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THE FATHER

French au­thor Flo­rian Zeller’s award-win­ning play is about an 80-year-old man strug­gling with the new life Alzheimer’s has cre­ated for him. The work cen­ters on his re­la­tion­ship with his daugh­ter and the un­cer­tainty that sud­denly sur­rounds him. May 10 to June 18, Stu­dio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW, 202-332-3300; stu­dio­the­atre.org

MACBETH

Direc­tor Liesl Tommy presents one of Shakespeare’s blood­i­est plays, set in a world dom­i­nated by civil war. April 25 to May 28, Lands­burgh Theatre, 450 Sev­enth St. NW, 202-547-1122; shake­spearethe­atre.org

NEARLY LEAR

In this spin-off of one of Shakespeare’s great tragedies, Su­sanna Ham­nett as­sumes all the roles in the play for a 75-minute one-woman show, telling the story from the per­spec­tive of the Fool. The play is per­formed at the Kennedy Cen­ter’s Fam­ily The­ater and is in­tended for ages 9 and up. May 12–14, 2700 F St. NW, 202-4674600; kennedy-cen­ter.org

RAGTIME

This Tony-win­ning mu­si­cal was a pre­scient choice for the 2016-17 sea­son: It dra­ma­tizes the volatile in­ter­sec­tion of dif­fer­ent iden­tity groups (a wealthy white fam­ily, Jewish immigrants, and dis­en­fran­chised African-Amer­i­cans) at the turn of the 20th cen­tury—a time of op­ti­mism and un­cer­tainty in the face of tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ment. Closes May 20, Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW, 202-3474833; ford­sthe­atre.org

A RAISIN IN THE SUN

Two-time He­len Hayes Award win­ner Dawn Ur­sula takes the lead­ing role in Lor­raine Hans­berry’s clas­sic about an African-Amer­i­can fam­ily fight­ing for a bet­ter life in 1959 Chicago. Closes May 7, Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW, 202-554-9066; are­nastage.org

THE SCHOOL FOR LIES

David Ives’s Venus in Fur took the New York the­ater scene by storm in 2010, but his highly orig­i­nal, of­ten bawdy, ver­si­fied trans­la­tions of 17th-cen­tury French plays have like­wise de­lighted au­di­ences. This ver­sion of Molière’s The Misan­thrope— yes, it’s in iambic pen­tame­ter—is di­rected by fre­quent col­lab­o­ra­tor Michael Kahn. May 20 to July 2, Lands­burgh Theatre, 450 Sev­enth St.

NW, 202-547-1122; shake­spearethe­atre.org SMART PEO­PLE

Race, prej­u­dice, sex­u­al­ity, iden­tity— this witty com­edy-drama has plenty of flash points as it brings to­gether a group of Har­vard in­tel­lec­tu­als for some tough talks. Closes May 21, Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW, 202-5549066; are­nastage.org

STRAIGHT OUTTA OZ

Broad­way ac­tor and vi­ral YouTube per­son­al­ity To­drick Hall riffs on the beloved Hol­ly­wood film to tell the story of his own jour­ney from small-town Texas to big-time “Oz Angeles.” April 18–19, Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW, 202-8032899; the­howardthe­atre.com

THREE SIS­TERS

One of Chekhov’s best-loved plays gets a stag­ing with Paul Schmidt’s ac­ces­si­ble Amer­i­can English trans­la­tion. April 26–30, Stu­dio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW, 202-332-3300; stu­dio­the­atre.org

TIMON OF ATHENS

This rarely per­formed Shakespeare play touches on the time­less themes of the tox­i­c­ity of for­tune and the strain it places on friend­ships. May 9 to June 11, Fol­ger Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE, 202-544-4600; fol­ger.edu

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