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Motown the Musical Dec 1 - Jan 3, 2016  
The National Theatre Motown the Musical
Motown the Musical thrilled audiences on Broadway, and now the show's national tour is coming to The National Theatre in D.C. -- and you can snag early tickets with this special Goldstar pre-sale offer. Featuring classic songs from Motown's heyday, the musical tells the story of Berry Gordy's journey from a featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson and other musical icons. The timeless Motown sound broke through barriers and helped get everyone moving to the same beat. Experience the story behind the music in this smash hit featuring songs like "My Girl," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Stop! In the Name of Love," "Baby I Need Your Lovin'" and many more.
Bright Star Dec 2 - Jan 10, 2016  
The Kennedy Center Bright Star
Inspired by a true event, the wholly original new musical Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s. When successful literary editor Alice Murphy meets an ambitious young soldier just home from World War II, their connection inspires Alice to confront her past. Together they discover a stunning secret with the power to transform their lives. From Grammy and Emmy-winner Steve Martin and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell comes this hopeful and heart-swelling celebration of the stories that define us. Directed by Tony-winner Walter Bobbie, Bright Star is a powerful reminder that even in the darkest sky, there's always one bright star.
A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular Dec 2 - Jan 2, 2016  
Pointless Theatre Company at Mead Theatre Lab A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular
Once Santa's sleigh is in the air, the North Pole turns into party central, according to the innovative puppetry experts at the award-winning Pointless Theatre. This adults-only send-up of holiday specials finds the elves letting loose and enjoying their one night off a year by staging their own talent show, a tradition they've been enjoying for a couple thousand years. They'll entertain with original songs, puppetry, holiday-themed improv comedy and more, accompanied by an all-reindeer funk band, as part of A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular.
Stage Kiss Dec 2 - Dec 27, 2015  
Round House Theatre Stage Kiss
In the critically acclaimed romantic comedy Stage Kiss, it's altogether unclear whether art's imitating life, or it's the other way around. When a pair of exes are thrown together as leads in a long-forgotten 1930s melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the onstage story begins to mirror their offstage lives. This warm and witty 2011 comedy, now taking the stage at Bethesda's Round House Theatre, is a thoroughly charming tale about what really happens when lovers share a stage kiss -- or when actors share a real one. The production's renowned playwright Sarah Ruhl was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony nominee for her prior work, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play.
The Nutcracker Dec 3 - Dec 27, 2015  
The Washington Ballet at Warner Theatre The Nutcracker
A D.C. holiday favorite, come again or start a new tradition with The Washington Ballet's ingenious take on The Nutcracker at downtown Warner Theatre. Septime Webre's version of the timeless ballet is set in the wintry, historic D.C. of old, where George Washington becomes the heroic nutcracker. Set to Tchaikovsky's enchanting score and staged with magnificent sets and costumes, there are waltzing cherry blossoms, dancing sugar plums and other clever adaptations to enchant young and old, making this particular The Nutcracker a beloved family tradition.
George Is Dead Dec 3 - Dec 19, 2015  
DC Arts Center George Is Dead
In the comedy George Is Dead, Carla's holidays take an unexpected turn when her mother's zillionairess former employer, Doreen, shows up in the middle of the night to announce that her husband has been killed. But tensions mount and sympathies fade as Carla is reminded that Doreen could quite possibly be the most annoying, spoiled princess on earth. Written by Elaine May (who was in an improv comedy duo with legendary director Mike Nichols in the 1950s), the zippy, 60-minute gem of a play at Washington, DC's DC Arts Center was praised by the The New York Times as "a delicious study in the bliss of narcissism for those who can afford its more rarefied accoutrements."
The Gifts of the Magi Dec 4 - Jan 3, 2016  
Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) The Gifts of the Magi
Of all the heart-tugging holiday tales, none touches the spirit quite so deftly as O. Henry's story of an impoverished young couple secretly shopping for each other's Christmas gifts. Now this tear-in-your-eye tale is a lively stage musical The Gifts of the Magi. Set in 1905 New York, struggling newlyweds make personal sacrifices to purchase presents for one another ... only to realize that their love and devotion are the true gifts of the season. Also woven into the show is another one of O. Henry's ironic masterpieces, The Cop and the Anthem, in which a cheerful hobo does his best to get arrested so he can spend Christmas in a nice, warm jail cell. All of it is tied together by a newsboy-narrator who adds his own wry musical comments to this charming and spirited show from Maryland Ensemble Theatre.
Christmas Belles Dec 4 - Dec 20, 2015  
Bowie Playhouse Christmas Belles
This Southern-fried farce features the feuding Futrelle sisters of Fayro, Texas -- Frankie, Twink and Honey Raye. Frankie, who is expecting her second set of twins, is long overdue, Twink has recently been jilted by her longtime boyfriend, and Honey Raye is desperately trying to keep a church Christmas program from spiraling out of control. The sisters are trying to keep from hitting the holiday skids, but a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator keep Scrooging things up in this joyously raucous Yuletide comedy. Christmas Belles is written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.
