Stage: Spring Arts 2012

Theater, Musicals and Plays


Published on March 22, 2012, 1:00am | Comments

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ADVENTURE THEATRE

Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, Md.
301-634-2270
adventuretheatre.org

Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day -- Book and lyrics by Judith Viorst, with music by Shelly Markham (Now to 4/9)
Five Little Monkeys -- In this zany play, all in cumulative verse, five silly simian siblings insist on doing things their own way. It's monkey mayhem (4/27-6/3)
If You Give a Moose a Muffin -- In this sequel to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, a moose will almost always be a bigger problem than a mouse. Directed by Jeremy Skidmore and starring Michael Russotto (6/22-9/2)

AMERICAN CENTURY THEATER

Gunston Theater II
2700 South Lang St.
Arlington, Va.
703-998-4555
americancentury.org

On the Waterfront -- The stage version of Budd Schulberg's screenplay for the movie classic concerns union violence and corruption on the New York docks. Directed by Kathleen Akerly (Now to 4/28)
Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You -- Joe Banno makes his ACT directing debut with this hard-nosed comedy that skewers religion, dogma, and the Catholic Church. Cam McGee stars (6/8-7/7)
Marathon '33 -- The acclaimed experimental play by actress/singer/dancer June Havoc, the real life ''Baby June'' of Gypsy, recreating her harrowing years as a marathon dancer. Directed by Jack Marshall with musical direction by Thomas Fuller (7/27-8/25)

ARENA STAGE

Mead Center for American Theater

1101 6th St. SW
202-488-3300
arenastage.org

Ah, Wilderness! -- Kyle Donnelly directs Eugene O'Neill's sweet-tempered, romantic comedy (To 4/8, Fichandler)
Long Day's Journey Into Night -- The darker side of O'Neill is represented in this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic (3/30-5/6, Kreeger)
The Music Man -- Meredith Willson's rousing musical features such timeless classics as "76 Trombones." Directed by Molly Smith and starring Kate Baldwin (5/11-7/22, Fichandler)
The Normal Heart -- The National Tour of the Tony-winning Broadway production, directed by George C. Wolfe. Larry Kramer's unforgettable look at the sexual politics of New York during the early days of the AIDS crisis remains one of the finest dramas ever written on the subject (6/8-7/29)

CONSTELLATION THEATRE

1835 14th St. NW
202-204-7741
constellationtheatre.org

The Love of the Nightingale -- A king and queen watch a play within a play in a mythical land (5/3-6/2)

DOMINION STAGE

Gunston Arts Center
2700 South Lang St.
Arlington, Va.
703-683-0502
dominionstage.org

November -- David Mamet's political satire, revolving around a presidential incumbent's declining chances for reelection. Sound familiar? (5/18-6/9)

FOLGER THEATRE

201 East Capitol St. SE
202-544-7077
folger.edu

The Taming of the Shrew -- Aggressive Petruchio takes on the headstrong Kate in Shakespeare's quintessential battle of the sexes redefines the boundaries of love. The would-be couple are played by real-life couple Cody Nickell and Kate Eastwood Norris. Directed by Aaron Posner (5/1-6/10)

FORD'S THEATRE

511 10th St. NW
202-347-4833
fordstheatre.org

1776 -- A buoyant musical about the forging of America's democracy. Peter Flynn directs and Michael Bobbitt provides the choreography (Now to 5/19)

FORUM THEATRE

Round House Silver Spring
8641 Coleville Road
Silver Spring, Md.
240-644-1390
forumtd.org

The Illusion -- Tony Kushner freely adapted this work from Pierre Corneille's L'illusion comique. Mitchell Hebert directs (5/24-6/16)

GALA HISPANIC THEATRE

3333 14th St. NW
202-234-7174
galatheatre.org

Five Hours with Mario -- An homage to Miguel Delibes, one of Spain's leading writers, who died in 2010 (3/30-31)
Puro Tango -- A celebration of the tango, directed by Hugo Medrano (4/19-29)
Puerto Rico…¡fuá! -- A hilarious and satirical take on the most notorious times in history of the island and the development of today's ''Boricua,'' Carlos Ferrari's musical was an instant hit in Puerto Rico when it first opened. Hugo Medrano directs (6/7-7/1)

THE IN SERIES

Various Locales
202-204-7760
inseries.org

De mi Corazon latino -- A Latin-American songbook celebration featuring Mexican tenor Jesus Daniel Hernandez, mentored by Placido Domingo himself (4/13-4/21, Source)
Idomeneo -- One of Mozart's early operas (6/9-6/17, Atlas)

