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The American Century Theater appointed a new Board of Directors at its May 6 meeting. TACT is the Arlington-based non-profit professional theater company dedicated to rescuing great 20th Century plays and musicals from obscurity. The new Board, pointedly dubbed “the Second Decade Board,” will address the strategic and organizational actions required to move the 11-year-old company to “the next level,” said theater co-founder and artistic director Jack Marshall. The new board members include: Rebecca Christy, Peter Kellogg, Wendy T. Kenney, Jacqueline Manger, Steven Mazzola, Loren Platzman, Janet R. Reingold, Philip H. Yasinski.

Washington-Lee High School's theatre department will present its annual student-directed play, “Touchtone M for Murder” on May 18-20, at 7:30 p.m. The show is a 21st century version of the classic pre-touch tone era’s, “Dial M For Murder.” The performance will be held in the Black Box Theatre at Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road, due to the ongoing construction at Washington-Lee High School. This family-friendly, audience-interactive murder mystery is directed by Washington-Lee seniors Julia Layton and Daniel Zeese. Tickets are $5 in advance, and $7 at the door. Call 703-228-6200.

"Three Little Pigs" is being presented by Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St., through May 21. This old-fashioned, interactive production is a story within a story that shows what the puppet performance looked like 100 years ago. Children in the audience will become active participants. The show runs Saturdays and Sundays at noon. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Call 703-824-6200 or visit www.classika.org.

“Faust” is being presented by the Classika-Synetic Theatre of Arlington from April 20 - May 21 at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theater. Thursday - Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. For tickets, call 703-824-8060 or visit www.synetictheater.org.

"The David Dance," by Don Scime will run from May 18 – June 10. When David, a gay radio talk show host, goes head to head on the air with a born-again talk show host, the battle lines are drawn on the issue of gay adoption. Meanwhile, David grapples with self doubts when asked to be a father figure to his sister's adopted daughter. Performed by the Trumpet Vine Theatre Company at Theatre on the Run. Call 703-912-1649 or visit http://www.trumetvinetheatrecompany.org.

The Children’s Theatre presents "Alice in Wonderland." The story follows Alice as she tumbles down the rabbit hole into Wonderland and begins an implausible journey where she meets the Cheshire Cat, Tweedledum and Tweeledee, the Mock Turtle, Mad Hatter, and the Queen of Hearts. The show runs June 2-11, Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 3 and 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. Shows will be performed at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Road, Arlington (near Glebe Road and Rt. 50). Parking is free. Tickets are available at the door: $10 for adults and $8 for children, students and seniors. Seating is reserved, reservations are recommended. Call 703-548-1154.

"Guachos (Desclasados)/ Wanderers (Orphans)" from May 25 – June 17. The U.S. premiere of this season's runaway hit in Buenos Aires, is a situation comedy about a likeable street person and a young writer. Presented by Teatro de la Luna at the Gunston Theatre Two. Call 703-548-3092 or visit http://teatrodelaluna.org.

The next offering in the American Century Theater’s “Rescues” series is "Call Me Mister" (1946), a musical revue by Harold Rome ("Fanny, Pins and Needles") with book by Arnold Auerbach. "Call Me Mister" will be performed at Theater on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run, Arlington. Shows are June 15-17 at 8 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. matinees on June 17 and 18. All performances are free, but due to limited seating, reservations are required. Call 703-553-8782 or visit www.americancentury.org.

"Assassins," by Stephen Sondheim runs from May 30 – July 16. This 2004 Tony Award-winning show gives a captivating look at the lives and lunacy of nine infamous assassins, from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald. With music ranging from folk to ragtime to big, Broadway ballads, it is one of Sondheim's most inventive and exquisitely scored shows. At the Signature Theatre. Call 703-820-9771 or visit http://www.signature-theatre.org.