On a bookshelf in Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon, a book lays open. It’s The Runaway Bunny. On the nightstand is another book: Goodnight Moon. Both are beloved children’s tomes, both contain their own self-referential worlds, and both will receive loving attention onstage at Olney Theatre Center. Director/production designer Jim Morrow conjures tableaux straight out of the book, representing the principal beasts with giant puppets. In Goodnight Moon, the rabbit pantomimes his entire physical world in a single goodnight. In The Runaway Bunny, the little bunny playfully eludes his mother by disguising himself as a fish and a mountain. Child’s play, though, requires serious chops—good thing Morrow, who earned his under the tutelage of Jim Henson, has a lifetime’s worth.
AT NOON; ALSO AT 3 p.m. AND 5 p.m. SUNDAY AT THE OLNEY THEATRE CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 2001 OLNEY-SANDY SPRING RD., OLNEY, MD. $16; $6 LAP SEAT FOR CHILDREN UNDER 3. (301) 924-3400.