KEEGAN THEATRE

Church Street Theatre
1742 Church St. NW
703-892-0202
keegantheatre.com

Working the musical -- Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) adapted his musical about what it means to work from the book by Studs Terkel (4/14-5/13)
Spring Awakening -- Inspired by Frank Wedekind's controversial 1891 play about teenage sexuality and society's efforts to control it, the piece features a sensational rock score by Duncan Sheik (6/2-7/8)
CUCHULLAIN -- Aaron can't pay his drug dealer and won't get a soul-numbing job -- so he dares to take on the welfare state in this dark and comic ride from Irish playwright Rosemary Jenkinson (6/9-7/1)
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY -- Tracy Letts's family saga won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Directed by Mark Rhea (8/3-26)

KENNEDY CENTER

''Addams Family'' coming to Kennedy Center

''Addams Family'' coming to Kennedy Center

2700 F St. NW
202-467-4600
kennedy-center.org

Come Fly Away -- A tribute to the music of Frank Sinatra from the great choreographer Twyla Tharp (4/18-4/29, Eisenhower)
First You Dream: The Music of Kander and Ebb -- Eric Schaeffer mounts his acclaimed production that celebrates the team behind Kiss of the Spider Woman, Cabaret and Chicago (6/8-7/1, Eisenhower)
Memphis -- The 2010 Tony-winning musical about a white radio DJ who, in the 1950s, tries to help a black club singer make it big (6-7/1, Opera House)
The Addams Family -- The world of Gomez, Morticia and Lurch are brought to life in this dark, comic musical (7/10-7/29, Opera House)

METRO STAGE

1201 North Royal St.
Alexandria
703-548-9044
metrostage.org

Be Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You! -- Jay Alvarez recounts his family's gripping escape from Cuba in 1964 in this one-man show (4/4-4/22)

NATIONAL THEATRE

1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
202-628-6161
nationaltheatre.org

Beauty and the Beast -- Disney's stage version of its hit film returns for a limited run (6/12-24)

OLNEY THEATRE CENTER

2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road
Olney, Md.
301-924-3400
olneytheatre.org

The 39 Steps -- Four actors play over 150 in this comedic adaptation of Hitchcock's famous thriller. In it, a suave, somewhat bored Englishman who naively agrees to date a mysterious woman he meets at the theatre and finds himself in a world of spies and adventures (4/18-5/14)
Sleuth -- A wealthy mystery novelist invites his wife's lover to his elegant, yet isolated country estate for a game of cat and mouse. We won't spoil the surprise for those who've never seen it, but even if you know whodunit, Sleuth remains one of the best thrillers ever conceived for the stage (6/13-7)
Little Shop of Horrors -- Fun with singing man-eating plants. By the same team who later wrote Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Horrors has a bright pop sensibility steeped in the music of the '50s (8/1-8/26)

REP STAGE

10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, Md.
443-518-1500
repstage.org

Las Meninas -- Set in the court of France's Louis XIV, Lynn Nottage's drama is an irreverent and incisive reconsideration of the historical scandal involving Queen Marie-Therese and a unique gift from Africa (4/18-5/6)

ROUND HOUSE THEATRE

4545 East-West Highway
Bethesda, Md.
240-644-1100
roundhousetheatre.org

Crown of Shadows: the wake of odysseus -- A gripping, modern take on The Odyssey uses contemporary language and leanings to paint a chilling portrait of the family the warrior leaves behind. A World Premiere written by Jason Gray Platt. Directed by Blake Robison (4/11-5/6)
Double Indemnity -- When hard-boiled Walter Huff meets femme fatale Phyllis Nirlinger, the wife of one of his wealthy clients, he quickly realizes that she wants to get rid of her husband -- and decides to help her do it. An adaptation of the legendary novel by James Cain (5/30-6/24)

SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY

Harman Center for the Arts
610 F St. NW

Lansburgh Theatre
450 7th St. NW

202-547-1122
shakespearetheatre.org

Strange Interlude -- Michael Kahn directs Eugene O'Neill's controversial, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about love and deception (3/27-4/29, Harman Hall)
The Servant of Two Masters -- Carlo Goldoni's magical comedia dell'arte masterpiece. Directed by Christopher Bayes (5/15-7/1, Lansburgh)
The Merry Wives of Windsor -- Stephen Rayne directs this classic Shakespearean comedy centering around the romantic foibles of Falstaff (6-7/15, Harman Hall)

