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Waking up to discover that you’ve turned into an insect overnight sounds quite frightening, but the problems you’d encounter—opening doors without opposable thumbs, figuring out how to eat with a differently formed mouth—sound quite silly. In its new stage adaptation of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, the Alliance for New Music-Theatre aims to highlight the humor in the Czech author’s dark tale through movement, song, and story. Animator Janet Antich and designer Joey Wade will liven up the set by incorporating animations based on Kafka’s original drawings. The troupe is bound for the Prague Fringe Festival in late May, but before the cast and crew depart, they’ll present it to D.C. audiences at a venue that’s also undergone a metamorphosis of sorts: Capital Fringe’s new Trinidad Theatre. While the experience of seeing the play might be transformative, rest easy knowing you (probably) won’t return with a thorax and two extra appendages. The play runs April 29 to May 17 at the Capital Fringe Trinidad Theatre, 1358 Florida Ave. NE. $20–$30. (202) 341-0254. newmusictheatre.org.