Bushwa: A Modern Ubu
n A modern, American adaption of Alfred Jarry’s 1898 political satire, “Ubu Roi,” about a selfish and intellectually challenged king. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 6-15. Round House Theatre and The Georgetown Theatre Company at Round House Theatre Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $20. 240/644-1100.
n Clifford Bradshaw, a young American journalist, lands at the notorious Kit Kat Club and falls in love with English entertainer Sally Bowles in pre-World War II Berlin. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 29. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $60-$74. 202/488-3300.
An Enemy of the People
n Dr. Stockman discovers that his city’s baths are contaminated and he sets out to warn the other citizens, only to have them rebuke and try to quiet him. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 22. Shakespeare Theatre Company, 450 7th St. NW. $19-$76. 202/547-1122.
n Two friends, Froggy and Charlie, head to the backwoods of Georgia for vacation and play a joke on the locals by introducing Charlie as a foreigner who doesn’t speak any English. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 22. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $34-$44. 301/924-3400.
Get Your War On
n A range of stunned and outraged Americans react to September 11, the Bush administration and the war on terror. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 5-14. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St., NW. $24-$32. 202/393-3939.
Girl in the Goldfish Bowl
n A look at life in 1962 through the eyes of Iris, a 10-year-old girl, and a stranger who washes up on the beach. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 29. MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $35-$40. 703/548-9044.
Help Wanted: A Personal Search for Meaningful Employment at the Start of the 21st Century
n An aspiring Midwestern actor, stuck in a post-college job as a parking lot attendant, flips over the brilliant confessional monologues of Spalding Gray. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 8. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St., NW. $15. 202/393-3939.