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Theater & Dance

Bring the kids to these 4 plays showing on D.C.-area stages

August 30, 2018 at 10:00 AM

'The Ice Child'

Fairies steal a baby, leaving “The Ice Child” in its place, so his parents and the townspeople find ways to show Ice Child love without hugging and making him melt. This U.S. premiere of British playwright Mike Kenny’s tale about accepting differences is part of Keegan Theatre’s PLAY-RAH-KA series for young audiences. Through Sept. 2 at Keegan Theatre, 1742 C hurch St. NW. $15. Age 8 and older.

'Around the World in 80 Days'

How about a world-spanning adventure? “Around the World in 80 Days,” adapted by Laura Eason from Jules Verne’s 1873 novel, lands at Olney Theatre Center, performed by the company’s young professional National Players touring troupe. Sept. 18-19 at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. Pay-what-you-can; cash-only on the day of the performance. Age 10 and older.

'Blueberries for Sal'

A little girl and her mom go blueberry picking and have peaceful encounters with a mother bear and her cub in Robert McCloskey’s beloved picture book “Blueberries for Sal.” Adventure Theatre MTC is marking the book’s 70th anniversary with a musical adaptation, commissioned with New York City Children’s Theatre. The new script, written by Sandra Eskin and Adventure’s Michael J. Bobbitt, with music and lyrics by William Yanesh, expands on the book, exploring different parenting styles and kid personalities. “We just thought it really spoke to the society of the day and it was going to be fun to dramatize that . . . and hope that the parents will see themselves,” Bobbitt says. Sept. 21-Oct. 21 at Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $19.50. All ages.

'The Comedy of Errors'

Director Alan Paul figures lots of kids will totally get his 90-minute, no-intermission take on Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors,” with its two sets of twins separated at birth and the crazy way they end up in the same place and get into a slapstick tangle of mistaken identities. A twin himself, Paul says he hopes the physical humor will “ride an interesting line between good taste and hilarious bad taste,” hence his 10-and-older age recommendation. The show will include some original comic songs by composer Michael Dansicker. Sept. 25-Oct. 28 at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $44-$118. Age 10 and older.

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