This week is your last chance to see “Hairspray” at Signature Theatre, and it’s also a good time to get tickets for upcoming shows, including “Civilization (All You Can Eat)” at Woolly Mammoth.
Celia Wren writes that “poignant suspense becomes slapstick” in Faction of Fools Theatre Company’s “A Commedia Romeo & Juliet.” The show closes Saturday. Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. 800-838-3006. www.factionoffools.org.
Celia Wren calls Signature Theatre’s staging of “Hairspray” “as poised and glossy as a bleached-blond beehive.” The show closes Sunday. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703-820-9771. www.signature-theatre.org.
A half-dozen local theater companies work through the night to create a 10-minute masterpiece as a part of “Play in a Day .” Feb. 11. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. www.bethesda.org/bethesda/play-day. $15.
A small band of urbanites struggle for food in the satire “Civilization (All You Can Eat).” Feb. 13 through March 11. Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939. www.woollymammoth.net. $20-$67.50.
The retro sci-fi play “Astro Boy and the God of Comics” focuses on the god of manga, Osamu Tezuka, and his best-known creation, the robot Astro Boy. Feb. 15 through March 11. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org. $30-$69.
In “The Water Engine,” an inventor who has created an engine that runs on water fends for his life as big companies try to control it or get rid of it. Presented by Spooky Action Theater. Feb. 16 through March 11. Universalist National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St. NW. www.spookyaction.org.
Forum Theatre presents “The Language Archive,” a love story in which a talented linguist is unable to find the words to help his marriage, his assistant is always quiet and two speakers of a rare language are unwilling to talk to each other. Feb. 16 through March 10. Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 240-644-1100. www.roundhousetheatre.org. www.forum-theatre.org. $25.