Act a Lady. A play within a play about men from a Prohibition-era town who dress in women's clothing and put on a production. May 24-June 8, Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., (410) 752-8558, theatreproject.org, $15, students, artists, and seniors $10.
The Beaux' Stratagem. The Everyman's comedic season-ender follows young schemers Archer and Aimwell as they try desperately to woo the loves of their lives, with great difficulty. June 5-30, Everyman Theatre, 315 W. Fayette St., (410) 752-2208, everymantheatre.org, $32-$38.
Beneatha's Place. The second half of Center Stage's Raisin Cycle follows A Raisin in the Sun's Beneatha Younger into the future, when she is an Africana Studies professor, and reflects on ownership of history. Through June 16, Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., (410) 332-0033, varies.
The Caretaker. Harold Pinter's 1960s play about a homeless man (played by Marc Horwitz) who is invited by two working-class brothers to stay in a dilapidated London flat that begins a war of treachery, dominance, and mystery. Through May 25, Sundays 3 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays 8 p.m.; May 16 and 23 8 p.m., Performance Workshop Theatre, 5426 Harford Road, (410) 659-7830, performanceworkshoptheatre.org, $22, students $15.
Clybourne Park. The first half of Center Stage's Raisin Cycle, which features two plays inspired by A Raisin in the Sun, Center Stage presents this play about a white middle-class neighborhood that becomes predominantly black in the '60s and then undergoes gentrification in 2009. Through June 16, Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., (410) 332-0033, centerstage.org, $10-$41.
Crime and Pun-ishment. The Murder Mystery company kicks off its spring season with Crime and Pun-ishment, a murder mystery dinner in which the audience has to piece together the clues in this '20s gangland story to solve the crime. 7 p.m. May 17, 23, and 25; Ikaros, 4805 Eastern Ave., (410) 633-3750, ikarosrestaurant.com, $60, $45 if you mention this page.
A Delicate Balance. Edward Albee's Pulitzer-winning play touches on what happens when upper-class comfort and complacency are disrupted. Directed by Fuzz Roark. May 31-June 30, Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., (410) 752-1225, spotlighters.org.
East Texas Hot Links. Eugene Lee's murder mystery about eight Texans at a local bar. June 21-30 Arena Players, 801 McCulloh St., (410) 728-6500, arenaplayersinc.org.
Electra. Euripides' tale of murder, infidelity, and revenge, directed by Mobtown Players member Lizzie Jump. Aug. 7-Sept. 29, the Mobtown Theater at Meadow Mill, 3600 Clipper Mill Road, (410) 367-3057, mobtownplayers.com.
Fiddler on the roof. Tevye, a small-town Jewish milkman in pre-revolution Russia, wrestles with his daughters' love lives and the changing world around him in the classic musical based on the stories of Shalom Aleichem. July 12-Aug. 4, Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., (410) 752-1225, spotlighters.org.
The Glass Menagerie. Tennessee Williams' classic memory play. Sept. 4-29, Everyman Theatre, 315 W. Fayette St., (410) 752-2208, everymantheatre.org.
Glengarry Glen Ross. A real-estate salesman tries to maintain while selling land to less-than-willing buyers. Through June 2, Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St., (410) 276-7837, varies.
Hamlet. Shakespeare's tragedy about murder and revenge. The production will run at two different venues. July 12-Aug. 4, the Meadow at the Evergreen Museum and Library, 4545 N. Charles St.; the Great Hall Theatre at St. Mary's, 3900 Roland Ave., theshakespearefactory.com.
If You Can Get to Buffalo. Trish Harnetiaux's new play explores a 1993 Village Voice article called "A Rape in Cyberspace." This play, directed by Eric Nightengale, deals with online relationships formed on LambdaMOO, the first text-only social network. 8 p.m. May 22-25; 8 p.m. May 16; 7 p.m. May 18; 10 p.m. May 18, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1900 St. Paul St., (410) 752-5804, theacmecorporation.org, $5-$10.
