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The 3 Billy Goats Gruff  
The Puppet Co. The 3 Billy Goats Gruff
“The 3 Billy Goats Gruff” is a marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet, and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes, as an introduction to the Art of Puppetry.
The 39 Steps  
Prince William Little Theatre at Hylton Performing Arts Center The 39 Steps
This ingenious comic stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's thriller The 39 Steps turns a cast of four into over 100 zany characters (in 100 minutes) with a mix of Hitchcockian panache, spy novel thrills and a touch of Monty Python absurdity. The winner of two Tony and Drama Desk Awards, The 39 Steps is a fast-paced and funny whodunit that's brimming with action and romance. Accused of a murder he didn't commit, Richard Hannay flees from the authorities and encounters a string of hair-raising adventures -- as well as an unlikely love connection. Gasp and guffaw as four talented actors reenact the entire film, including every train chase, plane crash and murder, and gleefully portray every spy, villain and intriguing character.
ABSOLUTELY! (perhaps)  
Constellation Theatre Company at Source ABSOLUTELY! (perhaps)
A wildfire of gossip and speculation breaks out when Signor Ponza and his wife move to town and shockingly take up residence in a separate house from his mother-in-law. With no regard for privacy, the community of this Italian village decides they absolutely must get the inside scoop. What these snoops discover sends them spinning - tales of love-induced trips to the madhouse, secret letters delivered by a bucket on a rope and pulley, and a case of mistaken identity that has been maintained for years.
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."
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center Basetrack
The U.S. Marines who fought in America's longest war in Afghanistan faced unbelievable physical and emotional challenges, unlike any warriors before them, both on the battlefield and on the homefront. Part performance piece and part social-history project, this powerful live theatrical event puts you directly in their boots of these soldiers, weaving original music, film clips, images and dramatic readings of real blog posts and letters to evoke the devastating toll the war's taken on these Marines and their families. Currently on tour across the country, Basetrack Live is a collaboration between award-winning theater company En Garde Arts and corpsmen from the 1st Battalion/8th Marines.
DC Dead  
Fort Fringe DC Dead
Zombies have invaded Washington and it's up to you and your team to find the cure. Gear up with neurotoxin darts, steel yourself and enter a building overrun with the walking dead, picking off the bloodthirsty ghouls at every turn as you navigate the maze in search of humanity's last hope. DC Dead takes the classic haunted house attraction and ups the ante with a fully immersive and interactive experience. You and five of your friends will explore the hidden hallways of Fort Fringe as you scavenge for supplies and dodge the fatal swipes of the infected. Do you have what it takes to survive?
Disney on Ice: Frozen  
Royal Farms Arena (Formerly Baltimore Arena) Disney on Ice: Frozen
What better way to experience the wintry world of Disney's Frozen than in a live Disney on Ice show? Join royal sisters Anna and Elsa as you're magically whisked away to the ice kingdom of Arendelle. An uplifting, Oscar-winning tale of true love, Frozen comes to life with graceful skating and amazing special effects. Sing along to beloved songs like "Let It Go," as the hilarious snowman Olaf; Kristoff; his loyal reindeer, Sven; and the mystical trolls set out on an inspiring journey. Also skating into the rink will be Mickey and Minnie Mouse, plus your favorite Disney Princesses and characters from beloved Disney/Pixar films like Toy Story, Finding Nemo and The Lion King.
Elmer Gantry  
Signature Theatre Elmer Gantry
Fiery and passionate, with a rich blues, folk and gospel-infused score, Elmer Gantry brings the evangelical charlatan of Sinclair Lewis' satirical novel to life in an adventurous new reimagining. The charismatic, but completely broke, salesman Elmer Gantry stumbles upon a struggling religious tour, led by pious evangelist Sister Sharon Falconer. Falling for Falconer, Gantry joins the troupe as a preacher and, with a little showmanship and theatrics, transforms the revival into the hottest ticket in town. However, inspired by Falconer's earnestness and his reawakened spirit, Gantry inserts one spectacle too many and risks blowing up the entire operation.
Fetch Clay, Make Man  
Round House Theatre - Bethesda Fetch Clay, Make Man
In the days before one of the most anticipated fights in boxing history, heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali forms an unlikely friendship with controversial Hollywood star Stepin Fetchit. This true story explores the improbable bond that forms between these drastically different, influential cultural icons - one a vibrant and audacious youth, the other a resentful, almost forgotten relic - as they fight to shape their legacies amidst the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Derrick Sanders (The Raisin Cycle at CenterStage) directs Will Power’s absorbing, poetic, and humorous exploration of the true meaning of strength, resilience, and pride. Delivers “a potent and satisfying wallop” – New York Daily News
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."
City of Rockville at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre Grease
An all-American favorite, Grease follows the '50s romance of innocent ingenue Sandy and bad-boy greaser Danny Zuko as they enter their senior year at Rydell High. Danny believes their hot summer fling is over ... until Sandy unexpectedly enrolls at Rydell. The hit 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John quickly became a musical phenomenon with catchy sing-along tunes like "Summer Nights," "Beauty School Dropout," "We Go Together" and "Greased Lightning," and this live version remains a perennial favorite. Join Sandy, Danny, Rizzo, Kenickie and the rest of the gang, and discover why Grease is most definitely the word.
Everyman Theatre Grounded
A sold-out hit in London, "Grounded" tells the story of a hot-rod F16 fighter pilot whose unexpected pregnancy ends her career in the skies over the Middle East. She finds herself instead flying remote-controlled drones half a world away while in a comfortable trailer just outside of Vegas. Her 12-hour shift now consists of staring at a grey-screen monitor targeting terrorists by day and playing dutiful wife and mother by night. Soon finding herself struggling to play her new dual roles, this intense and thought-provoking blend of the personal and political is a one-woman tour-de-force-performance.
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.
Washington Improv Theater at DC Arts Center HOWL
In HOWL, there’s no telling what dangers will pop out of the dark - none of the performers on stage have a script. Every weekend in October, WIT presents a thrilling set of improv from our company ensembles and guest troupes. Acts include: Die! Die! Die! - In WIT’s long-running horror franchise anyone could be the killer. Who will survive? Commonwealth Presents: The Scarold - WIT's company ensemble delivers a show based on your true life horror stories. Ugh Presents: Witch, Please! - The gentlemen of Ugh don their oh-so-chic witch hats and brew up mischief.

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