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The Threepenny Opera Apr 22 - Jun 1, 2014  
Signature Theatre The Threepenny Opera
Mack the Knife is back in town! The MAX Theatre transforms into London’s gritty underworld in this reimagined futuristic dystopia inspired by A Begger’s Opera. The haves clash with the have-nots while Macheath, the ultimate sneering antihero, perches in the middle of the storm. A brilliant masterpiece of epic theater, Brecht’s sharp critique of Capitalism originated the popular songs “The Ballad of Mack the Knife” and “Pirate Jenny.” With its haunting jazz score, acid harmonies and biting lyrics, The Threepenny Opera influenced Cabaret and Urinetown. Now, Signature revives the juicily audacious musical that started it all.
The Love of the Nightingale Apr 24 - May 25, 2014  
Source The Love of the Nightingale
In this adaptation of Ovid's ancient Greek legend, Philomela's devotion to her beloved sister Procne launches her on a journey of terror and brutality as the sisters attempt to reunite across oceans. Olivier Award-winning playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker's lyrical text is rich with wit, economy and savage theatricality as it tells this tale of two sisters bound by love, violence and betrayal. Directed by Allison Arkell Stockman, this Constellation Theatre Company production features original live music by Tom Teasley.
Living Out Apr 24 - May 18, 2014  
GALA Hispanic Theatre Living Out
Ana, a Salvadoran nanny and a mother of two. Nancy, a lawyer challenged by fulfilling both personal and professional goals. Two working mothers who make difficult choices so they can provide a better life for their children. A funny and touching play that explores the shared humanity between a nanny and her employer and the differences wrought by race, class and immigration status. In English with Spanish surtitles.
Tango Turco/Turkish Tango Apr 24 - May 18, 2014  
Teatro de la Luna at Gunston Arts Center Tango Turco/Turkish Tango
Rodolfo and Amelia are a passionate pair of Buenos Aires cabaret singers and lovers, who also happen to be on the lam from the law. Taking off for the Turkish desert, they hook up with a native who plays a mean guitar, realizing that it does take three to tango when you're on the run. Argentinian theater great Rafael Bruza's tango-inspired comedy gets its U.S. premiere from Teatro de la Luna as a Spanish-language production with English surtitles.
The Merchant of Venice Apr 24 - Apr 27, 2014  
Catholic University Drama Complex The Merchant of Venice
Hartke Theatre presents Shakespeare's controversial play The Merchant of Venice. Themes of humanity, dignity, revenge, cruelty, religion and greed are all explored in the character of Shylock, a vengeance-seeking moneylender who is one of Shakespeare's most tragic figures. The clever and well-spoken Portia is also one of his most prominent heroines, whose intelligence shines every bit as brightly as her beauty. See this classic tale that shows the tenacity of young people in love and calls into question the prejudices and beliefs of Renaissance-era Venice.
Elling Apr 24 - May 18, 2014  
Washington Stage Guild at Undercroft Theatre Elling
Elling is 40, suffers from autism, and has lived with his mother most of his life. Kjell is sex-crazed and simpleminded. In the whimsical comedy Elling, these two unlikely roommates must transition from an asylum to a shared apartment in Oslo, where a series of offbeat adventures unfolds. As the misfits learn to cope with life on the outside, Elling finds strength in writing poetry, his untapped literary ambition becoming a strange and moving pathway to leading a normal life. Produced by the acclaimed Washington Stage Guild, Elling is a stage adaptation of a series of novels by the internationally renowned Norwegian author Ingvar Ambjornsen. A movie version of this material was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2002.
Failure: A Love Story Apr 25 - May 18, 2014  
The Hub Theatre at John Swayze Theatre Failure: A Love Story
Failure: A Love Story takes us to 1928, the last year of each of the Fail Sisters' lives. Nelly was the first of the Fail girls to die, followed soon after by her sisters Jenny, June and Gerty. As with so many things in life-blunt objects, disappearances and consumption-they never saw death coming. Written by Chicago playwright Philip Dawkins, Failure: A Love Story is a magical, musical fable that traces the sisters' triumphs and defeats, lived out in the rickety two-story building by the Chicago River that was the Fail family home and clock shop. This funny, moving and profoundly wise play reminds us that in the end, all that remains is love.
Faith Healer Apr 25 - May 25, 2014  
Quotidian Theatre Company at Writer's Center Faith Healer
. Brian Friel's landmark play Faith Healer has had a profound effect on playwrights throughout the world. The title character, Frank Hardy, is an Irish faith healer who travels England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales with his spouse Grace and his Cockney manager Teddy, performing his "gift," which sometimes fails him. Through a series of monologues, the audience learns the details of a man whose life is fraught with deception and self-denial, and the effect on those most loyal to him. "One of those rare works of art audiences are destined to recall as a deeply personal experience.