Madeline and the Gypsies Dec 4 - Dec 27, 2015  
ArtSpace Falls Church Madeline and the Gypsies
Madeline returns for another adventure! While visiting a traveling carnival in town, Madeline and her friend, Pepito, become trapped atop the Ferris wheel and separated from her classmates during a sudden rainstorm. Soon they are swept away by the gypsies and become a part of the carnival themselves! A madcap adventure ensues as Madeline embraces the gypsy life in this delightful musical adaptation of Bemelman's classic tale.
Seasonal Disorder Dec 4 - Dec 20, 2015  
Washington Improv Theater at Source Seasonal Disorder
Washington Improv Theater, “some of the most exciting live theater in Washington,” according to the Washington Post, is gearing up for a host of special holiday performances under the banner of Seasonal Disorder. The slew of shows will run the gamut from improvised musicals and Love Actually-inspired romantic comedies to a reoccurring show featuring uppity Chevy Chase housewives who encourage you to BYOX (bring your own Xanax).
Seussical Dec 4 - Dec 20, 2015  
Industrial Strength Theatre Seussical
Bring the whole family along for this musical spectacular featuring all your favorite Dr. Seusscharacters! Oh the thinks you will think when you see the Cat in the Hat’s magical tale of Horton the Elephant on his journey to protect the Whos and guard an abandoned egg.
Glory Us Dec 4 - Dec 13, 2015  
The Fridge DC Glory Us
Madeline is unhappy with the autobiographical play she's writing, Glory Us. She tries to edit as she goes, with help from her shady grandma, two odd actors, guys from Tinder and an in-depth exploration of glory holes. Penned by playwright Madeline Farrington, this Fridge D.C. production is the perfect date night/hook-up show. It's off-the-wall fun and even the tender moments will have you laughing. The Rabble Crew production company's diverse cast -- ranging in ages from ages 24 to 66 -- will steer you through one hilariously tongue-in-cheek intimate encounter after the next.
The Nutcracker Dec 5  
George Mason University's Center for the Arts The Nutcracker
Principal Pops Conductor Luke Frazier is leading Fairfax Symphony Orchestra's new production of The Nutcracker to the top of everybody's list of favorite family holiday traditions. Fairfax Ballet Company joins FSO and Frazier to stage the classic musical tale, complete with beautiful fairies, handsome princes, dancing snowflakes and a lovely young girl making her way to the Land of Sweets. A rapidly rising star in the Pops world, Frazier has worked with Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera and Michael Feinstein, among others, and now this dynamic force is helping to usher in The Nutcracker as a new holiday tradition at George Mason University's Center for the Arts.
The Nutcracker Dec 5 - Dec 13, 2015  
Rockville Civic Ballet at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre The Nutcracker
Treat the whole family to the annual Rockville tradition of Rockville Civic Ballet's delightful production of this famed holiday favorite. Directed by Claudia Mangan and set to Tchaikovsky's timeless score, this glittering tale follows young Clara, who receives the gift of a nutcracker at her parents' Victorian Christmas party. That night she dreams of a grand adventure that begins with a handsome prince, continues with an epic battle between mice and toys, and comes to a climax with a magical journey to the Land of Sweets to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind Dec 7 - Jan 3, 2016  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind
Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind is an ever-changing extravaganza of 30 plays in one hour. The Chicago-based Neo-Futurists return to Woolly for their fifth time with one of their biggest successes, inspired by Dada, surrealism and the spontaneity of late-night sketch comedy. Created by Greg Allen, the show's "menu" of plays is strung up on a clothesline, and you and your fellow audience mates determine the order by yelling out which piece you want to see next. Every performance is a unique experience, and the Neo-Futurists are masters of blending funny with poignant, everyman with abstract, political with personal. Leave the kids at home for this one, because any given night could bring foul language, partial nudity, smells from questionable sources, and/or a variety of startling sensations.
West Side Story Dec 8 - Jan 24, 2016  
Signature Theatre West Side Story
West Side Story takes the most famous romantic drama of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and sets it loose on the streets of 1950s New York. This Signature Theatre production finds the ill-fated courtship of teen lovers Tony and Maria playing out against the fierce racial rivalry between street gangs the Sharks and the Jets, in a truly timeless story of passion and prejudice. The famed film adaptation won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and it has enjoyed many Broadway revivals, as recently as 2009. Written by the dream creative team of Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story's legendary jazz, Latin and classical-inspired score features the treasured songs "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty" and "America."
As You Like It Dec 9 - Jan 17, 2016  
Synetic Theater As You Like It
The genius of Shakespeare comes across loud and clear -- without a single spoken line -- in a new wordless production of As You Like It. Equally obvious is the talent and vigor of the production's staging company, Synetic Theater, which first arrived on the scene with the widely praised wordless Hamlet in 2002. Now back with their 12th silent adaptation, the company once again tells one of Shakespeare's finest tales completely through movement, setting their version of As You Like It on the bleak streets of a rusted urban wasteland. Their grim exile is transformed once Rosalind encounters the lovelorn Orlando, who at first fails to recognize the object of his affections in disguise. Synetic's purely physical interpretation of the classic promises to be a thought-provoking exploration of the nature of traditional gender roles, societal class and love with unforgettable visual imagery and original music.

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