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Stage: Fall Arts Preview 2014

Plays and musicals at DC, Maryland and Virginia theatres

Photo by Todd Franson

Photography by Todd Franson

All of Washington’s a stage. Has a nice ring to it, no? But in fact, D.C. theater continues to grow and thrive, as several of our veteran stages achieve milestone anniversary seasons — 25 years for Signature, 35 years for Woolly Mammoth, and a whopping 65 years for Arena Stage. But with growth also comes a loss, as American Century Theatre will shut its doors after this, its 20th year. We guess there just aren’t enough older plays to go around.

ADVENTURE THEATRE MTC

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

  • Stuart Little — A mouse born to a family of humans ventures from his home to track down his missing best friend, a bird named Margalo (9/19-10/26)
  • Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol — Tony Award-winning Ken Ludwig and his son Jack adapt a new version of the popular Dickens classic. Directed by Jerry Whiddon (11/14-1/1/15)
  • Petit Rouge: A Cajun Riding Hood — The latest musical by Joan Cushing is based on the classic fairy tale. (1/30-3/8/15)
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz — A modern take on the L. Frank Baum classic, adapted by Jacqueline E. Lawton and starring Paige Hernandez(4/3-5/25/15)
  • Garfield, the Musical with Catitude — The sarcastic, tubby cat of comics fame is brought to life in a book by its creator, cartoonist Jim Davis, and Michael J. Bobbit (6/19-8/23/15)
  • Oliver! — The bittersweet Lionel Bart musical, based on the Dickens novel, about that danged porridge-demanding orphan. Directed by Joseph Ritsch and starring Felicia Curry and Rick Hammerly. More, please? (7/24-8/16/15)

AMERICAN CENTURY THEATER

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

  • The Seven Year Itch — An encore production of the George Axelrod comedy, first produced by TACT in 2002. Rip Claassen directs(9/20-10/11)
  • Crime & Punishment in America — Two plays, the first, Cops by Terry Curtis Fox, encompasing the “crime” portion of the evening and the second, Hello Out There by William Saryoan the “punishment” half (1/9-1/31/15)
  • Broadway Hit Parade — A parade of musical comedy stand-outs from TACT’s past and present(3/19-3/22/15)
  • Twelve Angry Men — In 1994, Reginald Rose’s jury drama was the very first TACT show. It will also serve as its very last (7/17-8/8/15)

ARENA STAGE

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

  • The Shoplifters — Alma is a career shoplifter who prefers the “five-finger discount” over senior citizen deals. Her life of petty crime is halted by an overzealous rookie security guard and his mentor. Starring Tony-nominee Jayne Houdyshell (Now to 10/19, Kreeger)
  • Fiddler on the Roof — Molly Smith directs an in-the-round production of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s beloved musical, celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year (10/31-1/4/15, Fichhandler)
  • Five Guys Named Moe — A celebration of the feel-good music of Louis Jordan, whose hits included “Let the Good Times Roll.” Directed by Robert O’Hara (11/14-12/28, Kreeger)
  • Baskerville — Five actors play 25 characters in this comedic retelling of one of Sherlock Holmes’ most famous cases. A World Premiere by Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor)(1/16-2/22/15, Kreeger)
  • King Hedley II — In the ninth installment of Pulitzer Prize-winner August Wilson’s “Century Cycle,” an ex-convict has the chance to achieve an entrepreneurial dream (2/6-3/8/15, Kreeger)
  • The Originalist — Molly Smith directs this World Premiere drama by John Strand, starring Ed Gero as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (3/6-4/26/15, Kogod Cradle)
  • Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike — The brilliantly funny, Tony Award-winning comedy by Christopher Durang turns Chekhov on his ear. Directed by Aaron Posner (4/3-5/3/15, Fichhandler)
  • The Blood Quilt — Four disconnected sisters reunite to create a family quilt honoring their recently deceased mother in this World Premiere by Katori Hall (4/24-6/7/15, Kreeger)