Love, Lust and Straight Jackets. The Stand Alone Theatre Company presents Love, Lust and Straight Jackets, the story of a girl who searches for love in the weirdest place of all: an institution for the clinically insane. 7 p.m. May 19, Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, (410) 636-6597, chesapeakearts.org.
MacBeth. Double, double, toil and trouble for the royals in William Shakespeare's classic. There will be a pay-what-you-can preview on Thursday, May 16. 8 p.m. May 16-June 9, Annex Theater, 1 W. North Ave., baltimoreannextheater.org, $11.20.
Medea. The Mobtown Players spin on the original Greek tragedy about a woman who takes revenge on her husband. June 7-29, the Mobtown Theater at Meadow Mill, 3600 Clipper Mill Road, (410) 367-3057, mobtownplayers.com.
A Midsummer Night's Dream. Shakespeare's comedy about love within different realms. This production will take place at two different venues. Aug. 2-25, the Meadow at the Evergreen Museum and Library, 4545 N. Charles St., the Great Hall Theatre at St. Mary's, 3900 Roland Ave., theshakespearefactory.com.
The Misanthrope. Moliere's classic satire about the French aristocracy. Sept. 6-29, Vagabond Players, 806 S. Broadway, (410) 563-9135, vagabondplayers.org.
Murdercastle. The BROS' latest is an ambitious, epic production about America's first serial killer, Chicago's H.H. Holmes. Through May 25, the Autograph Playhouse, 9 W. 25th St., baltimorerockopera.org.
Private Lives. A divorced couple rekindle their relationship while they are on honeymoons with their new spouses. May 31-June 30, Vagabond Players, 806 S. Broadway, (410) 563-9135, vagabondplayers.org.
Pumpkin Theatre Presents Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. Based on the children's book by Kevin Henkes, a mouse named Lilly has her favorite purse taken from her by her teacher when she brings it for sharing time. Revenge, remorse, and amends follow. 1 and 3 p.m. May 18-19, St. Timothy's School, Katharine B. Wilson Chapel, 8400 Greenspring Ave., pumpkintheatre.com.
Rigoletto. See Verdi's opera about an overprotective court jester who tries to avenge his daughter after she is seduced by the Duke of Mantua. 7:30 p.m. May 17, 3 p.m. May 19, the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., (410) 685-5086, lyricoperahouse.com, $50-$165.
Riotous Youth's Romeo and Juliet. Students 11-18 perform Shakespeare's famous tragedy as part of the Maryland Shakespeare Festival. 8 p.m. May 17, 2 p.m. May 18, 8 p.m. May 18, All Saints' Episcopal Church, 106 W. Church St., Frederick, (301) 663-5625, allsaintsmd.org.
A Sorcerer's Journey. A stage production based upon the writings of Peruvian author Carlos Castaneda on shamanism. June 12-30, Single Carrot Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St., (443) 844-9253, singlecarrot.com, $25 students, seniors and artists $18.
Stoop Storytelling: Eureka! The latest incarnation of the popular series in which local citizens share their stories. 8 p.m. May 20, Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., (410) 332-0033, centerstage.org, $18.50.
Strike Heaven on the Face. Richard Wesley's drama about a Vietnam veteran adjusting to normal life after the war. May 24-June 9, Arena Players, 801 McCulloh St., (410) 728-6500, arenaplayersinc.org.
Topdog/Underdog. A darkly funny fable about two African-American brothers named Lincoln and Booth, hustlers whose names and histories haunt them. The play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2002. Wednesdays-Saturdays and Sundays through May 19, Everyman Theatre, 315 W. Fayette St., (410) 752-2208, everymantheatre.org, $10-$60.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Two couples, one vying for the attention of the other. Sept. 6-Oct. 6, Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., (410) 752-1225, spotlighters.org.
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