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TO MARCH 26
The story of a young woman who unwisely waits 30 years for her fiancé to get back to her about setting a date for their wedding, Federico Garcia Lorca’s Doña Rosita the Spinster is a tale guaranteed to irritate the incipient feminist in every patron. It’s also quite a lovely play, suffused with poetry and decently acted (in Spanish with simultaneous translation on headsets) under Hugo Medrano’s understated direction. Laura Newman and Isabel Dada are noteworthy as Rosita’s concerned aunt and domineering maid. Fading youth is the play’s theme, aptly symbolized by the rose after which Rosita was named—the Rosa Mutabile, which blooms red in the morning, turns coral at midday, and withers and dies at night. Gala Hispanic Theater, 1625 Park Rd. NW. Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.; matinee Sunday at 4 p.m. $16-18. (202) 234-7174. (Bob Mondello)