The year is 1956, and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein is having its annual quiche breakfast. Daily life is quiet, and excitement is kept to a minimum. But there's an unexpected item on the agenda this year: the very real threat of atom bombs being dropped on the ladies' idyllic town. As the meeting adjourns to the bomb shelter, things take a turn for the worse. Cramped in a small space with what may just be the last quiche on Earth, scandalous secrets come out and tensions -- sexual and otherwise -- rise among the women in this new hilarious production of the 2012 New York Fringe Fest top prize winner at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in D.C.
Ali Baba, Sinbad, Aladdin -- the list of classic characters and tales spun in The Arabian Nights is unrivaled in all of literature. Also known as One Thousand and One Nights, this timeless work of imagination has been captivating audiences for hundreds of years. Now, Constellation Theatre reprises its acclaimed production of Tony winner Mary Zimmerman's stage adaptation, bringing all of the original's magic to life. The young Scheherazade, desperate to stave off her own execution, spins tale after tale for her new husband, the king. Each night, she weaves a spellbinding story, hoping that her vivid imagination will buy her the time she needs to win both the king's heart and her own freedom. Experience this testament to the power of storytelling when The Arabian Nights comes to Source in Washington, D.C.
Best known as a film by Alfred Hitchcock, Dial M for Murder was first a successful stage play written by another English master of suspense, Frederick Knott (Wait Until Dark). In this production of the classic thriller, Tony Wendice plans to murder his unfortunate wife to claim her fortune for himself. He arranges for the perfect crime ... but things don't quite go according to plan. This timeless masterpiece of construction and plotting weaves a tangled web of clues and red herrings, back-stabbings and blackmail that will keep you hooked from start to finish. Catch Dial M for Murder at the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater in Hagerstown. The ticket price includes a tasty dinner.
When Matt and Luisa fall in love against the wishes of their feuding families, a modern-day Romeo and Juliet unfolds in The Fantasticks, a musical offering plenty of comedy, drama and music, along with a healthy dose of moonlight and magic. Featuring the beloved songs "Try to Remember," "They Were You" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain," the original off-Broadway run of this timeless show lasted an astonishing 42 years and continues to charm sold-out audiences all over the world in a new production from Kensington Arts Theatre.
Even at 80, Andre remains a man of quick wit and domineering personality. But things are beginning to get strange in The Father, Florian Zeller's internationally acclaimed work. Andre's trusted watch goes missing, reappears and is lost again. His daughter's stories don't add up. His furniture disappears. And there are strangers sitting at his table. As the signposts of our lives disappear, this exploration of one man's mind and the loss of it, rings powerfully true. Ted van Griethuysen stars in this production at the Metheny Theatre.
In 1974 Germany, widow Emmi falls in love with the younger Ali, a Moroccan immigrant. Everyone is appalled when they marry, although family and friends ultimately accept the couple's unconventional marriage. However, the two find that they must face their own mounting fears and insecurities. Atlas Performing Arts Center presents the U.S. theatrical premiere, adapted from the renowned German film of the same name that won two awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Don't miss this bold exploration of multiracial marriage, star-crossed lovers, and how fear can destroy our hopes and dreams.
Freed from her husband's oppression after he suffers a stroke, a suburban housewife lights the fuse on a revolt against patriarchy in Hir, aided by her newly liberated transgender son. But when her other son returns home from combat duty in Afghanistan, he's not exactly thrilled to find his family under siege from own mother. The New York Times raved "Perhaps no play this year inspired a greater sense of awe than Taylor Mac's audacious dive into the dysfunctional-family playpen of American theater." Check out the Woolly Mammoth production of this subversive comedy on stage in Washington, D.C.
Synetic's visionary Founding Artistic Director Paata Tsikurishvili brings his mind-bending, cinematic style to Victor Hugo's gothic, heartbreaking epic of inner beauty and undying loyalty. The dialogue-free production follows the deformed Quasimodo, who grapples with society's cruelty and protects the lovely gypsy Esmeralda, the one woman who shows him kindness. Quasimodo's adoptive father, the priest Frollo, decides he wants Esmeralda for himself - plunging all of Paris into a spiral of riots, revolution and murder. The striking, beautiful production comes to Synetic Theater at Crystal City in Arlington.
A pioneering rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar retells the last seven days in the life of the social and political rebel Jesus of Nazareth through the eyes of his betrayer, Judas Iscariot. Chart-topping songs such as "Everything's Alright," "I Don't Know How to Love Him" and the high-octane title number highlight the struggles of Jesus' final days before his crucifixion. Don't miss this righteous and explosive rock musical -- filled with the unforgettable tunes of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice -- live on stage at Signature Theatre in Arlington.
Laura Bush is an enigma wrapped in another enigma. She's shy, beautiful, bookish, and in 1963, she blew through a stop sign and killed a guy. It was probably just an accident. Or maybe, just maybe... it was murder. Join Mrs. Bush for this hilarious and heartfelt evening of real-life reminiscences of her childhood in Texas (untrue?), of her marriage to George W. Bush (a sham?), and of their rapid ascent to the very pinnacle of world power (an abomination?).
