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Still mourning NBC’s cancellation of Hannibal? Studio Theatre has just the antidote: a wildly funny production of Silence!, a musical parody of Silence of the Lambs. Yes, the oh-so-quotable, Oscar-winning film that turned Anthony Hopkins into a predator has gotten the song and dance treatment, complete with a chorus line of dancing lambs. First performed to acclaim at the 2005 New York International Fringe Festival, the show became an off-Broadway hit and continues to bring the raunch with songs like “Put the Fucking Lotion in the Basket.” Director Alan Paul (known for his epic musicals at Shakespeare Theatre and for his Studio directorial debut, a sexy, S&M-tinged production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show) will bring his cheeky, smart, sometimes shocking sense of humor to this show. Silence! makes a fine showing in Studio’s summer musical tradition, especially with the addition of a full-service bar. Toast Dr. Lecter from your seat with a nice Chianti. The musical runs July 15 to Aug. 9 at Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $20–$40. (202) 332-3300. studiotheatre.org.