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Yes, it's true: Signature Theatre presents a world premiere musical adapted from the 1985 novel Beaches, best remembered as the 1988 weepy film starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey. The theater's Eric Schaeffer directs Mara Davi (Broadway's A Chorus Line and The Drowsy Chaperone) and Alysha Umphress (Broadway's American Idiot). The book's author Iris Rainer Dart did the adaptation, with ... [Read]

Theatre Alliance "Hums" along

Posted by Randy Shulman
May 13, 2012 7:12 AM |
The Theater Alliance presents the world premiere of Nicholas Wardigo's Hum, an allegory of Orwellian proportions following a couple's journey to discover what life is like when the safety net is pulled down. The Alliance's Colin Hovde and Nathaniel Mendez direct the piece, which is also said to challenge expectations of storytelling. Opens this Monday, May 14, at 8 p.m. ... [Read]

Tony-Award-winning actress Judith Ivey (Steaming, Hurlyburly) plays Ann Landers in Theater J's one-night-only benefit performance of The Lady With All the Answers, a solo show written by David Rambo that Ivey performed Off-Broadway in 2009. Popular Washington Post advice columnist Carolyn Hax will introduce the play, which will be framed by two receptions. Monday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. The ... [Read]

Faction of Fools Theatre Company, the 2012 Helen Hayes Award winner for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company, focuses on the Italian commedia dell'Arte theater style of physical comedy. And it concludes its third season with a stylistic interpretation of Shakespeare's Hamlet entitled with Hamlecchino: Clown Prince of Denmark. The show, directed by Matthew R. Wilson, who also plays the title character, ... [Read]

Keegan takes to Dupont Circle

Posted by Randy Shulman
May 2, 2012 1:00 PM |
Actors from the Keegan Theatre will step outside of its Church Street home to perform in Dupont Circle this Saturday, May 5. The purpose of "Music in the Circle" is to entice the public in its productions by offering musical snippets from the now-running Working, the upcoming Spring Awakening and even a smattering of past hits from its many lauded ... [Read]

Jason Gray Pratt's Crown of Shadows: The Wake of Odysses is having its world premiere at the Round House Theatre. It offers a gripping, modern take on The Odyssey using contemporary language and leanings to paint a chilling portrait of the family the warrior leaves behind. Blake Robison directs this production starring Michael Morrow Hammack, Deborah Hazlett, Julia Proctor and ... [Read]

Ford's turns back the clocks to 1776

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 14, 2012 9:00 AM |
A buoyant musical that fits Ford's Theatre to a T, 1776 dramatizes the impassioned debates that forged America's democracy. Sherman Edwards wrote the music and lyrics and Peter Stone handled the book. Peter Flynn directs and Michael Bobbitt provides the choreography for this production starring Peter Boyer, Floyd King, Rick Hammerly, Christopher Bloch, William Diggle and Tom Story. To May ... [Read]

On seeing Holland Taylor's portrayal of former Texas governor Ann Richards for the first time, Don Temples cried. "It was as if someone I love very much, who I know is dead, was suddenly there again," says Temples, who used to work for Richards as well as the Human Rights Campaign. For Taylor, the Emmy Award-winning actress who plays the ... [Read]

A Second Chance at Signature

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 27, 2011 10:46 AM |
Shirlington’s Signature Theatre offers yet another world premiere musical this season -- A Second Chance, with book, music and lyrics by Ted Shen (director of Signature’s Giant). Shen’s intimate musical is about finding love when you're least looking for it. Isn’t that always the case? It stars real-life couple Brian and Diane Sutherland. To Dec. 11. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell ... [Read]

Ford's Theatre remounts its music-filled production of the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, adapted by Michael Wilson and directed by Michael Baron. Edward Gero returns as Ebenezer Scrooge, and the production features imaginative special effects, familiar carols and themes of giving back and living with grace. To Dec. 31. Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Tickets are $41 to $65. ... [Read]

