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Jan. 21 to March 14 "Mahalia, a Gospel Musical." Starring Bernardine Mitchell as Mahalia Jackson will be in performance at MetroStage. A musical biography of the "Queen of Gospel Music" directed by Thomas W. Jones II. Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. All tickets $45-$50. Call 800-494-8497, Groups/703-548-9044. At 1201 North Royal St. Alexandria.

Now Through Jan. 24

<cal2>"Nuts" by Tom Topor. Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m., Jan. 22-23; plus Sun. matinee at 2 p.m. Jan. 24. At Lee Center for the Performing Arts, 1108 Jefferson Street in Old Town, Alexandria. Tickets are $16/general; $14/seniors and 18 and under; $12/groups of 10 or more. Call 703-838-2880 or visit www.portcityplayhouse.com.

<cal1>Now Through Jan. 30

<cal2>"Reefer Madness." 8 p.m. Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.. Cost is $15. Inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name, this musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana. Hosted by Dominion Stage. At Gunston Arts Center, Theatre One, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. Go to www.dominionstage.org. Reservations can be made online or by calling 703-683-0502.

<cal1>Jan. 21 to March 14

<cal2>"Mahalia, a Gospel Musical." Starring Bernardine Mitchell as Mahalia Jackson will be in performance at MetroStage. A musical biography of the "Queen of Gospel Music" directed by Thomas W. Jones II. Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. All tickets $45-$50. Call 800-494-8497, Groups/703-548-9044. At 1201 North Royal St. Alexandria.

<cal1>Jan. 23 to March 14

<cal2>"Puss 'n Boots." Adapted by Ramola D from the French fairy tale by Charles Perrault. Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. Additional performances: Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20; March 6 at 3:30 p.m. For ages 4 and up. Tickets are $12/advance, $15/door, $10 for parties of 10 or more. Presented by Synetic Family Theater, 4041 Campbell Ave., Arlington in Shirlington Village. Call 800-494-8497 or www.classika.org

<cal1>Feb. 9 to April 4

<cal2>"Sweeney Todd." At Signature Theatre. Tickets are $52 to $76. 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. There is no "Sweeney Todd" performance on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. Call Ticketmaster at 703-573-SEAT or go to www.signature-theatre.org.

<cal1>Now Through Feb. 6

<cal2>"Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" 8 p.m. nightly; Saturday/Sunday matinees 2:30 p.m. Sponsored by the American Century Theater. At the Theater Two, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. Tickets are $26-$32. Tickets can be ordered online at www.americancentury.org or by calling 703-998-4555.

<cal1>Now Through Feb. 7

<cal2>"Stick Fly." Tickets are $25 to $66. A comedy at Arena Stage in Crystal City that explores the role of race and privilege in the African-American social aristocracy. Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. At Arena Stage in Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell Street, Arlington. Visit www.arenastage.org, by phone at 202-488-3300.

<cal1>Now Through March 7

<cal2>"I am My Own Wife." Andrew Long plays all 33 characters, from Charlotte, her aunt and her father, SS commanders and Stasi officials, to international reporters and the playwright himself. Showtimes are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Presented by Signature Theater in the ARK Theater. Tickets are $47-$71, and are available by calling Ticketmaster at 703-573-SEAT or visiting www.signature-theatre.org.