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TO AUGUST 6
Celebrating eccentricity has long been a theme of Source Theater’s annual Washington Theater Fests, and No. 15, which is currently under way, is no exception. Its 70 plays explore the psyches of everyone from Winston Churchill to a woman who walks away unscathed after plummeting 6,000 feet with a non-opening parachute. There’s Black Power Barbie in Hotel de Dream (pictured), a bit of Catskills Chekhov in Yiddish, and evenings devoted both to Bad Boyz and femmes fatales. Also five entirely different nights of the ever-popular 10-minute play competition, where any show that goes over the time limit gets gonged into submission by the judges. Most of the drama is at Source’s 14th Street playhouse, with lectures, discussions, and special events occurring everywhere from Chapters bookstore to the KenCen’s Opera House Rehearsal Room One. Tickets are $12 for plays, $7 for events, with a $40 festival pass good for five shows (excluding the 10-minute play competition). See theater listings for specific times or for information and a festival schedule call (202) 462-1073. (Bob Mondello)