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Some theater companies announce their arrival with a musical. Some try to make an introductory splash with a cast full of naked people or a show staged in some nontraditional venue. The fledgling Forum Theatre & Dance, for its part, has decided to tempt D.C. audiences with a luscious evening featuring seven short plays by the guy who brought you Waiting for Godot. In the inventively titled “Beckett: The Shorter Plays,” the multidisciplinary motley (they’re all about fusing theater, dance, the visual arts, and so on) tackle Krapp’s Last Tape, Rockaby, Come and Go, Breath, Catastrophe, Footfalls, and Not I—which means they’re dealing with such uplifting themes as ego and alienation, self-confinement and -observation, and happiness remembered amid decay. At least Beckett was a minimalist: The whole business should come in at two hours or so. The show starts at 8 p.m. (to Aug. 29; see City List for other dates) at the Arena Stage at 14th and T, 1901 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 518-9516. (Trey Graham)