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(Nov. 26-Dec. 12) MARY STUART Mary, Queen of Scots, had a historical beef with her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. Their power struggle was first dramatized by German playwright Friedrich Schiller, whose tragic text is reworked in the Washington Shakespeare Company's stark presentation of Mary Stuart in Arlington through Dec. 12.

(Nov. 26-Dec. 23) A MATTER OF LIFE OR DEATH Visual artist Julie Wolfe is intrigued by matters of life and death. Her fascination is salient in her paintings, which present sinister creatures and violent symbols flanked by colorful floral patterns and other happy living things. Her work is featured at Northwest Washington's Hemphill Fine Arts through late December.

(Nov. 26-Dec. 19) REENTRY Baltimore's CENTERSTAGE presents ReEntry today through Dec. 19. Based on interviews with Marines and their families, the production focuses on both parties' struggles to return to normalcy after the myriad difficulties faced while apart.

Background music: The Crooked Spine by M. Ward

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