CENTER STAGE

700 N. Calvert St.
Baltimore, Md.
410-332-0033
centerstage.org

  • Amadeus — An epic new revival of the Tony Award-winning drama that raises the question, how far would you go to secure your legacy? (Now to 10/12)
  • Next to Normal — Tom Kitt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical gets a blistering new production (10/8-11/16)
  • It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play — Be a part of the live studio audience, and join the cast and crew as they take you on a journey through the most important evening in one man’s life. Adapted by Joe Landry (11/18-12/21)
  • 4000 Miles — A grandmother and grandson bond in this Amy Herzog drama (4/1-5/24/15)
  • Marley — A World Premiere Musical based on the life and music of Bob Marley (5/6-6/14/15)

CONSTELLATION THEATRE

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

  • Absolutely! {Perhaps} — Allison Stockman directs this comedy by absurdist playwright Luigi Pirandello (10/9-11/9)
  • The Lieutenant of Inishmore — A gruesome Irish comedy by Martin McDonagh (2/5-3/8/15)
  • The Fire and the Rain — A north American premiere (4/23-5/24/15)

FOLGER THEATRE

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

  • King Lear — The Shakespeare Globe brings its touring production of one of Shakespeare’s finest tragedies (Now-9/21)
  • Julius Caesar — Political and literal backstabbing abounds just one block from the Capitol. Robert Richmond directs (10/28-12/7)
  • Mary Stuart — Friedrich Schiller’s drama unfolds as Mary, Queen of Scots awaits her fate at the hands of Queen Elizabeth I. Holly Twyford and Kate Eastwood Norris star (1/27-3/8/15)
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead — Tom Stoppard’s classic directed by Aaron Posner and starring Ian Merrill Peakes (5/12-6/21/15)

FORD’S THEATRE

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

  • Driving Miss Daisy — Longtime theatrical veterans Nancy Robinette and Craig Wallace take on the iconic roles of the cantankerous Miss Daisy and her chauffer Hoke in Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece. Directed by Jennifer Nelson (9/26-10/26)
  • A Christmas Carol — Edward Gero returns to play Scrooge in Michael Wilson’s adaptation of the Dickens classic (11/20-1/1/15)
  • The Widow Lincoln — Mary Todd Lincoln sparked more controversy than any First Lady in history, and this World Premiere by James Still, commissioned by Ford’s Theatre, and set during the weeks following Abraham Lincoln’s murder at Ford’s Theatre, should have particular dramatic resonance (1/23-2/22/15)
  • Freedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War — An epic, concert-style musical featuring the words of Abraham Lincoln and music inspired by those who lived through the Civil War. Directed Jeff Calhoun (3/13-5/16/15)

FORUM THEATRE

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

  • How We Got On (10/30-11/23)
  • The T Party — An immersive theatrical event written and directed by Natsu Onoda Power, celebrating gender transformation in D.C. (1/2-1/17/15 )
  • Passion Play (3/19-4/12/15)
  • The Shipment (5/21-6/14/15)

GALA HISPANIC THEATRE

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

  • Cancun — Two vacationing couples reveal old secrets in this comedy about contemporary relationships by Jordi Galceran, one of Spain’s leading playwrights (Now to 10/5)
  • House of Desires — A wild tale of confusion and mistaken identities, directed by Hugo Medrano (2/5-3/1/15)
  • Mariela in the Desert — A look at what happens to a family when creativity is forced to dry and wither away by Karen Zacarías. Directed by Abel Lopez (4/16-5/10/15)
  • Las Polacas: The Polish Girls of Buenos Aires — The dreams, losses, and struggles of Polish-Jewish women who were lured into prostitution in Argentina by an international slave trading organization in the early 1900s. By Patricia Suárez Cohen, with music by Mariano Vales (6/4-6/28/15)
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KENNEDY CENTER

