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What if, by engaging your imagination and opening your mind, you could alter reality and unlock the door to a world of wonders? Welcome to the realm of KURIOS -- Cabinet of Curiosities from Cirque du Soleil. Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down in a place that's as beautiful as it is mysterious. Stunning acrobatics blend with unusual curiosity acts, and otherworldly characters spring to life before your eyes. Is this magical, mechanical land real, or just a figment of your imagination? You have to see it to disbelieve it. This exclusive pre-sale lets you experience the magic this fall in the Grand Chapiteau at Lerner Town Square at Tysons II.
Discover endless riches when Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt comes to DC and brings a skating spectacular filled with classic Disney moments. Get tangled up with Rapunzel and Flynn, enter the worlds of your favorite Disney Princesses and set sail with Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook and his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Never Land! You'll also trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon and follow Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts' Army Of Cards. You won't want to miss this show packed full of Disney treasures to delight Disney fans of all ages.
"Oh, What a Night" you'll have at this show that takes you behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The Tony and Grammy Award-winning true-life musical phenomenon Jersey Boys follows the rags-to-rock-to-riches tale of four guys from Jersey who work their way up from the streets of Newark to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, selling 175 million records worldwide before the age of 30. Although Valli and his cohorts Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi are famed for their legendary harmonies, things didn't always go so smoothly between them off stage -- and this story has made them an international sensation all over again. Sing, hum, rock and reminisce to the groundbreaking group's hit songs "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and "December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)" at The National Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Don't miss your chance to see Shakespeare Theatre Company's new production of Othello . Even among the classics, Shakespeare's Othello stands apart for its passion, its sense of danger, and its continued relevance amidst the evils of the modern world. Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army, and his new wife, Desdemona, seemingly have it all -- true love, success and happiness. But can anyone protect them from "honest" Iago, a master magician of deceit? The inspiration for villains as varied as Milton's Satan and Breaking Bad's Walter White, Iago is one of the most hypnotically evil characters ever created, and the driving force behind Shakespeare's profound tragedy of love and jealousy. This production at Sidney Harman Hall will be directed by Ron Daniels, an honorary associate director at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Washington D.C.'s Keegan Theatre presents a production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile, an absurdly funny and whimsical look at two brilliant minds written by legendary comic and actor Steve Martin. The play centers on a fictionalized conversation between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein -- during the script's very first reading at Martin's Beverly Hills home, Tom Hanks played Picasso and Chris Sarandon played Einstein -- that takes place in a Parisian bar in 1904. The two discuss art and science and the value of genius while interacting with the bar's lively and eccentric patrons. Simultaneously hilarious and thought-provoking, Picasso at the Lapin Agile is a thinking man's comedy sure to provoke a few lively conversations of your own.
Head down the yellow brick road with the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Dorothy and her little dog, Toto, too, in this fresh and enchanting adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, featuring new tunes by Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita) and Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera, Cats). Based on the classic screenplay and featuring music from the Oscar-winning movie, this is the beloved story of the girl who wakes up in a strange land filled with witches and wizards, munchkins and monkeys -- and befriends a lion, a tin man and a scarecrow in her quest to find her way back home. The unforgettable score includes all-time favorites like "Over the Rainbow," "We're Off to See the Wizard" and "If I Only Had a Brain." See this wonderful show at The National Theatre in Washington, DC.
Although the year 1984 has long passed, George Orwell's chilling prophecy of the future is timelier than ever in today's contemporary society. Based on the classic dystopian novel, 1984 breathes new life on stage at the Lansburgh Theatre in Washington, D.C. Within the superstate Oceania, the omniscient Big Brother holds its citizens in constant surveillance while perpetual war rages. Meanwhile, protagonists Winston and Julia must attempt to resist the oppressive Party that utilizes psychological manipulation and physical discipline to brainwash society.
As part of his massive leaks of classified material, Edward Snowden revealed that NSA and CIA agents were spending large amounts of time and resources investigating the World of Warcraft. Playwright Jennifer Lane and the Washington Rogues ask, “What’s up with that?!?” Agents of Azeroth examines topics like the encroaching surveillance state, cyberbullying, and the mercurial nature of identity in the electronic age. It is also super, super geeky.
Animals Out of Paper is an uncommon love story from acclaimed playwright Rajiv Joseph, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for the Broadway drama Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. Andy, a calculus teacher and avid fan, pressures the reclusive Ilana, a world-famous origami artist, into becoming an unwitting mentor to a troubled teenage prodigy named Suresh. These three intriguingly flawed characters begin to reshape and mold each other's lives in much the same way they fold and crease their paper art. Watch this touching drama unfold at Silver Spring Stage in Maryland.
The world's best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of Annie will be a brand-new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring a book and score by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such unforgettable songs as "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," plus the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow." See this feel-good musical at the National Theatre.