Birds of a Feather

Posted by Randy Shulman
July 23, 2011 9:15 AM |
The Hub Theatre presents the world-premiere production of gay humor writer Marc Acito's Birds of a Feather, an inspiring story about families and the bird-brained behaviors of humans -- and penguins. In fact, the play focuses on the gay penguins at New York's Central Park Zoo that were a media sensation last decade, contrasting them with the reaction to red-tailed ... [Read]

Editor's Pick: Next to Normal

Posted by Randy Shulman
July 2, 2011 9:00 PM |
The 2009 Tony-winning musical and winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Next to Normal is a tour de force examination of contemporary life. For its first national tour, the show -- which D.C.'s Arena Stage helped retool before it first went to Broadway -- features a cast that includes Alice Ripley, reprising her Tony-winning role as the original ... [Read]

Ain't MIsbehavin' at the Atlas

Posted by Randy Shulman
June 8, 2011 7:00 AM |
The Washington Savoyards presents a production of this rollicking, swinging, finger-snapping revue, a tribute to the music of 1930s Harlem, where Thomas "Fats" Waller and the Cotton Club reigned. Adventure Theater's Michael Bobbitt directs a cast including Iyona Blake, Nova Tate, Lauren Du Pree, Cliff Walker and Daryl Spiers. To June 19. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. ... [Read]

Mario Marcel directs the U.S. premiere of Gracia Morales' dramatic comedy As If It Were Tonight, starring Andrea Aranguren and Karen Morales-Chacana, focused on a mother and daughter in a magical world. In Spanish with English surtitles. To June 11. Gunston Theater II, 2700 South Lang St. Arlington. Tickets are $25 to $30. Call 703-548-3092 or visit teatrodelaluna.org. ... [Read]

Amadeus at Round House

Posted by Randy Shulman
May 13, 2011 9:29 AM |
Peter Shaffer's Tony-winning Amadeus (which became an Oscar-winning film) depicts the flamboyant genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as seen through the eyes of his desperately jealous contemporary, composer Antonio Salieri. Edward Gero stars as Salieri and Sasha Olinick as Mozart in a production directed by Mark Ramont. Now to June 5. Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. Tickets are ... [Read]

Theater Thursday! Art at Signature!

Posted by Randy Shulman
April 28, 2011 9:03 AM |
Three longtime friends debate the purchase by one of a hugely expensive painting in Yasmina Reza's Art. As the friends become increasingly fractious and, eventually, unhinged, they still deliver their one-liners and rueful glances. For although there are a few piquant moments here, this is theatre at a cooler temperature; the kind that lets you keep your emotional distance even ... [Read]

The Washington theater community has grown in the past quarter century to the point where it is arguably one of the largest, strongest thriving regional theater scenes in the country. And no small contributor to that growth has been the Helen Hayes Awards, which, for 27 years, has been rewarding excellence in local theater, inspiring all -- from the smallest ... [Read]

Rags at The Theatre Lab

Posted by Randy Shulman
April 19, 2011 8:14 AM |
The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts offers a production of the little-known 1986 musical Rags, by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Wicked), Charles Strouse (Annie) and Joseph Stein (Fiddler on the Roof). The story focuses on the arrival of Jewish immigrants to New York City in the early part of the last century. Deb Gottesman and Buzz Mauro direct a ... [Read]

Following his smash hit monologue The Last Cargo Cult, Mike Daisey pulls back the curtain veiling America's most mysterious technology icon. With a wickedly funny tale of pride, beauty, lust and industrial design, Daisey's latest one-man diatribe illuminates the war—from China to Silicon Valley -- over how we see our world, and the human price we pay for our high-tech ... [Read]

Landless Theatre Company presents one of the first professional stage productions of the YouTube video miniseries Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog, developed by Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) during the Writer's Guild strike a few years back and originally starring Neil Patrick Harris. Landless's Andrew Lloyd Baughman has adapted the musical for the stage. It stars Charles Johnson in the ... [Read]