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World-famous pop superstar Rachel Marron has hired former Secret Service agent Frank Farmer to protect her from an anonymous stalker. At first, the headstrong and free-spirited Marron finds herself at odds with her disciplined and risk-averse bodyguard -- but as her stalker's threats intensify, she and Farmer begin to fall in love. The Bodyguard is a breathtaking musical adaptation of the 1992 romantic thriller, here starring Grammy-nominated R&B star Deborah Cox. Her powerful voice will fill Baltimore's Hippodrome Theatre with such irresistible tracks as "I'm Every Woman," "I Have Nothing" and one of the biggest-selling songs of all time: "I Will Always Love You."
A man brings a woman to his secluded fishing cabin. Under the new moon, their pursuit is sea trout -- and an instant of perfect love and primal desire, elusive as the one that got away. This woman, this moment, is the one: mythical and mysterious as The River itself. This tense modern drama "is finely calibrated. The acting is also impeccable," writes The Guardian. The enigmatic tale by English playwright Jez Butterworth, and directed by Rebecca Holderness, comes to Spooky Action Theater in Washington, D.C.
When you're a well-known TV star looking to increase your theatrical street cred, what do you do? Sign on to play a role in a small Texas repertory theater's production of Chekhov's Three Sisters. Go behind the scenes with three actresses -- a jaded stage veteran, an eager Southern belle and Holly, the wildly popular TV star -- in Anton in Show Business. Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Jane Martin won the American Theater Critics Association New Play Award for this satirical comedy. Now Silver Spring Stage produces their own version.
Ali Baba, Sinbad, Aladdin -- the list of classic characters and tales spun in The Arabian Nights is unrivaled in all of literature. Also known as One Thousand and One Nights, this timeless work of imagination has been captivating audiences for hundreds of years. Now, Constellation Theatre reprises its acclaimed production of Tony winner Mary Zimmerman's stage adaptation, bringing all of the original's magic to life. The young Scheherazade, desperate to stave off her own execution, spins tale after tale for her new husband, the king. Each night, she weaves a spellbinding story, hoping that her vivid imagination will buy her the time she needs to win both the king's heart and her own freedom. Experience this testament to the power of storytelling when The Arabian Nights comes to Source in Washington, D.C.
Escape with Rosalind into the Forest of Arden, a world where desire is turned upside-down, women disguise themselves as men and "love is merely a madness." As You Like It boasts one of Shakespeare's most vibrant heroines in Rosalind, the beautiful daughter of an exiled duke who falls madly in love with the dashing Orlando. When she's banished from the duke's court, Rosalind disguises herself as a boy and flees to the forest. Along the way, she, Orlando and a host of other motley characters fill the forest of Arden with music, dancing and pure romance. Enchantment abounds in this new production from Folger Theatre in D.C., presented in association with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.
A small house in besieged by an apocalyptic storm. Great trees crack and splinter, garbage shatters windows, a deer impales the car windshield, and the wind hurls a trampoline into the living room. While their family home collapses all around them, a prodigal daughter and her zealous relatives try to pray their way to safety.
Obie Award-winner Clare Barron’s new play is “a genuinely fragile, complex piece of work” (Time Out New York): a Rorschach test for the faithful and the faithless alike. You’ve never seen anyone pray quite like this. You’ve never met a family like this. But if you enter the eye of the storm with them, you might find an imperfect, harrowing miracle.
It's November 11, 1938, the day after Kristallnacht, when Sylvia Gellburg loses the ability to walk. Her husband Phillip desperately seeks the help of Dr. Harry Hyman to find the cause. Hyman's obsession with curing Sylvia uncovers a complex tangle of egos, resentment and guilt, as well as Phillip's own paralyzing struggle with his Jewish identity. The powerful, Olivier Award-winning and Tony-nominated psychological mystery Broken Glass is presented as part of a national celebration of the centennial of the birth of playwright Arthur Miller, at Washington D.C.'s Theater J at the Edlavitch DCJCC.
Join us as we present the largest musical in Round House’s history! Set in the heat of the Civil Rights Movement, the Tony-nominated Caroline, Or Change follows a black maid working for a middle-class Jewish family in Louisiana. When a small amount of money goes missing, buried tensions threaten to rip two families—and the struggling Caroline—apart. Loosely based on Kushner’s provocative and personal story, Caroline features a virtuosic score from Jeanine Tesori (Tony Award for Best Original Score for Fun Home) that blends blues, gospel, and traditional Jewish melodies into a magical, show-stopping musical masterpiece.
