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.
The Devil in His Own Words
n Seeking the essence of the Devil through the ages. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday; pay-what-you-can preview 8 p.m. Aug. 9. Aug. 10-19. Taffety Punk Theatre Company at Flashpoint Mead Theatre Lab, 916 G Street NW. $10. 202/261-6612.
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. Through Aug. 26. 301/470-2406.
n A revival of Olsen and Johnson’s zany 1936 musical revue. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2:30 Saturday-Sunday. American Century Theater, Gunston Theater II, 2700 South Lang St., Arlington. $23-$38. Through Aug. 18. 703/553-8782.
n Harold Pinter’s dark comedy takes place in a mental institution on Christmas Eve. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Aug. 15-Sept. 9. Longacre Lea Productions, Catholic University, 3801 Harewood Road NE. $12-$18. 202/460-2188.
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.