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Happenstance Theater, recently nominated for three Helen Hayes Awards for its “Cabaret Macabre,” returns to the Round House Silver Spring this weekend with its operatic ode to the circus, “Impossible! A Happenstance Circus.” Company members Mark Jaster, Sabrina Mandell, Karen Hansen, Gwen Grastor, Sarah Olmstead Thomas and Alex Vernon bring to life “a kaleidoscopic homage to classic circus characters and images,” in this theatrical tribute to the big top. Opening Friday, the razzle dazzle runs to Feb. 9. For ticketing information, visit www.happenstancetheater.com.

Elsewhere on the metaphorical midway, at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, Washington, D.C.’s Cheeky Monkey Sideshow prepares to astound with a return engagement encompassing sword swallowing, fire eating, physical stunts, magic, mentalism and a man who can fit his entire body through the head of a tennis racket. Join “the original sideshow geek” Swami YoMahmi (Stephon Walker)as he leads audiences on a tour of the unimaginable. The fun begins Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Visit www.joesmovement.org.

Finally, life is a cabaret at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Va., which continues its Cabaret Series with “My Broadway Valentine,” a special edition featuring performers Caren Hearne, Linda Rose Payne, Mary Payne and John Hollinger exploring the romance of the Broadway songbook. Brandon Heishman accompanies. Show times are 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit www.workhousearts.org.

noravec@gazette.net