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As You Like It Oct 28 - Dec 7, 2014  
Shakespeare Theatre Company at Lansburgh Theatre As You Like It
 
"Love is merely a madness" in this romantic comedy featuring thwarted lovers, a clown and women disguised as men. The duke's daughter and her cousin flee a dangerous situation at the royal court and end up in the mysterious Forest of Arden. There they encounter comical twists and turns on their merry romp toward an eventual happy ending, where true love wins out. Through mischievous misunderstandings, pleasing poetry and hilarious happenstance, As You Like It shows that the forces of romance and justice can make an out-of-kilter world right again. Internationally acclaimed Shakespearean director Michael Attenborough, whose only previous U.S. work has been in New York, selected As You Like It for his much-anticipated American regional debut, as he regards the play as "very personal and warm spirited."
 
   
Julius Caesar Oct 28 - Dec 7, 2014  
Folger Theatre Julius Caesar
 
Beware the Ides of March, Caesar. Julius Caesar returns home victorious, securing both unparalleled power and popularity. Fearful for the Republic and driven by their own ambition, several senators conspire to assassinate the Roman dictator in the Capitol. However, their brash move plunges Rome into chaos and threatens the very democracy they swore to uphold. In the shadow of the nearby Capitol building, Shakespeare’s searing commentary on power, ambition, and democratic responsibility smolders just in time for midterm elections.
 
   
How We Get On Oct 30 - Nov 22, 2014  
Forum Theatre at Silver Spring Black Box Theater How We Get On
 
Forum Theatre brings in the beat with the regional premiere of acclaimed spoken-word poet and playwright Idris Goodwin's new hip-hop drama. Set in 1988, How We Got On mixes the true history of hip-hop with a coming-of-age tale about a trio of suburban Midwestern kids who discover rap as a means to escape their cultural isolation, family turmoil and other issues. It all plays out with the help of a live onstage DJ who re-mixes their lives as they use music to discover and express themselves in places words fail. Goodwin's imaginative work premiered at the prestigious Humana Festival of New American Plays in 2012.
 
   
PEN Oct 30 - Nov 23, 2014  
Washington Stage Guild at Undercroft Theatre PEN
 
A divorced couple wrangle over their college-bound son’s future, and while the boy’s life is about to change, he and his mother undergo perplexing changes themselves. The bonds of a family some would call broken, expressed in David Marshall Grant’s sharp and pointed dialogue, make this Off-Broadway hit a funny, touching success. Featuring Emily Townley, Michael Russotto, and Chris Stinson.
 
   
The Murder Room Oct 31 - Nov 15, 2014  
Bowie Playhouse The Murder Room
 
If Monty Python were tasked with rewriting an Agatha Christie murder mystery, the results wouldn't be half as funny as The Murder Room, where "murder most foul" becomes "mayhem most farcical." Mavis Templeton Hollister returns to Brynwood Cottage in northern England only to find her husband, Edgar, waiting to greet her ... which is slightly distressing, considering she was 99% sure she had killed him earlier. She quickly "finishes the job" but Edgar's disappearance kick-starts a remarkable zany chain of events. Plodding police inspectors, mysterious hidden compartments, dull-witted relations and noisy servants all make The Murder Room an utterly charming place to be. Now Bowie Playhouse stages a fresh production of this "killer" comedy from prolific playwright Jack Sharkey.
 
   
Fiddler on the Roof Oct 31 - Jan 4, 2015  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater Fiddler on the Roof
 
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of an American classic as Tony nominee Jonathan Hadary (Gypsy, Spamalot) makes his Arena Stage debut as Tevye, a humble Jewish dairyman who's tested daily by his five tradition-defying daughters. But when dangerous forces threaten the village's way of life, Teyve's faith and love for his family give him strength to fight for his home and the traditions of his people. Winner of nine Tony Awards, this celebration of family, community and life's unexpected miracles is filled with unforgettable songs, including "If I Were a Rich Man," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" and "Sunrise, Sunset."
 
   
The 39 Steps Oct 31 - Nov 9, 2014  
Prince William Little Theatre at Hylton Performing Arts Center The 39 Steps
 
This ingenious comic stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's thriller The 39 Steps turns a cast of four into over 100 zany characters (in 100 minutes) with a mix of Hitchcockian panache, spy novel thrills and a touch of Monty Python absurdity. The winner of two Tony and Drama Desk Awards, The 39 Steps is a fast-paced and funny whodunit that's brimming with action and romance. Accused of a murder he didn't commit, Richard Hannay flees from the authorities and encounters a string of hair-raising adventures -- as well as an unlikely love connection. Gasp and guffaw as four talented actors reenact the entire film, including every train chase, plane crash and murder, and gleefully portray every spy, villain and intriguing character.
 
   
Grease Oct 31 - Nov 16, 2014  
City of Rockville at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre Grease
 
An all-American favorite, Grease follows the '50s romance of innocent ingenue Sandy and bad-boy greaser Danny Zuko as they enter their senior year at Rydell High. Danny believes their hot summer fling is over ... until Sandy unexpectedly enrolls at Rydell. The hit 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John quickly became a musical phenomenon with catchy sing-along tunes like "Summer Nights," "Beauty School Dropout," "We Go Together" and "Greased Lightning," and this live version remains a perennial favorite. Join Sandy, Danny, Rizzo, Kenickie and the rest of the gang, and discover why Grease is most definitely the word.
 
