The Washington Post Sunday - - SUMMER ARTS PREVIEW - Crit­ics’ rec­om­men­da­tions are in­di­cated by ar­rows. Ac­cess our in­ter­ac­tive list­ings to find the lat­est show­times, venue in­for­ma­tion and more events at wash­ing­ton­­gout­guide.

“A Tale of Two Cities.” A drag queen named Jerry finds a cry­ing baby at his doorstep and acts out the en­tire Charles Dick­ens clas­sic to soothe the child. At Sy­netic Theater. Through June 21.

“Cabaret.” John Kan­der and Fred Ebb’s mu­si­cal is set in pre-World War II Ber­lin, where an Amer­i­can writer woos an English cabaret star. At Sig­na­ture Theatre. Through June 28.

“Dry Bones Ris­ing.” Two chil­dren must fig­ure out how to sur­vive af­ter a catas­tro­phe wipes out ev­ery­thing familiar. At Venus Theatre. Through June 14.

“Jarry In­side Out.” Spooky Ac­tion Theater presents a cre­ative bi­og­ra­phy of French writer Al­fred Jarry. At Univer­sal­ist Na­tional Me­mo­rial Church. Through June 21.

“Jumpers for Goal­posts.” Life plays out in the postgame locker room of Barely Ath­letic, an am­a­teur soc­cer team in an LGBT league. At Stu­dio Theatre. Through June 21.

“Las Po­la­cas: The Jewish Girls of Buenos

Aires.” The bilin­gual mu­si­cal, which tells the story of Jewish women forced into pros­ti­tu­tion in the early 1900s, gets its world pre­miere. At Gala His­panic Theatre. Through June 28.

“Mary-Kate Olsen Is in Love.” A young, dis­sat­is­fied wife, let down by her un­em­ployed high school sweet­heart, seeks a plea­sur­able dis­trac­tion from the for­mer child star. At Stu­dio Theatre. Through June 21.

“NSFW (Not Safe For Work).” Round House Theatre presents Lucy Kirk­wood’s com­edy about a writer who switches gears from a racy men’s mag­a­zine to a women’s mag. At Round House Theatre. Through June 21.

“One Des­tiny.” The play re­counts Abra­ham Lin­coln’s as­sas­si­na­tion through the eyes of ac­tor Harry Hawk and theater co-owner, Harry Ford. At Ford’s Theatre. Through July 3.

“Our Town.” Fac­tion of Fools gives Thorn­ton Wilder’s drama about a young cou­ple its com­me­dia dell’arte touch. At El­stad Au­di­to­rium at Gal­laudet Uni­ver­sity. Through June 21.

“Pot­ted Pot­ter.” The Harry Pot­ter book se­ries pro­vides the ba­sis for this fam­ily-friendly im­prov show. At Lans­burgh Theatre. Through June 21.

“Rosencrantz and Guilden­stern Are Dead.” Tom Stop­pard’s tragic com­edy, which fol­lows two mi­nor char­ac­ters from “Ham­let,” is di­rected by Aaron Pos­ner. At Fol­ger Theatre. Through June 28.

Source Fes­ti­val 2015. The an­nual fes­ti­val fea­tures 24 new works, in­clud­ing 10-minute shorts, full-length plays and artis­tic blind dates. At Source. Through June 28.

“Tartuffe.” A fam­ily at­tempts to de­frock a

re­li­gious fraud tak­ing ad­van­tage of its pa­tri­arch. At Sid­ney Har­man Hall. Through July 5.

“The Blood Quilt.” Four es­tranged sis­ters re­unite af­ter the death of their mother to sew a quilt and learn the de­tails of their in­her­i­tance. At Arena Stage.

“The Good Coun­selor.” The court­room drama fol­lows a man who, while strug­gling with his own mommy is­sues, is rep­re­sent­ing a mother on trial for killing her son. At 1st Stage. Through June 28.

“The Let­ters.” Set in the Soviet Union in the 1930s, John W. Low­ell’s play ex­plores how artists were censored dur­ing Stalin’s reign. At MetroS­tage. Through June 14.

“The Mad­woman of Chail­lot.” Four women set out to con­quer cap­i­tal­ists in this French com­edy staged by WSC Avant Bard. At Gun­ston Arts Cen­ter Theater II. Through June 28.

“The Price.” In cel­e­bra­tion of Arthur Miller’s 100th birth­day, his play about es­tranged

broth­ers re­unit­ing af­ter their fa­ther’s death is staged. At Ol­ney Theatre Cen­ter. Through June 21.