202-467-4600
kennedy-center.org

  • Evita — Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award–winning musical tells Eva Peron’s passionate and unforgettable true story, and features some of theater’s most memorable songs, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” and “Another Suitcase in Another Hall.” Directed by Michael Grandage and choreographed by Rob Ashford (9/30-10/19, Opera House)
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  • Little Dancer — This world premiere Kennedy Center-commissioned musical is inspired by the story of Marie van Goethem, a young ballerina who posed for Edgar Degas and became, inadvertently, the most famous dancer in the world. Starring Boyd Gaines as Degas, Rebecca Luker as adult Marie, and New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Tiler Peck as young Marie. With book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by composer Stephen Flaherty and choreography by Susan Stroman (10/25-11/30, Eisenhower)
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat — Husband-and-wife duo Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young star in this revival of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice classic that takes a page out of the bible and makes it rock (12/15-1/4/15, Opera House)
  • The Illusionists — Direct from Broadway, this spectacle of magic features seven world-class magicians performing mind-blowing illusions (1/6-1/11/15, Opera House)
  • Gigi — Eric Schaeffer directs a new World Premiere production of Lerner and Loewe’s Oscar and Tony-winning musical comedy, set in turn-of-the-century Paris (1/16-2/12/15, Eisenhower)
  • The Book of Mormon — The hit musical from the creators of South Park makes another pass, for a solid two-month run. With a run that long, they may need a coffee or two (6/16-8/16/15, Opera House)
  • Once — Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Once features an ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, and tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs (7/7-8/16/15, Eisenhower)

METRO STAGE

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

  • Three Sistahs — Written and directed by Metro Stage go-to Thomas W. Jones II, this musical tapestry of gospel, rhythm and blues, funk, and folk music is inspired by the Chekhov play (9/17-11/2)
  • A Broadway Christmas Carol — Michael Sharp returns to direct Kathy Feininger’s cross between the Dickens classic and parodies of 33 classic show tunes (11/26-12/28)
  • Bessie’s Blues — The legacy of the blues told through the eyes and lens of Bessie Smith, “Empress of the Blues.” Written and directed by Thomas W. Jones II, this is the 20th Anniversary of the show, first produced by Studio Theatre (1/21-3/15/15)
  • The Island — Athol Fugard’s two character, South African drama, first produced at Metro Stage in 1991 (4/1-4/26/15)
  • The Letters — John Vreeke directs this tense psychological game of cat and mouse, set in an office in the Soviet Union in the 1930s (5/6-6/7/15)

NATIONAL THEATRE

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

  • Donnie & Marie: Christmas at the National — For those of you who yearn to become diabetic (12/2-12/7)
  • Pippin — The smash Broadway revival with a stunning pop score by Stephen Schwartz (12/16-1/4/15)
  • Chicago: The Musical — Who doesn’t love a return to the Windy City? (2/10-2/15/15)
  • Dame Edna: The Final Farewell Tour — So long as it’s fond (4/21-4/26/15)
  • Disney’s Newsies — A band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. Score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, book by Harvey Fierstein (6/9-6/21/15)

OLNEY THEATRE CENTER

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

  • Colossal — Structured like a football game (performed in four quarters with a pre-show training session and half-time show), Andrew Hinderaker’s play tells the story of an injured college football player, paralyzed from the waist down (Now-9/28, Theatre Lab)
  • Awake and Sing! — A Jewish family in the Bronx tries to make ends meet in this Clifford Odets classic (9/24-10/19, Mainstage)
  • Disney’s The Little Mermaid — The Menken-Ashman musical based on the animated film (11/12-12/28, Mainstage)
  • Godspell — The Stephen Schwartz hit musical tells the story of Jesus Christ in hip, ’70s terms (2/4-3/1/15)
  • Grounded — An ace fighter pilot is reassigned to operating drones from a windowless trailer in the desert outside Las Vegas (2/25-3/22/15, Theatre Lab)
  • Carousel — The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic about a carnival barker who attempts to set things right in his life (4/15-5/10/15, Mainstage)
  • The Price — In this Arthur Miller classic, two estranged brothers reunite to dispose of their late father’s belongings (5/13-6/21/15, Theatre Lab)
  • The Producers — The zany Mel Brooks musical, based on the zany Mel Brooks film (6/24-7/26/15, Mainstage)