Kilian was once Coolatully's pride and joy, a champion on the hurling field who showed great promise. But now there are so many emigrating from his small Irish village of Coolatully, they can't even scrounge together a hurling team. As Kilian's friends leave Ireland behind in the hopes for better opportunities overseas (including his friend Eilish, a nurse who's already booked her passage to Sydney), Kilian must confront the demons of the past and decide whether to stay or go forever. Winner of the Papatango New Writing Prize, Coolatully now makes it U.S. premiere at Mead Theatre Lab in D.C.
The Displaced brings together authors Laila Lalami (Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits), Luis Urrea (Into the Beautiful North) and Shobha Rao (An Unrestored Woman) to tell three stories of displaced people trying to find a place in our volatile world. From the tale of four Moroccans trying to sail to Spain in an inflatable dinghy, to a Mexican village where all the men have left to find work in the United States, to a new mother trapped on the wrong side of the India-Pakistan border, this performance at the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C. is a powerful portrait of lives in transit.
Fun Home -- winner of five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Musical -- has been praised as "the best of what Broadway can do" (Associated Press) and "something of a miracle" (New York Magazine). Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home tells the story of Alison at three different ages, alongside her uniquely dysfunctional family -- her mother, brothers and brilliant, volatile father. Intimate, emotional and refreshingly honest, Fun Home captures the experience of seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. Get your pre-sale tickets to the show Newsday calls "a blazingly original heartbreaker and a nonstop treasure of invention" at The National Theatre.
In D.L. Coburn's sharp-witted dramedy, a game of cards between two lonely nursing-home residents turns into a battle royale with serious personal stakes. Weller and Fonsia strike up a friendly acquaintance as he teaches her to play gin rummy, revealing intimate details of their lives along the way. But as Fonsia wins hand after hand, Weller becomes frustrated and their simple pastime becomes an all-out war, with shared secrets as weapons of mass emotional destruction. This Pulitzer Prize winner was revived on Broadway in 2016 with James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson. Washington's gifted actors Roz White and Doug Brown bring the tale to life, so grab a seat and get dealt in at MetroStage in Alexandria.
Pentecostal passion meets Sophoclean savagery in this timely retelling of the Greek tragedy of Oedipus, set to a stirring gospel score. Blind, destitute and racked with guilt, the ill-fated Oedipus encounters more obstacles as he seeks redemption and a final resting place at the sanctuary city of Colonus. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and filmed for TV with Morgan Freeman, The Gospel at Colonus returns to the stage in an intimate production by Avant Bard at Arlington's Gunston Arts Center.
In this critically-acclaimed comedy fresh from London's West End, we meet Graeme -- a die-hard Game of Thrones fan who simply wants to recreate the epic fantasy saga as a live puppet show. To realize his dream, he enlists the help of his best friend Paul and former childhood crush Bryony to play multiple roles as both actors and puppeteers. The three of them haven't got the massive budget or cast of award-winning actors that the TV show does, but when Graeme hears that an influential theater producer is in the audience, he and his friends pull out all the stops to bring the battle for the Seven Kingdoms to life. Laughter is coming to Washington, D.C.'s Howard Theatre in Graeme of Thrones.
A pioneering rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar retells the last seven days in the life of the social and political rebel Jesus of Nazareth through the eyes of his betrayer, Judas Iscariot. Chart-topping songs such as "Everything's Alright," "I Don't Know How to Love Him" and the high-octane title number highlight the struggles of Jesus' final days before his crucifixion. Don't miss this righteous and explosive rock musical -- filled with the unforgettable tunes of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice -- live on stage at Signature Theatre in Arlington.
Nastier than Scorsese at his bleakest, more violent than Tarantino at his bloodiest, Shakespeare's Macbeth still shocks like no other tale on the page, stage or screen. Now cutting-edge director Liesl Tommy (Eclipsed, Ruined) stages this chilling portrait of temptation, ambition and betrayal at D.C.'s Sidney Harman Hall. Set in a gloomy world of ghosts and witches, the tragedy's cycle of corruption is thrown into motion when the popular King Duncan of Scotland is murdered by his trusted friend and general Macbeth. Driven by a supernatural prophesy and his wife's deadly ambition, Macbeth goes on to claim his destiny. But just as he grasps the crown, it starts to slip through his bloody fingers.
