What’s happening in D.C. theater? Every Friday morning on this page we’ll round up what’s on, with links to our reviews and features. Check out what’s in previews, what’s continuing and what’s closing this weekend, and under the heading “ETC.,” see what might be a little beyond category (comedy improv, cabaret, noteworthy readings, etc.).
“43½: The Greatest Deaths of Shakespeare’s Tragedies.” Nu Sass Productions revisits and revises its 2013 Fringe Festival compilation of the Bard’s death scenes. Through Nov. 13 at the Logan Fringe Arts Space’s Trinidad Theatre, 1358 Florida Ave. NE. Tickets $30. Visit www.nusass.com .
“Freaky Friday.” The premiere of the musical based on the popular (and re-made) Disney movie about a mother-daughter personality flip. The score is by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (“Next to Normal,” “If/Then”), with a book by Bridget Carpenter. Directed by Christopher Ashley. Through Nov. 20 at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Tickets $40-$99. Call 703-820-9771 or visit www.sigtheatre.org.
“Kiss.” The U.S. premiere of Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderon’s drama involving politics, art and a repressive regime. Directed by Yury Urnov. Through Nov. 6 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. Tickets $20-$69. Call 202-393-3939 or visit www.woollymammoth.net .
“Witch.” An adaptation of the Jacobean tragedy “The Witch of Edmonton” by the performance collective Convergence Theatre. Through Oct. 30 at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. Tickets $18. Visit www.convergencetheatre.org .
“Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches/Part II: Perestroika.” Tony Kushner’s seven-hour, two-part epic about AIDS in the Reagan era is being presented at Round House Theatre in a co-production with the Olney Theatre Center. “Bolstered by some extremely high-caliber performances, director Ryan Rilette picks up with aplomb at Round House where Jason Loewith, who staged Part I, left off. . . . Round House and Olney offer such a fully realized serving of Kushner’s epic that you would be inaccurate if you asserted you’ve had the ‘Angels’ experience without seeing both. It’s a big commitment, for sure. But Kushner’s a big thinker.” (Peter Marks) Through Oct. 30 at Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Hwy., Bethesda. Tickets $30-$61. Call 240-644-100 or visit www.roundhousetheatre.org .
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” The London-born, Tony-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon’s popular book “turns Mark Haddon’s novel about a teen with an Asperger’s-like condition into a techno-sensation . . . The imaginative ‘War Horse’ director Marianne Elliott situates the show inside a giant cube lined with graph paper by scenic and costume designer Bunny Christie; the video design by Finn Ross and the lights from Paule Constable often turn Christopher’s story into a mind-blowing cinematic extravaganza.” (Nelson Pressley) Through Oct. 23 at the Kennedy Center Opera House. Tickets $59-$149. Call 202-467-4600 or visit www.kennedy-center.org .
“Dante’s Inferno.” Synetic Theatre’s return to Dante. “Danced with nothing less than a demonic vengeance. . . . As in a pact with any devil, though, the rewards come at a price. In this case, being a movement piece with lovely extremities has too little going on now, as in 2009.” (Peter Marks) Through Oct. 30 at Synetic Theater, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. Tickets $20-$60. Call 866-811-4111 or visit www.synetictheater.org.
“The Diary of Anne Frank.” “In the title role, Carolyn Faye Kramer is a gift. . . . This ‘Anne Frank’ is often lively, funny and life-affirming, but it doesn’t shrink from devastating bleakness.” (Celia Wren) Through Oct. 23 in the Olney Theatre Center’s Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. Tickets $45-$70. Call 301-924-3400 or visit www.olneytheatre.org
“The Gulf.” A new two-character relationship drama unwinding in real time from Audrey Cefaly, whose “Maytag Virgin” made a splash at last year’s Women’s Voices Theater Festival. Rachel Zampelli and Maria Rizzo play Southern lovers adrift on a small fishing boat, neatly realized in Signature Theatre’s extremely intimate Ark space by set designer Paige Hathaway. “The audience eavesdrops on the women as they spend a lazy afternoon in Kendra’s beloved boat, with Kendra fishing for channel bass — and Betty fishing for a deeper commitment from Kendra.” (Peter Marks) Joe Calarco directs. Though Nov. 6 at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Tickets $40-$89. Call 703-820-9771 or visit www.sigtheatre.org .
