It’s a paradox of local theater that in recent years, the Shakespeare Theatre Company has become the area’s best importer of world drama. Yes, there were some beautiful productions that came through the Kennedy Center’s 2014 International Theater Festival, but it’s STC that consistently deals with the hassles of securing visas for its performers, bringing in quality troupes to debut outstanding material. Two of last year’s highlights were the fanciful Brief Encounter, brought to the States by England’s Kneehigh Theatre, and the searing Strindberg adaptation Mies Julie, delivered by South Africa’s Baxter Theatre Centre. Now comes another South African troupe, also dedicated to revising the classics. Cape Town’s Isango Ensemble begins its two-month American tour in D.C. with a rotating run of two shows: a de-operaed Magic Flute and Venus & Adonis, based on Shakespeare’s epic poem. British critic Jasper Reeves called this co-production with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre “a full-bodied display of seductive technique that won’t be seen in any other decent performance space in London” in 2012. If he’s right, we may say the same in Washington. The play runs Sept. 13–20 at the Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. $20–$80. (202) 547-1122. shakespearetheatre.org.