   
Handbag Oct 31 - Nov 30, 2014  
SCENA Theatre at Anacostia Playhouse Handbag
 
DC-area premiere! Discover an award-winning black comedy by England's daring, "in-yer-face" playwright. Handbag follows a pair of gay couples' convoluted plans to have a child in present-day London. A second plot-a prequel of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest-parallels the first plot until the two worlds collide. Handbag bucks the belief that parenthood is a natural instinct ... and shows what can go awry when it's not. So take a journey from 1990s sperm banks to Victorian wet nurses! Warning: Contains adult themes, language and sexuality.
 
   
Arabian Nights Nov 1 - Nov 23, 2014  
Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church Arabian Nights
 
Travel to the faraway sands of Arabia and come under tent of the Persian king. His wife, Scheherazade, is waiting there for you, weaving her spellbinding stories to save her life. Full of mischief, valor and romance, the Arabian Nights tales have enthralled audiences for centuries. Aladdin and his wonderful lamp, Sinbad, Ali Baba and his 40 thieves all make appearances in this enchanting Learning Theater production that will sweep you away on a magic carpet ride of invention and creativity.
 
   
Basetrack Nov 1  
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center Basetrack
 
The U.S. Marines who fought in America's longest war in Afghanistan faced unbelievable physical and emotional challenges, unlike any warriors before them, both on the battlefield and on the homefront. Part performance piece and part social-history project, this powerful live theatrical event puts you directly in their boots of these soldiers, weaving original music, film clips, images and dramatic readings of real blog posts and letters to evoke the devastating toll the war's taken on these Marines and their families. Currently on tour across the country, Basetrack Live is a collaboration between award-winning theater company En Garde Arts and corpsmen from the 1st Battalion/8th Marines.
 
   
La Boheme Nov 1 - Nov 15, 2014  
Washington National Opera at The Kennedy Center La Boheme
 
Washington National Opera's La Boheme is Puccini's timeless tale of young bohemians in Paris struggling to fulfill their dreams and find love returns in a brand-new production filled with moonlit duets, snowy streets, rowdy celebrations, and heartrending tears.
 
   
Cry "Havoc!" Nov 4  
Folger Theatre Cry
 
Inspired by Stephan Wolfert's experience as a soldier, writer and performer, Cry "Havoc!" is a unique, interactive exploration of the soldiers found in the plays of William Shakespeare. Using the famous playwright's timeless words, plus a few of his own, Wolfert brings to life the voices of iconic figures like Richard III, Othello and Henry V, among others. Following this one-night-only performance, Wolfert is joined in an audience discussion with Dr. Niobe Way, Promundo-US, and Michael Witmore, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, to further explore the themes of violence, recovery and community both through and outside of Shakespeare.
 
   
We Are Africa Nov 4 - Nov 9, 2014  
The National Theatre We Are Africa
 
With a cast of 32 of South Africa’s brightest and most versatile young performers, singers, drummers and dancers, AFRICA UMOJA – The Spirit of Togetherness, 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy Tour is a joyous celebration of dynamic talent, thrilling energy, great voices and sensual dances that sweep across the bright and vibrant South African traditional landscape.
 
   
There Is a Happiness That Morning Is Nov 4 - Nov 23, 2014  
Theater On The Run There Is a Happiness That Morning Is
 
WSC Avant Bard presents a delightful tale of lust in academia and a comedy in rhyming couplets. Two William Blake scholars are forced to apologize to their classes for their highly inappropriate public display of affection if they want to save their jobs. (A reprise of the acclaimed production for the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival’s fallFRINGE.)
 
   
Bad Jews Nov 5 - Dec 21, 2014  
The Studio Theatre Bad Jews
 
It's a battle royale of the family kind -- the Jewish family kind. The night after their Holocaust survivor grandfather's funeral, three cousins battle it out over an heirloom -- a necklace of a chai, the Hebrew word and symbol for life -- that saw Poppy through a concentration camp and into his new life in America. In one corner is Daphna: volatile, self-assured, unbending. In the other, Liam: secular, entitled and just as stubborn (toting a goyishe girlfriend to boot). And in the middle, Liam's brother Jonah, who tries futilely to stay out of the fray. This savage comedy about identity, family and legacy was the hottest show in New York City last year. Jewish or not, you're sure to see your own family in the midst of all the comic mayhem.
 
   
Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe Nov 6 - Dec 7, 2014  
Molotov Theatre Group at Cultural Arts Center Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe
 
History's greatest horror writer stands alone in the growing darkness of his own mind, trying to convince himself -- and the audience -- that's he still sane as his best stories come to life in Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe. Before Poe died of "brain congestion" shortly after being found on the streets of Baltimore, dressed in a stranger's suit and muttering mysterious phrases, he wrote the spookiest stories ever put to paper. Now four of his favorites -- "The Raven," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Tell-Tale Heart"-- are brought to the stage in this production from the Molotov Theatre Group. Adapted by Eric Coble (The Velocity of Autumn), Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe captures both the poetry and the terror of Poe's originals, where the border between sanity and madness is often very thin. Come, if you dare!
 
   

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