Irrepressible ex-cop Walter Washington is facing eviction, City Hall, and the recent death of his wife. Clinging to both his grievances and the palatial rent-controlled apartment he shares with his ex-con son and a ragtag surrogate family, Walter needs to shake the past—but isn’t ready to move on. A boisterous and unflinching dark comedy from the playwright of The Motherfucker with the Hat.
Georges Bizet's timeless, passion-fueled opera Carmen gets an innovative Afro-Cuban jazz twist, thanks to Tony nominee Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project Cycle). With music from two-time Grammy-winner Arturo O'Farrill, and choreography by Sergio Trujillo, Kaufman's transformed Carmen into a sexy, swinging musical that moves the action from 1820s Spain to Cuba in 1958. Carmen is now a gun-runner for the rebels at the dawn of the country's revolution. She falls fiercely in love with José, a Batista loyalist. But, when Cuba's boxing legend Camilo returns to Havana, Carmen and José's romance falls apart tragically. Watch their love triangle burst into flames when the world premiere of this fiery redux hits the Olney Theatre Center.
Recipient of the 2012 Lawrence Olivier Award for Best New Play, Collaborators is a darkly comic take on an imaginary relationship between Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov and dictator Joseph Stalin - who is the author and, who is writing history?
A madcap night of theater comes to Washington's Lansburgh Theatre courtesy of the Shakespeare Theatre Company with plays by greats Tom Stoppard and Richard Brinsley Sheridan. This double bill of The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound showcases two of the theater world's best-loved behind-the-scenes comedies. First up is playwright Jeffrey Hatcher's (The Government Inspector) fresh take on Sheridan's 18th-century romp The Critic, a whirlwind comedy about bad theater, worse playwrights -- and, worst of all, the critics. Then you'll enjoy Stoppard's whodunit spoof The Real Inspector Hound, a farce that hilariously dissects Agatha Christie-style locked-room mysteries.
Widely considered one of the great plays of our time, Equus ran for more than 1,200 performances on Broadway and won the Tony for Best Play. Written by Peter Shaffer, best known for penning the Tony-winning play (and later Oscar-winning movie) Amadeus, Equus examines the complex relationship between Alan Strang, a troubled teenager, and Martin Dysart, the brilliant psychiatrist determined to treat him. But "treatment" becomes tricky as Dysart realizes that probing the boy's mind brings him face-to-face with his own scarred psyche. Ritualized worship and sexual ecstasy become interwoven in this theatrical masterpiece featuring a chorus of human horses. Satisfy your curiosity when the show comes to D.C.'s Source.
Set during the Civil War, this explosively powerful new drama by Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) follows a slave, Hero, from West Texas to the Confederate battlefield. Inspired in part by the stories and scope of Greek tragedy, this trilogy examines the mess of war and the true cost of freedom. Voted Top Theatre Pick of 2014 by numerous publications including The New York Times, TimeOut New York, TIME, The Huffington Post, andVulture.
DC native Marjuan Canady transforms herself into 10 diverse characters in Girls! Girls? Girls., a one-woman show that captures the universal voices and concerns of black women. From "booty" fashion mogul Sara Baartman to Black Women News anchor Beverly Brushetta to hot rapper 40 Ounce, Canady explores how society has viewed black women in the past, in the present and in the funny yet frightening future while critiquing the power of the media, celebrity culture and our negative notions of black female identity. Rooted in hip-hop theater and feminist aesthetics, Girls! Girls? Girls. explores issues of sexual exploitation, devaluation and misogyny at Atlas Performing Arts Center, where it appears as part of the 2016 INTERSECTIONS Festival.
Few theatrical debuts have more loudly trumpeted a writer's genius than The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams' first successful play. Tom Wingfield is a poet struggling with a mind-numbing job and a smothering home life. His overbearing mother, a former Southern belle, constantly pushes her son to bring home "gentleman callers" for his painfully shy sister. When Tom finally produces a male visitor, the guest's presence sends shockwaves through the family -- and the fragile fantasy world they've built is irreparably cracked. Catch this unforgettable American masterpiece, full of poetry and longing, at Ford's Theatre.
Exuberantly comic, shockingly brutal and deeply tragic, Rajiv Joseph's Guards at the Taj was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for its portrayal of two good-natured guys operating under the assertion that successfully guarding the Taj Mahal will get them promoted to guarding the harem. Abundant with philosophical questions, the play asks us to ponder the ways in which we define beauty, perfection and, as suggested by The New York Times, "the human price paid throughout history for the caprices of the mighty." Hailed as "one of the most provocatively talented American playwrights" by the Los Angeles Times, Joseph's Guards at the Taj comes to Washington, D.C. courtesy of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.
The story of the Gaza fertility doctor (nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize) who refuses to relinquish his commitment to coexistence, even after tragedy befalls his family during Operation Cast Lead. The production, performed in Hebrew and Arabic by one of Israel's leading Palestinian actors, Gassan Abbas, brings humanity and heroism to the role of Abuelaish, in a script adapted and staged by one of our Festival's featured young artists, the Israeli director, Shay Pitovsky. Part of the Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival.
