- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 11, 2004

OPENING

• Betrayal — Keegan Theatre and Fountainhead Theatre. A love triangle between a husband, his wife and his lover is played out on stage with each party struggling to tame their emotions. Opens Saturday at The Theater on the Run. 703/920-5923.

• Man with Bags — Longacre Lea Productions. A man is afraid he has awoken in a dream when his family, along with his past, have changed completely. Opens tonight at the Callan Theatre, Catholic University. 202/460-2188.

• One Red Flower — Signature Theatre. A world premiere musical, set in a wartime Vietnam, that depicts hell and the humor that soldiers went through. Opens Tuesday. 703/218-8500.

NOW PLAYING

• The Producers — Kennedy Center Opera House — ***1/2. The feel-great Mel Brooks musical that won a record 12 Tony Awards in 2002 arrives in Washington with all its jovial kitsch intact, and the bang-up team of Lewis J. Stadlen and Alan Ruck in the starring roles created by Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick on Broadway. Sieg-heiling pigeons, characters named “Touch Me Feel Me” and “Carmen Ghia,” an ersatz musical version of “Hamlet” and a song-and-dance extravaganza celebrating “Springtime for Hitler” are just some of its vulgar delights. What a relief to just laugh. Through Aug. 22. 202/467-4600. Reviewed by Jayne Blanchard.

MAXIMUM RATING: FOUR STARS

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