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Posted at 2:07 PM ET, 02/ 2/2009

On Stage in February

By Stephanie Merry

The big news this month in the theater world is the grand reopening of Ford's Theatre. Just in time for the Lincoln Bicentennial, the theater where the 16th president was shot will hold a multi-day open house from Feb. 11 to 16, including an extravaganza for Lincoln's birthday on Monday, Feb. 16. The first performance in the renovated space? It will be about Lincoln, of course. "The Heavens Are Hung in Black" opens tomorrow and recounts Abe's life during the five months leading up to the Emancipation Proclamation.

Philadelphia's Pig Iron Theatre brings "Hell Meets Henry Halfway" to Woolly Mammoth. (Pig Iron Theatre Company)

But one promising premiere occurs even before Ford's great unveiling. The dark comedy "Hell Meets Henry Halfway" at Woolly Mammoth brings Philadelphia's Pig Iron Theatre to D.C. A new take on a Polish horror novel, the play involves a dying prince, a conniving secretary and a tennis coach (of all things).

Feb. 6 marks the opening of a more physical theatrical experience. Synetic Theatre offers theater-goers the chance to travel through the circles of Hell when the troupe performs Dante's Divine Comedy in its entirety at Spectrum Theatre. The same day, the kid-friendly "Holes" premieres at Adventure Theatre. The story, based on a popular book that was also adapted for the big screen, involves a boy who is sent to a detention center and finds something mysterious when he's forced to dig holes in the desert.

A much less family-friendly show comes to D.C. on Tuesday, Feb. 10, with the Tony-winner and Broadway hit Avenue Q premiering at the Warner Theatre. If the idea of puppets getting busy makes you giggle, then this is definitely the show for you.

On the same day Shakespeare Theatre Company hosts a sassy countess who rejects all her suitors in Spanish playwright Lope de Vega's "Dog in a Manger."

More dramatic fare hits the stage on Wednesday, Feb. 11. Catalyst Theater brings a little Shakespeare to Atlas with a play based on "Measure for Measure," Bertolt Brecht's "Roundheads and Peakheads." The plot follows two classes on the verge of a civil war in the imaginary land of Yahoo.

And something to look forward to at the end of the month: "The Receptionist" at Studio Theatre debuts on Wednesday, Feb. 25, and explores what evil lurks behind the chipper demeanor of the woman sitting behind the front desk.

What other shows are you looking forward to seeing?

-- Stephanie

By Stephanie Merry  | February 2, 2009; 2:07 PM ET
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Hey I just found a coupon code for Olney Theatre's Is He Dead in Feb. For anyone who is thinking of seeing it the online code was WEB100

I am so excited to see this show!

Posted by: lwareing | February 5, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

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