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<cal1>Now through Nov. 22

<cal2>"The Tale of the Fisherman and the Golden Fish." A magical pantomime recreation of a wonderful Russian folktale. Saturdays at 12:30 p.m., Sundays at 12 noon. Additional performances: Nov. 7, 14, 21, and 22 at 3:30 p.m. and Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. Directed by Paata Tsikurishvili. At 4041 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22209, in the Village of Shirlington. Call 800-494-8497 or www.classika.org.

<cal1>Nov. 10-Jan. 17, 2010

<cal2>Signature Theatre Stages "Show Boat." Nov. 10 through Jan. 17, 2010, Signature reinvents the 1927 classic American musical, "Show Boat," with Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer creating an intimate new staging in the 300-seat MAX Theatre, complete with a special new approved script and new orchestrations. Show times are Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Added performances for "Show Boat" are Monday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m.; and Monday, Dec. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

There are no "Show Boat" performances Saturday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 24 at 8 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 25 at 8 p.m.; and Friday, Jan. 1 at 8 p.m.

Located at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington.

Ticket prices range from $52 - $76. Tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster at (703) 573-SEAT (7328) or visiting www.signature-theatre.org.

<cal1>Oct. 13-18, and Nov. 17-22

<cal2>"Signature Sings" Cabarets Shows

<bt>Cabaret shows take over Signature Theatre’s 120-seat ARK Theatre, when Signature begins a year-long "best of" salute to its 20 years of musicals. From Oct. 13 through 18, the cabaret offering Signature Sings: 1989-1994 will feature music from Company, Wings, Assassins, and Into the Woods. Cabaret performances will again return from Nov. 17 through 22 with Signature Sings: 1995-1999, featuring select songs from First Lady Suite, Cabaret, A Grand Night for Singing, Passion, The Rink, Sunday in the Park With George, Working, The Fix, A Little Night Music, Over and Over, and Tell Me on a Sunday.

Cabaret show times are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $33 each.

Signature Sings: 1989-1994

Performances Oct. 13–18, Select songs performed from the musical productions from 1989-1994 including Company, Sweeney Todd, Assassins, Company, Wings – The Musical, and Into the Woods. Starring Erin Driscoll, Eleasha Gamble, Amy McWilliams, Matt Pearson, and Stephen Schmidt.

Signature Sings: 1995-1999

Performances November 17 – 22, 2009

Select songs performed from the musical productions from 1995-1999 including First Lady Suite, Cabaret, A Grand Night for Singing, Passion, The Rink, Sunday in the Park With George, Working, The Fix, A Little Night Music, Over and Over, and Tell Me on a Sunday.

<cal1>Now through Oct. 11

<cal2>"Glorious!" Story by Peter Quilter. The joyful Florence Foster Jenkins had a passion for singing, but a voice of disastrous proportions that left audiences crying with laughter. Spinning from her bizarre recording sessions, unbelievable recitals and an ultimate triumph at New York’s Carnegie Hall – this is a true, heart-warming story about a group of eccentric friends who lived their dreams. Dominion Stage. Theatre One at Gunston. 703-683-0502 http://www.dominionstage.org

<cal1>Now through Oct. 3

<cal2>"Bye Bye Birdie." The play is a satire done with the fondest affection that tells the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. Memorable songs include An English Teacher, What Did I Ever See in Him? Put On a Happy Face, One Boy, A Lot of Livin’ to Do, Kids, Rosie and Spanish Rose. The Arlington Players. Thomas Jefferson Theatre. 703-549-1063 http://www.thearlingtonplayers.org

<cal1>Now through Oct. 10

<cal2>"A Piece of My Heart". Six women relive harrowing and life-altering experiences in Vietnam. At Theater II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 South Lang Street, Arlington. Performances most weeks are Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., with weekend matinees at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 3, 4, and 10. Tickets and information are available at www.AmericanCentury.org or by calling the theater at 703-998-4555.

