Thursday, January 4, 8 p.m., $37-$102
Sometimes the greatest innovations come out of competition. And when you’re competing with the Bard, you’d better have something special up your sleeve. This Tony-nominated comedy tells the story of the Bottom brothers (a Shakespeare nod in itself?), a pair of thespians with a problem common to entertainers: trying to get their big break. Set in the late 1500s, the two set off on a new project in competition with Shakespeare, and end up inventing the musical. Show runs through 1/7. 1301 L Street, www.californiamusicaltheatre.com.