Pressley, Nelson, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
* Caballero de Milagro - GALA Hispanic Theatre. "Gentleman By Miracle" is the English title of Lope de Vega's comedy about a Spanish gigolo. Through Feb. 18; 202/234-7174. Not reviewed.
* Lynnwood Pharmacy - Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. A comedy centered on a small-town family, by David Bucci. Through Feb. 11; 202/393-3939. Not reviewed.
* The Man Who Laughs - Le Neon French-American Theatre. An original adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel about a boy whose face has been carved into a grotesque smile. Through Feb. 18; 703/243-6366. Not reviewed.
* The Merchant of Venice - Washington Shakespeare Company. Shakespeare's play about love and justice, set in Fellini's Italy. Performances begin Saturday, continuing through March 3; 703/418-4808. Not reviewed.
* The Obituary Bowl - Woolly Mammoth. Barbara McConagha's comic drama about an odd woman's graveside confession, starring Nancy Robinette. Starts Friday, continuing through Feb. 27; 202/393-3939. Not reviewed.
* Taking My Life In Your Hands - Signature Theatre. Reality meets the talk-show world in Paulette Laufer's new play. Through Feb. 18; 703/218-6500. Not reviewed.
* Torn From the Headlines - Everyday Theatre. A musical saga of life on the street, written and directed by Jennifer L. Nelson and produced in association with the African Continuum Theatre Coalition. At Source Theatre through Feb. 18; 202/529-5763 or 202/554-3893. Not reviewed.
* The Cocktail Party - Washington Stage Guild - (TWO AND ONE-HALF STARS). The verse of T.S. Eliot's 1949 play is unobtrusive and lightly formal, but the great and influential poet had a stilted sense of drama. Conrad Feininger and Helen Hedman make the most of an explosive scene as a troubled married couple, but that's at the end of the first act. The rest of the play, lucidly staged by Lee Mikeska Gardner, evaporates into misty speeches masquerading as spiritual questing. Through Feb. 4; 202/529-2084.
* Coming of the Hurricane - Arena Stage, Fichandler Stage. Keith Glover's post-Civil War drama about an ex-slave with a talent for boxing. Through Feb. 18; 202/488-3300. Not reviewed.
* The Dog Plays and 1996: We're Having Fun Now! - Potomac Theatre Project. Celebrating its 10th season, the PTP revives Robert Chesley's AIDS drama on a double bill with "1996," a collage of favorite scenes from past productions. At the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts through Feb. 4; 301/924-3400. Not reviewed.
* Jaque a la Reina - Teatro de la Luna. A farce about power by Alberto Peyrou and Diego Santillan. At the Gunston Arts Center through Feb. 3; 703/548-3092. Not reviewed.
* Scenes From an Execution - Potomac Theatre Project. A revival of last winter's staging of Howard Barker's explosive and timely drama about art and government. At the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts through Feb. …