Before the Lonely Island’s “I’m on a Boat” ruined everything, there was the 19th-century comic novel Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog). Sure, other nautical things happened between 1889 and 2009, but nothing too important. At least, nothing as important as three D.C. theater notables—Tim Getman, Rob Jansen, and Tom Story—making their Synetic Theater debuts alongside Synetic veteran Alex Mills in a play adapted from the Jerome K. Jerome novel. The plot goes like this: Three young men, suffering from a severe case of “overwork,” take a boating trip through the English countryside with their canine companion, Montmorency. Along the way, the gents fall into several humorous predicaments, and ballyhoo ensues. Georgetown University’s Derek Goldman leads the production and Synetic co-founder Irina Tsikurishvili choreographs, so while the characters will inevitably stumble into plenty of boat-related mayhem, they’ll do so artfully. If and when you’re marooned on a desert island of boredom, pull up the anchor and set sail for Crystal City. The play runs May 8–June 8 at Synetic Theater, 1800 Bell St., Arlington. $15–$75. (703) 824-8060. synetictheater.com.