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Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 02/25/2010

On stage in March

By Stephanie Merry

Happenstance Theater transports audiences to the Middle East in "FarFar Oasis." (Happenstance Theater)

Travel around the world in March without leaving the comfort of your theater seat: Fall in love with Tuscany at Arena Stage, take a magical tour of the Middle East with Happenstance Theater, and head to a haunted Ireland with Olney Theatre.

But before starting that tour, you can enjoy the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, which is performing two mixed-repertory programs at the Kennedy Center, including choreography by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins set to Debussy and Mendelssohn. (Wednesday through March 7)

Arena Stage is unveiling a chamber version of the musical "The Light in the Piazza," about a girl who falls in love during a trip to Italy, prompting her mother to unveil an old secret. (March 5-April 11)

In conjunction with an exhibition of Andy Warhol's portraits, monologuist Josh Kornbluth returns to Washington with "Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?," which considers the pop artist's renderings of such Jewish notables Golda Meir and Groucho Marx. (March 6-21)

Husband-and-wife actors Christopher Kale Jones and Jenna Coker-Jones take the leads in Ford's Theatre's "Little Shop of Horrors," the musical that proves the only thing stranger than a singing plant is a man-eating one. (March 12-May 22)

The Kennedy Center launches a celebration of Terrence McNally's plays with three productions about opera. "Golden Age" goes behind the scenes of Bellini's "I Puritani"; "Lisbon Traviata" looks at the mysterious draw of the diva; and "Master Class" stars Tyne Daly as Maria Callas reflecting on her life. (March 12-April 18)

Woolly Mammoth Theatre is getting another visit from satirist Bruce Norris with "Clybourne Park." The play is a twist on "A Raisin in the Sun," contrasting the 1950s (a black family moves into an all-white neighborhood) with the present day (a white family moves into the same house, which is now in a predominantly black area) to consider how far we have -- or haven't -- progressed. (March 15-April 11)

Art and religion are at odds at Round House Theatre with "My Name Is Asher Lev," which follows a Hasidic Jew whose urge to paint alienates him from his community. (March 17-April 11)

A successful author returns to his childhood home in Ireland to find his dead father still hanging around in Hugh Leonard's "Da" at Olney Theatre Center. (March 24-April 25)

Studio Theatre is staging another play by Neil LaBute, the connoisseur of awkward moments. "Reasons to Be Pretty" is the last in a trilogy, including "Fat Pig" and "The Shape of Things," that focuses on our obsession with beauty. (March 24-May 2)

-- Stephanie Merry

By Stephanie Merry  | February 25, 2010; 12:32 PM ET
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You can travel to India too. Rasa Arts Collective is putting on a musical inspired by Bollywood. Love Times Seven is the name and it plays March 19, 2010 - April 3, 2010. www.lovetimesseven.com

Posted by: pitabread625 | February 25, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

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