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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes  
Hylton Performing Arts Center The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary literary sleuth takes audiences on an exhilarating tale of mystery, suspense, and intrigue. The acclaimed British-American touring troupe, Aquila Theatre, brings well-known characters to life including: the trusty Dr. Watson, the redheaded pawnbroker Jabez Wilson and Irene Adler, the woman who got away.
Alice in Wonderland  
Synetic Theater Alice in Wonderland
If you strip off the Disney gloss, Alice in Wonderland is a story as weird as it is wonderful, the product of a mind both utterly brilliant and deeply troubled. Now Synetic Theater engages the darker side of Lewis Carroll's tale in this daring, more Gothic adaptation of perhaps the most famous children's story in the world. Watch as classic characters such as the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and the murderous Queen of Hearts are brought to life in Synetic's signature style. Directed by Paata Tsikurishvili, choreographed by Irina Tsikurishvili and adapted by Lloyd Rose for the Women's Voices Theater Festival of Washington, D.C., this production will feature dialogue as well as the Synetic's famed dance and visual elements.
The Studio Theatre Animal
Rachel has it all: marriage, house, career. So why does she suddenly have this creeping feeling? Did she leave something behind? Or is there something in the walls…? Her husband thinks she needs time; her psychiatrist suggests positive thinking. But then the visions start. Apparitions of doubts, past decisions, future mistakes. Is it time for Xanax? Prozac? Or perhaps she just needs to forget it all, follow her instinct, and kiss a stranger. A darkly comic play about the underside of domesticity, the complexity of the brain in chaos, and the thin line between sinking and survival.
As One  
Urban Arias at Atlas Performing Arts Center As One
DC's contemporary opera company presents AS ONE, the groundbreaking new opera by composer Laura Kaminsky, librettist Mark Campbell and award winning filmmaker Kimberly Reed. First premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2014; AS ONE is the inspiring journey of Hannah, a transgender women who seeks to understand her own identity and achieve acceptance in the outside world. This one act opera stars a mezzo-soprano and a baritone as they share the part of a sole transgender protagonist. The opera traces Hannah's experiences from her youth in a small town to her college years on the West Coast, and finally to Norway, where she is surprised to discover something about herself.
Bad Dog  
Olney Theatre Center Bad Dog
After ten years clean and sober, Molly Drexler falls off the wagon and drives her Prius through her living room wall. With a hole in the house as big as the hole in their hearts, Molly’s two sisters, mother, father, and wicked stepmother descend on the house for an “intervention” that doesn’t play out the way anyone thought it would. A sharp and poignant new comedy from one of Showtime’s hottest writers. (Recommended for 14 and up)
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical  
The Kennedy Center Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Follow the inspiring true story of Carole King's remarkable rise to stardom--from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil--including "I Feel the Earth Move," "One Fine Day," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "You've Got a Friend," and the title song--Beautiful took home two 2014 Tony Awards as well as a 2015 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. Recommended for age 10 and up.
Bhavi the Avenger  
Convergence Theatre at Mead Theatre Lab Bhavi the Avenger
Haunted by a slain elephant, a young man moves between worlds of power and prejudice. Through parable and poetic imagery, Bhavi the Avenger explores the struggles that confront the "model minority."
SeeNoSun OnStage at Anacostia Arts Center Bug
Paranoia is contagious. In this tale of love, loss and government conspiracy a lonely bartender haunted by the disappearance of her young son falls for a disturbed drifter. The awkward romance takes a dysfunctional turn when their trashy roadside motel room and its occupants become infested with bugs that only they can see. Shared delusions unravel into insanity as this psychological pressure cooker builds to an explosive climax.
Cake Off  
Signature Theatre Cake Off
Arlington's Signature Theatre raises its curtain on the world premiere musical adaptation of Sheri Wilner's riotous "battle-of-the-baking-sexes" play. It's the 48th Annual Millberry Bake-Off and contestants are eagerly vying for the legendary jackpot: one million dollars for the best homemade sugary delight. After a chilly pre-heating, hardy contestants Paul and Rita don their aprons, strap on their oven mitts and square off. Armed with whisks, bowls, knives and eggs, the two engage in an increasingly ludicrous all-out brawl -- and only one can remain standing when the timer dings. Ferociously funny, there's nothing sweet about this wild musical satire, presented as part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.
Can't Complain  
Spooky Action Theater Can't Complain
Three generations of women come together in the rich and complicated personal tapestry of Can't Complain. In Can't Complain, Rita finds herself restlessly confined in a hospital for "a few tests," which her daughter has arranged. Rita begins to plot her escape with the help of her elderly Irish roommate Iris, her granddaughter Jansis, and her cat's new best friend, the Devil. Rita battles her present situation – until a riotous party night with Iris and the Devil collapses her escape plan and brings her face to face with her past.
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!
The Studio Theatre Chimerica
In 1989, Joe, a young American journalist, photographs a protester facing down four tanks in Tiananmen Square. In 2012, with election season bringing US-China relations into the spotlight, Joe decides to seek out the subject of his most famous image—just as an old friend from China reaches out with an agenda of his own. A sensation in its London run, Chimerica covers two decades in the history of two superpowers as it considers political change, personal responsibility, and the stories that exist beyond the margins of a frame.
Anacostia Playhouse DC Dead: MUTATION
Teams of 6 are equipped with "neurotoxin" darts and sent through a zombie infested building to find the weapon that could end the undead onslaught. One part haunted house, and two parts interactive theatre, DC DEAD is a must this Halloween season. Explore the hidden hallways of the Anacostia Playhouse in SE Washington, DC. Salvage supplies and maybe save humanity...but watch out, the undead are lurking just around the corner. DC DEAD is an immersive game - you will be chasing Zombies and Zombies will be chasing you! Please come prepared to stand, climb stairs, scavenge for supplies and dodge that fatal swipe from the infected undead! Recommended for ages 14 and up.
Destiny of Desire  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater Destiny of Desire
On a stormy night in Bellarica, Mexico, two baby girls are born—one into a life of privilege and one into a life of poverty. When the newborns are swapped by a former beauty queen with an insatiable lust for power, the stage is set for two outrageous misfortunes to grow into one remarkable destiny. “A writer of comedic skill” (Variety), Helen Hayes Award-winning playwright Karen Zacarías (The Book Club Play) infuses the Latin American telenovela genre with music, high drama and burning passion to make for a fast-paced modern comedy.
Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat  
Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat
Sally and her brother Dick are stuck in the house and can't find a thing to do ... until the frisky cat in the red-and-white-striped hat appears around the corner. The children quickly realize that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he sure is fun to play with, and he sure does turn a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will mum find when she gets home? The beloved Dr. Seuss tale is brought to life in a family-friendly show at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre.
Educating Rita  
Peter's Alley Theatre Productions at Theater On The Run Educating Rita
Frank: "What can I teach you?” Rita: “Everything.” Peter’s Alley Theatre Productions Presents the DC Area Premiere of Educating Rita by Willy Russell. Rarely produced in the states, this thoughtful comedy follows Rita, a bright Liverpool hairdresser in her quest to achieve the freedom that only an education can provide: the freedom of choice. Many remember the popular film version, starring Michael Caine, which received 3 Oscar Nominations including Best Picture.
Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End
From the writers of the smash hit Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins comes a look at one of our country’s most beloved voices, who captured the frustrations of her generation by asking, “If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?” Discover the story behind the award-winning humorist who championed women’s lives with wit that sprang from the most unexpected place of all — the truth. Part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival.

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