Capital Fringe Fest-favorite Happenstance Theater specializes in inventive ensemble comedy, with influences ranging from traditional clowning to vaudeville and beyond. Winner of five prestigious Helen Hayes Awards, the troupe's latest series of misadventures takes them to 19th-century Paris, where they get themselves in and out of trouble at the Moulin Rouge, the Metro, the Catacombs and the Grand Universal Exposition of 1889. The newest work from "DC's leading peddler of whimsy" (Washington Post), Bon Voyage! A Happenstance Escapade comes to the Round House Theater in Bethesda.
Step into the infamous Kit Kat Klub and leave your troubles outside. As part of its 50th anniversary, the renowned Roundabout Theatre Company presents Cabaret, the scintillating Tony winner about following your heart while the world loses its way.
Lerner and Lowe's Gigi the Broadway musical is the beloved novella-turned musical set in 20th-turn-of-the-century Paris, and tells the tale of an unexpected romance between a wealthy playboy and a carefree teenage spirit in the City of Love. The original production premiered on Broadway in 1973, and was later revived in 2015 with a cast led by hit actress Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical, Spring Breakers). With a 1974 Tony Award for Best Original Score, Gigi features charming crowd favorites like "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" and "I Remember it Well." Enjoy the musical, along with a salad bar, hot buffet and dessert, at The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater.
Bring the entire family to this Old Testament story of Joseph, his brothers and his amazing coat as it comes to vibrant life through uplifting song and dance. Country, Calypso, Pop, Rock and Roll - this non-stop, eclectic score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is the reason 'Joseph' is one of the world's most popular musicals. Travel down the Nile and see the wonders of ancient Egypt as Joseph discovers that "Any Dream Will Do."
Junie B. Jones, the star of Barbara Park's sassy and spirited children's book series, takes the stage for a new adventure. When Junie loses her new furry mittens to some "stealers," she has to investigate. But Junie B. might have something she forgot to return, too. Everyone in your family will be able to relate those bumpy back-to-school days -- and catch a serious case of the grade-school giggles while you're at it -- when Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook comes to Adventure Theatre MTC at Glen Echo Park.
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.
A neo-surrealist distillation of human history, the new work The Mark of Cain is a drama seen through the eyes of the world's first criminal. As Cain makes his bloody "mark" in every corner of the world, you'll learn that the conflict between progress and morality has been there since Day 1 -- and, if you're in the front rows, you'll experience first hand the "powder zone" used to mark the murders. Was Cain a criminal or were his acts justified? Challenge your beliefs during this powerful new work at Synetic Theater.
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.
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.
Four-time Helen Hayes Award winner Edward Gero returns as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, offering audiences another opportunity to see his "lively performance" (Washington Post) in this special limited engagement. When a bright, liberal, Harvard Law School graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with the conservative Justice, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and an unexpected mentor. How will their relationship affect one of the most incendiary cases ever to reach the nation's highest court? Don't miss your opportunity to experience the show afresh with a brand-new staging for the Kreeger Theater.
Hailed as "America's favorite Dragapella beauty-shop quartet," The Kinsey Sicks are back and bringing their high-camp hijinks to Washington, D.C. with their latest a cappella musical, Things You Shouldn't Say. In glorious four-part harmony and mile-high heels, Winnie, Rachel, Trixie and Trampolina will spill the tea on all things personal -- and political - at the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center. Prepare to be amazed (or appalled) by these fabulous gals as they throw down their sequined gloves and tackle subjects like Trumpism, racism, giraffes, Bette Midler, oblong vegetables and more. Since forming in 1993, The Kinsey Sicks have had hit shows across the country, including their off-Broadway hit Dragapella! at New York's legendary Studio 54, and an extended run at the Las Vegas Hilton, where they were consistently named one of the best shows in Vegas.
"You do what you think is right and let the law catch up." So said Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, who changed the face of American jurisprudence. He argued and won the Brown v. Board of Education decision, ending racial segregation in the schools, after a long and strategic journey that began with ending the "separate but equal" mandate in Maryland law schools. Learn more about the civil rights legend when bio-play Thurgood comes to the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab stage at the Olney Theatre Center. This uplifting, humorous and thought-provoking one-man portrait of an American hero follows Marshall's trajectory from a child in Baltimore to one of the most influential African-American men in modern history.
Living in a time, as we do, when Teen Vogue is helping to lead the progressive movement and political backstabbing plays out on social media, to tell my story: a hamlet fanfic is the perfect reimagining of Shakespeare's Danish detective for our current climate. After Elsie receives a message suggesting her father may have been murdered by her new stepfather, she embarks on a high-stakes quest into the wild world of online fanfiction. As she seeks confirmation of her suspicions by retelling her story in increasingly outlandish ways, her friend Horatio can only look on in horror, wondering where it will all end. Catch the world premiere of this comic tragedy -- from the clever mind of satirist and playwright Alexandra Petri -- at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre.
From the acclaimed author of The Brother/Sister Trilogy and Choir Boy comes a mesmerizing trip into the heart of African-American drag ball culture. Wig Out!, an electrifying tale of loyalty, belonging and sexuality, is coming to Stage 4 at Studio Theatre in New York. When a drag queen from the legendary and close-knit performance family House of Lights meets and seduces the young and innocent Eric, he embarks on a journey of discovery. Eric, a gay man who's never had much interest in drag, watches as rival houses prepare for a drag ball, learning about the culture as he goes. He discovers that these dazzling spectacles are part turf war, part pageant, all conquest. It's all about desiring to be desired, finding your home and dominating your doubters.
Alice follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland where all of the familiar characters have been transformed into live guitar-toting Rock 'n' Roll musicians! She takes advice from a Zen Caterpillar and a wise Cheshire Cat. She has tea with the unwelcoming Mad Hatter, and argues with the childish Tweedledee and Tweedledum. When the vicious diva Red Queen tries to destroy her, Alice fights back only to find herself in a battle of the bands with the Jabberwocky, a many-headed monster who embodies all her fears and insecurities.