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This Week’s Theater: Reviews of Amazons and Their Men, Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime

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OPENING: Little Shop of Horrors today at Ford's Theatre; Nights at the Opera: Golden Age today at the Kennedy Center's Family Theater; The Front Page today at Port City Playhouse; Clybourne Park Monday at Woolly Mammoth Theatre; Stomp Tuesday at Round House Theatre Bethesda; My Name Is Asher Lev Wednesday at Round House Theatre Bethesda.

CLOSING: Farfar Oasis and Lowtide Hotel today at Kogod Theatre; Chumbale tomorrow at Teatro de la Luna; High Fidelity Sunday at the District of Columbia Arts Center's Black Box Theater; Mahalia Sunday at MetroStage; Puss 'n Boots Sunday at Synetic Family Theater; That Face Sunday at Studio Theatre; Bus Stop Sunday at Olney Theatre; Carmen Sunday at the Jewish Community Center in Rockville; The Flass Menagerie at Rep Stage.

ONGOING: See our listings.

AFTER THE JUMP: Reviews of Amazons and Their Men and Lord Arthur Savile's Crime.

The Washington Stage Guild returns from a year-long production hiatus with the world premiere of Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, by Oscar Wilde. Critic Bob Mondello writes:

Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, Oscar Wilde’s mystery novella involving free will, anarchists, social niceties, and chiromancy, is laced with enough dialogue to suggest that Wilde might briefly have considered putting it on the stage. But in adapting it, WSG artistic director Bill Largess has also had to incorporate whole pages of acerbic description, finding ways to hoist by various linguistic petards a social set Wilde generally allows to be hoisted by its own.

Read the full review here.

Also reviewed this week: Forum Theatre and director Jordan Harrison's Amazons and Their Men at Round House Silver Spring, which centers on the Frau, an analogue of the filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, infamous for her Nazi propaganda films and admired for her technical prowess. Critic Chris Klimek writes:

No more beholden to history than is Inglourious Basterds, Harrison’s drama is a knotted tree of conjecture grown from a seedling of fact: In 1939, Riefenstahl began making her long dreamt-of film of Heinrich von Kleist’s 19th-century play Penthesilea, casting herself as the titular Amazonian queen. When the Nazis invaded Poland, Riefenstahl was forced to abort the movie. Only her scene outlines survive. Forum Theatre’s ardent, haunting production, co-directed by Michael Dove and Elissa Goetschius, drops us onto the set of Riefenstahl’s pet project and immerses us in its speculative mysteries for 75 fidget-free minutes.

Read the full review here.

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