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"Of Mice and Men" The Swift Creek Mill Theatre presents a dramatic adaptation of John Steinbeck's Depression-era story of two wandering farmhands, opening Jan. 29 with performances continuing through March 14. 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway. For schedule and ticket information call 748-5203.

"The Penny Executive" The Science Museum of Virginia holds performances of this 45-minute, biographical play about Maggie Walker, a young African-American living after the Civil War who would break 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.

"Sideways Stories from Wayside School" Theatre IV performs a family-friendly adaptation of this Newberry Medal-winning series by Louis Sachar starting Jan. 30 and continuing through Feb. 15 at the Empire Theatre with showtimes Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7 and 14, at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. $17-$22. 114 W. Broad St. 344-8040.

"The Words of Wendy Wasserstein" The Firehouse Theatre Project performs this original theater-dance collaboration inspired by the late Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright, presenting stage adaptations of her short plays "Workout," "Boy Meets Girl," and "Medea," as well as selections from her collection of essays at 8 p.m. on Jan. 30 with additional showings taking place Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. $10-$15. 1609 W. Broad St. 355-2001.

Ongoing

"All My Sons," The Chamberlayne Actors Theatre performs Arthur Miller's play about the consequences and profit of war, continuing through Feb. 7. $15-$20. 319 N. Wilkinson Road. 262-9760.

"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" The Henley Street Theatre Company presents a dramatic telling of Ken Kesey's acclaimed story about patient Randall McMurphy and his rebellious impact on the inhabitants and staff of a mental institution. Performances Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 31. 4901 Old Brook Road. For ticket information call 340-0115.

"Who Killed the King" The Mystery Dinner Playhouse performs a special medieval murder mystery and comedy at the Holiday Inn West End every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through Feb. 14. $41. 2000 Staples Mill Road. 649-2583.

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