“An Iliad.” Esther Williamson in the Lisa Peterson-Denis O’Hare solo adaptation of Homer, from Taffety Punk Theatre Company. “Williamson creates a persuasively modern, ambivalent, self-aware Poet — a figure who sometimes exults in the grandeur of epic but more frequently feels burdened by the responsibility of bearing witness to violence.” (Celia Wren) Through Oct. 22 at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Tickets $15. Call 800-838-3005 or visit www.taffetypunk.com .
“The Little Foxes.” Marg Helgenberger (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”) headlines the first of two Lillian Hellman revivals slated at Arena Stage this season as Regina Hubbard, conniving sister of the avaricious Hubbard clan. The 1939 drama pivots on the intrigue around a Southern family angling against each other as a potentially profitable deal is about to be made. Edward Gero (Antonin Scalia in “The Originalist”) plays Regina’s older brother; Jack Willis is Regina’s weary, dying husband; and Isabel Keating is Birdie Hubbard, “played here with fluttery brilliance.” (Peter Marks) Kyle Donnelly directs. Through Oct. 30 at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. Tickets $40-$90. Call 202-488-3300 or visit arenastage.org.
“Motherstruck.” Stacyann Chin’s “intimate and funny solo show about her struggle to become a parent. . . . Directed by Matt Torney, and presented as part of Studio Theatre’s Studio X series, the production features a Chin who often paces or prowls as she talks, knees bent and torso tilted forward, as if she’s about to hurtle herself across a barrier.” (Celia Wren) Through Oct. 23 at Studio Theatre’s Milton Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. Tickets: $20-$55. Call 202-332-3300 or visit www.studiotheatre.org.
“Romeo and Juliet.” Alan Paul’s relatable staging is youthful and pulsing with club music, but Shakespeare’s accessible tragedy isn’t as ablaze as it aspires to be, despite a giant hot red set. Jeffrey Carlson is a zesty, brooding Mercutio, and Andrew Veenstra’s Romeo and Ayana Workman’s Juliet are appealing, yet the famous plot and its quick-burning romance don’t quite find the urgent gear the play needs: “The language seldom sings.” (Nelson Pressley) Through Nov. 6 at the Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. Tickets $44-$118. Call 202-547-1122 or visit www.shakespearetheatre.org.
“Ruthless! The Musical.” The 1991 spoof revived by director Matt Conner; composer of Signature Theatre’s musicals “Nevermore” and “The Crossing.” Through Oct. 30 at Creative Cauldron, 410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church. Tickets $30. Call 703-436-9948 or visit www.creativecauldron.org .
“Sense and Sensibility.” Boss Austen at the Folger Theater, from the New York troupe Bedlam. “Modeled closely on their hit off-Broadway production, still running in Greenwich Village, the Folger spinoff (with a completely new cast) successfully bottles the spirit of the 19th-century novelist afresh, in its rendering of the pure-hearted Dashwood sisters and the waves of cattiness and misfortune that batter them this way and that. It’s an enterprise so fleet of conception that it quite literally glides through the stories of the romantic struggles.” (Peter Marks) Through Nov. 13 at Folger Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. Tickets $30-$75. Call 202-544-7077 or visit www.folger.edu.
“The Year of Magical Thinking.” Kathleen Turner returns to Arena Stage’s intimate Kogod Cradle in the solo adaptation of Joan Didion’s Pulitzer-winning memoir about coping with her husband’s death and her daughter’s illness. Through Nov. 20 at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. Tickets $40-$90. Call 202-488-3300 or visit www.arenastage.org .
“Zombie Prom.” An early musical from Dana P. Rowe and John Dempsey, the composing team behind “The Fix” and “The Witches of Eastwick.” Through Oct. 30 at the Randolph Road Theater, 4010 Randolph Rd., Wheaton. Tickets $10-$27.50. Call 301-337-8290 or visit www.unexpectedstage.org.
“Cloud 9.” An immaculate revival of Caryl Churchill’s influential 1979 gender-bender, delectably acted by a cast that includes John Scherer, Laura C. Harris, Joy Jones, Holly Twyford, Wyatt Fenner, Philippe Bowgen and Christian Pedersen. “Identities whirl and evolve in Churchill’s period-hopping puzzle, with its first act in the Victorian era and the second in a 1979 that feels virtually like today. Sexual politics are anatomized with precision and quiet flair in Michael Kahn’s entertaining staging.” (Nelson Pressley) Through Oct. 16 at Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. Tickets $52-$85. Call 202-332-3300 or visit www.studiotheatre.org.
