Was Tinker Bell jealous of Peter Pan and Wendy in a romantic triangle-ish way? Not at all, according to Patrick Flynn, author of the sprightly new play “Tinker Bell.” He says he wants to explore “emotional intelligence as a concept” in his retelling of “Peter Pan.” In Flynn’s take, Tinker Bell, the brave but single-minded fairy, doesn’t grasp that Peter can be pals with her and Wendy. Flynn wrote this Tinker Bell as “wanting a friend, but not understanding what that really means, and having that be her journey.” Through Aug. 19 at Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $19.50. All ages.
And on the subject of emotions, there’s the musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” in a witty, well-sung revival at Imagination Stage. Perennial sad-sack Charlie Brown struggles with his failures at, well, everything. The show celebrates his gumption and the quirks of his pals, kid sister and dog. Through Aug. 12 at Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. imaginationstage.org. $12-$30. Age 5 and older.
“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” will be reimagined by Synetic Theater. As part of their New Voices Series, Artistic Director Paata Tsikurishvili and choreographer Irina Tsikurishvili will step back and advise, while company member Ryan Sellers stages his own adaptation, using both dialogue and stylized movement, choreographed by fellow Synetic-ite, Tori Bertocci. Sellers says he doesn’t want his version to imply that Dorothy’s adventure is only a dream: “I love the idea that this is a journey that she went on [and] that the magic of this place can be real.” Due to a ceiling leak in Synetic’s Crystal City venue, this show will run at the Devine Studio Theatre in Georgetown University’s Davis Performing Arts Center. Wednesday-Aug. 12 at Georgetown University’s Davis Performing Arts Center, 37th and O streets NW. synetictheater.org. $20-$45. Age 5 and older.
If your children like interactive theater, a couple of comically antic (and greatly abridged) Gilbert and Sullivan operettas could be a fresh adventure. Kids might get to toss around the odd beach ball and sit (if you get “promenade seating”) among the performers. The Chicago-based Hypocrites, partnered with the House Theatre of Chicago, will reprise “The Pirates of Penzance,” which they brought here in 2016, and introduce their gender-swapping “H.M.S. Pinafore.” In rotating repertory, Wednesday-Aug. 19 at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. $30-$74. All ages.