- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 3, 2008

Argonautika

• Jason and the Argonauts look for the Golden Fleece and find a world of adventure in a restaging by director Mary Zimmerman. Shakespeare Theatre Company at Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Sundays except Feb. 12 and 24; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays except Jan. 20. Jan. 15-March 2. $23.50-$79.75. 202/547-1122, www.shakespearetheatre.org

Breath, Boom

• One woman’s gritty journey from gang girl to grown-up. The first major Washington production of the work of playwright Kia Corthron. Studio Theatre 2ndStage, 1501 14 St. NW. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Jan. 13. $29. 202/332-3300, www.studiotheatre.org

The Brothers Size

• The Foundry Theatre’s music-laced production of Tarell McCraney’s tale of two Louisiana brothers and the mysterious man who threatens to drive them apart. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday; 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 10. $34-$49. 202/332-3300, www.studiotheatre.org

Cookin’ at the Cookery

• Washington premiere of award-winning musical about the blues and jazz singer Alberta Hunter. MetroStage, 1201 North Royal St., Alexandria. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday; 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Jan. 24-March 9. $35-$40. 703/548-9044, www.metrostage.org

Cops

• Terry Curtis Fox’s mid-1970s play with the warts-and-all “Hill Street Blues” sensibility. American Century Theater at Theater II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang Street, Arlington. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Jan. 23; 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through Jan. 26. 703/998-4555, www.americancentury.org

Edward II

• Marlowe’s portrait of a flawed monarch opens the new Harman Hall. In repertory with “Tamburlaine.” Shakespeare Theatre Company at Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through Jan. 6. $23.50-$79.50. 202/547-1122.

Ella

• Plumbing the heart and soul of Ella Fitzgerald in the regional premiere of this new musical, with Tina Fabrique as the First Lady of Song. Arena Stage Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell Street, Arlington. Call for times. Through Feb. 24. $57-$76. Some performances sold out. 202/488-3300, www.arenastage.org

Fiddler on the Roof

• Tevye the milkman honors Jewish tradition in czarist Russia in the award-winning musical. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Jan. 13. $25-$46. 301/924-3400, www.olneytheatre.org

(Forgive Us — what’d you think we meant?)

• A new and bitter dark comedy about facing up to fear. Charter Theatre at Theater on the Run, 3700 South Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. $20, $25. Special $10 previews 8 p.m. Jan. 9 and 10. Jan. 11-Feb. 2. www.chartertheatre.org

Glory Days

• Four high school friends reunite one year after graduation in this coming-of-age story laced with pop, folk and rock music. Signature Theatre, 2800 S. Stafford St., Arlington. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday; 7 p.m. Sunday. Jan. 15-Feb. 17. 703/820-9771, www.sig-online.org

Hangman/Game Theory

• The five performers of Germany’s movement-based DO-Theatre in a noir-tinged 1920s gangster dance theatre piece from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A Planet Arlington event. Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre, 1611 North Kent St., Arlington. 8 p.m. Jan. 19. $20. 703/276-6701, www.arlingtonarts.org; 703/573-SEAT, www.ticketmaster.com

The House of Yes

• A dysfunctional family copes with Thanksgiving visitors in Wendy MacLeod’s deep-black comedy. Washington Shakespeare Company at the Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through Jan. 13. $35. 703/418-4808, www.washingtonshakespeare.org

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

• The long-running off-Broadway revue, a Seinfeldian musical about relationship madness, opens the revitalized Bethesda movie house. Bethesda Theatre, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through Feb. 17. Call for details. $40-$75. 301/657-7827.

The K of D, an Urban Legend

• World premiere of company member Kimberly Gilbert’s one-woman re-creation of an entire town as she tells the supernatural fable of a young woman given strange powers by her dying twin’s kiss. Melton Rehearsal Hall, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and Jan. 16; 7 p.m. Sundays. Jan. 16-Feb. 10. $18. 202/393-3939, www.woollymammoth.net

Life’s a Dream

• Pedro Calderon de la Barca’s 17th-century metaphysical play. Journeymen Theater at the Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday. Jan. 9-Feb. 2. 202/265-3767, 202/669-7229, journeymentheater.org

Monty Python’s Spamalot

• The award-winning musical parody of the Arthurian legend. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. No performances New Year’s Day. Through Jan. 6. $46.50-$176.50. 202/628-6161, 800/447-7400, www.nationaltheatre.org

My Fair Lady

• The London production of Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical. Kennedy Center Opera House, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday except Jan. 20; 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Saturday, Sunday. Through Jan. 20. $25-$150. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

No Child …

• Reacting to the “No Child Left Behind” law in this solo piece, writer/performer Nilaja Sun transforms herself into the teachers, students, parents and janitors at one New York City public school. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays. Jan. 21-Feb. 17. $24-$57. 202/393-3939, www.woollymammoth.net

Rabbi Sam

• San Francisco-based performer Charlie Varon plays a dozen characters including a rabbi newly relocated to the Bay Area and eight of his synagogue’s board members in this one-man show. Third in Theater J’s Incubator Series. Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7 and 8. $15. 202/777-3210, 800/494-8497, washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts

Seascape

• Two sea creatures hoping to discover what life will be like when they’ve left the sea engage a middle-aged couple on a beach in Edward Albee’s exploration of human existence. Silver Spring Stage, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Jan. 20 and Feb. 3. Jan. 11-Feb. 3. $13-$18. 301/593-6036, www.ssstage.org

Shear Madness

• The long-running whodunit comedy continues indefinitely. Kennedy Center Theater Lab, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 p.m. Friday, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, 3:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday. $34. 202/467-4600.

Shlemiel the First

• Robert Brustein’s musical adaptation of I.B. Singer’s tales abounds in klezmer and slapstick. Theater J, Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Jan. 9 and 16; 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday; noon Jan. 9 and 16. Through Jan. 20. $15-$45. 202/777-3210, 800/494-8497, washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts

Tamburlaine

• Marlowe’s first play chronicles the Central Asian emperor’s rise. In repertory with “Edward II.” Shakespeare Theatre Company at Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. Call for times. Through Jan. 6. $23.50-$55.50. 202/547-1122.

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

• Thirty plays in 60 minutes from the Chicago-based Neo-Futurists, the hit of last summer’s Fringe Festival. Appropriate for ages 16 and up. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 7 and 9 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Through Jan. 13. 202/393-3939, www.woollymammoth.net

25 Questions for a Jewish Mother

• Judy Gold, worried about becoming her mother, sets out to discover what makes a Jewish mother in this solo comedy turn. Theater J, Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursday, Sundays; 8 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays; noon Wednesdays. Jan. 23-Feb. 24. $15-$50. 202/777-3210, 800/494-8497, washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts

A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant

• The Obie-winning one-act satirical musical about the Church of Scientology and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, staged as a children’s pageant. Landless Theatre Company at the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Jan. 13. $18. www.landlesstheatrecompany.org

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