Get ready for a rollercoaster ride of romance when the stage play Simply Lace Finding Love Through Loss comes to THEARC Theater for one night of vibrant drama. After her boyfriend proposes to her, Jenna is on cloud nine, only to see her happiness shattered when her fiance dies in an accident just hours after the proposal. Now, trying to put her life back together, she reconnects with her best friend from high school and finds herself having romantic feelings once again.
Contemporary slang meets 17th-century farce in The School for Lies. Adapted from Moliere's The Misanthrope, playwright David Ives (Venus in Fur, All in the Timing) transforms Moliere's classic into a modern satire told entirely through verse. The result is a delightfully incongruous comedy of manners that lets you peer inside the Parisian salon of Celimene, a young widow with a sharp tongue and plenty of eager suitors. Tony Award-nominee David Ives and STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn, the team that created the award-winning French trilogy of The Liar, The Heir Apparent and The Metromaniacs, return to old stomping grounds in this uproarious update of one of the greatest masterpieces of French comedy. Outrageous gags and vicious couplets strike a hilarious balance of class and crass in this classic collision of Moliere's biting satire and Ives's modern wit. See it at Lansburgh Theatre in D.C.
With Independence Eve, American Opera Projects explores ideas of racial identity and acceptance in America. Through three scenes set in 1963, 2013 and 2063, two singers -- Brandon Snook and Jorell Williams -- deliver a study of black and white America, offering commentary on the intricacies of race relations and the persistent stain of racism. The duo will portray new characters in each scene, grappling with issues of race in the past, present and future. With music by Sidney Marquez Boquiren and libretto by Daniel Neer, this thought-provoking work makes its world premiere at The ARK at Arlington's Signature Theatre.
A sometimes comic and other times tragic exploration of the relationships between women who worked as prostitutes during the American occupation of Trinidad & Tobago, Jean and Dinah -- The Play is a highlight of West Indian theater. On the dawn of Carnival Monday in the Port of Spain, Jean comes to take her friend Dinah to the masquerade, just as they've done for the past 40 years. But when Dinah doesn't want to get out of bed, both women discover things about themselves that shaped their lives.
Two years before his death in 2005, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson wrote and starred in How I Learned What I Learned, a solo show about the power of art, poetry and possibility. Now, actor Eugene Lee -- who appeared in Wilson's famed Fences -- takes on the role of the prolific author of classics like The Piano Lesson and Two Trains Running at Round House Theatre in Bethesda. With direction by Wilson's longtime friend and collaborator Todd Kreidler, Lee steps into Wilson's shoes to share the playwright's personal stories that take him from his first kiss, to a stint in jail to life-defining encounters with racism and more. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette called it "complex and surprisingly funny ... laced with the voice of the poet he always was."
While working one Saturday at an auto repair shop in Herzliya, a Palestinian mechanic is confronted by an Israeli woman from his past, whose unexpected arrival will change both their futures forever. Five Pinteresque scenes unfold a story of love, betrayal and redemption between the play's two characters (known only as "Him" and "Her"), with the state surveillance apparatus cleverly serving as a third character. Palestinian-Israeli-American playwright Hanna Eady and Seattle-based playwright Edward Mast's gripping two-hander now makes its U.S. premiere at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in D.C.
It's November 11, 1938, the day after Kristallnacht, when Sylvia Gellburg loses the ability to walk. Her husband Phillip desperately seeks the help of Dr. Harry Hyman to find the cause. Hyman's obsession with curing Sylvia uncovers a complex tangle of egos, resentment and guilt, as well as Phillip's own paralyzing struggle with his Jewish identity. The powerful, Olivier Award-winning and Tony-nominated psychological mystery Broken Glass is presented as part of a national celebration of the centennial of the birth of playwright Arthur Miller, at Washington D.C.'s Theater J at the Edlavitch DCJCC.
Based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, this witty battle of the sexes follows self-absorbed, misogynistic linguist Henry Higgins as he attempts to train Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl plucked from the street, how to speak properly -- though she's much smarter than he realizes. With a feisty leading lady and a score full of instantly recognizable songs like "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" and "I Could Have Danced All Night," it's no wonder My Fair Lady became a huge Broadway hit and, in 1964, was turned into an Oscar-winning film starring Audrey Hepburn. Don't miss the Olney Theatre Center's intimate reimagining of this classic musical.
Broadway's biggest new hit, Finding Neverland is "a must-see you'll remember for years to come" (Vogue). Directed by visionary Tony winner Diane Paulus and based on the Academy Award-winning film starring Johnny Depp, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys' enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. See this magical production, which NPR called, "far and away the best musical of the year!" at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore.
Back in the swingin' 60s, charming yet doltish Francis has just been fired from his British pop band. Soon, he finds himself with two jobs and two new bosses (one a small-time gangster and the other an upper-class criminal) who happen to be connected to each other in wildly improbable ways. Mistaken identities, outrageous farce, love triangles and inspired lunacy ensue. A dazzling smash in London and New York -- The Guardian called it "a triumph of visual and verbal comedy" -- One Man, Two Guvnors now makes its way to Silver Spring Stage in the D.C. area. Get ready for a rollicking romp through a swirl of cross-dressing twins, dead fiances, crooked lawyers and general buffoonery backed by a score that pays homage to rockabilly and a certain Fab Four.
Jazz icon Billie Holiday -- dubbed "Lady Day" by her friends -- forever changed the world of jazz and popular music with her pioneering vocal style. Despite great success and critical acclaim, though, Lady Day struggled with substance abuse and legal troubles for much of her life. Months before her untimely death in 1959, Holiday played one of her final shows in a seedy little bar in South Philadelphia, singing some of her most beloved hits and telling stories from her life and career. Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, starring Anya Randall Nebel, recreates this singular night in music history on the stage at Anacostia Playhouse.
Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Horton Foote, Night Seasons is anchored around the 93rd birthday of matriarch Josie Weems. Having outlived her daughter and husband, she finds that her biggest curse is longevity. Set in Harrison, Texas, the play moves back and forth through time, following the events of the Weems family as they try to find their place in the world. Unable to stand up against his wife, Mr. Weems, a banker, saves money for his daughter, Laura Lee, to do as she pleases. However, with no control over her own finances, Laura Lee finds her chances for independence constantly thwarted by her father, mother and brother. See this compelling drama take the stage of Writer's Center in Bethesda.
An Octoroon is Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Obie-winning riff on a 19th-century antebellum melodrama. At a plantation on the brink of foreclosure, a young man takes a fancy to the part-black daughter of the estate's owner, while an evil swindler schemes to buy the girl for himself, while the slaves try to keep things sane. Billed as "part period satire, part meta-theatrical middle finger," this incendiary adaptation by Jacobs-Jenkins, a recent MacArthur "Genius Grant"-winner, was lauded by the Washington Post for handling "hot-button topics with wit and wisdom." Don't miss this reprise run when An Octoroon returns to D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theatre.
Everything's bigger in Texas, and that includes Christmas. In fact, the overheated holiday spirit of one tiny Texas town is enough to melt the North Pole in A Tuna Christmas. Radio station news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report live on the holiday craziness that has gripped Tuna, Texas (population: 24), including an imperiled A Christmas Carol staging and a sabotaged yard-decorating contest. Enjoy this hilarious holiday play at the Bowie Playhouse.
"Shear Madness" is one of the most popular entertainments in the world, delighting audiences night after night with its unique blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery.
This unique comedy-whodunit takes place today in the "Shear Madness" hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor. During the course of the action, a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime.The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem.