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Experience an amazing night of high-flying feats and stunning imagery from Cirque du Soleil. This magical romance, inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest, takes you to a mysterious island where goddesses walk the land and the rhythm of life is ruled by the cycles of the moon. The daughter of Queen Prospera is undergoing the rituals of her coming-of-age ceremony when a group of young men, caught up in a storm, become stranded on the island. Prospera's daughter falls in love with one of the brave sailors, but the two lovers must overcome many trials and setbacks before finding peace together. As the story unfolds, the dazzling arts of Cirque du Soleil illustrate the tale. The island world of Amaluna bursts to life with jugglers, aerial performers, dancers, unicyclists and much more.
Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony-winning musical tells the remarkable story of Eva Peron's rise from Argentina's slums to First Lady through some of theater's most beautiful songs, including "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" and "High Flying, Adored."
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."
More than 25 years ago in Paraguay, a businessman, an architect and a urologist teamed up and decided to leave their careers behind to become the performance trio Ab Ovo. Since then, they've produced dozens of shows featuring their signature brand of wacky music and comedy mixed with sharp social satire, becoming a true Latin American pop-culture phenomenon. Now Tony Apuril, Alberto Benítez and Tito Ibarrola are bringing their act to D.C., with the aptly titled Guachinton, performed entirely in Spanish and presented by Teatro de la Luna.
"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."
Abby and Zack traded the comforts of America for noble adventure abroad, moving to the trendy Parisian enclave Belleville for his prestigious post with Doctors Without Borders. Their lives seem perfect. But when Abby returns home early one afternoon, she uncovers a few seemingly inconsequential surprises. Chillingly precise and psychologically astute, Amy Herzog (4000 Miles) anatomizes the consequences of deceptions small and large and the terrifying, profound unknowability of our closest relationships.
Under the Big Top, you're never more than 50 feet from the oohs, ahhs and WOWS! of Big Apple Circus's all-new show, Metamorphosis. This spectacular packs the ring with more thrills, more magic and more animals than ever before. Aerialists will swoop and swirl, horses will parade and trot, and clowns -- including the beloved Francesco -- will amuse and captivate. Backed by the Big Apple Circus Band, John Kennedy Kane, the circus' famed ringmaster, keeps things merry and moving during this wondrous show. So "step riiight up" to the cutting-edge wonders and age-old pleasures of Metamorphosis.
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."
After a night of fun and frolic by two married couples vacationing in Cancun, the morning brings a new reality about “what might have been.” A hilarious comedy about contemporary relationships and marriage by one of Spain’s leading playwrights from Catalonia. In Spanish with English surtitles. This production is supported by the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C. and SPAIN Arts & Culture.
Sure to be the “must-see” new play of 2014, COLOSSAL is an extraordinary story of emotional and physical endurance, love, and family. Structured like a football game (performed in four quarters with a pre-show training session and half-time show), COLOSSAL tells in vivid, physical flashback the story of Young Mike, a college football player who took a hit in a game that left him paralyzed from the waist down, confined to a wheelchair. Broken emotionally and physically, Mike now relives the memory of his accident with the help of a live nine-person football squad onstage, finally confronting his demons in the play’s extremely moving and uplifting conclusion. Winner of the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award.
Playwright Marc Goldsmith explores our world from the vantage point of Danny, a typical, career-oriented New Yorker who just happens to be a little person. Danny must navigate his love life, a career and his family and friends -- all while confronting his own insecurities about measuring up. Unexpected Stage co-founder Christopher Goodrich, who directed the award-winning NYC Fringe production of Danny Boy, reteams with Goldsmith for the D.C.-area premiere of this clever, heartfelt comedy.
As Taffety Punk’s 10th anniversary approaches, we present our very first show—revised, revamped, and remixed! It’s a fast-paced tragicomedy that upends expectations and digs deep into the identity of humanity's oldest villain.
Who (or what) is the Devil? Why is he still here? Taffety Punk founding member Marcus Kyd seeks answers by portraying the Devil's appearances in centuries of literature from all over the globe. The stories are woven together to form a unique perspective on the first to be cursed.
