TO DEC. 22

Freudian allegories aside, there’s a lot to be learned from the Oedipus tales: loyalty, truth, honor, acceptance, commencement, closure, how to solve the riddle of the Sphinx. If nothing else, you have to admire the guy’s determination to deal with the repercussions of his actions, oracularly predicted or not. The Atlas Theater Project and the Theater Alliance have taken Oedipus’ self-imposed exile one step further with The Gospel at Colonus, Lee Breuer and Bob Telson’s 1983 gospel retelling of Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus. Director Paul-Douglas Michnewicz has turned the Children’s Museum into a Baptist church on Sunday. From beginning to end, this production blurs the distinction between environmental theater and audience participation, chorus and choir, musician and audience member. Michnewicz also has assembled a cast of singers whose vocal abilities are uniformly first-rate. (You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better gospel choir.) S. Robert Morgan as Oedipus, and Nicole Pettus and Felicia Wilson as his daughters (er, sisters) Antigone and Ismene, respectively, are simply riveting. And it’s all pulled off in an un-self-conscious way that will melt even the most jaded theatergoer. If only D.C. were a little bit more like Colonus. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, to Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Capital Children’s Museum, 800 3rd St. NE. $20. (202) 547-6839. (Amanda Fazzone)