Dreamworks' hit animated movie comes to wild life in the fun new family musical, Madagascar - A Musical Adventure. This original stage spectacular follows everybody's favorite zoo refugees Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo, along with their intrepid pals the penguins, from the concrete jungle of New York to the wilds of Africa, and features singing, dancing and plenty of onstage adventure for the entire family. Join the crack-a-lackin' friends at the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater in Hagerstown.
In a frozen little town in the middle of nowhere lives Stina, a young woman filled with a desperate hope to escape her humdrum surroundings. Following her mind's twisted flights of fancy, it isn't long before Stina's imagination is driving her to create more and more bizarre diversions, leading to a sudden and shocking twist of events. This wildly original world premiere of Midwestern Gothic features a book by Royce Vavrek and a contemporary score from Josh Schmidt, the award-winning composer of Adding Machine, that weaves together rock, country and pure fantasy. Catch this provocative and innovative musical thriller at Arlington's Signature Theatre.
From Pulitzer Prize winner James Lapine (Sunday in the Park With George) comes a new comedy starring Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Debra Monk (Mozart in the Jungle, Grey's Anatomy). Mrs. Miller may be capable of a lot, but one thing she can not do is sing -- but don't tell her that. Based on the true story of Elva Miller, this engaging play sheds amusing light on the life of the devoted, off-key songstress who became a most unlikely pop phenomenon in the 1960s. Warbling her way through songs like "Downtown," "Monday Monday," "A Hard Day's Night" and more, Monk truly shines in the role of a lifetime in Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing. Catch this irresistible show at Arlington's Signature Theatre.
This suspenseful thriller was hailed as "a first-class example of its genre" by The New York Times during its acclaimed Broadway run in the early-'70s. The story centers on Elaine Wheeler, an insomniac heiress who thinks she witnesses a murder being committed in the apartment building next door. But when the police investigate, they find nothing but an empty chair. By the time Elaine sees a second body, even her husband and best friend begin to doubt her. Is she having a breakdown, or are her visions real? This fast-moving and gripping tale from Louise Fletcher -- in the tradition of suspenseful tales like Rear Window and Wait Until Dark -- will keep you guessing right up until its chilling climax. Don't miss this production at the Bowie Playhouse.
Award-winning playwright and director Aaron Posner has taken Chekhov's Three Sisters and removed one seemingly vital element from the Russian classic: the sisters. Instead, his aptly titled No Sisters explores the screwed-up, endlessly fascinating psyches of a different set of world-weary misfits and broken dreamers in the Chekhov universe. Because while Olga, Masha, and Irina yearn for Moscow, the rest of the household and its hangers-on are grappling with their own heartache and longing, bit players in a world whose focus is elsewhere. Commissioned as a part of Studio R&D, Studio Theatre's new works initiative, No Sisters is an endlessly inventive and wildly funny play -- about some wildly unhappy people.
Mel Brooks' outrageous, Tony-winning musical comedy The Producers tells the story of broke Broadway producer Max Bialystock and his accountant, Leo Bloom. Desperate for cash, these two schemers hatch a plan to produce a musical that's sure to be a failure so they can cut and run with the unspent production money. But when their "big flop" turns out to be a huge hit, they're in trouble. Based on the classic 1968 film, and featuring the hilariously tasteless show-within-a-show Springtime for Hitler, The Producers skewers the over-the-top absurdities of musical theater while delivering a heartfelt tale of the true friendship that develops between two would-be con artists. Catch this Broadway hit that scored a record 12 Tony Awards when it comes to the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater.
Contemporary slang meets 17th-century farce in The School for Lies. Adapted from Moliere's The Misanthrope, playwright David Ives (Venus in Fur, All in the Timing) transforms Moliere's classic into a modern satire told entirely through verse. The result is a delightfully incongruous comedy of manners that lets you peer inside the Parisian salon of Celimene, a young widow with a sharp tongue and plenty of eager suitors. Tony Award-nominee David Ives and STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn, the team that created the award-winning French trilogy of The Liar, The Heir Apparent and The Metromaniacs, return to old stomping grounds in this uproarious update of one of the greatest masterpieces of French comedy. Outrageous gags and vicious couplets strike a hilarious balance of class and crass in this classic collision of Moliere's biting satire and Ives's modern wit. See it at Lansburgh Theatre in D.C.
