After a quiet summer, the District’s fall theater season is finally underway, with new productions filling stages across the region. And for the first time since 2019, Theatre Week, Theatre Washington’s season-opening initiative and celebration, is back as well. It’s the perfect time to grab a $22, $33, or $44 ticket to a show you’ve been anticipating: We recommend Studio Theatre’s Heroes of the Fourth Turning and Ford’s Theatre’s The Trip to Bountiful for those seeking straight plays, and Constellation Theatre’s Once on This Island or Signature Theatre’s The Color Purple if you’re more in the mood for musicals. And Theatre Week programs extend far beyond discounted tickets. Its kickoff event on Sept. 24 is centered around Arena Stage and the Wharf and includes panel discussions, games, and a concert featuring D.C. theater luminaries such as Kevin McAllister, Rayanne Gonzalez, and Tracy Lynn Olivera. Other events include spoken-word performances and pre- and post-show happy hours where audience members can mingle with theater-makers. Live-streamed performances aren’t cutting it anymore, so consider this your excuse to visit that venue you’ve been meaning to check out. Theatre Week runs Sept. 22 through Oct. 9 at venues across the region. theatreweek.org.

For more theater recommendations, check out our calendar.