REP STAGE

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

  • Venus in Fur — A battle of the sexes between a playwright and an auditioning actress. Directed by Joseph Ritsch (10/1-10/19)
  • The Whale — A morbidly obese man longs to reconnect with his estranged daughter. Directed by Kasi Campbell (1/14-2/1/15)
  • The Circle Mirror Transformation — A group of small town residents enrolled in a community center drama class experiment with seemingly harmless theater games, to emotionally disastrous results (3/4-3/22/15)
  • Sunset Baby — In Dominique Morriseau’s drama, a former black revolutionary and political prisoner decides to reunite with his daughter and discovers that fatherhood is the most challenging revolution of all. Directed by Joseph Ritsch (4/29-5/17/15)

ROUND HOUSE THEATRE

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

  • Fool for Love — From Sam Shepard, one of America’s most renowned playwrights, comes an explosive tale of love, hate, and the dying myths of the Old West. The cast includes Marty Lodge in his 40th Round House production (Now-9/27)
  • Fetch Clay, Make Man — Will Power’s drama is based on the unlikely friendship between boxer Muhammad Ali and controversial Hollywood star Stepin Fetchit. With Eddie Ray Jackson and Roscoe Orman (10/10-11/2)
  • The Nutcracker — A new musical based on the famous story by E.T.A. Hoffman. Directed by Joe Calarco (11/26-12/28)
  • Rapture, Blister, Burn — Gina Gionfriddo’s comedy takes a sharp, unflinching look at 21st century gender politics (1/28-2/22/15)
  • Uncle Vanya — A new version of Chekhov’s classic adapted by Annie Baker and directed by John Vreeke (4/8-5/3/15)
  • NSFW — From noted playwright Lucy Kirkwood hails a trenchant, provocative comedy about how magazines objectify women (5/27-6/21/15)

SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY

Harman Center for the Arts
610 F St. NW
Lansburgh Theatre
450 7th St. NW
202-547-1122
shakespearetheatre.org

  • As You Like It — Frothy Shakespearean comedy, complete with a girl disguised as a boy, directed by the internationally acclaimed Shakespearean director Michael Attenborough (10/28-12/7, Lansburgh)
  • The Tempest — One of Shakespeare’s late masterpieces, a magical tale in which sprites, goddesses and fools hold court. Directed by Ethan McSweeney (12/2-1/11/15, Harman Hall)
  • The Metromaniacs — Alexis Piron’s classic 1738 French farce, in a new adaptation by David Ives. Directed by Michael Kahn (2/3-3/8/15, Lansburgh)
  • Dunsinane — David Greig’s dramatic sequel to Shakespeare’s Macbeth, presented by the National Theatre of Scotland and Royal Shakespeare Company (2/2-2/21/15, Harman Hall)
  • Man of LaMancha — As Miguel de Cervantes presents his tale of knight errant Don Quixote, his journey comes alive in a play-within-the-play in this timeless musical (3/17-4/26/15, Harman Hall)
  • Tartuffe — Dominique Serrand directs Moliere’s classic (6/2-7/5/15, Harman Hall)

SIGNATURE THEATRE

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

  • Sunday in the Park with George — Sondheim in ethereal, introspective mode (Now to 9/21, Max)
  • Elmer Gantry — Charismatic, broke salesman Elmer Gantry stumbles upon a struggling religious tour, led by pious evangelist Sister Sharon Falconer in this timeless musical. Directed by Eric Schaeffer (10/7-11/9, Max)
  • Sex with Strangers — Holly Twyford stars in this play about a one-night stand in a secluded cabin. Directed by Aaron Posner (10/14-12/7, Ark)
  • Diner — A new musical by Barry Levinson, based on his classic ’80s movie and featuring music and lyrics by Sheryl Crow. Directed by Kathleen Marshall (12/9-1/25/15, Max)
  • Kid Victory — A World Premiere musical by John Kander and Greg Pierce about a 17-year-old boy who returns home after vanishing for a year (2/17-3/22/15, Max)
  • Soon — Matthew Gardiner directs this World Premiere musical by Nick Blaemire (3/10-4/26/15, Ark)
  • Simply Sondheim — An original tribute celebrating Stephen Sondheim and Signature Theatre’s special partnership over the last 25 years, directed by Eric Schaeffer (4/2-4/19/15)
  • Cabaret — Matthew Gardiner directs one of Broadway’s most electrifying treasures, featuring Wesley Taylor as the Emcee (5/12-6/28/15, Max)