A stage littered with liquor bottles and cafe chairs transforms from a Parisian bistro to the banks of the Irati River in Spain. A bar table roars to life and charges a matador. Championed by The New York Times as "a lively riff on Hemingway's first and greatest novel," The Select (The Sun Also Rises)'s innovative staging reimagines the 1926 roman à clef via a fusion of artistic forms. As the story winds its way through France and Spain and lands in the heart of the Festival of San Fermín in Pamplona, Hemingway's narrator carries the heavy burdens of a war injury and his inability to have the woman he desires -- a woman whose romantic escapades he follows with bemused but painful fatalism. Don't miss this genre-defying work by acclaimed theatre ensemble Elevator Repair Service when it takes over D.C.'s Lansburgh Theatre.
"Shear Madness" is one of the most popular entertainments in the world, delighting audiences night after night with its unique blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery.
This unique comedy-whodunit takes place today in the "Shear Madness" hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor. During the course of the action, a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime.The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem.
Join everyone's favorite green, swamp-dwelling ogre as he sets off on a life-changing adventure in Shrek The Musical Jr. presented by Lopez Studios. Accompanied by a wise-cracking donkey, the reluctant hero sets off on a quest to reclaim the deed to his stolen land. Watch along as a cast of young performers act out his journey, complete with a fearsome dragon, a feisty princess and a who's-who of classic children's book characters. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, this irreverently funny stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film champions the importance of real friendship and true love. Don't miss out on all the fun when Shrek The Musical Jr. comes to the NextStop Theatre in Herndon.
The bittersweet Southern comedy Steel Magnolias takes place in Truvy Jones' beauty salon, where three generations of outspoken Southern women regularly gather to laugh, cry and celebrate the events of their lives. But their world is rocked when M'Lynn's diabetic daughter gets pregnant, which could prove fatal -- and the ladies' inner strength and love for one another is put to the ultimate test. Based on the playwright's own upbringing, the touching and funny play was adapted into a popular film starring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine and Julia Roberts. Now, this Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater production of Steel Magnolias brings all the camaraderie, humor and poignancy of this enduring show to Hagerstown.
DC Legend E. Faye Bulter (Arena Stage's Oklahoma! among many others) joins Phantom of the Opera alum David Benoit for the murder musical of the century! After 15 years in exile, the barber Sweeney Todd returns to Victorian London seeking revenge against the evil Judge Turpin who separated him from his wife and child. Falling in league with the twisted and hilarious Mrs. Lovett - a restaurateur with a shortage of ingredients for her meat pies - Sweeney embarks on a deliciously chilling rampage to right the wrongs of so many year ago. The award-winning artistic team behind Carousel and How To Succeed... brings this Tony® Award-winning "musical thriller" to life with an exceptional cast and Broadway production values.
Starring Synetic’s award-winning Resident Choreographer and Co-Founder Irina Tsikurishvili, the 2012 Hollywood-set adaptation of one of the Bard's best known romantic comedies returns! See the original “Battle of the Sexes” enacted with all the fiery and acrobatic motion you've come to expect from Synetic! This production will not have dialogue.
One of Anton Chekhov's masterworks, Three Sisters is a humorous and affecting tale centering around the once-privileged members of the Prozorov family. After the death of their army general father, three sisters feel constrained by the smallness of life in their provincial Russian town. Attempts to improve their crumbling social status lay bare the larger forces that loom over the entire area. Melodrama turned inside out, Three Sisters is a story of yearning and ordinary life -- where little seems to happen, but all is revealed. See Chekhov's masterpiece at the Studio Theatre - Mead Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Playwright Steven A. Butler, Jr., author of acclaimed play Chocolate Covered Ants, returns to the Anacostia Playhouse in Washington, D.C. with a new story of love, loss and family. The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus is set in rural Maryland in 1927, focusing on a group of black circus performers who struggle to be respected both as artists and as human beings. Featuring authentic vaudeville-inspired performances from the 1920s, this new musical pays tribute to a group of brave actors seeking the freedom to pursue their craft.