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"The Boys Next Door" Directed by Tim Gochenour, the Randolph-Macon College Center for the Performing Arts presents this funny and touching play about four mentally handicapped men living in a communal residence, and the watchful social worker who cares for them. Performances begin Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and continue through Feb. 21. Call 752-7316 for reservations and ticket rates. 204 Henry St. in Ashland.

"Murder Las Vegas Style" The Mystery Dinner Playhouse performs a new murder-mystery comedy featuring a courtroom backdrop, complete with judge, jury and an executioner at the Holiday Inn West End, starting Feb. 20 and continuing each Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through June 13. $42. 2000 Staples Mill Road. 649-2583.

"Steal Away" Petersburg's Sycamore Rouge presents this comedic folk tale about five upstanding church ladies, who raise funds to send young black women to college by robbing banks, on Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. with additional performances each Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. through March 14. 21 W. Old St. For ticket information call 957-5707.

"Tosca" The Virginia Opera returns to Richmond, performing Puccini's famous work about a headstrong soprano, the politically activism of the man she loves and the chief of police looking to sabotage their union. The show opens at the Landmark Theater on Feb. 20 at 8 p.m., with an additional show on Feb. 22 at 2:30 p.m. $23-$100. 6 N. Laurel St. 866-673-7282.

Ongoing

"Amadeus" Richmond Shakespeare present Peter Shaffer's Tony Award-winning play examining the jealousy and artistic backstabbing of Wolfgang Mozart and Antonio Salieri at Second Presbyterian Church, with shows Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. through March 8. $13-$26. 5 N. Fifth St. 866-227-3849.

"Children of a Lesser God" The Barksdale Theatre presents this Tony Award-winning play detailing the marriage of a hearing-impaired woman and her teacher at a school for the deaf, with showings at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays, and select Wednesdays through March 22. A special American Sign Language interpreted performance will take place on Sunday, March 8. $35-$38. 114 W. Broad St. 282-2620.

"Children's Letters to God" Based on the international best-selling book, the Stage 1 Theatre Company takes a candid, musically-inspired look at questioning the almighty, Shows continue through Feb. 21. 9130 Dickey Drive. 427-1548.

"The Glass Menagerie" Theatre VCU presents Tennessee Williams' award-winning play about a depression-era family living in St. Louis, with performances Feb. 19-21 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 15 and 22 at 3 p.m. $8-$20. 922 Park Ave. 828-6026.

"The Penny Executive" The Science Museum of Virginia holds performances of this 45-minute educational play about the post-Civil War life of an young African-American girl named Maggie Walker who broke many racial barriers in Richmond. Performances take place Saturdays and Sundays at 1 and 3 p.m., and Thursdays and Fridays at 10 and 11:30 a.m. through March 1. $3. 2500 W. Broad St. 864-1400.

"Of Mice and Men" The Swift Creek Mill Theatre presents a dramatic adaptation of John Steinbeck's Depression-era story of two wandering farmhands, with performances continuing through March 14. 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway. For schedule and ticket information call 748-5203.

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