STUDIO THEATRE

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

  • Belleville — Amy Herzog’s play unmasks the seemingly perfect marriage and Parisian life of expats Abby and Zack. Directed by David Muse (Now to 10/12)
  • Bad Jews — Serge Seiden directs Joshua Harmon’s savage comedy about family, faith, and identity politics as three cousins battle over a family heirloom (11/05-12/21)
  • Terminus — Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe’s compelling and experimental drama (12/10-1/4/15, 2ndstage)
  • Choir Boy — A music-filled coming of age story set in the gospel choir of an elite prep school for young black men (1/7-2/22/15)
  • Laugh — A World Premiere of Beth Henley’s newest play, a slapstick comedy of mishaps and moxie (3/11-4/19/15)
  • Jumpers for Goalposts — Set in a Yorkshire fishing city, Tom Wells’ play about romance, resilience, taking chances, and moving on makes its stateside debut (5/13-6/21/15)
  • Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love — Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are Grace’s only friends, and she’s just market research for them in this comedy directed by Holly Twyford (6/3-6/21/15, 2ndstage)
  • Silence! The Musical — A musical spoof based on the 1991 Oscar-winning thriller, The Silence of the Lambs (7/15-8/9/15, 2ndStage)

SYNETIC THEATER

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

  • The Island of Dr. Moreau — Paata Tsikurishvili directs and stars as the title character (10/1-11/2)
  • Beauty and the Beast — A primarily movement-based telling of the famous story (12/3-1/4/15)
  • Much Ado About Nothing — More “wordless” Shakespeare (2/11-3/15/15)
  • Hunting Cockroaches (5/13-6/14/15)

THEATRE J

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

  • Yentl — The Isaac Bashevis Singer classic with new music and lyrics by Jill Sobule (Now to 10/5)
  • The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures — When retired longshoreman and lifelong Communist Gus summons his three adult children to their Brooklyn home to explain why he’s selling the family brownstone and ending his life, things don’t go exactly as planned. Written by Tony Kushner. Directed by John Vreeke (11/13-12/21)
  • Life Sucks (or The Present Ridiculous) — A World Premiere written and directed by Aaron Posner and based on Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya (1/14-2/15/15)
  • G-d’s Honest Truth — Rene Calarco’s comedy asks how far we would go to believe a story that’s too good to be true (3/18-4/19/15)
  • The Call — When Annie and Peter decide to adopt, they set their sights on a child from Africa in this drama directed by Jennifer Nelson (5/6-5/31/15, Atlas)
  • The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife — Charles Busch’s raucous comedy (6/3-7/5/15)

WASHINGTON IMPROV THEATER

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

  • District Improv Festival — Several dozen troupes from around the country will participate in this improv festival (9/24-28)
  • Harold Night — Each Tuesday is a demonstration and experimentation in the world-famous long form technique, Harold (every Tuesday night)

WOOLLY MAMMOTH

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

  • Marie Antoinette — Cake enthusiast and infamous one-percenter opens Woolly’s 35th season with a burst of high fashion and shaky morals (9/15-10/12)
  • Famous Puppet Death Scenes — Curated and narrated by puppet Nathan Tweak, this Canadian import is a collection of 22 infamous and theatrical end-of-life sequences, spanning a vast array of styles and genres (12/9-1/4/15)
  • Cherokee — Two couples, one black, one white, flee their suburban pressures and re-connect with nature by going camping in Cherokee, North Carolina in Lisa D’Amour’s newest comedy (2/9-3/8/15)
  • Light Rises on Grace — Chad Beckim’s play is an examination of race, sexuality, and family as unconventional as the relationships it depicts (3/30-4/26/15)
  • Zombie: The American — Howard Shalwitz directs Robert O’Hara’s warped sci-fi thriller about a zombie attack in 2063. Featuring the first openly gay President of the United States!(5/25-6/21/15)

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The tragedy of Georgetown's darker side encompasses the oldest neighborhood in D.C. with local legends and true crime events from its past. This is a tour about scandals, murder and tragedy. It is not... [more+]