"A beguiling and inarguably charismatic performance."
— Washington City Paper
"Engagingly literate! Satan's a scene-stealing smoothie."
— The Washington Post
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.
Acclaimed Washington stage actors Nancy Robinette and Craig Wallace return to Ford’s to perform in this beloved classic. When Daisy Werthan causes a car wreck, her son hires hard-working chauffeur Hoke Colburn to look after her. What begins as a hostile clashing of wills between a stubborn Jewish matriarch and a proud black man evolves into a decades-long friendship as the two navigate Civil Rights-era Atlanta. With humor and heartfelt emotion, Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play poignantly explores the transformative power of true friendship.
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.
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.
A cabaret-opera / whodunit featuring well known music by Mozart, Bizet, Bernstein, Donizetti, Massenet, Offenbach, Puccini, and Verdi. “A bunch of opera heroines [Carmen, Mimi, Lucia, Violetta...] notice that someone is killing them off ... A delightfully daffy send-up of the opera genre.” - Salt Lake Tribune
Two-time Grammy Award–winning American soprano Christine Goerke stars as a famous opera singer who embarks upon an enchanted riverboat journey in late Mexican American composer Daniel Catán's mesmerizing opera. Returning after 20 years to her South American homeland of Brazil, Florencia Grimaldi boards the El Dorado in disguise and heads up the Amazon to sing at an opera house in the capital. Along the way, she hopes to track down her long-lost lover, a butterfly hunter who has disappeared in the jungle. Beset by storms and a cholera outbreak, Florencia and her fellow travelers are carried deeper into the rain forest, while Ríolobo, a mystical river creature, guides them to life-changing revelations.
From Sam Shepard, one of America’s most renowned playwrights, comes this explosive tale of love, hate, and the dying myths of the Old West. May’s hiding out at a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert when Eddie, her longtime on-again/off-again lover, shows up. Dark secrets are revealed during a night of gripping jealousy, brutal betrayal, and the deepest kind of love. Producing Artistic Director Ryan Rilette directs a powerhouse cast in this revival of one of the great American plays of the 20th century. “Shepard's purest and most beautiful play.” — New York Daily News
Share the fun and laughter of a night of karaoke with a group of friends at this touching and hilarious "tell-it-like-it-is" musical. Five girlfriends go from heartbreak to happiness during a wild night of karaoke as they relive their past, celebrate their present and look forward to their future. Audiences can't help but laugh, cry and even sing and dance in the aisles as the ladies belt out sing-it-yourself classics from the '80s and '90s like "Lady Marmalade," "It's Raining Men," "I Will Survive," "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" and many more.
Dark comedy God of Carnage reveals that while kids will inevitably be kids, adults may not always act like grown-ups. The show opens on two sets of high-strung Brooklyn parents who meet to work things out after their young sons squabble on the playground. As their talk progresses and the rum flows, their behavior devolves from civilized to outrageous. Accusations are hurled, secrets are confessed and diplomatic facades crumble before your eyes. Filled with scandalous hilarity, God of Carnage took Broadway by storm and walked away with the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play.
Witness all the antics of America's favorite dizzy redhead and her Cuban crooner hubby as beloved '50s sitcom I Love Lucy is transformed into a live musical. Step back in time onto the Desilu soundstage where a charming host will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the latest hi-fi technology that makes this new thing called "television" possible. Then, the show starts, and Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel are up to their hilarious antics in the familiar cozy surroundings of their New York apartment building and at the famed Tropicana Nightclub, where The Ricky Ricardo Orchestra delights with "Babalu" and other Cuban dance numbers. In between scenes, the Crystaltone Singers perform live advertising jingles from the show's newest sponsors (Brylcreem, anyone?) in perfect '50s-style harmony. This is your chance to be a member of the studio audience at the taping of two classic I Love Lucy episodes -- "The Benefit" (Lucy agrees to get Ricky to perform in a benefit for her women's club, as long as she's the star of the show) and "Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined" (drops from the eye doctor make Lucy's vision blurry just as she's about to have a jitterbug audition for a movie role).
Stack up all the mad scientists who have ever conducted abominable experiments in a secret laboratory -- from Victor Frankenstein up through Dr. Evil -- and all of them together are not half as brilliant, deranged and flat-out horrifying as Dr. Moreau. More terrifying than any of H.G. Well's other creations (and that's counting the aliens of The War of the Worlds and the Invisible Man), Dr. Moreau and his private zoo/nursery of half-man, half-animal "children" have thrilled and repulsed audiences since first appearing in print in 1896. Now Synetic artistic director Paata Tsikurishvili will direct and appear in a fresh adaptation of Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau. Set to original music and charged with riveting dialogue, this highly physical tale creates a horrifying world you will long remember.
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.
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."
We all know the famous story of the iconic and controversial Marie Antoinette. But was she just a shallow, rich party girl, or a tragic figure constructed by a culture of luxury and celebrity?
Through David Adjmi’s incisive contemporary lens, history’s most notorious queen becomes a full-blooded, complex, and tragic heroine who realizes too late that there’s an unstoppable revolution brewing outside her window. This is a Marie Antoinette for today: a potent symbol of all the things that keep us from seeing the real forces bearing down on us: our cult of celebrity, our fatuous politics, and a pace of change we can hardly fathom.
More than 25 Marvel superheroes and villains -- including Iron Man, Spider-Man, Hulk, Thor and Loki -- are ready to rumble in this all-new live-action spectacular, complete with state-of-the-art 3D projections and pyrotechnics, movie-style martial arts, mind-blowing stunts and even high-flying motocross. The exciting original story kicks off with The Mighty Thor smashing an all-powerful Cosmic Cube to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. But his villainous brother Loki comes up with a plan to pick up the pieces and destroy the universe. Now Spidey, Wolverine, Iron Man, Captain America and Hulk must team up against Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Red Skull, Madame Hydra, Electro and more in an epic battle of good vs. evil. This thrill ride of a show stars the world's top stunt performers and aerial artists, who bring their battles directly overhead to provide plenty of up-close excitement.
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.
This World Premiere explores secret revelations of the young mistress of J.M. Synge—esteemed playwright of the Irish Literary Renaissance. Synge died at 37, yet his work still greatly impacts audiences, writers, and culture. See this original play by award-winning Irish author and Georgetown Professor Emeritus, O’Brien. Featuring: Danielle Davy.
If Monty Python were tasked with rewriting an Agatha Christie murder mystery, the results wouldn't be half as funny as The Murder Room, where "murder most foul" becomes "mayhem most farcical." Mavis Templeton Hollister returns to Brynwood Cottage in northern England only to find her husband, Edgar, waiting to greet her ... which is slightly distressing, considering she was 99% sure she had killed him earlier. She quickly "finishes the job" but Edgar's disappearance kick-starts a remarkable zany chain of events. Plodding police inspectors, mysterious hidden compartments, dull-witted relations and noisy servants all make The Murder Room an utterly charming place to be. Now Bowie Playhouse stages a fresh production of this "killer" comedy from prolific playwright Jack Sharkey.
Among all his great works -- The Pit and the Pendulum, The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, etc. -- there is no tale as macabre, bizarre or as endlessly haunting as Edgar Allan Poe's own life story. Now this personal history, one of the most controversial in all of literature, is explored with passion and shocking insight in the musical Nevermore. Composer Matt Conner has fashioned Poe's already innately lyrical poetry into soaring musical numbers that transport the audience deep into the mind of one America's most honored (and most tortured) writers. At times disturbing, but always charming, Nevermore is a uniquely powerful story of love, personal demons and artistic self-discovery.