Nastier than Scorsese at his bleakest, more violent than Tarantino at his bloodiest, Shakespeare's Macbeth still shocks like no other tale on the page, stage or screen. Now cutting-edge director Liesl Tommy (Eclipsed, Ruined) stages this chilling portrait of temptation, ambition and betrayal at D.C.'s Sidney Harman Hall. Set in a gloomy world of ghosts and witches, the tragedy's cycle of corruption is thrown into motion when the popular King Duncan of Scotland is murdered by his trusted friend and general Macbeth. Driven by a supernatural prophesy and his wife's deadly ambition, Macbeth goes on to claim his destiny. But just as he grasps the crown, it starts to slip through his bloody fingers.
Conventional reality is simply a starting point in an astonishing universe just waiting for us to explore in The Man Who. Inspired by the Oliver Sacks bestseller The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, this hypnotizing theatrical work tells the stories of several patients as Sacks saw them: as heroes endowed with great courage and tenacity, moving through realities stunningly altered by neurological quirks. Called "one of the most magically effective explorations of the mind (also possibly the soul) ever be attempted on the stage" by The New York Times in its original Broadway run, The Man Who now comes to Spooky Action Theater in D.C.
One of the most glamorous celebrities of her time -- and the definition of a diva -- world-renowned opera star Maria Callas comes to vibrant life in this wickedly funny stage bio that won a Tony Award for Best Play. Terrence McNally's Master Class finds the singing legend leading a voice class, and while she both cajoles and terrorizes to get the best out of her students, she muses on her past glories and many heartbreaks. DC favorite Ilona Dulaski stars in this production at MetroStage.
Everyman's Resident Company of actors transforms into a British company of actors in this "side-splitting" (NY Magazine) farce to end all farces. With their opening night on London's West End just hours away, a cast of actors staggers through rehearsal.
"I don't hate you," Rosemary says to Anthony. "I just don't like you." In the Tony-nominated Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck), these two introverted neighbors have lived in rural Ireland and known each other for years, but their lives intersect sharply when a parent dies and property rights come into question. Ultimately a tenderhearted romantic comedy, Shanley's play proves that love, whether early or late, always shows up right on time. Come see why Charles Isherwood of The New York Times called Outside Mullingar "Shanley's finest work since Doubt," when it comes to the stage of Washington DC's Keegan Theatre.
In this Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning family drama, Catherine, the troubled daughter of a recently deceased mathematician, is gripped by the fear that she may've inherited her father's mental illness. Proof tracks her desperate attempts to stay in control -- despite complications including a budding romance with one of her father's former students, the appearance of a mysterious new work by her dad and the arrival of her long-estranged sister. Set in Chicago, the play chronicles the discovery of self identity through intellectual and emotional challenges and explores the power of love to help us reach our true potential. David Auburn's moving and thought-provoking play, which The New York Daily News called "rich and compelling ... full of life, laughter and hope," comes to the stage at the Olney Theatre Center.
Silent Sky is the true story of how a group of extraordinary women banded together to find a way to measure the universe while overcoming adversity. Set in the early 1900s, Silent Sky follows Henrietta Leavitt, an aspiring scientist who joins the Harvard Observatory's all-female "human computer" team. Once there, however, she finds the women are kept behind the scenes and told to keep their ideas and theories to themselves. As Henrietta navigates these impossible waters, she tries to keep her personal life and family obligations in focus. This powerful production from Silver Spring Stage examines a woman's place in professional society during a time of both historic discovery and endless oppression.
Shakespeare's tragic and ever timely satire on the steep price of prosperity tracks the fall of a rich and powerful aristocrat in Timon of Athens. Timon's lavish lifestyle and generosity lead to a downturn in his finances, and he's promptly abandoned by his so-called friends once his fortune is depleted. Starring in the title role is Ian Merrill Peakes, who won a Helen Hayes Award for his performance in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead this past year at Folger Theatre. This D.C. production is directed by Robert Richmond (Richard III, Othello and Henry V at Folger).
Premiering in the U.S. as part of the Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival, this drama is set in an Israeli prison, where a Jewish lawyer takes on the case of an Arab literature teacher, bringing the lives of the Israeli middle class and those struggling in the Gaza Strip into sharp contrast. Gilad Evron's prize-winning Ulysses in Bottles brings James Joyce's classic novel into play too, exploring issues like personal independence and morality. This Mosaic Theater Company production comes to the stage at DC's Atlas Performing Arts Center.
When a terrible water shortage leads to a government ban on private toilets, a greedy company profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs -- until a hero decides he's had enough and rises up against the system. Urinetown is a musical, satirical tale of corruption, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. The show's irreverent score gives a nod to musicals from Broadway to Brecht and Weill, and parodies musicals such as The Cradle Will Rock and Les Miserables. The winner of three Tonys and two Obie Awards during its original Broadway run, Urinetown comes to Herndon's NextStop Theatre.