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Annie  
France-Merrick Performing Arts Center- Hippodrome Annie
 
The world's best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of Annie will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original.
   
Bad Jews  
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.
   
Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
 
Get your deerstalker cap on—the play’s afoot! From the award-winning mastermind of mayhem, Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor), comes a fast-paced comedy about everyone’s favorite detective solving his most notorious case. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than 30 characters. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can b
   
Bessie's Blues  
MetroStage Bessie's Blues
 
The legacy of the blues comes alive through the story of Bessie Smith, "Empress of the Blues," in this 20th anniversary production of the six-time Helen Hayes Award-winning Bessie's Blues. Reprising the role she originated, Helen Hayes winner Bernardine Mitchell returns as Bessie Smith, with writer Thomas W. Jones II also directing and choreographing the production. Winner of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a member of the Blues, Jazz, and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame, Bessie Smith is one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century. With songs like "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out," "The St. Louis Blues" "Careless Love Blues" and many more, Smith helped define the blues in the '20s and '30s. Now this iconic figure once again comes to life as this acclaimed show returns.
   
Capitol Steps  
The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Capitol Steps
 
The Capitol Steps put the MOCK in Democracy every Friday and Saturday night in Washington, DC at their home at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW). With their unique blend of musical and political comedy, no person in power is safe as the Capitol Steps skewer everyone whom you voted for!
   
Choir Boy  
The Studio Theatre Choir Boy
 
Tarell Alvin McCraney's latest acclaimed play tracks the coming-of-age of a group of talented young African-American prep-school singers whose choral prowess is woven seamlessly into the story. Pharus, the undisputed superstar of the choir, is searching for the courage to let his true self shine through, in this work by MacArthur Fellowship winner McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays), who's been called "without question, the hottest young playwright in America" (Chicago Tribune). After moving audiences with its stirring spirituals in New York and L.A., Choir Boy soars into D.C.
   
Circus!  
The Puppet Co. Circus!
 
In grand circus tradition, the "Grandest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Performed by Christopher and Queen Suyat, many of the acts were built more than 50 years ago by Christopher’s parents for "Len Piper’s International Marionette Circus."
   
Cops and Hello Out There  
American Century at Gunston Arts Center Cops and Hello Out There
 
The American Century Theater begins the new year and its final season with two tense one-act plays in an evening that echoes the explosive issues emanating from Ferguson, Missouri, New York, Oakland and beyond. In Cops by Terry Curtis Fox, police find themselves in a shoot-out with a young African-American male, and in William Saroyan’s classic Hello Out There, a wrongly imprisoned young black man tries to find the best of humanity while trying to survive in a small Texas town. Both are encore productions: Hello Out There garnered the company’s first Helen Hayes nomination in its second season, and Cops was among the company’s best-received shows, placing the audience in the middle of violent action as only a black box theater can.
   
Crime and Punishment in America: Two Intense One-Act Dramas  
Gunston Arts Center Crime and Punishment in America: Two Intense One-Act Dramas
 
The volatile mix of racial tensions, inequality and crime come to a head in this evening of timely one-act dramas from The American Century Theater. David Mamet conceived the story of Cops, which was brought to life by acclaimed playwright Terry Curtis Fox, and is one of the most intense shows TACT has produced. Cops is an intense, real-time portrayal of a bloody hostage showdown between police and a fugitive in a gritty diner. Then, Pulitzer Prize winner William Saroyan's Hello Out There brings you the story of a down-on-his-luck gambler and an unhappy cook who meet and fall in love at the jail where he is locked up. In the hands of one of America's finest writers, the unlikely romance manages to be both hopeful and tragic. In the role of the Young Man, James Orleans Brown nabbed TACT's first Helen Hayes nomination.
   