The tragedy of Georgetown's darker side encompasses the oldest neighborhood in D.C. with local legends and true crime events from its past. This is a tour about scandals, murder and tragedy. It is not a ghost tour, though we have a few spooky tales to share. In this evening walking tour, you will stroll the historic streets of Georgetown and hear long ago tales of tragedy, romance and lore. With its architecture, pedigree and ambiance, Georgetown is a lovely place to visit. However, the houses, churches and cemeteries of this tiny neighborhood are still haunted by their past. Come find out why! This tour is for adults only due to mature content. [less-]

Politics & Pints Capitol Hill Walking Tour

at US Capitol Building, Washington
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Tue, May 21
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On the Politics & Pints Capitol Hill Tour, you'll explore the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Discover the birthplace of American government while seeing iconic landmarks and le... [more+]

On the Politics & Pints Capitol Hill Tour, you'll explore the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Discover the birthplace of American government while seeing iconic landmarks and learning fascinating history on this two-hour walking tour. Cap it all off by grabbing a drink in the city's oldest commercial district. [less-]

Shakespeare's Witty Rom-Com "Love's Labor's Lost"

at Folger Theatre, Washington
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Tue, May 21
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A young king and his three compatriots renounce the company of women in favor of scholarly pursuits. Their pact is immediately jeopardized, however, when the Princess of France and her companions arri... [more+]

A young king and his three compatriots renounce the company of women in favor of scholarly pursuits. Their pact is immediately jeopardized, however, when the Princess of France and her companions arrive. Will the men stand resolute and keep their monastic vows, or surrender to the charms of the opposite sex? Shakespeare’s delicious comedy is full of lovers and clowns, foolery and the follies of the heart — and there's nothing quite like seeing it live. Experience "Love's Labor's Lost" Folger Theatre in D.C. [less-]

Smithsonian American Art Adventures

at Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington
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Tue, May 21
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Take a quirky tour of one of the most historic -- and underrated --buildings and museums in Washington, D.C. with Smithsonian American Art Adventures. You'll dive into American history through art whi... [more+]

Take a quirky tour of one of the most historic -- and underrated --buildings and museums in Washington, D.C. with Smithsonian American Art Adventures. You'll dive into American history through art while your guide regales you with amazing tales of the power players who shaped the country. At the same time, you'll be taking in one of the world's largest collections of art. [less-]

"Klytmnestra": Epic One-Woman Slam Poem

at Anacostia Playhouse, Washington
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Tue, May 21
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A priestess enters a cemetery suffused with the shades and apparitions of black culture. Yet she conjures the spirits of a different sort — Orestes, Iphigenia and Klytmnestra. This dynamic one-woman... [more+]

A priestess enters a cemetery suffused with the shades and apparitions of black culture. Yet she conjures the spirits of a different sort — Orestes, Iphigenia and Klytmnestra. This dynamic one-woman slam poem, presented at D.C.'s Anacostia Playhouse, is a saga of strong women, the men who seek to destroy them, and the dangerous extremes this kind of society can reach if left unchecked. Fusing Kabuki, African dance and Greek myth, "Klytmnestra: An Epic Slam Poem" is a dynamic retelling of the classic tale written to vindicate a mother slain by her own son’s hand. [less-]

Michael Bolton Joins the NSO in Concert

at The Kennedy Center - Concert Hall, Washington
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Tue, May 21
FULL PRICE: $59 - $79
OFFER PRICE: $29 - $49

Grammy Award winner Michael Bolton joins the NSO for a one-night-only concert led by Stuart Chafetz. From “When a Man Loves a Woman” to “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” and more, Michae... [more+]

Grammy Award winner Michael Bolton joins the NSO for a one-night-only concert led by Stuart Chafetz. From “When a Man Loves a Woman” to “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” and more, Michael Bolton’s time, love and tenderness have created the soundtrack of so many of our lives. This evening invites you on a musical journey through timeless tunes that cover everything from pop, rock and soul to standards and even classical, specially arranged for symphony orchestra. Enjoy this stirring concert at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. [less-]

Broadway's Hit Eco-Thriller: "The Children"

at Studio Theatre - Metheny Theatre, Washington
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Tue, May 21
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In their remote cottage on the British coast, a long-married pair of retired nuclear physicists live a modest life in the aftermath of a natural disaster, giving scrupulous care to energy rationing, t... [more+]

