- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 1, 2008

Am I Black Enough Yet?

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

Antony and Cleopatra

• The ill-fated love affair, one of Shakespeare’s last great tragedies. The “Roman” series; in repertory with “Julius Caesar.” The Shakespeare Theatre at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through July 6. $42.75-$79.75. 202/547-1122, www.shakespearetheatre.org/harmancenter. Discussion following the evening performance May 21. For other associated discussions and symposium, see Lectures.

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

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. Through May 11. $20-$30. 703/683-2824, www.scenatheatre.org, www.warehousetheater.com/theater.php

Closing Time

• The American premiere of Owen McCafferty’s dark, gloomy 2002 play about dark, doomed drunks in a dark, doomed Belfast pub. Keegan Theatre’s New Island Project at Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run, Arlington. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, 3 p.m. Sunday. May 8-June 7. $15-$25. 703/892-0202, ext. 2, www.keegantheatre.com

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. May 4. Through May 4. $13-$18. 301/593-6036, www.ssstage.org

Crumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake)

• A lonely girl fantasizes about Justin Timberlake, her widowed mother fantasizes about Harrison Ford, and their apartment suffers in Sheila Callaghan’s play. Catalyst Theater Company at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and May 7; 2 p.m. Saturday. May 7-June 7. $10. 202/494-3776, www.catalysttheater.org

David in Shadow and Light

• World-premiere musical retelling of King David’s arc from boy shepherd to aging king. 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. May 7-June 22. $15-$55. 202/518-9400, 800/494-8497, www.theaterj.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 18. $34-$57. 202/332-3300, www.studiotheatre.org

Intimate Apparel

• In the New York of the early 20th century, a lonely black seamstress searches for love. African Continuum Theatre Company at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through May 18. $29-$35. 202/399-7993, www.atlasarts.org, www.africancontinuumtheatre.com

Julius Caesar

•The life-and-death struggle for power in Rome in Shakespeare’s political thriller. The “Roman” series; in repertory with “Antony and Cleopatra.” The Shakespeare Theatre at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. Call for times. Through July 6. $23.50-$69.50. 202/547-1122, www.shakespearetheatre.org/harmancenter. Discussion following the evening performance May 28. For other associated discussions and symposium, see Lectures.

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 John Kander and Fred Ebb’s 1968 Broadway musical. The Ark, 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 June 1. $45-$69. 703/820-9771, www.signature-theatre.org

Kander & Ebb Celebration: The Visit

• Chita Rivera and George Hearn star in this East Coast premiere of the Kander & Ebb musical, with book by Terrence McNally, about the world’s richest woman, who returns to the town from which she was banished and offers to save it — at a price. The Max, 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. May 13-June 22. $55-$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. Through May 4. $15-$20. 202/489-1701, www.forumtd.org

Mad Breed

• A black freewoman with Shakespearean dreams shows up to complicate a play staged by John Wilkes Booth’s teenage siblings. A world premiere. Active Cultures Theatre at Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier. 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 4 p.m. Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. May 2-June 1. $10, $12. 301/526-9921, www.activecultures.org

The Mollusc

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

Molora

• Yael Farber adapts the bloody “Oresteia” to the atrocities of apartheid-era South Africa as seen through a session of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. With Xhosa singers and musicians of the Ngqoko Cultural Group as chorus. Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive, University of Maryland, College Park. 8 p.m. May 8 and 9. $7, $30. Free pre-performance dialogue with Yael Farber, Lecture Hall Room 2200, 6:30 p.m. May 9. 301/405-ARTS, claricesmithcenter.umd.edu

Precious Memories, Part III

• Life in a Southern black community during the Great Depression, as its people fight against a white system of control. Balleseros Productions at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 8 p.m. May 2 and 3. $30. 202/399-7993, www.atlasarts.org

The Screwtape Letters

• C.S. Lewis’ devil mentors an apprentice in evil in this adaptation by Jeffrey Fiske and Max McLean. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 4 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through May 18. $29-$49. 202/547-3230, 202/547-1122, www.shakespearetheatre.org/harmancenter

The School for Scandal

• Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 1777 comedy of very bad manners and irresistible folly. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 7 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. No performance May 13. May 7-June 15. $25-$55. 202/544-7077, www.folger.edu

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. Through May 11. $25-$48. 301/924-3400, www.olneytheatre.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.

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. All remaining performances cancelled because of water damage to the theater. 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. Through May 25. $35-$40. 800/494-8497, www.metrostage.org

Translations

• Brian Friel evokes the upheavals in Irish society of the early 1800s as the British Royal Engineers sweep through Donegal to Anglicize its Gaelic place names. Keegan Theatre at the Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Through May 17. $25, $30. 703/892-0202, ext. 2, www.keegantheatre.com

Volvio una Noche / She Returned One Night

• An underachiever is prodded to succeed by his dead mother, whom only he can see and hear. Teatro de la Luna at Gunston Theatre Two, 2700 S. Lang Street, Arlington. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Saturday. May 8-31. $20-$30. 202/882-6227, www.teatrodelaluna.org

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