Arts Desk

Openings: Cabaret, Stephanie Miracle

What's new this weekend in local arts.

Today, one of America's best-loved plays begins its run at one of America's most famous theaters: Our Town, Thornton Wilder's classic play about life in a small New Hampshire hamlet, celebrates its 75th anniversary with a new production. The play runs to Feb. 24 at Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. $40–$50.

Stephanie Miracle's show at Dance Place falls on the less traditional end of the spectrum: In her works, the physical realities of space intersect with the supernatural in a way that make the dancers and the audience reconsider movement. It's a collage of motions that's never the same twice. The company performs Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. $8–$22.

Not everyone can stomach a musical, but when a select few are done well, it can be a blast. Keegan Theatre is aiming for the second category with its production of Cabaret, opening Saturday night. The action takes place at the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy Berlin nightclub, on the eve of Hitler's rise to power. You probably know the music of Cabaret—even if you don't think you do. The show runs to Feb. 23 at Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $35–$40.

Sunday, the National Gallery rolls out its first show of 2013. "Color, Line, Light: French Drawings, Watercolors, and Pastels from Delacroix to Signac" features works by Monet, Degas, and Gaugin on paper, among many others. These drawings and watercolors trace the development of draftsmanship in France, but from a casual observer's perspective, they're also just nice to look at. The exhibit is on view from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays–Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays to May 26 at the National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.

Top: The Ford’s Theatre cast of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Photo by Scott Suchman. Courtesy Ford's Theatre

Above: Edgar Degas, Two Women Ironing. Courtesy National Gallery of Art

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