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FRIDAY

Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula is right up there with Dracula A.D. 1972 and Dracula: Dead and Loving It in the pantheon of turgid vampire films that even the yearly recurrence of Halloween can’t justify. Poor Gary Oldman spent half of the movie with a pair of prosthetic testicles affixed to his head, for God’s sake. The Landless Theatre Company spares the easy targets and plays it admirably straight with Vlad Dracula: The Musical, an adaptation of Coppola’s questionable source material with a bodice-ripping score of two dozen songs. Satirical elements—such as retrofitting Jonathan Harker and his band of vampire hunters with BlackBerrys and PDAs—are fairly muted throughout. As a warm-up for the company’s upcoming staging of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a mesmerizing five-piece band sits center stage and guides the characters through the Transylvanian wilderness. And kudos to the genius who created the PowerPoint presentation that kicks off the show. Come early for that and stay to count the corsets. The show starts at 10:30 p.m. (to Oct. 1; see City List for other dates) at the Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. $15. (301) 639-5265. (Nick Green)