- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 27, 2008

All That I Will Ever Be

• Playwright Alan Ball explores the relationship of two men living in Los Angeles — one white, one Middle Eastern. Stage 4, Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Through March 30. $25-$29. 202/332-3300, www.studiotheatre.org

Am I Black Enough Yet?

• Playwright Clinton Johnston’s comedic tour of the state of blackness in America. Charter Theatre at Theater on the Run, 3700 South Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 3 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. April 11-May 3. $20, $25. Special $10 previews 8 p.m. April 9 and 10. 202/333-7009, www.chartertheatre.org

Arthur Miller Festival: The Price

• Miller’s family drama about the price of a lifetime of choices. Part of Theater J’s Miller Celebration. Theater J, Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursdays, Sundays; 8 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Through April 18. $15-$20. 202/518-9400, 800/494-8497, www.theaterj.org

Arthur Miller Festival: Death of a Salesman

• Willy Loman takes stock of his life in Arthur Miller’s masterpiece. In repertory with “A View From the Bridge” as part of Arena’s celebration of the playwright. Arena Stage Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. Call for times. Through May 18. $47-$66. 202/488-3300, www.arenastage.org

Arthur Miller Festival: A View From the Bridge

• An Italian-American longshoreman from Brooklyn betrays his family even as he tries to save it. In repertory with “Death of a Salesman” as part of Arena’s celebration of playwright Arthur Miller. Arena Stage Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. Call for times. Through May 18. $47-$66. 202/488-3300, www.arenastage.org

August Wilson’s 20th Century: Gem of the Ocean

• Staged readings by 30 well-known actors of the playwright’s cycle of 10 plays, each chronicling a different decade of the 20th century. “Gem of the Ocean” takes place at the century’s beginning. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 2 p.m. March 30. $65. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

August Wilson’s 20th Century: Joe Turner’s Come and Gone

• Staged readings by 30 well-known actors of the playwright’s cycle of 10 plays, each chronicling a different decade of the 20th century. “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” takes place in the 1910s. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 7:30 p.m. March 30. $65. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

August Wilson’s 20th Century: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

• Staged readings by 30 well-known actors of the playwright’s cycle of 10 plays, each chronicling a different decade of the 20th century. “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is set in the 1920s. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 7:30 p.m. April 1. $65. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

August Wilson’s 20th Century: The Piano Lesson

• Staged readings by 30 well-known actors of the playwright’s cycle of 10 plays, each chronicling a different decade of the 20th century. “The Piano Lesson” represents the 1930s. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 7:30 p.m. April 2. $65. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

August Wilson’s 20th Century: Seven Guitars

• Staged readings by 30 well-known actors of the playwright’s cycle of 10 plays, each chronicling a different decade of the 20th century. “Seven Guitars” is set in the 1940s. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 7:30 p.m. April 3. $65. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

August Wilson’s 20th Century: Fences

• Staged readings by 30 well-known actors of the playwright’s cycle of 10 plays, each chronicling a different decade of the 20th century. “Fences” is set in the 1950s. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 7:30 p.m. April 4. All performances sold out. $65. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

August Wilson’s 20th Century: Two Trains Running

• Staged readings by 30 well-known actors of the playwright’s cycle of 10 plays, each chronicling a different decade of the 20th century. “Two Trains Running” represents the 1960s. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 2 p.m. April 5. $65. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

August Wilson’s 20th Century: Jitney

• Staged readings by 30 well-known actors of the playwright’s cycle of 10 plays, each chronicling a different decade of the 20th century. “Jitney” takes place in the 1970s. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 7:30 p.m. April 5. $65. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

August Wilson’s 20th Century: King Hedley II

• Staged readings by 30 well-known actors of the playwright’s cycle of 10 plays, each chronicling a different decade of the 20th century. “King Hedley II” is set in the 1980s. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 7:30 p.m. March 27; 2 p.m. April 6. $65. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

August Wilson’s 20th Century: Radio Golf

• Staged readings by 30 well-known actors of the playwright’s cycle of 10 plays, each chronicling a different decade of the 20th century. “Radio Golf” takes place in the 1990s. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 7:30 p.m. March 28, 29 and April 6; 2 p.m. March 29. $65. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

Bad Dates

• A divorced mom moves from Texas to New York and re-enters a daunting dating scene. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays; 1:45 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Through April 20. $25-$48. 301/924-3400, www.olneytheatre.org

Bodas de Sangre/Blood Wedding

• Garcia Lorca’s 1933 story of young lovers trapped by the repressive traditions of Andalusia. In Spanish with English surtitles. GALA Hispanic Theatre at the Tivoli, 3333 14th St. NW. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. April 3-27. $20-$60. 202/234-7174, 800/494-8497, www.galatheatre.org

The Camus Project: The Plague

• Novelist Albert Camus’ absurdist approach to dealing with calamity, in this case a plague that strikes the Algerian city of Oran. Scena Theatre at the Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. April 11-May 18. $20-$30. 703/683-2824, www.scenatheatre.org, www.warehousetheater.com/theater.php

The Chairs

• Ionesco at his absurdist best, as an old couple chat with invisible guests. Scena Theatre at the Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Through March 30. $20-$30. 703/683-2824, www.scenatheatre.org, www.warehousetheater.com/theater.php

Communicating Doors

• A comic thriller by British playwright Alan Ayckbourn that takes a prostitute back in time and into a murder plot. Silver Spring Stage, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. April 20 and May 4. April 11-May 4. $13-$18. 301/593-6036, www.ssstage.org

The Condensed Mikado

• The Washington Savoyards in one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular operas, pared to one hour especially for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Lab Theatre II, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. March 27-April 13. $20. 202/399-7993, www.atlasarts.org, www.savoyards.org

Eccentricities of a Nightingale

• Tennessee Williams reworks “Summer and Smoke,” a story of ruinous romance. The American Century Theater at Gunston Theater II, 2700 South Lang St., Arlington. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and April 23; 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. April 4-26. $23-$29. 703/998-4555, www.americancentury.org

Gutenberg! The Musical!