<cal1>Now Through Oct. 18

<cal2>Musical of Musicals ("The Musical!") At MetroStage. The play is a funny parody of five Broadway composers, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Kander and Ebb, Jerry Herman and Andrew Lloyd Webber, with the music by Eric Rockwell, lyrics by Joanne Bogart, and book by Rockwell and Bogart. Both Rockwell and Bogart performed in the original New York production that began at The York Theatre Company before moving Off Broadway to Dodger Stages. It has been successfully presented on many stages across the country and in London and has a national Web site (www.musicalofmusicals.com). Performances are now through Oct. 18, Thursdays and Fridays at 8, Saturdays at 5 and 8:30, Sundays at 3 and 7. Tickets are $45-50. At MetroStage, 1201 North Royal St. Alexandria. Fully accessible, free parking, great dining. Call 800-494-8497 or go online to wwwboxofficetickets.com. Call 703-548-9044.

<cal1>Now through Oct. 18

<cal2>"The Quality of Life." 8 p.m. At Arena Stage in Crystal City. The play is newly rewritten by Emmy Award-winning Jane Anderson (TV’s Mad Men and Normal) and directed by Lisa Peterson (Arena’s The Rainmaker). Tickets are $22–$66. Showtimes are Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. (6 p.m. curtain on 9/27); Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. (no matinee 9/12); Weekday matinees at noon on Oct. 7 and 13. Tickets are $25-$66 plus applicable fees. Go to www.arenastage.org, by phone at 202-488-3300 or at the Arena Stage Sales Office at 1800 S. Bell Street, Arlington.

<cal1>Now through Oct. 11

<cal2>Dominion Stage kicks off its 60th anniversary season with "Glorious!," which runs weekends from now through Oct. 11, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. All performances will be held at the Gunston Arts Center — Theater One, located at 2700 S. Lang Street in Arlington. Seating is General Admission; Tickets are available online for pre-purchase at www.DominionStage.org. Group Discounts available. Reservations can be made online or by calling 703-683-0502.

In 2009/10, Dominion Stage, formerly The Failington Players, celebrates 60 seasons of entertaining audiences in the Northern Virginia/DC Metropolitan area. Their three show anniversary season also includes "Reefer Madness, The Musical" (Jan 2010), and "Love! Valour! Compassion!" (May 2010). Dominion Stage is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit community theater organization.

Synetic Theater 2009-10 season. At 4041 Campbell Ave., Arlington, in the Village of Shirlington. Rosslyn Spectrum 1-800-494-8497 http://www.synetictheater.org.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream," Featuring Irina Tsikurishvili as Titania, Irakli Kavsadze as Bottom and Alex Mills as Puck. Now through Oct. 10. Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. Extra Matinees on Oct. 3 and 10 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $40-$45 regular, $15-$20 students and under 25, $35-$40 seniors and military. Directed by Paata Tsikurishvili and choreographed by Irina Tsikurishvili.

* "Dracula" directed by Paata Tsikurishvili, Oct. 16-Nov. 15 at the Rosslyn Spectrum. An innovative restaging of the acclaimed 2005 production ... a tale of horror and the undying strength of the human spirit.

* "Antony and Cleopatra" directed by Paata Tsikurishvili, Jan. 28-Feb. 28, 2010, at the Lansburgh Theatre. Shakespeare's great tragedy, presented in a historic new alliance with The Shakespeare Theatre Company, starring resident choreographer Irina Tsikurishvili in the title role.

* "Metamorphosis" directed by Derek Goldman, April 9-May 22, 2010, at the Rosslyn Spectrum. A reimagining of Franz Kafka's brilliant and darkly comic classic tale of family, alienation... and a giant bug!

* "Othello" directed by Paata Tsikurishvili, June 4-21, 2010, at the Family Theater, The Kennedy Center. Shakespeare's poignant tragedy, performed in Synetic Theater's acclaimed style "the art of silence."

Order tickets by calling 800-494-8497.

Synetic Theater, 4041 Campbell Ave., Arlington.