“The Ship­ment.” Psalmayene 24 di­rects Young Jean Lee’s vignettes about African Amer­i­can iden­tity for Fo­rum Theatre. At Sil­ver Spring Black Box Theatre. Through June 13. “The Tale of the Al­ler­gist’s Wife.” In this com­edy, a well­heeled woman’s midlife cri­sis is dis­rupted by a mis­chievous child­hood friend who shows up un­ex­pect­edly. At Theater J. Through July 5.

“Zom­bie: The Amer­i­can.” It’s 2063, and the pres­i­dent must de­cide which sit­u­a­tion to deal with first: his cheat­ing part­ner, an in­va­sion, civil war or zom­bies. At Woolly Mam­moth Theatre. Through June 21.


9 “Dis­ney’s Newsies: the Mu­si­cal.” The mu­si­cal fol­lows a group of New York news­pa­per hawk­ers who strike when their pub­lisher raises the prices on their in­ven­tory. At Na­tional Theatre. Through June 21. 9 Ta­ble Read Week 2015. Pal­las Theatre Col­lec­tive presents five new works. At Ana­cos­tia Arts Cen­ter. Through June 14. 10 “Oc­cu­pied Ter­ri­to­ries.” The play, pre­sented by Theater Al­liance, ex­am­ines war. At Ana­cos­tia Play­house. Through July 5. 15Will on the Hill. Shake­speare and mod­ern pol­i­tics come to­gether for this ben­e­fit show star­ring Wash­ing­ton’s elite. At Sid­ney Har­man Hall.

 16 “The Book of Mor­mon.” The com­edy mu­si­cal by the cre­ators of “South Park” fol­lows a pair of odd cou­ple-es­que mis­sion­ar­ies who are sent to Africa to cre­ate con­verts. At the Kennedy Cen­ter Opera House. Through Aug. 16. 19 D.C. Black Theatre Fes­ti­val. At var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around Wash­ing­ton. Through June 28. 319 “Garfield, the Mu­si­cal with Cat­ti­tude.” Jim Davis’s car­toon fe­line sadly searches for a new adventure af­ter he as­sumes his friends have forgotten his birth­day. At Glen Echo Park, Adventure Theatre MTC. Through Aug. 23. 24 “Dou­ble Trou­ble.” Adventure en­sues when twin 10-year-olds, raised separately by their di­vorced par­ents, accidentally meet up at sum­mer camp. At Imag­i­na­tion Stage. Through Aug. 14. 24 “Peter Pan.” J.M. Bar­rie’s story about a boy who re­sists grow­ing up is re­told on a cir­cu­lar stage with pro­jec­tions on the tent ceil­ing. At Three­sixty Theatre Tent, Tysons Cor­ner Cen­ter. Through Aug. 16. 24 “The Pro­duc­ers.” A pro­ducer and an ac­coun­tant’s get-rich-quick scheme goes awry in this mu­si­cal com­edy. At Ol­ney Theatre Cen­ter. Through July 26. 27 “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” The Kee­gan Theatre com­pany cel­e­brates the re­open­ing of its ren­o­vated theater with Ten­nessee Wil­liams’ Pulitzer Prize-win­ning play about a dys­func­tional Mis­sis­sippi fam­ily. At An­drew Kee­gan Theatre. Through July 26. 27 “Im­pos­si­ble! A Hap­pen­stance Cir­cus.” Images from 1930s and ’40s cir­cuses pro­vided the in­spi­ra­tion for the show. At Round House Theatre. Through July 12. 29 “Wed­ding Band.” The play about a bira­cial cou­ple in World War I South Carolina is read dur­ing this pre­sen­ta­tion by Shake­speare Theatre Com­pany. At Lans­burgh Theatre.


7 “Let Them Eat Chaos.” Chicago’s Sec­ond City lam­poons Amer­i­can cul­ture. At Woolly Mam­moth Theatre. Through Aug. 2.

 7 “Once.” In this mu­si­cal, which won mul­ti­ple Tony Awards, a Dublin mu­si­cian finds new in­spi­ra­tion for his love songs when a woman takes in­ter­est in his work. At the Kennedy Cen­ter’s Eisen­hower Theater. Through Aug. 16. 8 Siz­zlin’ Sum­mer Nights Cabaret Se­ries. Ev­ery night a new act takes the stage. At Sig­na­ture Theatre. Through July 25.

 9 Cap­i­tal Fringe Fes­ti­val. The fes­ti­val cel­e­brates its 10th year with more than 120 theater per­for­mances, free live mu­sic and a beer gar­den. At Lo­gan Fringe Arts Space. Through July 26. 9 “Sweeney Todd the De­mon Bar­ber of Fleet Street — Prog Metal Ver­sion!” Land­less Theatre Com­pany gives a metal twist to Stephen Sond­heim and Hugh Wheeler’s play about a mur­der­ous bar­ber. At At­las Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter. Through Aug. 2.

