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Play: "Happy Days" 
Being stuck up to one's neck in a mound of dirt, with no promise of release, is how roughly 10 percent of Americans are feeling these days. Count not just the unemployed, but also the underemployed and the unhappily fully employed, then half the country probably feels stuck. If you find yourself among the miserable, Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days," about a woman named Winnie who protrudes from the Earth like a plant, will either depress you or put your problems in perspective. Winnie does the same thing every day. She wakes to the sound of a far-off alarm, takes stock of her belongings (one of which is an ominous but never-used pistol), and talks at an inattentive husband until another bell indicates it is time for sleep. Nothing changes from day to day, save Winnie sinking a little deeper into the Earth with each rotation of the clock. Yet even when she recedes up to her chin in the quagmire, Winnie still manages to chirp her tagline: "Oh this is a happy day." What else can one do in the midst of a literal recession? Through Sept. 25 at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA. Phone: 800-494-8497. Web: http://www.washingtonshakespeare.org

Play: "Happy Days" Being stuck up to one's neck in a mound of dirt, with no promise of release, is how roughly 10 percent of Americans are feeling these days. Count not just the unemployed, but also the underemployed and the unhappily fully employed, then half the country probably feels stuck. If you find yourself among the miserable, Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days," about a woman named Winnie who protrudes from the Earth like a plant, will either depress you or put your problems in perspective. Winnie does the same thing every day. She wakes to the sound of a far-off alarm, takes stock of her belongings (one of which is an ominous but never-used pistol), and talks at an inattentive husband until another bell indicates it is time for sleep. Nothing changes from day to day, save Winnie sinking a little deeper into the Earth with each rotation of the clock. Yet even when she recedes up to her chin in the quagmire, Winnie still manages to chirp her tagline: "Oh this is a happy day." What else can one do in the midst of a literal recession? Through Sept. 25 at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA. Phone: 800-494-8497. Web: http://www.washingtonshakespeare.org

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