Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike – Arena Stage Photo by Tony Powell
It may feel as though the theater season is winding down, but there are still plenty of great shows to come from all the major houses. Highlights include what is perhaps the funniest play Christopher Durang has ever written, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, at Arena Stage, Aaron Posner’s take on Tom Stoppard’s absurdist comedy, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at the Folger, and a return of The Book of Mormon to the Kennedy Center. Speaking of musicals, The Shakespeare has a significant new mounting of Man of La Mancha, Signature welcomes everyone to the Cabaret, and Studio thoroughly lampoons Silence of the Lambs with the musical Silence! Chianti, anyone?
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)
Garfield, the Musical with Catitude — The sarcastic, tubby cat is brought to life in a book by its creator, cartoonist Jim Davis, and Michael J. Bobbit (6/19-8/23)
Oliver! — The bittersweet Lionel Bart musical, based on the Dickens novel, about the porridge-demanding orphan. Directed by Joseph Ritsch and starring Felicia Curry and Rick Hammerly. More, please? (7/24-8/16)
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)
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Mariela in the Desert — A examination of 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)
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)
The Book of Mormon — The hit musical from the creators of South Park makes another pass, for a solid two-month run. (6/16-8/16, 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, Eisenhower)
Carousel — The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic about a carnival barker who attempts to set things right in his life (4/15-5/10, Mainstage)
The Price — In this Arthur Miller classic, two estranged brothers reunite to dispose of their late father’s belongings (5/13-6/21, Theatre Lab)
The Producers — The zany Mel Brooks musical, based on the zany Mel Brooks film (6/24-7/26, Mainstage)
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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)
The Norwegians — C. Denby Swanson’s bitter comedy about women scorned in Minnesota who hire Norwegian hit men to kill their ex-boyfriends stars Brian Hemmingsen and Nanna Ingvarsson. Directed by Robert McNamara (Anacostia Playhouse, now-4/19)
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, starring opera singer Anthony Warlow in the title role and directed by Alan Paul (3/17-4/26, Harman Hall)