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On stage in February: ‘P.Nokio,’ Twyla Tharp, ‘New Jerusalem’

“P.Nokio: A Hip-Hop Musical” comes to Imagination Stage this month. (Blake Echols/Imagination Stage)

The always impressive Tom Story headlines the area premiere of Next Fall.” The occasionally comic drama, following the opposites-attract relationship of two men, was nominated for the 2010 Tony Award for best play. (Through Feb. 26)

Constellation Theatre, the little company known for its ambitious, visually arresting productions, is tackling Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding.” The poetic drama tells the story of two lovers who hail from feuding families in rural Spain. (Thursday through March 4)

Landless Theatre Company is hardly known for its serious stage work. After showcasing “Cannibal the Musical” (by “South Park” co-creator Trey Parker) late last year, the group is mounting the D.C. premiere of Devil Boys FromBeyond.” The campy comedy, which took home an overall excellence award at the 2009 Fringe Festival in New York, is a sendup of cinematic schlock fromthe 1950s. The play features an alien invasion, a catfight between two Pulitzer-hungry reporters and a drag element — the ladies are played by men. (Friday through Feb. 26)

The classic children’s tale of wooden puppet Pinocchio gets a hip-hop remix when P. Nokio opens at Imagination Stage. The team behind 2009’s lovable hit “Zomo the Rabbit” — Psalmayene 24, Paige Hernandez and her brother Nick “tha 1da” Hernandez — once again collaborate on this kid’s shows with loads of adult appeal. (Saturday through March 11)

Fresh off the success of “Stop Kiss,” No Rules Theatre presents Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers,” Michael Lluberes’ adaptation of the fairy tale. This version is more of a thought-provoking conversation-starter — and more closely aligned with J.M. Barrie’s original work — than the Disney classic. The show is appropriate for kids 10 and up. (Feb. 8-March 3)

After three stellar remounts of silent Shakespeare productions, Synetic Theater kicks off the second half of its season with a new show, Genesis Reboot.” Company member Ben Cunis is behind the fresh adaptation of the creation story. (Feb. 8-March 4)

After the success of last year’s “Jack and the Bean-Stalk,” McLean’s First Stage is once again joining forces with First Draft at Charter Theatre for a family-friendly show. Three Bears is an a cappella musical version of the classic tale of the hard-to-please Goldilocks. (Feb. 9-March 4)

WSC Avant Bard presents Rahaleh Nassri’s new adaptation of Les Justes.” Albert Camus’ story follows a group of revolutionaries plotting an assassination. (Feb. 9-March 11)

Woolly Mammoth tackles American consumerism with Civilization (all you can eat) by Jason Grote, the playwright behind such acclaimed fare as “1001” and “This Storm Is What We Call Progress.” The quick-witted script follows six characters, including a vengeful hog hungry for freedom. (Feb. 13-March 11)

Studio 2nd Stage once again collaborates with Natsu Onoda Power, who directed last season’s “Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven.” This time, the director stages her own script, Astro Boy and the God of Comics,” which tells the story of the famed anime character as well as the history of his creator, Japanese cartoonist Osamu Tezuka. Appropriately enough, the multimedia mash-up features actors drawing onstage. (Feb. 15-March 11)

The language of love can be difficult to decipher, even for an accomplished linguist. Such is the plight of one character in Julia Cho’s Susan Blackburn Prize-winner The Language Archive.” Forum Theatre presents the ensemble piece about the difficulties of communication. (Feb. 16-March 10)

Banished? Productions known for immersive theatrical experiences (including 2011 Fringe Festival feature “The Tactile Dinner Car”) is at it again. Into the Dollhouse includes three vignettes about the growing pains of aging, plus the kind of music capable of conjuring long-buried adolescent anxieties. (Feb. 17-26)

With Twyla Tharp: All American the Washington Ballet pays homage to the Indiana-born choreographer and queen of crossover ballet, who first blended classical dance with modern moves and pop songs. The program comprises three Tharp works, including her landmark “Push Comes to Shove,” an eclectic piece that originally starred Mikhail Baryshnikov, and the tuneful “Nine Sinatra Songs.” (Feb. 22-26)

Washington Stage Guild presents the U.S. premiere of Husbands and Lovers.”Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnár’s series of vignettes looks at the nature of romantic relationships. (Feb. 23-March 18)

The gang’s all here. New York-based director Stephen Nachamie returns to Olney Theatre to present You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” complete with Snoopy as the Red Baron and Lucy’s football trickery. (Feb. 22-March 18)

If you missed 2010’s critical success and box office smash New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza,” Theater J offers another opportunity to see the thought-provoking and riveting religious drama. Playwright David Ives revisits a 1656 trial held to decide whether an intellectual boundary-pusher should be excommunicated from Judaism. (Feb. 29-April 1)

Washington-area native Stephanie Merry covers movies and pop culture for the Post.


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