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For what little consolation is available for the atrocities committed against them, Native Americans can at least pull out the “We were here first” card. But what if the discovery of a 9,000-year-old Caucasoid skeleton threatened to throw that card out of the deck? A political firestorm would of course result, but Jonathan Graham’s play Disputed Bones (based on a 1996 incident in Washington state) throws in attacks on academic freedom, federal property-rights issues, and fragile interpersonal relationships. Theatre Avocado’s premiere production is engaging, though it often suffers from Graham’s swollen script. As the professor who discovers, talks with, and then falls in love with the ancient honkie, Amanda Warren bears most of the bloat. Dino P. Coppa does better as the laid-back-yet-imperious department chair vicariously reveling in his colleague’s success, offering her such encouraging lines as, “You’ll be anthropology’s Camille Paglia!” But Matthew Gottlieb shines as the urbane, wisecracking hominidthe best performance in the genre since “Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer.” The show starts at 7:30 p.m. (see City List for other dates) at the Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. $15. (202) 638-5157. (Mike DeBonis)