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Annapolis Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing

True love finds two ways in Much Ado About Nothing, but it isn’t easy as Shakespeare’s wit, a “merry war,” tongue-tied adoration and villainy complicate two couples’ journeys to the altar. Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s Much Ado About Nothing plays thru August 18. ThF 8pm; Sa 2pm & 8pm; Su 3pm at Bowie Playhouse, White Marsh Park. $15-$20; rsvp: 410-280-1775; www.annapolisshakespeare.org.

Dignity Players’ Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Beefollows six quirky adolescent competitors in the Putnam Valley Middle School spelling bee run by three equally quirky grownups. Playing Aug. 2, 3, 9, 10 and 15-17 at 8pm; Aug. 4 and 11 at 3pm at Dignity Players Theatre, Unitarian Universalist Church, Annapolis.$20 FSa; $15 ThSu; rsvp: 410-266-8044 x127; www.dignityplayers.org.

Dignity Players’ Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Beefollows six quirky adolescent competitors in the Putnam Valley Middle School spelling bee run by three equally quirky grownups. Playing Aug. 2, 3, 9, 10 and 15-17 at 8pm; Aug. 4 and 11 at 3pm at Dignity Players Theatre, Unitarian Universalist Church, Annapolis.$20 FSa; $15 ThSu; rsvp: 410-266-8044 x127; www.dignityplayers.org.

Kids’ Playwriting Festival

See fully realized stage productions of dramas crafted by playwrights ages 2 to 19 at Twin Beach Players’ eighth annual Kids’ Playwriting Festival. Read about the authors in Michelle Steel’s story onpage 14. See the plays thru August 11. FSa 7pm; Su 3pm at North Beach Boys and Girls Club, North Beach. $5: www.twinbeachplayers.com.

Kids’ Playwriting Festival

See fully realized stage productions of dramas crafted by playwrights ages 2 to 19 at Twin Beach Players’ eighth annual Kids’ Playwriting Festival. Read about the authors in Michelle Steel’s story onpage 14. See the plays thru August 11. FSa 7pm; Su 3pm at North Beach Boys and Girls Club, North Beach. $5: www.twinbeachplayers.com.

Into the Woods at Summer GardenTheatre

Into the Woods twists expectations and the familiar fairytales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack (of beanstalk fame). All ends well in Act 1, but there’s more to come after happily ever after. Showing thru Sept. 1. Th-Su 8:30pm at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre’s outdoor City Dock Playhouse. $20: 410-268-9212; www.summergarden.com.

Twilight College Play • free

All ages gather on the lawn to see a play based on the German fairy tale The Fisherman and His Wife, about a couple who get greedy when they meet a fish that grants all their wishes. 6:45pm at Prince Frederick campus,: 301-934-7703; www.csmd.edu/Arts.

Bowie Community Theatre’s Tale of the Allergist’s Wife

Bowie Community Theatre’s Tale of the Allergist’s Wife “A little Neil Simon and a little Seinfeld, it’s a lively summer diversion,” says Bay Weekly reviewer Jane Elkin about Bowie Community Theatre’s production of Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, a story of how Marjorie Taub’s perfect Upper West Side-life is shaken when a childhood friend reappears. 8pm at Bowie Playhouse, White Marsh Park, Bowie. $20 w/discounts; rsvp: 301-805-0219; www.BCTheatre.com.

Infinity Theatre Company’s She Loves Me

Travel back to the 1930s as two Maraczek’s Parfumerie workers escape from the stress of one another with anonymous pen pals, who happen — surprise! — to be each other. Naturally, they unsuspectingly fall in love. Infinity Theatre’s She Loves Me plays thru August 4. Read Davina Grace Hill’s review in this week’s paper. Th 2 and 7pm; FSa 8pm; Su 2pm at Children’s Theatre of Annapolis, Bay Head Park, Annapolis. $19-$38; rsvp: 877-501-8499; www.infinitytheatrecompany.com.

Infinity Theatre Company’s She Loves Me

Travel back to the 1930s as two Maraczek’s Parfumerie workers escape from the stress of one another with anonymous pen pals, who happen — surprise! — to be each other. Naturally, they unsuspectingly fall in love. Infinity Theatre’s She Loves Me plays thru August 4. Read Davina Grace Hill’s review in this week’s paper. Th 2 and 7pm; FSa 8pm; Su 2pm at Children’s Theatre of Annapolis, Bay Head Park, Annapolis. $19-$38; rsvp: 877-501-8499; www.infinitytheatrecompany.com.