Best bets: Theater

Arena Players: "Radio Golf"

The final installment in August Wilson's 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle, tracing the African-American experience through the 20th century, also turned out to be the towering writer's last work. Arena Players, the country's longest continually operating African-American community theater, offers this drama about a real estate developer ready to run for mayor. Oct. 14 to 30 at Arena Players, 801 McCulloh St. $15 to $20. 410-728-6500,


Center Stage: "Les Liaisons Dangereuses"

Renovations continue at Center Stage's home — the formal reopening won't be until March — but enough access will be possible this fall to allow audiences in for a production of Christopher Hampton's sizzling "Les Liaisons Dangereuses." Based on the 1782 novel, the play explores seduction, cruelty and love in pre-Revolution France.

Nov. 26 to Dec. 23 at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. $22 to $79. 410-332-0033,

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company: "Othello"

The Bard's searing tragedy "Othello," with its layers of racial tension and sexual jealousy, has much to say to our world. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company will not only stage the work, but offer "The World of Othello," a series of free events that will explore the play's history, context and influence. Sept. 16 to Oct. 9 at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, 7 S. Calvert St. $15 to $49. 410-244-8570,

Two things immediately draw attention to "Dot": Colman Domingo wrote it, and terrific Everyman resident actor Dawn Ursula heads the cast. Domingo, author of the endearing "Wild With Happy" seen at Center Stage in 2014, conjures up a vivid dramedy about a matriarch, her conflicted children and her tentative memory. Dec. 7 to Jan. 8 at Everyman Theatre, 315 W. Fayette St. $25 to $64. 410-752-2208,

Fells Point Corner Theatre: "The Divine Sister"

Delectable writer/actor Charles Busch concocted a campy romp in "The Divine Sister," a 2010 Off Broadway hit. This spoof concerns a Mother Superior who calls to mind Rosalind Russell in "The Trouble with Angels," except she faces a much wilder kind of trouble. This will be the play's Baltimore premiere. Nov. 18 to Dec. 18 at Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St. $15 to $20.

Hippodrome Theatre: "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder"

Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder" makes a welcome visit to Baltimore. The show's gimmick may be familiar — a guy seeks to eliminate relatives ahead of him in line to inherit a family fortune — but the execution is remarkably fresh. Dec 27 to Jan. 1 at the Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St. 800-982-2787,

Iron Crow Theatre: "The Wild Party"

After a year's hiatus for reorganizing and renewing resources, Iron Crow Theatre returns with "The Wild Party," a 2000 musical by Andrew Lippa, composer of "The Addams Family" and "I Am Harvey Milk." This show is based on a 1928 poem about vaudeville performers who throw the ultimate decadent party. Sept. 30 to Oct. 9 at Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. $15 to $25. 443-637-2769,

Rep Stage: "American Hero"


Right after an election that may determine how much attention the working class gets over the next four years, Rep Stage will offer the regional premiere of Bess Wohl's edgy comedy "American Hero." It's a tale of three sub shop employees who are barely getting by, but have each other. Nov. 2 to 20 at Horowitz Center, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $15 to $40. 443-518-1500,

Single Carrot Theatre: "Savage/Love"

In the late 1970s, eminent playwright/actor Sam Shepard and the late actor/director Joseph Chaikin collaborated on a series of poems about intimate human relationships, their variety of emotions, rewards and dangers. Members of the ever-inquisitive Single Carrot Theatre will delve into these works, while adding some touches of their own.

Oct. 26 to Nov. 20 at Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St. 443-844-9253,

Vagabond Players: "All My Sons"

Arthur Miller caught the post-World War II climate in this country with chilling force in "All My Sons," a drama about morals and responsibilities. This classic launches the Vagabond Player's second century and, thanks to a bequest from longtime Vagabond supporter Chuck Bainder, inaugurates newly installed seats in the theater. Sept. 9 to Oct. 2 at Vagabond Players, 806 S. Broadway. $10 to $20. 410-563-9135,