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Spotlight: Entertainment events in D.C., October 12-18

Our picks of the best arts and entertainment in D.C. this week!

Professor Marston & The Wonder Women

PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN

The incredible true story of what inspired the Harvard psychologist to create the iconic feminist character. William Moulton Marston was aided in his endeavor by his wife Elizabeth Marston and their lover Olive Byrne, a hidden love triangle that rivals the greatest of superhero disguises. Angela Robinson’s drama stars Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote and Connie Britton. Opens Friday, Oct. 13. Angelika Film Center in Fairfax’s Mosaic District. Call 571-512-3301 or visit angelikafilmcenter.com.

Are You Now or Have You Ever Been… at MetroStage — Photo: Chris Banks

ARE YOU NOW OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN…

MetroStage presents Carlyle Brown’s fictionalized glimpse into the mind of Langston Hughes during the communist-purging McCarthy era, when the great poet was called to testify on the Hill about his patriotism and possible Communist ties. Marcus Naylor stars as Hughes and Michael Sharp as Joe McCarthy in this timely play featuring an original blues score by William Knowles. Directed and choreographed by Thomas W. Jones II. To Nov. 5. MetroStage, 1201 North Royal St., Alexandria. Tickets are $55 to $60. Call 703-548-9044 or visit metrostage.org.

Sotto Voce — Photo: C. Stanley Photography

SOTTO VOCE

Love transcends all borders in this 2014 work by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics). José Carrasquillo directs Theater J’s production of the passionate and lyrical drama about a young Cuban man’s research into the fate of a ship of Jewish refugees that fled Nazi Germany only to be denied entry into both Cuba and the United States. Sotto Voce features actors Brigid Cleary, Andrés C. Talero and Desiree Marie Velez. To Oct. 29. The Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater, Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 16th St. NW. Tickets are $39 to $69. Call 202-777-3210 or visit theaterj.org.

Cheyenne Jackson

CHEYENNE JACKSON

The gay star of TV (American Horror Story) and Broadway (Xanadu) makes his Wolf Trap debut with an intimate cabaret in the acoustically rich Barns. The Grammy-nominated performer will draw from his recorded output, including albums with Great American Songbook steward Michael Feinstein (The Power of Two), his underrated 2013 pop set I’m Blue, Skies, and last year’s Renaissance, adapted and expanded from his recent “Music of the Mad Men Era” concerts with symphonies, including the NSO Pops. Sunday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $45 to $55. Call 877-WOLFTRAP or visit wolftrap.org.

Flip Fabrique — Photo: Alexandre Galliez-Sangle

FLIP FABRIQUE

The Canadian circus troupe offers a unique theatrical event combining acrobatic stunts, original “trampowall,” and humor. Their show, Catch Me!, “includes a Popsicle-eating contest and an act performed entirely in sleeping bags.” Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St. Frederick, Md. Tickets are $16.75 to $26.75. Call 301-600-2828 or visit weinbergcenter.org.

When Life Gives You Clemens

SECOND CITY: WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU CLEMENS

The celebrated improv troupe returns to the Kennedy Center, this time with a tribute to the legendary American comedian and writer born Samuel Clemens but better known as Mark Twain. When Life Gives You Clemens is a show of relatable humor and satire, riffing on the past, the present, and where the Twain shall meet. Amy Thompson, Katie Kershaw, Alison Banowsky, E.J. Cameron, Mark Campbell and Saurabh Pande perform with accompaniment from music director Anthony Sanders. Part of the KenCen’s Mark Twain Prize 20th Anniversary Celebration. Thursday, Oct. 19, and Friday, Oct. 20, at 7 and 9 p.m. Kennedy Center Family Theater. Tickets are $39 to $55. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.

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Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly.