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"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."
Veteran D.C.-area actor Paul Morella (The Pelican Brief, The District, The Wire) presents a fresh spin on Charles Dickens' beloved holiday tale in his one-man stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Adapted from Dickens' original novella and reading tour, Morella's solo version transports you back to Victorian England and into the heart of this classic morality tale. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended -- in his own words -- and rediscover this timeless classic presented as a masterful solo performance.This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see.
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."
This captivating new musical reinvents E.T.A. Hoffman’s original tale, turning it into a brand new seasonal classic. Weaving together spellbinding spectacle, riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, and a delightful original score, Clara’s crusade to save her family (with the assistance of a remarkable nutcracker) comes alive with dazzling theatricality. This contemporary retelling is a heartwarming, hilarious story of magic and hope that’s as poignant and touching as it is hilarious, tuneful, and fun.
Ridiculously funny, riotously colorful and starring your favorite storybook characters, pantomime theater might be the best holiday import from England since plum pudding. Now The British Players bring you Aladdin, an authentic (and hilarious) "panto." However, if you think you know the story of Aladdin, think again. Great songs, riotously bad jokes, dastardly villains and slapstick-aplenty transform this classic from Arabian Nights into a silly and satisfactory night of theater for all ages. Start a new family tradition for the holidays, British-style.
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.
Cunis and adapted by Ben and Peter Cunis (The Three Musketeers, Genesis Reboot), Synetic nimble actors and innovative theatrical effects will recreate the darkness and sensuality of the original French fairytale. Synetic will transform this classic gothic romance into a visual dream full of wonder and mystery.
This Christmas classic returns to Theater Alliance with a fresh voice. Langston Hughes chronicles and celebrates the birth of Jesus, while also celebrating the birth of Blackness. This classic story told through gospel, blues, funk, jazz, and dance asks you to look inward and find the wonder in life.
A Broadway Christmas Carol, created by Kathy Feininger, is a delicious cross between the classic Dickens’ tale and uproarious song parodies of favorite, familiar Broadway show tunes. This will be the fifth season, and it has become a holiday tradition at MetroStage.
Step out of the modern world and back in time to the divinely decadent Kit Kat Klub of prewar Germany, where the music is tantalizing and the drinks are plentiful. Within the club, lives intertwine as a cabaret singer, an expat American writer and other misfits and outcasts of Weimar-era Berlin come together to escape a changing society where their kind is less than welcome and dark forces threaten to end the party forever. Led by the enigmatic Emcee and charismatic singer Sally Bowles, the colorful characters of this Kander and Ebb masterpiece are eager to entertain you with beloved musical numbers, including "Don't Tell Mama," "Willkommen" and "Cabaret."
Nine-time Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow and Oscar-winning screenwriter Barry Levinson (The Natural, Rain Man) make their highly anticipated theatrical debut with this world premiere musical adaptation of Levinson's landmark movie Diner. Tony-winning director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall joins Crow and Levinson to transform Diner's groundbreaking exploration of burgeoning adulthood and friendship for the modern stage. Set during Christmas of '59 in Baltimore, and infused with a swinging 1950s rock 'n' roll sound, the show centers around a circle of childhood friends who reunite in an all-night diner. The men, now in their early 20s, confront the realities of adulthood: marriage, careers, money -- and the ever-mysterious opposite sex.
The National Theatre of Scotland returns to the Shakespeare Theatre Company with David Greig's Dunsinane. Written by a Scot and set after Malcolm defeats Macbeth in the Battle of Dunsinane, the play examines the struggle of an invader to grasp local customs and politics while trying to restore order. While the commanding officer Siward tries to install a new ruler, the English army is beset by a brutal guerrilla uprising and growing discontent amongst the troops. Greig's work provides an analogy to the nation-building attempts in Afghanistan and Iraq, giving dramatic perspective to contemporary events.
With Famous Puppet Death Scenes, the Old Trout Puppet Workshop aims to cure your fear of death using a little levity. No more anxiety about difficult choices, no more dreading birthdays, no more desperate pleas for immortality through fame, art, or progeny. Instead of lamenting the inevitable, the show injects a few laughs. Curated and narrated by puppet Nathaniel Tweak, the production is a collection of 22 infamous and theatrical end-of-life sequences -- ranging from an ill-fated bonk on the head to a sci-fi cryogenic freezing snafu. Performed by one of Canada's most treasured theatrical troupes, this thoroughly Woolly holiday extravaganza brings mirth to mortality.
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 holiday season is near and the family comes together. But when life throws the unexpected at you -- betrayals, misunderstandings, painful past secrets revealed -- how would you handle it? These interpersonal struggles and more are at the core of Forgiving BUT NOT Forgetting. Lead actress Tia Leslie goes through hell and back in this original production as she tries to love her way through troubled relationships with her fiancé and her family. Her faith falters and she wonders whether she should forgive, or live in misery trying to forget.
Fellowship for Performing Arts, the company behind the acclaimed hit The Screwtape Letters, brings another of C.S. Lewis' fascinating fantasies to the stage. As in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Great Divorce brims with Lewis' signature wit and imagination as it follows several colorful characters on a bus ride from a suburb in hell to the outskirts of heaven, while exploring the vagaries of human nature and the divide between good and evil. Adapted by Max McLean and Brian Watkins with the blessing of the Lewis estate, this production is part of a national tour and stars Broadway actors Tom Beckett, Christa Scott-Reed and Joel Rainwater from the U.S. run of The Lion King.
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.
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.
Just in time for the holidays, Barbara Park's beloved creation Junie B. Jones comes to life courtesy of The Fun Company in this adaptation of the best-selling children's books. In Junie B. Jones' world, things are very simple. Christmas means you get presents, elf costumes are awesome, and May is a blabbermouth tattletale. Things are going well, until Junie B. pulls May as her Secret Santa! With the Real Santa watching her like a hawk, what will Junie B. do? No matter which holiday you celebrate at home, everyone can learn a lesson from Junie B. about the real meaning behind a celebration.
Two of theatre's top talents -- legendary composer John Kander (Chicago) and acclaimed playwright Greg Pierce (Slowgirl) -- bring this chilling new musical to the Signature Theatre stage. The highly anticipated show centers around 17-year-old Luke, who returns home after mysteriously vanishing one year previous. Profoundly changed, Luke and his parents struggle to adjust to life following his disappearance. Luke only finds solace with Emily, the quirky proprietor of an offbeat garden shop, as he grapples with a past undone and a coming of age that came too late to a boy who just wants to fade away. Kander and Pierce previously collaborated on the well-reviewed off-Broadway musical The Landing.
“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.” With that familiar phrase, author/illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans sets in motion the adventures of a precocious little girl named Madeline, winning the hearts of generations of readers to come. In this musical adaptation, it’s the night before Christmas, and Madeline’s schoolmates and their tutor Miss Clavel are all sick in bed. Brave and resourceful, Madeline comes to the rescue with help from a magical rug merchant who takes them all on a Christmas journey they will never forget.
Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Man of La Mancha retells the timeless tale of Miguel Cervantes' Don Quixote as a play within a play. Cervantes re-enacts his story of the mad knight, a dying old man who lives in a world of his imagination as he awaits his hearing in the Spanish Inquisition. The show features a treasure trove of some of the greatest songs to come out of Broadway, including "Dulcinea," "I'm Only Thinking of Him," "I Really Like Him" and the anthemic "The Impossible Dream."
Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six knights as they compete in the joust and other tests of skill. At Medieval Times expect lots of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, and displays of extraordinary horsemanship as part of an exciting story set in Medieval Spain.
BST pairs the well-loved comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the rarely produced The Two Noble Kinsmen to interrogate to what lengths we will go for love and what happens to those who get left behind. Though Midsummer was written early in Shakespeare’s career and Kinsmen was a much later collaboration with Fletcher, both stories are set in the realm of Theseus, who, days before his marriage to Hippolyta, must decide how to manage two young men rivaling for the attentions of one woman.
Midsummer is directed by Jessica Aimone, fresh off of Pinky Swear Productions’ hit Tiny House Plays. Washington City Paper called Tiny House Plays “a fascinating five-show compendium of extremely cozy theater.”
The genius of Shakespeare comes across loud and clear -- without a single spoken line -- in a new wordless production of Much Ado About Nothing. Equally obvious is the talent and vigor of the production's staging company, Synetic Theater, which first arrived on the scene with the widely praised wordless Hamlet (Hamlet ... the rest is silence) in 2002. Now the company once again tells one of Shakespeare's finest tales completely through movement, setting their version of Much Ado amid the glitz and glamour of 1950s Las Vegas. Confirmed bachelor Benedick and the unwed Beatrice will spar, court and conspire in this lively interpretation directed by Synetic's founding artistic director Paata Tsikurishvili.
History's greatest horror writer stands alone in the growing darkness of his own mind, trying to convince himself -- and the audience -- that's he still sane as his best stories come to life in Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe. Before Poe died of "brain congestion" shortly after being found on the streets of Baltimore, dressed in a stranger's suit and muttering mysterious phrases, he wrote the spookiest stories ever put to paper. Now four of his favorites -- "The Raven," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Tell-Tale Heart"-- are brought to the stage in this production from the Molotov Theatre Group. Adapted by Eric Coble (The Velocity of Autumn), Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe captures both the poetry and the terror of Poe's originals, where the border between sanity and madness is often very thin. Come, if you dare!
Slapstick, satire, mayhem, songs and glittering one-liners combine in this glorious celebration of all that is comic in the world. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe… but Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother… who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a job with one Stanley Stubbers. Now Francis
must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple. But maybe not. But Glorious fun nonetheless.
A divorced couple wrangle over their college-bound son’s future, and while the boy’s life is about to change, he and his mother undergo perplexing changes themselves. The bonds of a family some would call broken, expressed in David Marshall Grant’s sharp and pointed dialogue, make this Off-Broadway hit a funny, touching success. Featuring Emily Townley, Michael Russotto, and Chris Stinson.
Set during the Revolutionary War, this heartwarming new drama from the Maryland Ensemble Theatre tells the story of a family living on a German farm in Frederick whose lives are turned upside-down when they take an escaped Hessian soldier captive. Against all odds, while under their lock and key, this soldier helps them rediscover love, hope, forgiveness and the true meaning of the Christmas season. And this world premiere production of A Revolutionary Christmas may very well awaken the same things within you.
Olivia is an attractive 39-year-old author whose career has just about reached the end of its shelf life. Ethan, a young internet phenom, is making a huge online splash with his sex-fueled blog. Their meeting in a secluded cabin results in an instant physical connection, which turns into something more as their adventures online and off raise a whole host of modern moral questions. Holly Twyford (The Little Dog Laughed) stars in this sexy, provocative exposé that playfully explores what happens when private lives become public domain. The Chicago Tribune called Sex With Strangers "smart and riveting" in its 2009 Steppenwolf premiere.
It's the hottest summer in human history and, in just a few short months, all water on earth will evaporate -- and humankind with it. In response, twenty-something Charlie has taken to her couch with her beloved possessions: peanut butter, Wolf Blitzer and Herschel, her pet fish. Her mother, roommate and sometimes-boyfriend all attempt to persuade her to leave the apartment and enjoy life. But as Charlie's memories take over, more complicated reasons for her self-inflicted hibernation emerge, as she confronts her deferred dreams and considers the possibility of life and love just outside her door. Filled with playwright Nick Blaemire's (Glory Days) trademark quirky, witty style, Soon's youthful humor delivers a searing and sardonic commentary on what to do with the time you have left.
Few scoundrels are as roguish, charming or hilarious as Tartuffe, an impostor who insinuates himself into the home of Orgon and his family, quickly throwing the entire household into chaos. As Orgon's infatuation with his guest and his phony piety grows, Tartuffe's deception threatens to turn downright destructive in this beloved comic masterpiece. Banned in Paris in 1664, Tartuffe is one of Moliere's best loved -- and most clever -- comedies. This production stars Steven Epp, recent winner of a Helen Hayes Award for his work in The Servant of Two Masters.
Widely considered one of Shakespeare's greatest works, The Tempest is a lyrical play that tells the story of Prospero, an exiled duke who lives as the master of an enchanted isle where fantastical creatures, mystery, music and romance abound. A shipwreck delivers Prospero's enemies to the island, and the plot thickens when his beloved daughter falls for the enemy's son. It's a magical tale about the transformative power of forgiveness and the bond between parent and child. This great story has inspired all kinds of adaptations, from poetry and paintings to operas and films like Forbidden Planet.
In a forlorn country estate, a young governess battles to defend the two children under her care from possession by evil spirits in a lonely manor house. But are the ghosts real ... or just a product of her own fevered imagination? This world premiere musical adaptation of the classic Henry James novella comes to the stage by way of the creative team of Stephen Gregory Smith and Matt Conner. A fresh take on one of literature's most gripping ghost stories, The Turn of the Screw is a psychological journey populated with thrilling twists.
John Fletcher would make a good character in a Shakespeare play, which is fitting, because in real life he was the famous playwright's lesser-known successor in the King's Men acting company. Fletcher collaborated with Shakespeare on at least three plays, including The Two Noble Kinsmen, a tale set in Ancient Greece that centers on Theseus and his attempts to manage two young men pining for the same woman. Brave Spirits Theatre is producing this play along with A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare's beloved comedy that's also set in Ancient Greece. Tickets for each play are sold separately, so you can decide whether you want to go with Shakespeare or Shakespeare-Fletcher, or both.
Pointless Theatre invites you join us at the North Pole, where Santa's elves have been putting on a talent show every Christmas eve for a couple thousand years. Directed by Lex Davis and Frank Cervarich, A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular is an irreverent send-up and celebration of the traditions of the holiday season intended for adult audiences. Pointless Theatre is transforming Flashpoint into Santa's workshop and inviting audiences inside to see the elves put on a show with their one night off a year. Performances by the Pointless ensemble will include original songs, puppetry, and holiday-themed improv, all accompanied by a reindeer funk band. We promise a spectacle like no other, one which invites audiences to enjoy a unique take on the things that bring us together every winter.