Fahrenheit 451

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Fahrenheit 451 at Round House Theatre Bethesda
To Oct. 9

Bradbury’s treatise led to lively a discussion on censorship in civics. This production features futuristic book-burning special effects, courtesy of the students of director Sharon Ott—who’s also the performing arts artistic director at the über-cool Savannah College of Art and Design.

Much Ado About Nothing, the riot grrrl Shakespeare version, at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
To Sept. 24

Sigh no more, ladies. Sigh no more. Toughen up and watch Beatrice, Hero, and the slutty servants kick around some bad-ass banter in this Taffety Punk Theatre Company production.

Much Ado About Nothing, ladies-who-lounge-around-cabanas version at Shakespeare Theatre Company
Nov. 25 to Jan. 1

The Shakespeare Theatre’s more refined staging, directed by Ethan McSweeny, will have the ladies sipping drinks with umbrellas rather than slinging barbs.

Silent Shakespeare Festival: Macbeth, Othello, and Romeo & Juliet at Synetic Theater
To Dec. 23

What you didn’t read doesn’t matter in these three remounts of Synetic’s wordless Shakespeare productions. If you missed R&J in 2008, you missed the best what-light-through-yonder-window-breaks love scene. Ever.

The Mandrake at Gallaudet University’s Elstad Auditorium
To Oct. 18

Faction of Fools Theatre Company bills this one as “a romantic comedy by the guy who wrote the book on how to be a blood-thirsty despot.” Play optional, but “that guy”—Machiavelli—was required reading in AP European History.

Arms and the Man at Source
Oct. 20 to Nov. 20

Gotta love a good Bulgarian love triangle. A palatable introduction to George Bernard Shaw, this one from Constellation Theatre Company should get BBC costume drama treatment.

Mabou Mines DollHouse at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater
Oct. 20 to 22

The Kennedy Center brings in the company whose lauded 2003 adaptation got Ibsen’s sheltered Nora Helmer out of the gender-theory classroom and back onstage. With the little people.

The Crucible at Keegan Theatre
Oct. 22 to Nov. 19

The local troupe takes Arthur Miller’s witch hunt on tour in Ireland, then home to Dupont Circle in time for a literary Halloween thriller. Beware women in white bonnets and men in black, pointy hats.