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"Blues in the Night"ƒ?,Swift Creek Mill Theatre presents a special musical revue featuring 26 blues numbers that tell the story of three women and the deceiving, cheat of a man who does them wrong. Opening May 13 the show runs through May 30. $35-$50. 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway. 748-5203.

"I Ought to Be in Pictures"ƒ?,The Barksdale Theatre at Hanover Tavern presents Neil Simon's play about a once successful Hollywood screenwriter suddenly thrust into a new kind of challenge when his daughter appears on his doorstep. Opening May 15 and running through June 21. $35-$38. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road. 282-2620.

"True West"ƒ?,The Henley Street Theatre Company presents this drama by Sam Shepard about the reunion, rivalry and confrontation of two polar-opposite brothers in their absent mother's California home. Opening May 15 and running through May 30. $15-$20. 4901 Old Brook Road. 340-0115.


"Altar Boyz"ƒ?,Swift Creek Mill Theatre presents this musical comedy about a religiously bent boy band featuring, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham, with performances running through May 30. $35-$50. 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway. For dates and times call 748-5203.ƒ?,

"Annie"ƒ?,Theatre IV presents a rendition of this popular Broadway musical about the hard-knock misadventures of an orphan searching for her parents with performances continuing through May 17. $19-$40. 114 W. Broad St. For dates and times call 344-8040 or visit

"The Great American Trailer Park Musical"ƒ?,The Firehouse Theatre Project closes its 2008-09 season with a spirited production examining the off-beat tenants of Armadillo Acres, Florida's most exclusive trailer park. Shows continue through May 23 every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and select Sunday matinees at 4 p.m. $10-$25. For dates and times call 355-2001 or visit

"Murder in the Court"ƒ?,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. Performances continue each Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through Oct. 10. $42. 2000 Staples Mill Road. 649-2583.

"Translations"ƒ?,Sycamore Rouge presents a performance of Brian Friel stage drama about the English effort to translate all names on the Irish map into English and thus removing a key obstacle to colonial control over Ireland. This play of language barriers continues through May 16 every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. 21 W. Old St. in Petersburg. 957-5707.

"Well"ƒ?,The Barksdale Theatre presents this funny exploration of the mother-daughter dynamic following a woman named Lisa as she desperately tries to organize a theatrical retelling of her childhood, only to be constantly interrupted and corrected by her mom, sitting only a few feet away, watching everything from her La-Z-Boy chair. Performances continue Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m. and select Wednesdays with shows continuing through May 17. $32-$38. 114 W. Broad St. 282-2620.

"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"ƒ?,The School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community presents this stage adaptation of Charles M. Schulz's classic comic strip characters beginning May 7 at the Stage 1 Theatre Company in Mechanicsville, continuing with performances until May 17. $8-$10. 9130 Dickey Drive. 353-3393.

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