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Comedy to Tragedy: A Guide to Spring Theater

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A relief depicting comedy and tragedy appears on the side of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Opening Tuesday is Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband” in the company’s Sidney Harman Hall (610 F St. NW). The comedy may hit close to home for those who work on Capitol Hill, since it tells of Sir Robert Chiltern, a popular politician, as he deals with blackmail and corruption. He fears his wife will no longer love him and he’ll lose his high station in life if a past indiscretion is revealed. The show runs through April 10. Tickets prices range from $20 to $85.

Arena Stage
The Arena Stage is in the midst of its 60th season this year, with a new space at the new Mead Center for American Theater (1101 Sixth St. SW). The theater specializes in showing new and classic American plays.

The theater is celebrating the works of Edward Albee through the end of April. The controversial and renowned comedy of the 1960s, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” comes to the stage to delight with its wordplay and its characters and runs through April 10. Albee’s latest, “At Home at the Zoo,” expands on his first play, “The Zoo Story,” and takes a look at the everyday lives of three New Yorkers. Tickets for both plays range from $70 to $85.

The theater is also hosting the Edward Albee Festival, with staged readings of all of Albee’s plays. The festival starts Monday and runs through April 25. The readings are free, but tickets are required. More details about when the plays will be read can be found at arenastage.org.

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