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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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Founded in 1965, Blues Alley is the nation's oldest operating jazz supper club, having showcased such internationally renowned artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Grover Washingto... [more+]

Founded in 1965, Blues Alley is the nation's oldest operating jazz supper club, having showcased such internationally renowned artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Grover Washington Jr., Ramsey Lewis, Charlie Byrd, Maynard Ferguson and Eva Cassidy. Located in the heart of historic Georgetown in an 18th century red brick carriage house, Blues Alley offers a unique and intimate ambiance, reminiscent of the jazz clubs of the 1920s and '30s. Go for just the music and drinks, or make it an evening and choose from authentic Creole cuisine, steak and seafood dishes. [less-]

"LadyM" by The Welders Playwrights' Collective

at Joe's Movement Emporium, Mt Rainier
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Based on interviews with DC women about their attitudes toward menstruation, this ensemble-devised piece is part incantation, part mystery, part interactive comedy show. "LadyM" pits the poetic and ab... [more+]

Based on interviews with DC women about their attitudes toward menstruation, this ensemble-devised piece is part incantation, part mystery, part interactive comedy show. "LadyM" pits the poetic and absurdist lives of the modern, menstruating woman against the themes, characters, and language in Shakespeare’s "Macbeth" to explore blood, ambition, sorcery as power, and violence. Delving into the deep, dark, and bloody traditions of women’s stigmatized bodies, we push these difficult issues through the lens of grotesque comedy in this highly stylized, absurdist, and radical feminist bloodbath. [less-]

Disney's "Aladdin": The Hit Broadway Musical

at The Kennedy Center - Opera House, Washington
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Discover a whole new world at Disney's "Aladdin", the hit Broadway musical flying into the Opera House at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. From the producer of "The Lion King" comes the... [more+]

Discover a whole new world at Disney's "Aladdin", the hit Broadway musical flying into the Opera House at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. From the producer of "The Lion King" comes the timeless story of "Aladdin", a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It's an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. [less-]

Relive the News Stories That Have Shaped Our Lives at the Newseum

at Newseum, Washington
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Stories of the world come alive at the Newseum, where you can go behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made. See some of the final photographs of the only journalist who died covering th... [more+]

Stories of the world come alive at the Newseum, where you can go behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made. See some of the final photographs of the only journalist who died covering the 9/11 attacks, witness the epic struggle of the civil rights movement in the '60s, marvel at a comprehensive collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs and hear never-before-told stories from the journalists and photographers who stood on the front lines of history. This high-tech museum features seven levels of galleries and exhibits, including the Berlin Wall Gallery, which features eight 12-foot-high sections of the actual wall and a three-story East German guard tower. There are also theaters, retail spaces and visitor services where you can explore electronic news, unique artifacts, photojournalism, news history and world news. And, since there's so much to see, your ticket is good for two consecutive days. Take your time and see half the first day, then return the next day to catch what you missed. [less-]

Live Music at City Winery D.C.

at City Winery DC, Washington
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City Winery strives to deliver the best culinary and cultural experience to D.C. denizens who are passionate about wine, food and music. Combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, fo... [more+]

City Winery strives to deliver the best culinary and cultural experience to D.C. denizens who are passionate about wine, food and music. Combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, food and wine classes, and beyond, City Winery has created a compelling mix for its sophisticated clientele of foodies, and active cultural patrons -- bringing the wine country experience to the middle of a large city. [less-]

Ghosts of Georgetown Walking Tour -- A Haunted Trek Through DC

at The Old Stone House, Washington
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FULL PRICE: $24
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DC By Foot presents a walking tour featuring the Ghosts of Georgetown. Among the historic streets, manicured gardens and Victorian row houses of one of Washington, D.C.'s finest neighborhoods lie deep... [more+]

DC By Foot presents a walking tour featuring the Ghosts of Georgetown. Among the historic streets, manicured gardens and Victorian row houses of one of Washington, D.C.'s finest neighborhoods lie deep, dark secrets about a forgotten past. Come along to hear about the ghosts and spirits that still haunt the nation's capital ... if you dare. You'll hear a historian's take on all of the curses, eerie coincidences and hauntings that make up the darker side of days gone by in this pre-Revolutionary town. [less-]

"Tartuffe" in the Outdoor Courtyard at Reynolds Tavern

at Reynolds Tavern, Annapolis
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Tue, July 23
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FULL PRICE: $45
OFFER PRICE: $31.50

Each year, Annapolis Shakespeare Company produces a show in the outdoor courtyard of Reynolds Tavern. This year’s production is the very fun and very funny "Tartuffe" (directed by Sally Boyett), wri... [more+]

Each year, Annapolis Shakespeare Company produces a show in the outdoor courtyard of Reynolds Tavern. This year’s production is the very fun and very funny "Tartuffe" (directed by Sally Boyett), written by Moliere. The ASC has designed a bawdy and fun romp wonderfully acted by a team of talented comedic actors -- an evening that’s perfectly enjoyed with a cocktail and friends. Enjoy an evening on the town watching a very talented cast recreate 18th century France under the stars. [less-]

Tour the Capital Sites on the Washington D.C. Unveiled Electric Roadster Tour

at L'Enfant Plaza, Washington
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Tue, July 23
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If a full day of walking the National Mall and visiting the D.C. monuments sounds exhausting, skip the crowded sidewalks and cruise around in a slick electric roadster. You'll get to visit all the sit... [more+]

