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BAL­TI­MORE THE­ATRE PROJECT— Lovers of stage­craft head here for orig­i­nal works, mu­sic and dance per­for­mances. “The Call of the Wild,” Jack Lon­don’s novel adapted and per­formed by Char­lie Bethel through Jan. 29; Iron Crow The­ater: “F***ing A,” a mod­ern-day fa­ble in­spired by “The Scarlet Let­ter” Feb. 3-12; Pe­abody Cham­ber Opera: “Women in the Dark,” three short op­eras Feb. 16-19; Evo­lu­tion­ary Art Works: ”The Meet­ing,” imag­in­ing the philo­soph­i­cal de­bate be­tween Mal­colm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Feb. 23-26; Todd Mar­cus Quin­tet, Quar­tet and Trio March 10-12; Iron Crow The­atre: “Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them,” a comin­gof-age tale set on a re­mote farm in Mid­dle Amer­ica (ma­ture themes) March 31-April 2. www.the­atre­pro­ject. org. 45 W. Pre­ston St., Mount Ver­non, 410.752.8558 Map C2

CEN­TER STAGE— Kwame Kwei-Armah over­see­ing clas­sic and new pro­duc­tions at Mary­land’s re­cently ren­o­vated state the­ater. Cafe and bar. “The White Snake,” in­spired by an an­cient Chi­nese fa­ble about an­i­mal spir­its who take hu­man form Feb. 24-March 26; “Twisted Melodies,” an im­mer­sive one-man show based on the life of 70s soul singer Donny Hath­away March 17-April 16. www.cen­ter­stage. org. 700 N. Calvert St., Mount Ver­non, 410.332.0033 Map C3

CH­E­SA­PEAKE SHAKE­SPEARE COM­PANY— Per­form­ing in the ren­o­vated 1885 Mer­can­tile Trust and De­posit Com­pany (and, dur­ing the sum­mer, out­doors in El­li­cott City). ”Richard III,” Shake­speare’s his­tor­i­cal play about the king’s rise to power, here set dur­ing WWI Feb. 10-March 5; “The Tam­ing of the Shrew,” the Bard’s comedic and con­tro­ver­sial bat­tle of the sexes March 17-April 9.­e­sa­peake shake­ 7 S. Calvert St., In­ner Har­bor, 410.244.8570 Map D5

CRE­ATIVE AL­LIANCE— Con­tem­po­rary art and per­for­mance space in­side the his­toric Patterson The­ater (circa 1910) host­ing com­edy, film screen­ings, ex­per­i­men­tal mu­sic and bur­lesque shows. Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free en­try, ticket prices vary. Mar­quee Lounge for din­ner and drinks. www. cre­ativeal­ 3134 Eastern Ave., High­land­town, 410.276.1651 Map H6

EVERY­MAN THE­ATRE— In a his­toric build­ing, lo­cal per­form­ers ded­i­cated to mak­ing the­ater ac­ces­si­ble and af­ford­able to all. “Charles Dick­ens’ Great Ex­pec­ta­tions,” a styl­ized and fast­paced adap­ta­tion in which six ac­tors play 35 char­ac­ters Feb. 1-March 5; “Los Otros,” a mu­si­cal about two peo­ple who dis­cover they are linked in un­ex­pected ways March 22-April 23. www. ev­ery­manthe­ 315 W. Fayette St., West­side, 410.752.2208 Map C5

FELLS POINT COR­NER THE­ATRE— Com­mu­nity the­ater with lo­cal per­form­ers and writers. “Black­bird,” an in­tense drama about a crim­i­nal com­ing face to face with his vic­tim Jan. 13-29; “Trust,” a play depict­ing lust, temp­ta­tion and rock ‘n’ roll in the 90s grunge scene Feb. 17-March 19; “10x10x10,” 10 plays by 10 ac­tors, each 10 min­utes long March 31-April 16. 251 S. Ann St., 410.276.7837 Map F6

FRANCE- MERRICK PER­FORM­ING ARTS CEN­TER— For Broad­way shows and more, a state-of-the-art com­plex built from the Hip­po­drome The­atre (circa 1914), two late-1800s banks and a new build­ing. Ina Garten The Bare­foot Contessa, sharing sto­ries from her life in the Hamp­tons and her Food Net­work show Jan. 17; “Beau­ti­ful,” fol­low­ing Ca­role King’s rise to fame and in­clud­ing songs like “I Feel the Earth Move” and “You’ve Got a Friend” Jan. 24-29; The State Bal­let The­atre of Rus­sia: “Swan Lake” Feb. 10-11; Shen Yun:”Ex­pe­ri­ence a Divine Culture,” clas­si­cal Chi­nese mu­sic and dance Feb. 17-19; Lewis Black: The Rant, White & Blue Tour Feb. 24; “The Body­guard,” a mu­si­cal based on the film with the hit song “I Will Al­ways Love You” Feb. 28-March 5; “Rent,” a 20th an­niver­sary tour of the Pul­tizer Prizewin­ning mu­si­cal that re-imag­ines

Puc­cini’s “La Bo­hème” March 31April 2. www.france-mer­rick­pac. com. 12 N. Eutaw St., West­side, 410.837.7400 Map B5

SPOTLIGHTERS THE­ATRE— In­ti­mate com­mu­nity stage (since 1962). “The Three­penny Opera,” Ber­tolt Brecht’s So­cial­ist cri­tique of cap­i­tal­ism and moral­ity, set in Vic­to­rian-era Lon­don Jan. 13-Feb. 5; “The Women,” a satir­i­cal look at fe­male culture in 1939 New York Feb. 24-March 19; “The Wiz,” an ur­ban­ized adap­ta­tion of “The Won­der­ful Wizard of Oz” April 7-30. www. 817 St. Paul St., Mount Ver­non, 410.752.1225 Map C3

VAGABOND PLAY­ERS—“Amer­ica’s old­est con­tin­u­ously run­ning lit­tle the­ater. “The Com­plete His­tory of Amer­ica (abridged),” a roller­coaster ride through 600 years of his­tory in 6,000 seconds Jan. 6-Feb. 5; “Moth­er­hood Out Loud,” cel­e­brated Amer­i­can writers on the hu­mor and drama of be­ing par­ents Feb. 24-March 19; “The Odd Couple,” Neil Si­mon’s beloved com­edy about room­mates with op­po­site per­son­al­i­ties April 7-May 7. www. vagabond­play­ 806 S. Broad­way, Fells Point, 410.563.9135 Map E7

GRAND CRU— Laid-back wine bar also offers solid cock­tails, fancy beers. Plus wine shop. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. till mid­night, Sun. noon- 8 p.m. www.grand­crubal­ti­ 527 E. Belvedere Ave., Belvedere Square, 410.464.1944 North of Map C1 THE WINE MAR­KET— Once a foundry, now a wine bar, bistro and shop. Eight hun­dred wines by the bot­tle, 25 by the glass. Court­yard pa­tio in warmer months. Bistro: Mon.-Thurs. 5-9:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. till 10:30 p.m. (also lunch and brunch).­mar­ket­bistro. com. 921 E. Fort Ave., Lo­cust Point, 410.244.6166 South of Map E8

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