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101 Dalmatians  
Imagination Stage 101 Dalmatians
 
When Mr. and Mrs. Dearly welcome a new litter of Dalmatians to their 1950s London home, Cruella de-Vil is quick to plot their kidnap. Loving puppy parents Pongo and Missis discover their location, and set out on a harrowing adventure through the countryside to rescue their puppies. With the help of several friendly dogs along the way, the family reunites on Christmas Day, and Cruella is defeated. But will the Dearlys take in all 101 dalmatians?
   
Arabian Nights  
Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church Arabian Nights
 
Travel to the faraway sands of Arabia and come under tent of the Persian king. His wife, Scheherazade, is waiting there for you, weaving her spellbinding stories to save her life. Full of mischief, valor and romance, the Arabian Nights tales have enthralled audiences for centuries. Aladdin and his wonderful lamp, Sinbad, Ali Baba and his 40 thieves all make appearances in this enchanting Learning Theater production that will sweep you away on a magic carpet ride of invention and creativity.
   
As You Like It  
Shakespeare Theatre Company at Lansburgh Theatre As You Like It
 
"Love is merely a madness" in this romantic comedy featuring thwarted lovers, a clown and women disguised as men. The duke's daughter and her cousin flee a dangerous situation at the royal court and end up in the mysterious Forest of Arden. There they encounter comical twists and turns on their merry romp toward an eventual happy ending, where true love wins out. Through mischievous misunderstandings, pleasing poetry and hilarious happenstance, As You Like It shows that the forces of romance and justice can make an out-of-kilter world right again. Internationally acclaimed Shakespearean director Michael Attenborough, whose only previous U.S. work has been in New York, selected As You Like It for his much-anticipated American regional debut, as he regards the play as "very personal and warm spirited."
   
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.
   
Cats  
Compass Rose Studio Theater Cats
 
The second longest running play in Broadway history, and one of the plays which revolutionized American musical theater. Based on the poem Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot, a playful examination of the nature of cats. Dance, music, and memories - and of course, lots of cats!
   
A Christmas Carol  
Ford's Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
The annual Ford’s Theatre production of A Christmas Carol has been a Washington tradition for more than 30 years. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Celebrated Washington stage actor Edward Gero returns to play Scrooge in the production The Washington Posthailed as “musically high-spirited” and “infectiously jolly.”
   
Disney's The Little Mermaid  
Olney Theatre Center Disney's The Little Mermaid
 
In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking.
   
Fiddler on the Roof  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater Fiddler on the Roof
 
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of an American classic as Tony nominee Jonathan Hadary (Gypsy, Spamalot) makes his Arena Stage debut as Tevye, a humble Jewish dairyman who's tested daily by his five tradition-defying daughters. But when dangerous forces threaten the village's way of life, Teyve's faith and love for his family give him strength to fight for his home and the traditions of his people. Winner of nine Tony Awards, this celebration of family, community and life's unexpected miracles is filled with unforgettable songs, including "If I Were a Rich Man," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" and "Sunrise, Sunset."
   
Five Guys Named Moe  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater Five Guys Named Moe
 
Need to chase the blues away? Pull up a seat at the Funky Butt Club to celebrate the fresh, feel-good music of “The King of the Jukebox” Louis Jordan. Suffering from a severe case of the blues, a young man gets the surprise of his life when “the greatest band around” pops out of his radio to cure what ails him. With joyful swing and bouncing be-bop tunes like “Let the Good Times Roll,” “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby” and “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie,” you’ll be leaping out of your seat and dancing in the aisles with Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, No Moe and Little Moe, better known as Five Guys Named Moe!
   
The Gift of Nothing  
The Kennedy Center The Gift of Nothing
 
Today is a very, very merry special day! Mooch, a charming and curious cat, wants to get the purr-fect holiday gift for his best friend Earl, a loveable pup. But Earl already seems to have all he needs: a bowl, a bed, and a squeaky chew toy. So what do you get someone who has everything? Well, nothing, of course! Based on characters in the beloved internationally syndicated comic strip MUTTS, this world premiere musical adaptation of Patrick McDonnell's The Gift of Nothing follows Mooch's frantic and hilarious search to find Earl absolutely nothing--which always turns out to be something! Join the delightful duo, along with their owners Millie and Ozzie, cantankerous Frank, adorable Doozy, and an onstage pianist for this festive and heartwarming adventure.
   
Handbag  
SCENA Theatre at Anacostia Playhouse Handbag
 
DC-area premiere! Discover an award-winning black comedy by England's daring, "in-yer-face" playwright. Handbag follows a pair of gay couples' convoluted plans to have a child in present-day London. A second plot-a prequel of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest-parallels the first plot until the two worlds collide. Handbag bucks the belief that parenthood is a natural instinct ... and shows what can go awry when it's not. So take a journey from 1990s sperm banks to Victorian wet nurses! Warning: Contains adult themes, language and sexuality.
   
Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen  
Quotidian Theatre Company at Writer's Center Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
 
The magnetic and mysterious Hedda Gabler, stifled by society's coventions, has captivated audiences since she sprang from Ibsen's imagination in 1890. Her perplexing machinations find the perfect home in Washington, D.C.'s politically-charged Georgetown of 1963 in this new adaptation by Michael Avolio.
   
How We Get On  
Forum Theatre at Silver Spring Black Box Theater How We Get On
 
Forum Theatre brings in the beat with the regional premiere of acclaimed spoken-word poet and playwright Idris Goodwin's new hip-hop drama. Set in 1988, How We Got On mixes the true history of hip-hop with a coming-of-age tale about a trio of suburban Midwestern kids who discover rap as a means to escape their cultural isolation, family turmoil and other issues. It all plays out with the help of a live onstage DJ who re-mixes their lives as they use music to discover and express themselves in places words fail. Goodwin's imaginative work premiered at the prestigious Humana Festival of New American Plays in 2012.
   
The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures  
Theater J The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures
 
Tony, Obie, Emmy and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America) tackles family and personal dramas in the D.C. premiere of the newly updated The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures. Directed by John Vreeke (2013's Race at Theater J), this Brooklyn-set piece centers around a retired longshoreman and lifelong Communist, his grown children and his frank, open discussion of possibly committing suicide -- which doesn't go exactly as planned. Instead, he's caught in a deeply emotional battle over what makes life worth living.
   
Julius Caesar  
Folger Theatre Julius Caesar
 
Beware the Ides of March, Caesar. Julius Caesar returns home victorious, securing both unparalleled power and popularity. Fearful for the Republic and driven by their own ambition, several senators conspire to assassinate the Roman dictator in the Capitol. However, their brash move plunges Rome into chaos and threatens the very democracy they swore to uphold. In the shadow of the nearby Capitol building, Shakespeare’s searing commentary on power, ambition, and democratic responsibility smolders just in time for midterm elections.
   
La Perdida  
Catholic University Drama Complex La Perdida
 
The Catholic University of America Department of Drama presents Shakespeare's passionate drama about love, jealousy and redemption, retold in the Latino style of magical realism and set in pre-Revolutionary Mexico, where powerful Dons ruled like Kings. A full-length musical inspired by traditional Mexican folk music and based on Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, the story enchantingly unfolds through song, words and dance. The adaptation's book and lyrics are by Kathleen Cahill, composed and orchestrated by Deborah Wicks La Puma, and directed and choreographed by MFA candidate Elena Velasco.
   
Little Dancer  
The Kennedy Center Little Dancer
 
With direction and choreography by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman, this world premiere Kennedy Center musical is inspired by the story of a young ballerina immortalized by Edgar Degas in his famous sculpture at the National Gallery of Art.
   

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