David Cale's one-man show The History of Kisses focuses on seaside shanties, or work songs that sailors sing to help distract them from their arduous and monotonous work. In this world-premiere production, Cale plays characters who revolve around a writer working to finish a collection of tales of seaside romance while staying at an oceanfront motel. Through July 3. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. Call 202-332-3300 or visit studiotheatre.org.