Shows at Cap Stage and Woodland Opera House

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Image is from Cap Stage’s website

It’s basketball season, diplomats from the United States and China are not exactly on the same page … the Capital Stage (2215 J St.) is set for Lauren Yee’s “The Great Leap.”

Jeffrey Lo directs the play, which was a 2017 Kesselring Prize winner. It previews at 7 p.m. on Jan. 26 and 26, and at 8 p.m. on Jan. 28. (Tickets are $25.) Opening night is on Saturday, Jan. 29, and the show runs through Sunday, Feb. 27. (Tickets are $32-$42.)

Cap Stage describes “The Great Leap” thus:

“When an American college basketball team travels to Beijing for a ‘friendship’ game in the post-Cultural Revolution 1980s, both countries try to tease out the politics behind this newly popular sport. Cultures clash as the Chinese coach tries to pick up moves from the Americans and Chinese-American player Manford spies on his opponents.”

Edward “Teddy” Chen, Matthew Hanjoong, Tim Kniffin and Nicole Anne Salle star.

For tickets (which are available for both in-person and virtual spectating) and more information, visit Capital Stage’s website.

Meanwhile, the Woodland Opera House (340 Second St.) taps into a standard of American drama with “Our Town,” starting Jan. 28 and running through Feb. 20. The play is staged Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and tickets range from $7 to $25.

This “new telling” of Thornton Wilder’s work “tells the story of a small town at the turn of the century, Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. But this reimagining of the classic will reckon with the text to examine the limitations of the play’s ‘universality,’ telling a powerful modern tale about the need to always continue moving forward in our personal and social progress.”

For tickets and more information, visit Woodland Opera House’s website.