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Adapting a written work into a movement-based performance requires a performer skilled in both acting and dance. Man in a Case found the right guy: Mikhail Baryshnikov. In addition to his half-century of ballet experience (and a somewhat unfortunate turn on Sex and the City), Baryshnikov scored an Oscar nomination in 1977 for playing a ballet dancer in The Turning Point. For Man in a Case, brought to D.C. by the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Big Dance Theater’s Annie-B Parsons and Paul Lazar translated Chekhov’s Man in a Case and About Love into a multimedia work that includes video footage, folk dance, and spoken dialogue. In it, two hunters share love stories: one of a meek sort of guy who falls for an aggressive, unpredictable lady, and another about a man who finds himself hopelessly in love with a married woman. The romance of traditional ballet may be missing from this experimental performance, but Baryshnikov’s mastery of motion should make up for that. The play runs Dec. 5 to Dec. 22 at the Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. $45–$105. (202) 547-1122. shakespearetheatre.org.