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Shame on any parent who allowed his offspring’s childhood to pass by without an introduction to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince. Yet redemption for neglecting your kid’s creative development is easily attained courtesy of Round House Theatre’s adaptation of this beloved children’s book. Even the most world-weary, kiddie-leery cynics will feel what’s left of their heartstrings tugged by Saint-Ex’s tale of a grumpy, lonesome aviator who crashes his plane in the Sahara, where he meets a mysterious, wide-eyed, curly-haired little boy. While the grump is busy fixing his plane and finding water in the scorching desert, the boy enchants and annoys him; it’s only after he chases the boy off that the pilot realizes what he’s lost. It’s a story that is as ageless as it is age-old, and—most important—one whose lessons in life and love apply to tots and pensioners alike. The performance begins at 8 p.m. at Round House Theatre Bethesda, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. $25–$55. (240) 644-1100. See CityList for complete schedule. (Amanda S. Miller)