• The off-Broadway show that makes a musical of the invention of the printing press. Landless Theatre Company at the DC Arts Center, 2438 18 St. NW. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through April 6. $18. 301/639-5265, www.landlesstheatrecompany.org

Happy Birthday, Wanda June

• A husband, long thought dead, returns home to find anarchy in Kurt Vonnegut’s comedy-drama set in the 1970s. The American Century Theater at Gunston Theater II, 2700 South Lang St., Arlington. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Saturdays. Through March 29. $23-$29. 703/998-4555, www.americancentury.org

The History Boys

• Two teachers vie for the allegiance of eight unruly students in a British boys’ school in Alan Bennett’s comedy. Metheny Theatre, Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays; 7 p.m. Sundays. Through May 4. $34-$57. 202/332-3300, www.studiotheatre.org

The Hostage

• The IRA takes a British soldier hostage in Brendan Behan’s play with music, set in a rowdy Dublin brothel. Keegan Theatre at the Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, 7 p.m. March 30. Through March 30. $25, $30. 703/892-0202, Ext. 2, www.keegantheatre.com

Kander & Ebb Celebration: The Happy Time

• A world traveler returns to his hometown in French Canada and oversees his nephew’s coming of age in Kander and Ebb’s 1968 Broadway musical. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays; 7 p.m. Sundays. April 1-June 1. $45-$69. 703/820-9771, www.signature-theatre.org

Kander & Ebb Celebration: Kiss of the Spider Woman

• The Tony-winning Kander and Ebb musical that finds harmony between two very different men forced to share a jail cell in Argentina. The first play in Signature’s three-month celebration of the composer and lyricist. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays; 7 p.m. Sundays. Through April 20. $45-$69. 703/820-9771, www.signature-theatre.org

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

• Stephen Adly Guirgis puts Christ’s betrayer on trial in Purgatory and asks whether he is worthy of humanity’s forgiveness. Forum Theatre at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. April 13-May 4. $15-$20. 202/489-1701, www.forumtd.org

The Last Days of the Killone Players

• The Celtic Tiger gobbles up even the remnants of Ireland’s community theater in Eric Lucas’ look at a dying art. Keegan Theatre at Theater on the Run, 3700 South Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Through April 5. $15, $20. 703/892-0202, Ext. 2, www.keegantheatre.com

Lord of the Flies

• William Golding’s tale of well-behaved schoolboys turned monsters. Round House Theatre, 4545 East West Highway, Bethesda. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 3 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. April 2-27. $50-$60. 202/644-1100, www.roundhousetheatre.org

Macbeth

• Blood and betrayal in Shakespeare’s Scottish tragedy. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays; 7 p.m. Sundays. Through April 13. $25-$55. 202/544-7077, www.folger.edu

Man of La Mancha

• The Washington Savoyards go for the impossible dream in the Tony-winning 1965 Broadway musical. Lang Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. April 11-27. $35-45. 202/399-7993, www.atlasarts.org, www.savoyards.org

The Mollusc

• Hubert Humphrey Davies’ Edwardian comedy of ill manners, first staged in London in 1907. Quotidian Theatre Company, the Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays and May 3. April 4-May 4. $15, $20 at the door. 301/816-1023, www.quotidiantheatre.org

Portia Coughlan

• Portia Coughlan searches across Ireland for herself after the death of her twin brother in Marina Carr’s play. Solas Nua at the H Street Playhouse,1365 H St. NE. 8 p.m. Thursdays- Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Through April 6. $21. 202/595-1915, www.solasnua.org

1776

• The 1969 Tony-winning Broadway musical. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays; 7:30 p.m. Sundays; 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. April 9-May 11. $25-$48. 301/924-3400, www.olneytheatre.org

The Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)

• The world’s greatest story as most people don’t remember it. In repertory with “The Complete History of America.” Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. Call for times. Through April 13. 202/547-3230, 202/547-1122, www.shakespearetheatre.org/harmancenter

The Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Complete History of America (abridged)

• The madcap trio works its way from George Washington to Watergate and beyond in 90 minutes. In repertory with “The Bible.” Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. Call for times. Through April 13. 202/547-3230, 202/547-1122, www.shakespearetheatre.org/harmancenter

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.

Smokey Joe’s Cafe

• The longest-running musical revue in Broadway history, with songs by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Bethesda Theatre, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. April 3-June 8. $50-$75. 301/657-7827, www.bethesdatheatre.com

The Stephen Schwartz Project

• A musical revue featuring the songs of the composer of “Wicked,” “Pippin,” “Godspell” and other award-winning Broadway shows. MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 7 p.m. Sundays; 3 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. April 10-May 25. $35-$40. 800/494-8497, www.metrostage.org

Stunning

• A 16-year-old Syrian Jewish girl in Brooklyn discovers a new world through a friendship with her black maid. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays. Through April 6. $24-$57. 202/393-3939, www.woollymammoth.net

Thom Pain (Based on Nothing)

• Will Eno’s quirky exploration of an ordinary man’s experience. Rep Stage, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Through April 13. 410/772-4900, www.repstage.org

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