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Birds

{bullet} A wealthy woman falls into the city’s urban underbelly after she gives a homeless man her lover’s coat. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Through July 28. Rorschach Theatre, 1459 Columbia Road NW. $12-$20. 202/452-5538.

Brooklyn Boy

{bullet} 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 July 29. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $25-$46. 301/924-3400.

Dead Man’s Cell Phone

{bullet} A lonely woman answers a stranger’s cell phone and finds herself the guardian of his memory. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through July 14. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. $22-$52. 202/393-3939.

Democracy

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 Sunday. July 18-Aug. 12. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. 301/924-3400.

Emergen-SEE!

{bullet} A slave ship rises out of the Hudson River and sets New York City into a whirlwind of emotion in this one-man show. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through July 22. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St., SW. $38-$50. 202/488-3300.

Godspell

{bullet} 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.

Hamlet

{bullet} Commanded by his father’s ghost to seek revenge, Hamlet struggles with the human and spiritual costs of pursuing justice. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through July 29. Shakespeare Theatre Company, 450 Seventh St. NW. $19-$76.25. 202/547-1122.

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