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The Addams Family  
Toby's Dinner Theatre - Columbia The Addams Family
 
The Addams Family is taking the world's musical theatre scene by storm with some of the most beloved characters of all time. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family.
   
Aladdin and his wonderful lamp  
The Puppet Co. Aladdin and his wonderful lamp
 
From ancient Persia comes this lavish and entrancing tale, true to the original “One Thousand and One Arabian Nights,” full of genies, wizards, magic caves, exotic princesses, and an elephant! Half life-size rod puppets and exciting special effects make this production exciting and exotic theater.
   
Anything Goes  
Warner Theatre Anything Goes
 
It's high-jinks on the high seas when Cole Porter's hilarious, toe-tapping musical comedy Anything Goes sails in to Warner Theatre. Packed with memorable tunes, Anything Goes got a Tony-winning Broadway revival in 2011. The timeless tale of boy-meets-girl -- and the roller coaster ride that follows -- showcases Porter's signature wit and masterful composition with songs like "I Get a Kick Out of You" and "You're the Top." The show centers on Billy Crocker, who's hopelessly in love with a wealthy heiress. When he sees her boarding a boat to London, he throws caution to the wind and becomes a stowaway. Mayhem ensues when his fellow passengers, including sexy evangelist-turned-nightclub-singer Reno Sweeney and second-rate gangster Moonface Martin decide to help Billy win his true love.
   
The Arsonists  
Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) The Arsonists
 
Mild-mannered Mr. Biederman, a respected member of the community, tries to live a blameless life, refusing to acknowledge evil of any kind. The facade comes crashing down around him, though, when he allows two smooth-talking guests to move in -- and they start filling his attic with petrol drums. Popular British comedy writer Alistair Beaton's The Arsonists at Maryland Ensemble Theatre is part moral fable and part black farce. It's an elegant, witty translation of Max Frisch's 1958 absurdist comedy The Firebugs, which was inspired by the Communist takeover of Czechoslovakia in 1948 and satirizes the way in which people can be manipulated into accommodating their own destruction.
   
Back to Methuselah: The Thing Happens and The Tragedy of an Elderly Gentleman  
Washington Stage Guild at Undercroft Theatre Back to Methuselah: The Thing Happens and The Tragedy of an Elderly Gentleman
 
Shaw examines the human life-span in a series of comic episodes that take us from the Garden of Eden to “as far as thought can reach” in the distant future. One of the first works of science fiction ever put on stage, with GBS’s celebrated wit and a touch of satire. The second installment this season takes us 250 years into the future, then 3000 years beyond that! This multi-year cycle of productions of Shaw’s landmark will culminate in our 30th anniversary in 2016.
   
Bessie and Bill: Black Wings in Flight  
Discovery Theater at the Ripley Center Bessie and Bill: Black Wings in Flight
 
Last season’s soaring hit is back! Daring Bessie Coleman barnstormed the country as the first licensed African American woman pilot. Inspired by her grit and perseverance, Bill Powell promoted flying as a new frontier for African Americans. Meet these spunky pioneers of the air in a powerful show that speaks to even the youngest dreamer. Join a Smithsonian Aero-Club as we cheer African Americans in flight!
   
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!
   
Cherokee  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Cherokee
 
Two couples, one black, one white, flee their suburban pressures and re-connect with nature by going camping in Cherokee, North Carolina. But their lives are upended when a member of the group mysteriously vanishes, and the others are visited by a charismatic local who just might help them live off the grid forever… Lisa D’Amour’s latest comedy—a companion piece to last season’s hit, Detroit—pushes a group of middle class characters to their emotional limits. Who has an “authentic” relationship to the land? Can we escape the trappings of comfort and technology to forge a healthier civilization?
   
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.
   
Dialogues of the Carmelites  
Washington National Opera at The Kennedy Center Dialogues of the Carmelites
 
Faith is put to the ultimate test in Poulenc's powerful opera about an order of Carmelite nuns who refuse to renounce their beliefs during the French Revolution. WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello directs this company premiere, sung in English.
   
Doubt, A Parable  
1st Stage Theatre Doubt, A Parable
 
In this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning drama set in the Bronx in 1964, Sister Aloysius, the principal of a Catholic school in the borough, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects that young newcomer Father Flynn has sexually abused the school's only black student. As she wrestles with her doubts, she questions an idealistic young nun and the mother of the alleged victim, perhaps changing them forever. The 2008 film adaptation, starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Viola Davis and Philip Seymour Hoffman, earned Oscar nominations for all four actors.
   
Frozen  
Anacostia Playhouse Frozen
 
A serial killer, the mother of one of his victims and the killer's psychologist are drawn together in Bryony Lavery's critically acclaimed Broadway drama Frozen. Known for her psychologically and spiritually probing work, Lavery (Illyria) plumbs the depths of the human spirit for a "big, brave, compassionate play about grief, revenge, forgiveness and bearing the unbearable" (The Guardian). Nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play during its initial Broadway run, Frozen tells three parallel stories that slowly become intertwined on a dark journey that somehow manages to reveal a glimmer of hope.
   
Frozen by Bryony Lavery  
Anacostia Playhouse Frozen by Bryony Lavery
 
The psychological drama Frozen, written by Bryony Lavery is a brilliant play about our darkest fears in the face of forgiveness, awareness and understanding. Directed by Delia Taylor, with a plot that could be taken from the pages of the Washington Post, Frozen tells the story of the disappearance of 10-year-old Rhona, and follows her mother and killer over the years that follow. A psychologist studying the brains of serial killers provides the link that intertwines the lives of the three characters through the two powerful themes of emotional paralysis and forgiveness. Frozen deals with issues we see every day in the media and made popular through movies and television dramas and how sensationalizing them may take away some of the reality of the crimes.
   
Godspell  
Olney Theatre Center Godspell
 
In this beloved Broadway favorite, Grammy and Oscar-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden) adapts the Gospel of Matthew and adds an eclectic pop-rock score to retell the story of Jesus and his disciples through a series of charming and hilarious vignettes. A timeless tale of love, loyalty and the triumph of faith over fear, Godspell has spread joy to countless theatergoers all over the world with a Tony-nominated score that features songs like "Day by Day," "Light of the World," "Learn Your Lessons Well" and "'Prepare Ye the Way."
   
Grounded  
Olney Theatre Center Grounded
 
One of the top ten plays of London in 2013, (Guardian, London Evening Standard), Grounded is the story of an ace fighter pilot who unexpectedly becomes pregnant and gets reassigned to operating drones from a windowless trailer on an Air Force base in the desert outside Las Vegas. Hunting terrorists by day and coming home to her family by night, the boundaries between reality and the screen – between the desert where she lives and the desert where she fights – blur until the pressure becomes impossible to bear. This is a co-production with Everyman Theatre in Baltimore.
   
Haddon Hall  
City of Rockville at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre Haddon Hall
 
The romantic legend of Dorothy Vernon, the daughter of a wealthy British landowner, who scandalized society by eloping with her true love instead of submitting to an arranged marriage, comes to the stage courtesy of the Victorian Lyric Opera Company. Still a major British tourist attraction today, the English country house known as Haddon Hall provides the proper setting for this 19th-century social satire, written by composer Arthur Sullivan shortly after his famed 1889 breakup with librettist W.S. Gilbert. A talented cast of more than 30 is set to appear in this new production at Rockville's F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre. The company will also host a community-outreach matinee, featuring kids' activities, backstage tours and more.
   

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