Through December 11 - All Aunt Hagar's Children at Z Space. If you've never seen a production by Word for Word, the innovative local theater company that transforms short stories into plays by performing them as originally written, this is a fabulous place to start. Primarily set in mid-century D.C., Edward P. Jones's tale twines together multiple layers of mystery as Khary L. Moye's young Korean War vet sets out to do a favor for his mother's friend Agatha, grief-stricken after the murder of her son. It's a gripping story made all the more mesmerizing by the performances of the women onstage, among them the great Margo Hall, though Moye is no slouch either as he effectively narrates the entire play. Every time I see a Word for Word performance I marvel at how they do what they do, and look forward to seeing what they do next.