Opening51st Festival of the Arts "Bye Bye Birdie," a musical presented by Richmond PCRF at 8:30 p.m. at Dogwood Dell, opens Aug. 3 and runs through Aug. 4. Free. 646-1437.
Barksdale Theatre A musical cabaret featuring members of "Into the Woods" opens Aug. 4 at midnight with a repeat performance Aug. 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $25, and proceeds benefit area artists. 828-2620.
Empire Theater "The Dumbwaiter" by Harold Pinter, a comedy/drama about two hit men waiting for a job. Presented by Theater IV and directed by Brad Tuggle. 8 p.m. Show runs through Aug. 4 and tickets are $5. 399-5513.
OngoingAgecroft Hall "Henry IV Part 1," the second of a four plays about the reigns of three English kings, Thursdays-Sundays at 8 p.m. Through Aug. 5. Tickets are $13-$24. 4305 Sulgrave Road. 1-866-BARD-TIX or www.richmondshakespeare.com.
Barksdale Theatre at Hanover Tavern Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple," about mismatched roommates sharing an apartment, runs through Aug. 19 at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $34-$38. 282-2620.
Barksdale Theatre at Willow Lawn "Into the Woods," a fairy tale musical, runs Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. with weekend matinees, through Aug. 19. Tickets are $34-$38. 1601 Willow Lawn Drive. 282-2620.
Cramer Center for the Arts "Disney's High School," a musical based on the hit TV movie featuring local high schools. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. Runs through Aug. 5. Tickets are $15. 11600 Gayton Road. 282-2620.
Mystery Dinner Theatre "Death by Doo-Wop," a murder mystery set on a 1950s dance show, runs 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 13. Tickets are $39.95. 2000 Staples Mill Road. 649-2583.
St. John's Church Actors in 1770s attire portray pivotal characters in the early days of the American Revolution at 2 p.m. through Sept. 2. Free. 2401 E. Broad St. 564-1002.
Swift Creek Mill Theatre "Sleuth," a plot twist-filled thriller, runs through Aug. 18. Matinees on select Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2: 30 p.m. Tickets are $31.50 to $44.50. 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway. 748-5203.
Sycamore Rouge "Agamemnon's Daughters," a retelling of a classic story set in the aftermath of the Trojan War. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Runs through Aug. 4. Petersburg. 957-5707.