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Spotlight: D.C. events, September 21-27

In the Heights — Photo: Stan Barouh


Round House and Olney team up for a tour-de-force staging of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s original Tony-winning success, featuring a book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Marcos Santana directs and choreographs the production, which features 21 actors and stars two-time Tony nominee Robin de Jesus, who played Sonny in the original Broadway production. Here, he is Usnavi, our guide through a vibrant Washington Heights neighborhood. With Linedy Genao, Rayanne Gonzales, Natascia Diaz, and Michael J. Mainwaring as Sonny. Extended to Oct. 22. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, Md. Call 301-924-3400 or visit

Neverwhere — Photo: C. Stanley Photography


Rorschach Theatre reprises Robert Kauzlaric’s immersive adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s best-selling fantasy adventure — with the added challenge of moving from the Atlas’s black-box Lab Theatre, where the company first staged the show in 2013, to the fixed-seat, proscenium stage in the venue’s Sprenger Theatre.  The story follows a man whose life is turned upside down after he helps a wounded girl on the streets of London, and then gets sucked into the bustling, magical world of “London Below.” Now to Oct. 1. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $20 to $45. Call 202-399-7993 or visit

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Cameron Carpenter


Cristian Macelaru conducts the NSO in an all-American program with a return engagement from the provocative, bisexual organist. From the Kennedy Center’s grand, 5,000-pipe Rubenstein Family Organ, Carpenter will perform Aaron Copland’s Symphony for Organ and Orchestra. The NSO will also perform the Suite from Copland’s Appalachian Spring ballet, John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine, and Bernstein’s Divertimento, the latter in honor of Copland and Bernstein’s famous friendship. Thursday, Sept. 28, and Saturday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $15 to $89. Call 202-467-4600 or visit

AAA Girls


RuPaul’s Drag Race alums Courtney Act, Willam Belli, and Alaska Thunderfuck are touring the U.S. as a drag girl group, in support of the trio’s debut comedy album Access All Areas. Thursday, Sept. 28. Doors at 8 p.m. The State Theatre, 220 North Washington St., Falls Church. Tickets are $39, or $99 to $299 for VIP tickets including photos, autographs, even on-stage participation with the AAA girls. Call 703-237-0300 or visit

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Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @ruleonwriting.

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