• A teenage boy learns about life in Eugene O’Neill’s only comedy. Through Oct. 6. American Century Theater at Gunston Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $23-$38. 703/553-8782.
Coriolanus: A Man of the People
• Coriolanus, a great fighter but an unwilling politician, struggles with his family through the first act against an ever-hardening establishment of politicians and spin doctors determined to see him fail. $10-$15. Sept. 14-15, 27-29. Laurel High School, 8000 Cherry Lane, Laurel. 301/467-3749.
• A woman newly released from prison attempts to restart her life, only to have her past haunt her. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through Sept. 22. Journeymen Theater at the Clark Street Playhouse, 601 Clark St., Arlington. $16-$21. 703/418-4808.
Katie Couric’s: The Brand New Kid.
• Seven-year-old Lazlo S. Gasky is excited to start a new year, but he’s not excited about being the new kid in school. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 15. Robert Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. $6, $7. 240/567-530.
• A lonely man is made to feel alive again through the love of his family. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Sept. 16. Theater Alliance at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $30. 866/811-4111
Merrily We Roll Along
• Stephen Sondheim’s reinvention of the Kaufman-Hart musical takes a tuneful trip through the personal and professional lives of three friends. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through Oct. 14. Signature Theatre, 2800 S. Stafford St., Arlington. $40-$69. 703/820-9771.
• A.R. Gurney’s comedic play about a wealthy woman who tells a college writing class about her days with a man at the highest level of government. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through Sept. 23. Rep Stage at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. $17-$25. 410/772-4940.
My Children! My Africa!
• Athol Fugard’s tale of friendship between two teenagers, one black and one white, in apartheid-torn South Africa. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 7 p.m. Sunday. For additional performances, call for times. Through Oct. 14. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $39-$55. 202/232-7267.
• Before a performance at the White House, a successful string quartet decides to dismiss a member of the group. 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through Sept. 30. Washington Stage Guild, 1901 14th St. NW. $35-$40. 240/582-0050.
• Obsessive love and passion plague two couples on twin honeymoons in the Washington Shakespeare Company’s production of the Noel Coward classic. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through Sept. 23. Playbill Backroom, 1409 14th St. NW. $35. 202/265-3055.
• The long-running whodunit comedy continues indefinitely. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 p.m. Friday, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, 3:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Kennedy Center Theater Lab, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. $34. 202/467-4600.
The Lost Songs of Broadway.
• Signature kicks off the cabaret season with collection of tunes cut from your favorite musicals but still deserving of center-stage attention. 7, 8, 9 p.m. Sept. 15-18. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $28. 703/820-9771.
• Shipwrecks, twins, unrequited love, mistaken identities, and secret marriages all add up to one of shakespeare’s most beloved comedies. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13. Olney Theater, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. Pay-what-you-can performance. 301/924-3400.
The Call of the Wild
• In the harsh, unforgiving landscape of northern Alaska, man and dog must learn to coexist. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19-20. Olney Theater, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. Pay-what-you-can performances. 301/924-3400.
• An examination of Beethoven’s life and creative process as he obsessively composes the “Diabelli Variations.” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Sept. 30. Arena Stage Kreeger Theatre, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $51-$66. 202/554-9066.
• American do-gooders stir up tension and trouble in an isolated African village in Bruce Norris’ satire. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Sept. 23. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. First week previews $24-$51, regular run $35-$57. 202/289-2443.
• Mother knows best in a hilarious and moving Tony Award-nominated comedy about childhood and family. Various times. Sept. 14-Oct. 14. 1101 Arena Stage, Sixth St. SW. 202/488-3300.
The Capitol Steps
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202/397-SEAT.
• The musical and political satire troupe. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $31.50.
Comedy Sportz D.C.
Ballston Common Mall, Old Vic Arena, 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703/294-LAFF.
• Teams of comedians battle each other in competitive improvisational comedy sketches. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday. $8-$12.
13th and E streets NW. 202/783-5000.
• “Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy.” Aerialists, contortionists and other performers bring a jungle dream to life. Times vary. Sept. 13-16. $37-$52.
Seventh and F streets NW. 202/397-SEAT.
• “Walking With Dinosaurs — The Live Experience.” 7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. Sept. 19-22. $30.50-$82.50.
The Kennedy Center
Terrace Theatre, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.
Traces: Urban Acrobatics. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13. $25.
The Kennedy Center
Millennium Stage, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.
Princess Mhoon Cooper. 6 p.m. Sept. 14-15. Free.