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Posted at 9:40 PM ET, 05/27/2009

On Stage in June

By Stephanie Merry

This month finds a famous actor returning to D.C. for a Shakespearean role, Landless Theatre giving audiences the chance to ponder the double-meaning of Scooby Snacks and a heart-breaking autobiography-turned-play at Studio Theatre.

First up though is a comedic look at the intersection of mental illness and politics. Keegan Theatre is putting on a play that is so very Washington: "Lincolnesque," about a hapless congressman about to lose his reelection campaign. The only person who can help him is a man who believes he is Abraham Lincoln reincarnate and happens to be an exceptional speechwriter. (June 4-28)

Another comedy takes on a goofier subject: Saturday morning cartoons. Landless Theatre's "Spooky Dog and the Teenage-Gang Mysteries" at DC Arts Center is a parody of shows like Scooby Doo, so expect at least one "and we would have gotten away with it, if it weren't for you meddling kids" reference. (June 5-July 4)

On a more lyrical note, the Theater Alliance presents Five Flights. The story follows a pair of siblings trying to figure out what to do with a dilapidated aviary left to them in their father's will. The play's other elements: professional hockey, Russian ballet, reincarnation and fear of commitment. (June 12-28)

If you missed Stacy Keach's visit to D.C. when he starred in "Frost/Nixon," Harman Hall is giving you a second chance. The award-winning actor will be tackling Shakespeare as he takes on the tragic role of King Lear. (June 16-July 19)

Speaking of poor parenting skills, Olney Theatre will be putting on "The Glass Menagerie" this month. Tennessee Williams's somewhat autobiographical masterpiece follows an overbearing woman who is convinced she knows what's best for her children. (Of course, she doesn't.) (June 3-July 5)

Don't forget to bring Kleenex to Studio Theatre for "The Year of Magical Thinking." The adaptation of Joan Didion's heart-wrenching memoir recounts the death of Didion's husband and the ultimately fatal illness of her daughter. (June 17-July 5)

Free and cheap theater:
Woolly Mammoth presents "Fever/Dream" about a low-level office employee who suddenly finds himself in the role of CEO. Pay-what-you-can previews will take place Monday-Tuesday, June 1-2. (June 1-28)

In its 22nd year, DanceAfrica DC 2009 celebrates dance of the African diaspora. Expect to find dance performances, classes and an African marketplace with food, art and clothing. Best of all, there will be free outdoor performances all weekend long. (June 6-7)

Rorschach Theatre's June offering is "Brain People," a mysterious story about a woman with unknown motives who invites a couple of men to dinner to commemorate the death of her parents. PWYC nights are Thursday-Saturday June 25-27. (June 25-July 26)

-- Stephanie

By Stephanie Merry  | May 27, 2009; 9:40 PM ET
Categories:  Theater  
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