If a full day of walking the National Mall and visiting the D.C. monuments sounds exhausting, skip the crowded sidewalks and cruise around in a slick electric roadster. You'll get to visit all the sites on your list while getting first-class treatment as your Urban Adventures tour guide shuttles you between the Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Lincoln memorials, while providing the inside scoop on the White House, Capitol Building and Smithsonian Museum. During your guided tour of just over two hours, you'll also get great tips on other things to see in D.C., plus suggestions for the best places to eat and drink in the capital. [less-]

Tragic Tales of Georgetown: Walking Tour Unearths Scary Stories

at Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Washington
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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-]

UniverSoul Circus: "We are One Tour"

at UniverSoul Circus Big Top at National Harbor, National Harbor
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FULL PRICE: $27 - $31
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A big-top spectacle of global proportions featuring the best artists from around the world, the 2019 production of UniverSoul Circus takes fans of all ages on an unforgettable journey of light, sound ... [more+]

A big-top spectacle of global proportions featuring the best artists from around the world, the 2019 production of UniverSoul Circus takes fans of all ages on an unforgettable journey of light, sound and soul. Get ready for electrifying, edge-of-your-seat performances, including extreme motorsports, mind-bending acrobatics, back-flipping canines, free-flying aerial acts and much, much more. It's hailed as the most interactive circus in the world, and now you can catch this spectacular show in National Harbor. [less-]

Tony-Winning Musical "The Band's Visit"

at The Kennedy Center - Eisenhower Theater, Washington
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Winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, "The Band's Visit" celebrates the deeply human ways music, longing and laughter can connect us all. When an Egyptian band winds up stranded in a remote... [more+]

Winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, "The Band's Visit" celebrates the deeply human ways music, longing and laughter can connect us all. When an Egyptian band winds up stranded in a remote Israeli village, their lives become intertwined with the people of the village in the most unexpected ways. With a Tony- and Grammy-winning score, the musical rejoices in the powerful way song unites us. Tony Award winners David Yazbek, Itamar Moses and director David Cromer bring "The Band's Visit" to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The musical proves that even the briefest visit can stay with you forever. [less-]

Summer Cabarets

at Signature Theatre, Arlington
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FULL PRICE: $38
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Spice up your summer at Signature’s Summer Cabarets! See seven great acts over three weeks in the intimate ARK Theatre: Broadway, jazz, Motown and more, sung by talented performers from the DC area ... [more+]

Spice up your summer at Signature’s Summer Cabarets! See seven great acts over three weeks in the intimate ARK Theatre: Broadway, jazz, Motown and more, sung by talented performers from the DC area and beyond. [less-]

Experience the Moon Landing in Immersive "Earthrise"

at The Kennedy Center - Terrace Gallery, Washington
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Fifty years ago this summer, the human race did the seemingly impossible and set foot on the moon. This immersive new play commemorates the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, capturing this breath... [more+]

Fifty years ago this summer, the human race did the seemingly impossible and set foot on the moon. This immersive new play commemorates the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, capturing this breathtaking feat using projections, original songs and actual NASA footage. The year is 1969, and while the world waits for the launch of Apollo 11, three children of key NASA employees — a mathematician’s daughter, an astronaut’s son and an engineer’s daughter — watch the historic launch from different perspectives. By dreaming a collective dream of landing on the moon together, the kids learn to understand the historic mission, not fear it. Experience the moon landing like never before when "Earthrise" comes to The Kennedy Center. [less-]

Youtube Sensation Drew Droege's Acclaimed Solo Show

at Studio Theatre - Milton Theatre, Washington
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Who knew a wedding dress code could spark so much drama? Written by comic and YouTube sensation Drew Droege and directed by Michael Urie ("Ugly Betty"), this raucous one-man show follows Gerry, the di... [more+]

Who knew a wedding dress code could spark so much drama? Written by comic and YouTube sensation Drew Droege and directed by Michael Urie ("Ugly Betty"), this raucous one-man show follows Gerry, the disenchanted friend of an about-to-be-married gay couple, whose request to "refrain from wearing "Bright Colors and Bold Patterns"" at their Palm Springs nuptials leaves him with plenty to say about the state of stereotypes, relationships and same-sex marriage — all while he drunkenly soaks in a pool with his ex and his ex’s younger boyfriend. Don’t sleep on this “uproarious, bittersweet exploration of the gay soul” ("The New Yorker") when it comes to Washington D.C.’s Studio Theatre - Milton Theatre. [less-]

The Second City's "America; It's Complicated!"

at The Kennedy Center - Theater Lab, Washington
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Wed, July 24
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Comedy legends The Second City return to the Kennedy Center with "America; It's Complicated!" an all-new, all-hilarious show that reaches way, way across the aisle for non-stop equal opportunity laugh... [more+]

Comedy legends The Second City return to the Kennedy Center with "America; It's Complicated!" an all-new, all-hilarious show that reaches way, way across the aisle for non-stop equal opportunity laughs. From searing social satire to poking fun at pop culture, you won't want to miss Second City's hallmark mashup of sketch comedy, world famous improv and original music. No two shows are ever the same! [less-]

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

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