n A successful author returns to his hometown when his father’s health fails. 1:45 and 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday; 7:45 p.m. Thursday-Friday. Through Aug. 12. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $25-$46. 301/924-3400.
n Michael Frayn’s intellectual drama of mid-century West German politics and the spy scandal that engulfed Chancellor Willy Brandt’s government. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Aug. 12. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $35. 301/924-3400.
n A recent adaption of a 19th century temperance play by Tom Murphy. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Aug. 5. Georgetown University’s Devine Theatre in the Davis Arts Center, 37th and O St. NW. $21. 202/595-1915.
Fiona and Friends at the Carwash
n Part of the Heartfriends Musical series. 7 p.m. Friday, 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Venus Theatre Company, 21 C St., Laurel. $12-$15. Aug. 3-26. 301/470-2406.
n The Gospel according to St. Matthew, told through clowning, charades and vaudeville. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 Saturday, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Aug. 5. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $25-$46. 301/924-3400.
The Phantom of the Opera
n Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical about a mysterious man who lives under the Paris Opera House and his obsession with a chorus girl named Christine Daae. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Through Aug. 12. Kennedy Center Opera House, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. $36-$94. 202/467-4600.