 10 Con­tem­po­rary Amer­i­can Theater Fes­ti­val. In ad­di­tion to five new plays, the fes­ti­val cel­e­brates its 25th sea­son with free lec­tures, read­ings, post-show dis­cus­sions and sa­lons. At Reynolds Hall, Shep­herd Uni­ver­sity, Shep­herd­stown, W.Va. Through Aug. 2.

 10 “Dear Evan Hansen.” The world pre­miere mu­si­cal fol­lows Evan Hansen (Ben Platt) as he keeps se­crets in hopes of fit­ting into an ideal fam­ily and get­ting a per­fect girl. At Arena Stage. Through Aug. 23. 10 “The Is­land.” The play-with-in-a-play fol­lows South African po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers as they re­hearse a per­for­mance of “Antigone.” At MetroS­tage. Through Aug. 2. 10 “Leto Leg­end.” The Hub Theatre stages Kristen LePine’s com­edy about a su­per­hero/writer/ mom strug­gling for bal­ance in her life. At the New School of North­ern Vir­ginia’s John Swayze Theatre. Through Aug. 2. 10 “This Lime Tree Bower.” Quo­tid­ian Theatre Com­pany stages Conor McPher­son’s com­ing-of-age story. At the Writer’s Cen­ter. Through Aug. 9. 15 “The BFG.” So­phie and Big Friendly Gi­ant team up to help stop other gi­ants from eat­ing chil­dren. At the Na­tional Theatre. Through July 25. 15 “A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream.” Shake­speare’s story of ro­mance and magic is told through a blend of ac­ro­bat­ics, mime and dance. At Sy­netic Theater. Through Aug. 9. 15 “A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream.” Shake­speare’s mag­i­cal ro­man­tic com­edy is staged. At Ol­ney Theatre Cen­ter. Through July 26. 15 “Si­lence! the Mu­si­cal.” “The Si­lence of the Lambs” is spoofed in this mu­si­cal. At Stu­dio Theatre. Through Aug. 9. 17 “Twelve An­gry Men.” The drama, which was Amer­i­can Cen­tury Theater’s first show, is re­vis­ited by the orig­i­nal direc­tor with a cast of the com­pany’s reg­u­lars. At Gun­ston Arts Cen­ter Theater II. Through Aug. 8. 22 “Varekai.” Cirque du Soleil’s show is set in a mys­ti­cal for­est and draws from the myth of Icarus. At Ge­orge Ma­son Uni­ver­sity’s Pa­triot Cen­ter. Through July 26. 24 “Oliver.” In this mu­si­cal, a young or­phan must nav­i­gate a world of pick­pock­ets to sur­vive in 1853 Lon­don. At Round House Theatre. Through Aug. 16. 30 “Code Name: Cyn­thia.” Pal­las Theatre Col­lec­tive’s play is based on the true story of a World War II spy. At Ana­cos­tia Arts Cen­ter. Through Aug. 16.


 11 “The Fix.” The widow of a dis­graced pres­i­den­tial can­di­date at­tempts to get her son into the White House in this rock mu­si­cal that lam­poons pol­i­tics. At Sig­na­ture Theatre. Through Sept. 20. 12 “Julius Cae­sar.” Shake­speare’s tragedy is staged. At Ol­ney Theatre Cen­ter. Through Aug. 16. 13 “The Ad­ven­tures of Prince Achmed.” Con­stel­la­tion Theatre Com­pany opens its ninth sea­son with the story of a prince on a fly­ing horse who must de­feat demons to im­press a princess. At Source. Through Aug. 15. 14 “The Three Sis­ters.” Scena stages the An­ton Chekov play in part in­spired by the Bronte sis­ters. At At­las Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter. Through Sept. 12. 20 “Witches Van­ish.” In Clau­dia Bar­nett’s play, the witches from Mac­beth share the sto­ries of women who dis­ap­pear. At Venus Theatre. Through Sept. 13. 22 “Dog­fight.” Be­fore head­ing to Viet­nam, three Marines com­pete to find the ugli­est date, only for one of them to have a change of heart. At An­drew Kee­gan Theatre. Through Sept. 19.


Berke­ley Reper­tory and South Coast Reper­tory the­aters pre­sen­tMolière's “Tartuffe,” adapted by David Ball and di­rected by Do­minique Ser­rand, at Sid­ney Har­man Hall through July 5.


Bar­rett Wil­bertWeed as Sally Bowles in Sig­na­ture Theatre’s pro­duc­tion of the Kan­der/Ebb clas­sic “Cabaret,” through June 28.

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