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Birds

n 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

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

Dead Man’s Cell Phone

n 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 8. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. $22-$52. 202/393-3939.

Hamlet

n 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.

Macbeth

n Shakespeare’s tragedy of the lust for power and the betrayal of friends. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through July 15. Washington Shakespeare Company at the Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $25-$35. 703/418-4808.

Pangs of the Messiah

n A family exhibits widely divergent responses after a peace treaty is signed between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through July 22. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. $15-$45. 800/494-8497.

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.

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