Just released from jail, blues singer Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton is asked to sign a record deal after a song he recorded months before becomes an unexpected hit. After a year of trials and tribulations, Floyd is ready to right his past wrongs and return to Chicago with a new understanding of what’s important in life. Unfortunately, his means of righting wrongs are inherently flawed. Seven Guitars will be directed by Michele Shay, who was handpicked by August Wilson for the role of Louise in the Broadway production of Seven Guitars, for which she was nominated for the 1996 Tony Award as Best Actress. Seven Guitars is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
A bored husband in the midst of a mid-life crisis sees his erotic dreams apparently within his grasp as an attractive neighbor stirs his passions….and conscience. There’s no white dress or subway grate, but this stage origin of the movie that gave Marilyn Monroe her most famous role is funnier and sharper than the film---and was chosen as one of TACT’s all-time best comedies. Directed by Rip Claassen.
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.
Dubliner John is convinced he sees his dead wife. He visits a fledgling therapist who has his own troubles. Shining City examines the impulsive choices we make and their haunting effects on our lives. Don’t miss our suspenseful drama written by Ireland’s masterful modern playwright, McPherson. Featuring: Lee Ordeman, Ron Litman, and Ellie Nicoll.
Meet Alma, a career shoplifter who prefers the “five-finger discount” over some lousy senior citizen deal, whose elaborate life of petty crime is halted by an overzealous rookie security guard and his affable mentor who's seen it all. With an expertly drawn cast of oddball characters, The Shoplifters is full of surprises surrounding a high-stakes battle of wills over increasingly thought-provoking issues. Don't miss Morris Panych's biting, world-premiere comedy about society's haves and have-nots and how much they might actually have in common.
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.
Three sisters living in the US are caught in the mess of a recent war’s aftermath. Spark explores what happens when women of little economic means must find a way to make do and carry on, and the strength, ultimately, of family. A contemporary US story of faith, love, war, trauma, and a bit of healing.
Signature Theatre kicks off its 25th anniversary season with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park with George. Inspired by the life of painter George Seurat, the production recreates the world of Seurat's painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte." Through the course of the story, you get to know the painter whose unique vision altered the direction of modern art in France, as his masterpiece depicts members of different social classes enjoying a day out in the park. Through story and brilliant song, Sunday in the Park with George brings the figures in the painting to life, and you learn their stories along with that of the artist who immortalized them.
Darren Lemming has it all and then some. He is the epitome of a baseball star…handsome, charismatic, rich, infallible and every guy’s all-American hero. But when Darren comes out of the closet he sets off a chain of events that upends everything and threatens to undermine the American pastime. Powerful, lyrical, and often hysterically funny, this play is a rhapsody that no lover of the sport—or of theatre—should miss.
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.
An elegant intimate musical by Thomas W. Jones II, which exposes the souls of three strong women, Olive, Marsha and Irene, when they gather at the family home and reflect on the promise of the future, while revealing the pain of the present and their regrets of the past. A rich musical tapestry. An evening of gospel, rhythm & blues, and funk: all original music by William Hubbard. Inspired by Chekhov.
Shakespeare's epic poem of love and seduction Venus and Adonis joins Mozart's opera The Magic Flute in repertory, each work vividly re-imagined by the groundbreaking South African theater troupe Isango Ensemble. Scored with marimbas and drums, Isango's Magic Flute has placed the fantastical Egyptian tale of a wayward prince in the underdeveloped townships of contemporary South Africa. For Venus and Adonis, they have interpreted the Goddess of Love's enchantment with the beautiful Adonis through a scrim of carnival-like theatricality, music and dance, performing the text in three different African languages as well as English. Having played to sold-out venues around the world, Isango now brings its fascinating multicultural takes on these classics of Western drama to Shakespeare Theatre Company.
In 19th century Eastern Europe, a young girl is determined to pursue religious studies -- even if it means breaking Jewish law -- in the stirring and ever relevant Yentl. Forbidden from studying the Talmud because of her gender, Yentl disguises herself as a man and sets out for a yeshiva. But when she falls in love, she must decide how far she's willing to go to protect her identity. Based on Isaac Bashevis Singer's classic Yiddish short story, Yentl the Yeshiva Boy, this powerful tale has inspired legions of artists, including Barbra Streisand who transformed it into a powerful musical film. Now Theater J presents a new adaptation invigorated with a bracing klezmer/pop/rock score from music veteran Jill Sobule ("I Kissed a Girl," "Supermodel").