“Come From Away.” The new Broadway-bound new musical at Ford’s Theatre is based on real events about the 6,600 people stranded in Newfoundland immediately after 9/11. The book, music and lyrics are by a Canadian-American couple, Irene Sankoff and David Hein. A “heartwarming and eager-to-please musical. . . . If the book’s mechanics unfold with too much sugar, the score has an infectious, gritty vitality.” (Peter Marks) Christopher Ashley (“Xanadu,” “Memphis,” the Kennedy Center’s “Side Show”) directs. Through Oct. 16 at Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Tickets $18-$71. Call 800-982-2787 or visit www.fords.org.
“Lobby Hero.” Aaron Bliden seems tailor-made for the role of the oddball security guard Jeff in Kenneth Lonergan’s 2001 drama, performed by director Alex Levy’s mostly balanced and understated quartet at 1st Stage (the small Tyson’s Corner troupe). The plot is saturated in iffy police procedure during an investigation and possible coverup of a murder. “Not a torn-from-the-headlines drama so much as an anatomy of human frailty and the gray areas of right and wrong. Yet the sharply drawn portrait of police culture as closed and defensive is plenty resonant.” (Nelson Pressley) Through Oct. 16 at 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Rd., Tysons. Tickets $30. Call 703-854-1856 or visit www.1ststagetysons.org.
“What We’re Up Against.” Office sexual politics — as topical as ever — from Theresa Rebeck. “A swift and merrily vicious kick in the pants. It’s a fast satire about a talented woman (Eliza) and the dull, bigoted men who rule her workplace.” (Nelson Pressley) Through Oct. 15 at Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. Tickets $35-$45. Call 202-265-3767 or visit www.keegantheatre.com.
“Beertown.” dog & pony dc’s devised, interactive, quirky piece on democratic process, first seen in 2011, has been revised and updated in time for the election’s home stretch. Oct. 18-Nov. 7 at the Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage, 1816 12th St. NW. Reserve tickets for free, and name your price after the show. Visit www.dogandponydc.com .
The Capitol Steps. The longtime political satirists, tearing laughs from the headlines. Fridays and Saturdays in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Amphitheater, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Tickets $40.50. Call 202-397-7328 or visit www.capsteps.com .
“Dream Within a Dream: Madness.” An immersive performance about Edgar Allan Poe’s madness after the death of his wife, re-imagined by Through the 4th Wall — which performed the show in a found building on New York Avenue NW during the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival — for Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory. Through Oct. 31 at the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Tickets $40. Call 703-838-4565 or visit www.torpedofactory.org.
“Love’s LaBeers Lost.” An immersive version of Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost” performed in a bar by LiveArtDC, with Grain of Sand Theatre. Through Oct. 22 at DC Reynolds, 3628 Georgia Ave. NW. Tickets $20 (must be 21). Visit www.liveartdc.com.
“On Stage With the Migration Series.” Staged readings of short plays connected to painter Jacob Lawrence’s 60-panel “Migration Series,” which is being reunited in full at the Phillips Collection. The playwrights are Norman Allen, Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, Annalisa Dias, Jacqueline E. Lawton and Laura Shamas. Oct. 20 and Nov. 3 at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. Tickets $12. Call 202-387-2151 or visit www.phillipscollection.org.
“POTUS Among Us.” Election season comedy from Washington Improv Theater, with a game show and audience voting. Through Nov. 6 at Source, 1835 14th St. NW. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Visit www.witdc.org.
“The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.” Bertolt Brecht’s 1941 fascist allegory gets a staged reading at the Shakespeare Theatre Company as part of the “Theatrical Selection” series of political works at several area theaters, Monday evenings between now and election night. Oct. 17 at the Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. Tickets are free; reservations required. Call 202-547-1122 or visit www.shakespearetheatre.org.
“Shear Madness.” The indestructible interactive comedy whodunit, at 12,000-plus performances in the Kennedy Center’s Theater Lab. Ongoing. Tickets $50-$54. Call 202-467-4600 or visit www.kennedy-center.org.
“Woodstock Cabaret.” An original 70-minute cabaret of hits from the famous rock festival. Oct. 15-16 at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Tickets $35. Call 703-820-9771 or visit www.sigtheatre.org.