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Edward Purcell reflects on head wounds at Hillyer Art Space.
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Edward Purcell reflects on head wounds at Hillyer Art Space.

(Dec. 21-23) Montague and Capulet

The greatest story ever told about star-crossed lovers closes out a run at Synetic Theater in Arlington this week. Romeo and Juliet is shaken up and set within the gears of a giant clock where the Bard's tragic tale is told with shadows, mime, dance and some impressive acrobatics.

(Dec. 23-Jan. 8) Parfumerie

For more romance 1st Stage in Tysons Corner has Miklos Laszlo's Parfumerie through early January. The comedy set in a small Budapest shop tells the story of two clerks who bicker by day while unknowingly passing love letters to each other by night. The setup may sound familiar because it's been loosely used in a handful of movies, but this take stays pretty faithful to the source material.

(Dec. 19-23) Head Wound wound up in Washington

Speaking of that head over heels kind of love, Northwest Washington's Hillyer Art Space has Head Wound through the end of the week. Artist Edward Purcell uses some bygone portraiture techniques to depict wounded human heads wound up in bandages.

Music: "Romeo and Juliet" by MIDIFine Systems

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