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February 07, 2008

Once upon a time

Childhood fairy tales are portrayed with a twist as they get to the "happily ever after" in Stony Batter's production of "Into the Woods." Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Burgin's Center for the Arts' Simon Theatre at Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pa. For tickets and information, call 717-328-6349 or e-mail reservations@mercersburg.edu.

'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)'

FREDERICK, Md. -- The play takes audiences on a breakneck journey through all 37 of Shakespeare's plays and 154 sonnets in less than two hours. 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Feb. 17. Cultural Arts Center of Frederick, 15 W. Patrick St. Tickets cost $15; $10, students and seniors for Thursdays; and $18; $15, students and seniors Fridays through Sundays. For tickets, call 301-668-4090 or go to www.mdshakes.org.

'Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming'

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FRONT ROYAL, Va. - The third part of the trilogy. The Sanders family returns to Mount Pleasant, N.C., home of the Mount Pleasant Pickle Factory. The Rev. Oglethorpe gives his last sermon at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Saturday, March 29. No matinee March 23. Wayside Theatre's Royal Phoenix Theatre, 400 Kendrick Lane. Tickets cost $23 to $28 for adults; $10 for ages 17 and younger. Call 540-869-1776 or go to www.waysidetheatre.org.

'Little Shop of Horrors'

A down-trodden skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he develops an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Saturday, March 8; and 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. Washington County Playhouse, 44 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. For tickets and information, call 301-739-7469.

'Lend Me a Tenor'

FREDERICK, Md. - In this farce, the Cleveland Opera Company has hired the world-famous tenor Tito Merelli to open its season with a performance of Verdi's "Otello." But things don't turn out as planned. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday evening with matinees on the first, third and fifth Sunday of each month through Saturday, April 5. Way Off Broadway, 5 Willowdale Drive. Tickets cost $40 to $44. To purchase tickets, call 301-662-6600. Go to www.wayoffbroadway.com.

'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'

FREDERICK, Md. - The story of a little girl with golden curls who pays a visit to the cottage of the Three Bears. In this retelling, Goldilocks isn't the Bears' only visitor - a number of traveling salesmen try to peddle all kinds of products to the good-natured Bear family. Saturday afternoons and the second and fourth Sunday of every month and selected added weekdays through April 9. Way Off Broadway Children's Theatre, 5 Willowdale Drive. $13 per person, includes lunch. Call 301-662-6600 or go to www.wayoffbroadway.com.

Murder mystery weekends

BOILING SPRINGS, Pa. - "Most Likely to Succeed - Murder" features high school alumnae reuniting to reminisce. But some come to the reunion to settle scores. Participate in an entire weekend of meals, music, mystery and murder. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, April 20; call for complete schedule. Allenberry Resort Inn and Playhouse. Tickets cost $360 per person double occupancy; $510 per person single occupancy. For reservations, call 800-430-5468 or 717-258-3211.

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