In their remote cottage on the British coast, a long-married pair of retired nuclear physicists live a modest life in the aftermath of a natural disaster, giving scrupulous care to energy rationing, their garden and their yoga practice. When former colleague Rose reappears after 38 years, her presence upends the couple’s equilibrium and trust. As the fallout from long-ago decisions comes hurtling into view, Rose unveils a proposal that threatens more than their marriage. A hit in London and New York, Lucy Kirkwood’s latest is a taut and disquieting thriller about responsibility and reparation — about what one generation owes the next. Enjoy "The Children" at the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. [less-]

"Stranger Things" Composers Perform Retro Sounds

at The Kennedy Center - Eisenhower Theater, Washington
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Wed, May 22
FULL PRICE: $29
OFFER PRICE: $19

Channeling the atmospheric synth music of John Carpenter and Tangerine Dream from the ‘80s, composers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein won an Emmy for their theme to Netflix’s supernatural hit "Strang... [more+]

Channeling the atmospheric synth music of John Carpenter and Tangerine Dream from the ‘80s, composers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein won an Emmy for their theme to Netflix’s supernatural hit "Stranger Things". Now this duo, also known for their electronic group Survive, bring their lush, retrofuturistic sounds to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The concert will also feature a tribute to the soulful music of the late Jóhann Jóhannsson, the famed Icelandic composer known for blending traditional orchestration with modern electronica. It's a unique blend that nabbed Jóhannsson Oscar nominations for both "The Theory of Everything" and "Sicario". [less-]

Isle of Klezbos & Beregovski Suite

at City Winery DC, Washington
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Wed, May 22
FULL PRICE: $30
OFFER PRICE: $15

Isle of Klezbos approaches tradition with playful irreverence and deepest respect. Now celebrating two decades together, the soulful, fun-loving powerhouse all-gal klezmer sextet has toured from Vienn... [more+]

Isle of Klezbos approaches tradition with playful irreverence and deepest respect. Now celebrating two decades together, the soulful, fun-loving powerhouse all-gal klezmer sextet has toured from Vienna to Vancouver since 1998. Band repertoire ranges from rambunctious to entrancing: Neo-traditional folk dance, mystical melodies, Yiddish swing and retro tango, late Soviet-era Jewish drinking songs, re-grooved standards, and genre-defying originals. Twenty years ago, Alicia Svigals released her groundbreaking album Fidl, the first contemporary recording of the deep and ecstatic klezmer fiddle music which had been beloved across Jewish Eastern Europe for hundreds of years. In 2018 she followed up Fidl with Beregovski Suite: a project with Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Uli Geissendoerfer. Together they bring to life long-lost melodies from the early 20th-century fieldwork of Moshe Beregovski, and re-imagine them for the 21st century. [less-]

Love & Lust Take Center Stage in Puccini’s "Tosca"

at The Kennedy Center - Opera House, Washington
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Wed, May 22
FULL PRICE: $79 - $99
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She lives for art. She dies for love. In Puccini’s sure-fire favorite, "Tosca", a fiery prima donna struggles to free her true love from the clutches of a wicked police chief. Passionate arias and t... [more+]

She lives for art. She dies for love. In Puccini’s sure-fire favorite, "Tosca", a fiery prima donna struggles to free her true love from the clutches of a wicked police chief. Passionate arias and truly terrific musical moments pepper a rousing score, bringing the opera’s emotional extremes into sharp relief as the story rushes toward its thrilling conclusion. The crackling melodrama grabs hold from the get-go, making "Tosca" ideal for both newcomers and aficionados alike. With its themes of political intrigue, sexual intimidation and hypocrisy in high places, Puccini's great masterpiece, performed by the Washington National Opera, comes to The Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C. [less-]

"Sooner/Later": New Play About Finding Love Again

at Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington
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When teenage Lexie helps her reluctant single mother Nora re-enter the dating scene, an unlikely suitor emerges in Griff – the guy at the coffee shop who has inadvertently witnessed Nora’s string ... [more+]