Gigi  
The Kennedy Center Gigi
 
A Gigi like you've never seen! Starring Vanessa Hudgens as Gigi, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's celebrated musical will play a pre-Broadway engagement at the Kennedy Center in an all-new production directed by Eric Schaeffer with a re-envisioned book by acclaimed British playwright and Emmy-nominated screenwriter Heidi Thomas. This highly anticipated, limited premiere engagement also features Tony Award winner Victoria Clark as Mamita Alvarez, three-time Tony nominee Dee Hoty as Aunt Alicia, two-time Tony nominee Howard McGillin as Honore Lachaille, Corey Cott as Gaston Lachaille, and Steffanie Leigh as Liane d'Exelmans. Recommended for age 10 and up.
   
Gutenberg! The Musical!  
NextStop Theatre Company at Industrial Strength Theatre Gutenberg! The Musical!
 
Bud and Doug have a dream! They have written (what they are pretty sure) is the next smash Broadway musical! It’s about Johann Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press and it features all the drama, spectacle, and pizzazz that you would expect from hits like Les Miserables or The Lion King. The only catch is that they need someone to produce the show. So in the meantime, these two overly enthusiastic writers are ready to sing all the songs and play all the parts in this historical musical epic.
   
Half Life  
CulturalDC at Flashpoint Half Life
 
Half Life is a zombie-themed, devised physical theatre piece for two performers. It is a rarely told story about the shift from girlhood to adulthood that unfolds around age 30. The main character, Regina, is a survivor of a car accident trying to “get back into her life.” Bloody and looking “undead,” no one will let her. Using the zombie metaphor and dark humor, we see a period in a young woman’s life where she is stripped of everything she knows and thrust into a half-state of living and grieving what’s been lost.
   
Half-Life (a zombie letter for no one)  
Mead Theatre Lab Half-Life (a zombie letter for no one)
 
There have been a lot of cool zombie scenarios in recent years, but Half-Life (a zombie letter for no one) at Mead Theatre Lab may be the first to place the walking dead in a rite-of-passage tale of a car accident survivor transitioning from girlhood to adulthood. Rachel Hynes, a veteran of Washington D.C. experimental theater, devised this darkly comic meditation on loss, which finds zombified protagonist Regina struggling to re-integrate into her community following the crash that killed her. A surreal blend of surrealism and pathos, this two-person physical theater piece will shake you up and get you thinking.
   
In Praise of Love  
Washington Stage Guild at Undercroft Theatre In Praise of Love
 
A comedy of misunderstanding that transforms into something much deeper, acclaimed British playwright Terrence Rattigan's In Praise of Love explores those times when unkindness is the kindest thing. Based on the real-life relationship between actors Rex Harrison and Kay Kendall, the work dives into a seemingly fractured family whose ties to each other are deeper than any of them realize. Since its debut in London more than 40 years ago, the play has been performed thousands of times, including a Broadway run in which Harrison played the role that was based on him.
   
Inside Out  
Imagination Stage Inside Out
 
Things can get a little messy when playing dress-up. But imaginations also go wild when scarves become birds, t-shirts become monsters, and a sock dance rocks the closet! In this interactive show, discover the joy of turning things inside out. Ages 1-5.
   
Life Sucks (Or the Present Ridiculous)  
Theater J Life Sucks (Or the Present Ridiculous)
 
Award-winning local writer-director Aaron Posner (Stupid, F**king Bird, The Chosen) debuts his latest, loosely inspired by Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. As in that Russian melancholic masterpiece, no one is satisfied with their lives -- not the gorgeous, desirable woman who considers herself deeply misunderstood, nor the middle-aged man who's all too aware of his own shortcomings. And then there's the not-so-pretty girl whose beauty shines from within. Billed as both poignant and hilarious, Life Sucks (Or the Present Ridiculous) receives its world premiere at Theater J.
   
Mary Poppins  
Toby's Dinner Theatre - Columbia Mary Poppins
 
Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, MARY POPPINS includes a score filled with timeless classics such as "A Spoonfull of Sugar" and the Academy Award-winning "Chim-Chim Cher-ee". The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again.
   

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