SIGNATURE THEATRE

4200 Campbell Ave.
Arlington, Va.
703-820-9771
signature-theatre.org

Brother Russia -- A world premiere musical by John Dempsey and Dana Rowe, directed by Eric Schaeffer, about a comically fourth-rate Russian theatre troupe that sets up its tents in the countryside and wows the local farmers with rock-fueled adaptations of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky (Now to 4/15, Max)
God of Carnage -- Yasmina Reza's play about upper-middle-class Brooklyn couples meet to discuss an incident of playground violence between their sons won the 2009 Tony for Best Play (4/10-6/24, Ark)
Xanadu -- Matthew Gardiner takes the helm of this zany send-up of the 1980 film. With book by Douglas Carter Beane and music and lyrics by ELO's Jeff Lynne (5/8-7/1, Max)

STUDIO THEATRE

1501 14th St. NW
202-332-3300
studiotheatre.org

Sucker Punch -- Kinetic, comedic, and emotionally bruising, Roy Williams's masterwork blasts open the experience of being young, black, and ambitious in 1980s London (Now to 4/8, Mead)
The Big Meal -- The arc of a family's experience from a single restaurant table at a chain restaurant (4/25-5/20, Milton)
Dogugaeshi -- Basil Twist's abstract, contemporary journey of images influenced by Japanese dogugaeshi stage mechanism techniques (4/11-22)
Bachelorette -- Ten years out of high school, three unhappy friends show up not-quite-invited to their classmate's luxe hotel room the night before her wedding and chaos ensues (5/23-7/1, Mead)
The Animals and Children Take to the Streets -- A charming, ghoulish, and otherworldly little show from acclaimed London company 1927 (6/13-7/1, Metheny)
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson -- Keith Alan Baker directs this rowdy and irreverent musical that imagines President Andrew ''Old Hickory'' Jackson as a rock star (7/11-8/5)

SYNETIC THEATER

Crystal City
Arlington, Va.
800-494-8497
synetictheater.org

The Taming of the Shrew -- The latest in the company's signature "Silent Shakespeare" series (To 4/22)
Home of the Soldier -- This world premiere text-based play commemorates the heroism of our armed forces (5/23-7/1)

THEATER J

1529 16th St. NW
800-494-8497
theaterj.org

New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch De Spinoza -- The return of Theater J's 2010 hit production, a literate, suspenseful retelling of the story of the 1656 interrogation of philosopher Baruch De Spinoza. By David Ives (Now to 4/1)
The Whipping Man -- In 1865, two newly freed slaves and the son of their former master -- a Jewish Confederate soldier who has retreated to the burnt remains of his home and celebrate an unconventional Passover Seder (4/18-5/20)
The History of Invulnerability -- David Bar Katz's play looks at the Jewish creator behind the legend of Superman (6/6-7/8)

WASHINGTON IMPROV THEATER

Source
1835 14th St. NW
202-204-7770
washingtonimprovtheater.com

Fist!, iMusical Time Machine and Harold Night continue through April at the Source. Visit the website for schedule and details.

WOLF TRAP

1645 Trap Road
Vienna, Va.
703-255-1900
wolf-trap.org

Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific – The classic musical based on the 2008 Tony-winning Lincoln Center production (5/31-6/3)
Riverdance -- Some people just can't get enough of the Irish song and dance show (6/15-17)
RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles -- The touring tribute revue returns after its Broadway debut last year, which won a Drama Desk Award (6/22-23)
Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King & I (8/31-9/2)
Rock of Ages -- The hit jukebox musical featuring '80s hard rock tunes (9/9)

WOOLLY MAMMOTH

641 D St. NW
202-393-3939
woollymammoth.net

Arias With a Twist -- When aliens abduct a large drag queen and drop her in a teeny Garden of Eden, will she have room to fall from grace? Cabaret sensation Joey Arias and Obie Award-winning puppeteer Basil Twist team up to tell the tale (4/4-5/6)
Mr. Burns, a post-electric play -- In Anne Washburn's vision of post-apocalyptic America, survivors invent a new entertainment industry from the ashes of the old. Steven Cosson directs and J. Michael Friedman provides music for this world premiere (5/28-7/1)
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs -- The controversial monologist Mike Daisey returns with his acid indictment of Apple (7/17-8/5)

WSC AVANT BARD

Artisphere Black Box
1101 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, Va.
703-418-4808
wscavantbard.org

Spring Rep. 2012 -- The Greek masterpiece The Bacchae by Euripides is paired with Sam Shepard's The Tooth of Crime -- an interesting rotating rep if ever there was (5/10-7/1)

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