The Songs of Leiber and Stoller Apr 25 - Jun 8, 2014  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater The Songs of Leiber and Stoller
"Hound Dog," "Stand by Me," "Love Potion #9" -- the list of rock 'n' roll classics written by songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller goes on and on. Smokey Joe's Café is a high-energy musical revue celebrating this chart-topping body of work from "the Rodgers and Hammerstein of rock 'n' roll." Jam-packed with over 40 landmark tunes like "Yakety Yak," "Jailhouse Rock," "Spanish Harlem," "On Broadway," "Kansas City" and "Fools Fall in Love," this all-singing, all-dancing spectacular regularly brings down the house with the spirit of rock 'n' roll. Each ticket includes one free drink.
Toujours L'Amour Apr 25  
Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric Toujours L'Amour
Love, passion and romance are the hallmarks of French grand opera, featuring prominently in works such as Roméo et Juliette, Manon, Faust and beyond. Now The Lyric brings together some of the world's famous love songs together for Toujours L'Amour, a celebration of French Grand Opera that showcases its most romantic music. Baltimore favorite Edward Polochick leads the Baltimore Concert Artists Orchestra in a show that features opera stars soprano Nicole Cabell and tenor Stephen Costello -- both renowned internationally for their stage presence and charisma, not to mention their incredible pipes. Sung in French with English surtitles.
The Fantasticks Apr 30 - May 18, 2014  
Rep Stage - Horowitz Center The Fantasticks
A timeless fable of love, "The Fantasticks," by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, is the world's longest running musical, having run for over 52 years in Manhattan with 17,162 performances, entrancing generations of audiences the world over. Hailed as "A Gem" by The Wall Street Journal, "The Fantasticks" is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, two fathers, and a wall. The narrator invites the audience to join the cast on a journey of imagination, music, moonlight, and magic as the girl and boy fall in love, grow apart, and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo's words that "without a hurt, the heart is hollow."
My Big Fat Greek Myth & Great Scott! May 1 - May 3, 2014  
ArtStream Inc. at Olney Theatre Center My Big Fat Greek Myth & Great Scott!
Greek gods are goosed and Shakespeare is shaken up in two one-act plays, My Big Fat Greek Myth and Great Scott! The Scottish Musical, performed by members of the 2014 Gaithersburg Inclusive Companies. My Big Fat Greek Myth scales Mt. Olympus to find the gods throwing an epic shindig. But amid the fluffy clouds and flowing nectar, a snubbed party guest plots trouble. Pivoting from myths to Macbeth, Great Scott! follows the efforts of a ragtag troupe to perform a musical take on Shakespeare's haunted tale. Featuring a cast of adult actors with intellectual disabilities and directed by theater professionals, ArtStream's Inclusive Theatre Companies produce original musicals based on members' own ideas, characters and improvisations. Products of months of hard work, the plays showcase the unique talents of each actor.
The Miser May 2 - May 11, 2014  
City of Rockville at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre The Miser
Old Harpagon is a penny-pinching, desperate miser who loves his hidden fortune more than his children. He even starves his servants and refuses to pay them. When he falls for the same girl as his son, all bets are off as his kids conspire to trick him out of his treasure. Full of greed, lies, conflict and paranoia, Molière's fast-paced comedy is as timely -- and funny -- today as it was when it was first performed before Parisian audiences in 1668.
SHOUT! The Mod Musical May 2 - May 25, 2014  
Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church SHOUT! The Mod Musical
They say that if you can remember the '60s, then you weren't really there. Fortunately, we've got SHOUT!, a nostalgic musical revue, to help us remember. It tracks five groovy gals coming of age during the liberating days when London was swingin' and songbirds like Lulu, Petula Clark and Dusty Springfield topped the charts. SHOUT! uses letters to an advice columnist, true confessions, quizzes and advertisements as its framework, with new arrangements of such chart-topping hits as "To Sir With Love," "Downtown," "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," "Son of a Preacher Man" and "Goldfinger." It's a fun-filled blend of hip-swiveling hits, colorful fashions and psychedelic dances that inspired The New York Times to call it "a bright vinyl time capsule."
Another Day on Willow Street May 2 - Jun 1, 2014  
Compass Rose Studio Theater Another Day on Willow Street
Two couples, one gay and one straight, struggle with their relationships on the days leading up to 9/11/01, when change sweeps over the world--and their lives.
The Magic Flute May 3 - May 18, 2014  
The Kennedy Center The Magic Flute
Mozart's whimsical opera The Magic Flute springs to life via the Washington National Opera and vivid, colorful sets and costumes from Japanese-American artist Jun Kaneko. This adventure-filled opera begins as the Queen of the Night sends the brave Prince Tamino on a quest to rescue her daughter from an evil sorcerer. Accompanied by the clumsy and comical birdcatcher Papageno, Tamino braves all obstacles to find the princess and defeat the sorcerer, only to find that all is not what it seems. Tamino's adventure is marked by dramatic plot twists as trickery and betrayals are revealed, and the true villain emerges. This production is sung in English with projected English titles.
Blue Man Group May 6 - May 11, 2014  
The National Theatre Blue Man Group
The critically acclaimed Blue Man Group's touring theatrical production creates experiences that defy categorization. Blue Man Group is best known for multi-media performances that feature three bald and blue characters that take the audience on a journey that is funny, intelligent, and visually stunning. A live band, whose haunting tribal rhythms help drive the show to its climax, accompanies the Blue Men.

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