Natascia Diaz, one of D.C. theater's greatest performers, is currently polishing Jacques Brel's standard "Ne Me Quitte Pas ("If You Go Away") at MetroStage in Alexandria, a revue of the late mid-20th century Belgian songwriter. It's a show that anyone who loves pop music and the theater should see. It's surprising that more people don't know Brel's music, which is rock with a very theatrical bent. But then Brel's under-appreciated artistry adds to the power of the show. The MetroStage performers -- four singers and three musicians led by pianist Jenny Cartney -- aren't just singing or playing parts, showing off their fine chops; they're sharing the Brel experience as a kind of communal, bonding experience. All told, Brel is a powerful night at the theater, the kind of night you might not expect in a still-largely industrial part of Alexandria on the river's edge – unless you've been to the unassuming but high-caliber MetroStage before. Jacques Brel just may be the most moving show on any stage currently running. To Oct. 21. MetroStage, 1201 North Royal St., Alexandria. Tickets are $48 to $55. Call 800-494-8497 or visit metrostage.org.
Read Doug Rule's full review here.
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