Through Sept. 28.

16-"UMabatha: The Zulu Macbeth," a South African adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy, in Zulu with supertitles, opens at Lisner Auditorium. Through Sept. 21.

17-"Civil Sex," performance artist Brian Freeman's reflection on being black and gay in America, focusing on the historical figure of Bayard Rustin, opens at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Through Oct. 5.

18-"Bent," Martin Sherman's grim play about love between two men in a German concentration camp, opens at Washington Shakespeare Company. Through Oct. 19.

18-"The Fall of the House of Usher," an adaptation of the Poe story about a man who buries his sister alive, presented by Fraudulent Productions, opens at the District of Columbia Arts Center (DCAC). Through Oct. 25.

19-"Savage Pieta," a farce about race relations, presented by Cherry Red Productions, opens at DCAC. Through Oct. 11.

23-"All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten," from the bestseller of the same name, opens at Ford's Theatre. Through Nov. 2.

25-"Una Visita Inoportuna," a dark comedy about a man dying of AIDS and his unwelcome visitors, opens at GALA Hispanic Theatre. Through Oct. 26.

OCTOBER

1-"Proposals," a pre-Broadway engagement of Neil Simon's latest comedy, opens at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Through Oct. 26.

3-"A Touch of the Poet," one of Eugene O'Neill's few gentle plays, opens at Arena Stage. Through Nov. 9.

10-"Never the Sinner," the earlier Signature Theatre production, transfers to Rep Stage. Through Oct. 26.

13-"Richard III," Shakespeare's guiltily enjoyable comedy-melodrama of blackhearted villainy, opens at Washington Shakespeare Company. Through Dec. 14.

15-"Uncle Vanya," the first of two productions this fall of Chekhov's play about wasted lives, opens at the Round House Theatre. Through Nov. 19.

21-"The Glass Menagerie," Tennessee Williams's sentimental old favorite about a crippled girl who longs for romance, opens at the Olney Theatre. Through Nov. 23.

24-"Salome," Oscar Wilde's short play, scandalous in its day and originally written in French, opens at the French-language theater Le Neon. Through Nov. 23.

28-"Working," a musical based on the book by Studs Terkel, opens at Signature Theatre. Through Dec. 7.

29-"Brimstone and Treacle," a scandalous religious fable from Dennis Potter ("The Singing Detective"), opens at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Through Nov. 23.

29-"Camping With Henry and Tom," a thoughtful political comedy about a night spent around a campfire by Henry, Tom and Warren-Edison, Ford and G. Harding, that is, opens at the Washington Stage Guild. Through Nov. 30.

31-"New Anatomies," a play about the historical Isabelle Eberhardt, who traveled to and explored Algeria disguised as a man, presented by the Theatre Conspiracy, opens at DCAC. Through Dec. 13.

NOVEMBER

4-"Singin' in the Rain," a touring adaptation of the great movie musical, opens at the Warner Theatre. Through Nov. 9.

5-"Bring In 'da Noise, Bring In 'da Funk," the Tony-winning musical starring its co-creator, the brilliant young dancer Savion Glover, opens at the National Theatre. Through Nov. 30.

5-"Ruthless," a musical described as "'The Bad Seed' meets 'All About Eve,'" opens at Source Theatre. Through Dec. 7.

5-"Crystal," a sardonic look at a have-it-all Fairfax couple who adopt a child, opens at the Theatre of the First Amendment at George Mason University. Through Nov. 23.

7-"Old Wicked Songs," a drama about the relationship between an American piano prodigy and an elderly German vocal music specialist, opens at the Studio Theatre. Through Dec. 7.

7-The world premiere of an as-yet unnamed play about the presidency by Anna Deavere Smith of "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992," fame, at Arena Stage. Through Jan. 4.

11-"Othello," with Patrick Stewart as Othello with a mostly black cast, opens at the Shakespeare Theatre. Through Jan. 4.

11-"Why Good Girls Like Bad Boyz," a warning drama with music about the threats to the family today, opens at the Warner Theatre. Through Nov. 16.

13-"Papi," a moral comedy about old friends meeting again after many years, opens at GALA Hispanic Theatre. Through Dec. 7.

14-"Gilbert Without Sullivan, or Innocent Merriment," a one-man, unsung show incorporating more than 20 G&S characters, opens at the Rep Stage. Through Nov. 16.

14-"Romeo and Juliet," Shakespeare's tragedy of young love, opens at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Through Dec. 14.

21-"The Santaland Diaries," the Washington premiere of an irreverent Christmas comedy, opens at Source Theatre as part of the troupe's Aftershocks series. Through Dec. 20.

25-"A Tuna Christmas," Joe Sears and Jaston Williams's holiday show about life in a small Texas town, opens at the Warner Theatre. Through Dec. 7.

28-"A Dickens of a Christmas at the Old Bull and Bush," more pub merriment, presented by Interact Theatre, opens in the Old Vat Theatre, Arena Stage. Through Dec. 31.

29-"In Good Company," an interactive piece featuring the historical figures of Louisa May Alcott and Lorraine Hansberry, among others, a production of Horizons Theatre, opens at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre. Through Dec. 21.

DECEMBER

2-"Peter Pan," the classic nonmusical children's play, with its odd, sad undertones, opens at the Olney Theatre. Through Jan. 4.

12-"Uncle Vanya," the second of two productions this autumn, opens at Arena Stage. Through Jan. 18.

17-"Miss Margarida's Way," in which Sarah Marshall recreates her legendary mid-'80s performance as a dictatorial schoolteacher, opens at the Studio Theatre. Through Jan. 18.

23-"Smokey Joe's Cafe," the Broadway hit featuring the songs of Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, opens at the Kennedy Center Opera House. Through Jan. 18.

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