The Keegan Theatre of Arlington will be the full-time resident company at Church Street Theater in the District, beginning with its 2009-2010 season. Church Street Theater, located at Church Street Theater is located at 1742 Church Street, NW, Washington, D.C., has been a partial home to Keegan for many years.

The Keegan Theatre 2009-2010 Season

* Nov. 5-29 — "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck;

* Dec. 20 - Jan. 20 — "RENT" by Jonathan Larson;

* Feb. 4 - March 7 — "Girl from Gdansk" by Liam Heylin;

* March 18 - April 18 — "Dancing at Lughnasa" by Brian Friel

"There Are Little Kingdoms" by Kevin Barry new island project (Sunday-Wednesday nights)

* April 29 - May 23 — "The Graduate" by Terry Johnson

* June 10 - July 11 — "A Man of No Importance" by Stephen Flaherty

* "Fair Emma" by Eric Lucas new island project (Sunday-Wednesday nights )

* Now through Aug. 22 — "Noises Off" by Michael Frayn

Stella Morgan (Sunday-Wednesday nights)

Washington Shakespeare Company in Arlington announces its 2009-2010 season at Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Crystal City Arlington. To purchase tickets online, go to www.boxofficetickets.com/wsc or call 1-800-494-TIXS (8497).

* "Lulu" by Frank Wedekind, adapted by Nicholas Wright — Nov. 12 - Dec. 13, 2009

* "The Miser" by Moliere,' adapted by David Ball — Jan. 28 - Feb. 28, 2010

* "The Front Page" by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur — June 3 - July 10, 2010

Ticket Prices:

Thursday (8 p.m.): $25

Friday (8 p.m.): $30

Saturday Matinee (2 p.m.): Pay What You Can

Saturday Night (8 p.m.): $35

Sunday Matinee (2 p.m.): $30

Opening Nights: $50

MetroStage’s 2009-10 Season

25 Years of Eclectic Theatre

By Popular Demand MetroStage’s Favorite Shows and Artists Return

Inspirational, Unforgettable Theatre in an Intimate Setting

Musical of Musical (The Musical!)

August 27-October 18, 2009

Sometimes one musical isn’t enough…

In this hilarious parody of musical theatre, one story becomes five different musicals, written in the distinctive styles of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Kander & Ebb, Jerry Herman, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. An all-time audience favorite, Donna Migliaccio and Bobbie Smith reprise their Helen Hayes nominated roles in this critically acclaimed production along with Janine Gulisano-Sunday.

Pearl Bailey…By Request

November 19-December 20, 2009

An evening of marvelous music and memorable stories performed by Roz White as Pearl Bailey, the legendary songstress, acclaimed actress and irrepressible show biz personality. Pearl’s "most requested songs" include Baby, It’s Cold Outside, St. Louis Blues, Ain’t She Sweet. Ms White is joined by Hot Lips Page, played by MetroStage favorite William Hubbard. Playing to sold out audiences last season, Pearl Bailey returns to MetroStage…by request.

Mahalia

January 21-March 14, 2010

A musical biography of Mahalia Jackson, starring the incomparable Bernardine Mitchell, winner of the 2005 Helen Hayes Award for this role. Mahalia chronicles the life of the life of the "Queen of Gospel Music," from her beginnings in the segregated South to her debut on the stage of Carnegie Hall, culminating in her triumphant performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. This brilliant musical tribute also features William Hubbard, who received a Helen Hayes nomination for this performance.

Tiny Dancer

April 15-May 9, 2010

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Paul Scott Goodman, an authentic Scottish Jewish guitar playing rocker, tells his story of living and surviving the Soho music scene in the ‘80s; as an artist, a lover, and ultimately a father. The "son of a standup comedian," Goodman’s songs tell a story of love and hope, a story due in no small part to Arthur Miller. With wry wit and uncompromising honesty Tiny Dancer captures the unique sights and sounds, challenges and complexities of life as an artist in Manhattan. Goodman returns to MetroStage after his award-winning musical Rooms a rock romance premiered here last season.