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Posted at 9:06 AM ET, 09/30/2008

Onstage in October

By Stephanie Merry

MacHomer mixes the Simpsons and Shakespeare this month at Woolly Mammoth. (Photo by Michael Cooper)

Fall is officially here. Pumpkins are showing up at farmers markets, leaves are falling off trees, the sun is setting earlier and earlier and the theater season is in full swing. Need a little direction for which plays to check out? Here are some picks for the month ahead.

Some people need a little pick-me-up as the temperatures drop and the reality of fall sets in. Luckily, there is a hat trick of stand-up rolling into town in the form of high-profile comedians George Lopez, Richard Lewis and Lewis Black. Lopez, best known for his eponymous television show, hits Warner Theater starting Friday, Oct. 3. "Curb Your Enthusiasm" regular Lewis will perform at Lisner Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 18, the same night that the perpetually screaming Black entertains the Patriot Center.

Another opportunity for complete irreverence is "MacHomer" at Woolly Mammoth starting Wednesday, Oct. 8. The play consists of the characters from "The Simpsons" acting out one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies. Also in the remake vein is "7 (X1) Samurai," which was one of the well-received Fringe Festival offerings. The show consists of one man reenacting Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" in much less time than the three-hour-plus movie (thankfully). The show starts Thursday, Oct. 16 at the Warehouse Theater.

Another comedic one-man show stars Josh Kornbluth and takes a look at the democratic process through a series of entertaining personal stories in "Citizen Josh," which premieres at Arena Stage in Crystal City on Thursday, Oct. 9.

If you'd prefer the onset of fall with a little drama, then head to Studio Theatre starting Wednesday, Oct. 8 for "A Beautiful View," which follows two women and their often complicated 30-year relationship. For a more classic story, Folger Theatre presents "Henry IV" the same day.

Dance-lovers rejoice! Savion Glover (of "Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk" fame) comes to D.C. with "Bare Soundz." The show features other tap masters as well as jazz musicians at the Warner Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 16. Meanwhile, Septime Webre's work "Fall[en] Angels" brings a mix of classical music, cabaret and dance to Atlas on Saturday, Oct. 11.

Going to see a play based solely on the name is a risky move, but I think it might pay off with the family-friendly "Mermaids, Monsters and the World Painted Purple." Award-winning playwright Marco Ramirez weaves together fantastical stories based on Hispanic folk tales beginning Friday, Oct. 10 at the Kennedy Center.

Any other plays you're looking forward to in October? Let us know in the comments.

-- Stephanie

By Stephanie Merry  | September 30, 2008; 9:06 AM ET
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I love this great round up of all theater and performing events in the area! It really helps me avoid the same old weekend routine of going out to bars and movies. Thank you.

Posted by: Steph | October 2, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

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