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TO AUG. 24
During its 23 years of existence, the Washington Theatre Festival has sometimes struggled to bring balance to its selections: The ratio of musicals to straight plays, comedies to more serious fare, one-acts to longer pieces hasn’t always been ideal. But not this year, according to Source Theatre artistic director (and Washington City Paper contributor) Joe Banno. “It feels like we have a pretty good chunk of every play type,” says Banno. With the event already into its third week, you may have missed such festival highlights as Shawn Northrip’s Titus! The Musical? (pictured), a punk-rock staging of Shakespeare’s classic Titus Andronicus, and Jon Elston’s taut police drama Interrogation Room. But many options remain during the final two weeks of the festival, notably Allyson Currin’s Fur and Other Dangers, an odd comedy examining the conflict between cat-lovers and cat-haters. More sober is A Common Bond, Denis Lipman’s futuristic look at a terrorist in an unnamed country. A selection of one-acts from David Stein, John Morogiello, Jay Huling, and Maurice Martin complement the lengthier offerings, and if one act is still more than your attention span can handle, you’ll want to check out this weekend’s “10-Minute Play Competition.” The festival wraps up with a pair of “endurance theater” events: Cherry Red Productions will conceive, produce, and perform a play in 24 hours for its “Day-Old Plays,” while “Cabaret-O-Rama” will feature the area’s top young cabaret artists under the direction of veteran Judy Simmons. The festival runs to Sunday, Aug. 24 (see City List for a full schedule of events), at the Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. (Staged readings on Monday, Aug. 11, and Tuesday, Aug. 12, will be held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW.) $15. (202) 462-1073. (Mike DeBonis)