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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)  
Reynolds Tavern The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
 
Life is short. The complete works of Shakespeare are long. To the rescue: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) performed by three of Annapolis Shakespeare Company's brightest and funniest. They wrap up the Bard's outsized oeuvre in 90 roller-coaster, rib-tickling minutes. After warming up with a nothing-is-sacred send-up of Romeo and Juliet, they're off, dispensing with the comedies in one fell swoop (because the tragedies are funnier). You decide after you see Othello as a rap song, Titus Andronicus as a cooking program, and the show's unforgettable finale - Hamlet - told with the help of audience members and lascivious sock puppets.
   
Fear  
Longacre Lea at Catholic University Drama Complex Fear
 
A small theatre company gets a large donation to “solve” Shakespeare: what really are our reasons for producing him still? Is it more exciting to talk about his plays than to see them? Seven actors, seven wildly varying approaches to Hamlet and Macbeth, and seven rehearsal melees later, a door opens into the unbounded realm where personal experience meets timeless storytelling. Or it’s the door into the Green Room. Hard to tell.
   
Hairspray  
Toby's Dinner Theatre - Columbia Hairspray
 
It's 1962, and pleasantly plump Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star, but she must use her newfound power to vanquish the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of hearthrob Link Larkin and integrate a TV network- all without denting her "do!
   
Harold Night  
Washington Improv Theater at Source Harold Night
 
Harold Night is WIT's weekly homage to the world-famous longform improv format: the Harold. It all starts with an audience suggestion. From there, WIT’s five Harold teams create unique worlds full of vibrant characters right before your eyes.
   
Jelly's Last Jam  
Signature Theatre Jelly's Last Jam
 
Take your seat at the legendary Jungle Inn nightclub for the electrifying, multiple Tony and Drama Desk Award®-winning musical that tells the story of jazz through one of its most notorious entertainers: Jelly Roll Morton. Journey from the back alleys of New Orleans to the dance halls of Chicago to the stages of New York with “he who drinks from the vine of syncopation” in a sizzling memoir of pride, lust and a past denied. Directed by Matthew Gardiner (West Side Story, Cabaret), this Washington premiere stars acclaimed jazz pianist Mark G. Meadows (Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Strathmore), and features the soul-stirring Nova Y. Payton with dazzling, high-energy choreography by Broadway’s Jared Grimes. Now that’s how you jazz!
   
Satchmo at the Waldorf  
Mosaic Theater Company of DC at Atlas Performing Arts Center Satchmo at the Waldorf
 
It’s March 1971 at the Waldorf Astoria, and Louis Armstrong has just played one of the final performances of his extraordinary career. Unwinding backstage, the legendary ‘Satchmo’ recounts the events—and regrets—that led him to a place of stature in danger of being stripped away. Helmed byEleanor Holdridge and starring DC-favorite Craig Wallace, this one-man, three-character powerhouse play with music dives into the complicated relationships between Armstrong, his embattled Jewish manager Joe Glaser, and his fiercest competitor and critic, trumpeter Miles Davis.
   
Shear Madness  
The Kennedy Center Shear Madness
 
A comedy whodunit that lets the audience solve the crime! Set in present-day Georgetown, Shear Madness engages locals and visitors alike as armchair detectives to help solve the scissor-stabbing murder of a famed concert pianist who lives above the Shear Madness unisex hairstyling salon. The show combines up-to-the-minute improvisational humor and a mixture of audience sleuthing to deliver a unique performance each night. Running at the Kennedy Center for 25 years, giving more than 11,000 performances, it is the second longest play in the history of American Theater (its sister production in Boston is #1).Shear Madness performances are ongoing. If you don't see your date listed, please contact group sales to hold your preferred date or check back for future performances.
   
Urinetown: The Musical  
Source Urinetown: The Musical
 
Urinetown: The Musical is a satirical tale of corruption, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. 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. The show's tuneful and irreverent score gives a nod to musicals from Broadway to Brecht and Weill, and parodies musicals such as The Cradle Will Rock and Les Misérables. The winner of multiple Tony Awards during its original Broadway run, now you can catch this Constellation Theatre Company production of Urinetown: The Musical on the stage of Source in Washington, D.C.