- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 17, 2008

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. 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. April 26-July 6. $42.75-$79.75. 202/547-1122, www.shakespearetheatre.org/harmancenter

Arthur Miller Festival: The Price

• Mr. 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

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. Through April 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. Through May 18. $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. Through May 4. $13-$18. 301/593-6036, www.ssstage.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 6-June 22. $15-$55. 202/518-9400, 800/494-8497, www.theaterj.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. Through April 26. $23-$29. 703/998-4555, www.americancentury.org

Hairspray

• Tracy Turnblad has her day in the musical adapted from the John Waters film. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Through April 20. $38.50-$75. 202/397-SEAT, www.warnertheater.com

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. April 24-May 18. $29-$35; pay-what-you-can previews April 24, 25. 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. April 27-July 6. $23.50-$69.50. 202/547-1122, www.shakespearetheatre.org/harmancenter

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

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. Through June 1. $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. Through May 4. $15-$20. 202/489-1701, www.forumtd.org

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. Through April 27. $50-$60. 202/644-1100, www.roundhousetheatre.org

Mad Breed

• An African-American 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

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. Through April 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 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

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. April 17-May 18. $29-$49. 202/547-3230, 202/547-1122, www.shakespearetheatre.org/harmancenter

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. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Through 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. 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. April 18-May 17. $25, $30. 703/892-0202, ext. 2, www.keegantheatre.com

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