When teenage Lexie helps her reluctant single mother Nora re-enter the dating scene, an unlikely suitor emerges in Griff – the guy at the coffee shop who has inadvertently witnessed Nora’s string of unsuccessful dates. As choices collide with coincidences and longing mixes with reality, each character must face the complications that always arise while trying to balance the search for intimacy with the closeness of family. This captivating world premiere with a metaphysical twist navigates the paths of romance, marriage and parenting while exploring the pains and pleasures of all three. ​See it at Atlas Performing Arts Center courtesy of the Mosaic Theater Company of DC. [less-]

"God of Carnage": Tony-Winning Comedy of Bad Manners

at Keegan Theatre, Washington
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Wed, May 22
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Fri, May 24
FULL PRICE: $46
OFFER PRICE: $20 - $23

"God of Carnage", Yasmina Reza's comedy of (bad) manners, begins with two couples meeting to work things out after a playground altercation between their children. As the evening progresses, their beh... [more+]

"God of Carnage", Yasmina Reza's comedy of (bad) manners, begins with two couples meeting to work things out after a playground altercation between their children. As the evening progresses, their behavior goes from civilized to outrageous as each couple tries to pin the blame on the other for the incident. From cutting dialogue to broad physical comedy, "God of Carnage" will defy your expectations at every turn, becoming more hilarious with each scene. Find out just how thin the line between civility and brutality is in this Keegan Theatre production. [less-]

"Around the World in 80 Days": The Classic Adventure Tale on Stage

at Olney Theatre Center - Historic Stage, Olney
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Wed, May 22
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Join the Olney Theatre Center’s National Players on the adventure of a lifetime. It's 1872, and fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg has agreed to an outrageous wager in which he'll attempt to circle th... [more+]

Join the Olney Theatre Center’s National Players on the adventure of a lifetime. It's 1872, and fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg has agreed to an outrageous wager in which he'll attempt to circle the globe in just 80 days — unheard of! Aided by his wily servant, Passepartout, the two immediately set out into a world without airplanes or the internet -- but with plenty of bandits, buffalos, winter storms and meddlesome members of Scotland Yard. Will Fogg win his cash prize, or will the obstacles he encounters steal too many precious hours and doom the daring adventure? Full of daring rescues, brash duels and unexpected romance, this stage adaptation of Jules Verne's classic "Around the World in 80 Days" is a trip you won’t soon forget. [less-]

Follow the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy Through D.C.

at Ford's Theatre, Washington
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Wed, May 22
FULL PRICE: $18
OFFER PRICE: $9

One of Washington D.C.'s most famous historical events, the assassination of President Lincoln comes to life on the city streets. This History on Foot walking tour is led by an actor in costume, shari... [more+]

One of Washington D.C.'s most famous historical events, the assassination of President Lincoln comes to life on the city streets. This History on Foot walking tour is led by an actor in costume, sharing little-known facts and moment-by-moment commentary about the events of April 14 and 15, 1865. Starting outside of Ford's Theatre, you'll hear all about the moments leading up to Lincoln's shooting as he and his wife watched the night's performance. You'll then visit a number of historical sites, ending up at the White House. As you walk, a guide portraying the detective who was on duty the night of the crime will give details about the assassination conspiracy, how the crime was carried out, and the simultaneous efforts to save Lincoln's life and find the person who pulled the trigger. [less-]

Discover D.C. On a Walking Foodie Tour of H Street

at Union Station - Main Lobby, Washington
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Wed, May 22
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Not only does H Street have rich, cultural history, but it's also blossomed into one of the most diverse culinary scenes of the Capitol. Grab a little mix of everything, from Italian to Middle Eastern... [more+]

Not only does H Street have rich, cultural history, but it's also blossomed into one of the most diverse culinary scenes of the Capitol. Grab a little mix of everything, from Italian to Middle Eastern and American, on this Washington, D.C. food tour. A local guide will give you the inside scoop on the cuisines, the Corridor's sites, the juicy gossip of H Street and beyond. The fun begins at Union Station's Main Lobby. [less-]

Randy Shulman is Metro Weekly's Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. He can be reached at rshulman@metroweekly.com.

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