In the Heights made a splash on Broadway, scoring the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical and winning over audiences with its fresh-faced charm and vibrant music. With incredible hip-hop dancing, a contemporary Latin-flavored score and a story from Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of the new Broadway show Hamilton), In the Heights is an exhilarating journey into the lives of the residents of the Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City. It's a place where everyone knows your business and things are about to shake up as romances bloom, dreams are challenged and one winning lottery ticket threatens to change everything. Now the talented student-performers of Montgomery College stage this acclaimed musical at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center.
When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion which results in a tremendous peach - and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score by the TONY Award-nominated team of Pasek and Paul and a curiously quirky book by Timothy Allen McDonald.
It may be the dead of winter, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the famous story of love and magic set during a steamy, starry evening. This is one of Shakespeare's most famous works, and it's been produced a billion times all around the world, but you haven't seen a version quite like Avant Bard's, which takes place at D.C.'s Gunston Arts Center. Director Randy Baker has conceived a show that features Indonesian-inspired shadow puppets and an actor-generated percussion orchestra, bringing a unique theatrical dynamic to one of English literature's tried and true classics.
The magical, moonlit groves of Shakespeare's beloved A Midsummer Night's Dream have charmed audiences for centuries. It is in these woods that four young lovers become caught in a quarrel between the king and queen of the faeries. When a group of local rustics are mixed into the madness, the comical snarl of spells seems impossible to unknot. But only a little more magic is needed and, as Puck puts it, "all is mended." This captivating production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Folger Theatre stars Caroline Clay, Holly Twyford, Erin Weaver and Adam Wesley Brown, with a fresh, new staging by Aaron Posner.
On December 4, 1956, a twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley to Memphis' Sun Records. The rock 'n' roll musical Million Dollar Quartet was inspired by this legendary recording session -- the first and only collaboration between these true iconoclasts, each of whom had an undeniable influence on American music. This thrilling production takes you inside the studio with the four major talents who came together as a red-hot band for one unforgettable night, and features such enduring hits as "Blue Suede Shoes," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Great Balls of Fire" and "Hound Dog." A hit on Broadway, Million Dollar Quartet was nominated for 2010 Tony and Drama Desk Awards and now comes to the Warner Theatre in D.C.
Get ready to experience the awesome car-crushing excitement and one-of-a-kind racing of Monster Jam, the world's largest and most famous monster truck tour. Featuring some of the biggest truck names in the sport, Monster Jam brings you an all-star lineup of towering 12-foot-tall, 10,000-pound machines that soar through the air and tear up the custom-designed race course while smashing every obstacle in their path. Packed with adrenaline-pumping action, Monster Jam will have your whole family on their feet screaming for more.
It's no surprise that two classic tales of horror were written during one dark and stormy night. But who knew that Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and John Polidori's The Vampyre would be the result of vacationing writers competing for the scariest story? While renting out a mansion near Lake Geneva, harsh weather conditions leave Lord Byron and three other authors stranded with nowhere else to go. As they pass the time with ghost stories, a contest for creating the most terrifying tale ensues. Making its world premiere at Artspace Falls Church, the musical spectacular Monsters of the Villa Diodati reveals how genius mixed with inner demons would lead to Gothic literature's most iconic ghouls.
For best friends Charlotte and Jonny, their long years of childhood friendship have always been enough for them. Now as college students on the verge of graduating, the two begin to contemplate the idea of evolving their platonic relationship into something more. Meanwhile, Charlotte's parents (an unlikely couple themselves) pressure the two toward romance despite the crumbling of their own marriage. Premiering at Arlington's Signature Theatre, The Mystery of Love & Sex uses humor and insight to unravel the complexities of intimacy and identity.
Before Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart starred in the 1940 film adaptation, The Philadelphia Story was one of Broadway's biggest blockbusters. An enduring tale even after more than 70 years, this play by Philip Berry (Holiday) remains the gold standard for American comedy. A couple of years after divorcing C.K. Dexter Haven, the haughty Tracy Lord prepares to marry again. But things get complicated when Haven and a clever tabloid reporter (posing as her brother's friend) turn up at Tracy's house days before the wedding. See this feisty favorite at the Bowie Playhouse.
The youth ensemble of Habimah, Israel's national theater, created this documentary-infused kaleidoscope chronicling the waves of Sudanese refugees who crossed the desert to enter Israel legally and illegally, finding themselves stranded in a drama of relocation and displacement. Adapted for an American troupe and staged by the former artistic director of the Cleveland Play House, Michael Bloom (Off-Broadway's Sight Unseen), this story personalizes a history of immigration and asks pointed questions about race and the limits of empathy in a welcoming society. Part of the Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival, this production will take place in Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's 100-seat Rehearsal Hall.
The notoriously colorful and charming Mizner brothers come to life in Stephen Sondheim's Road Show. Join influential architect Addison Mizner and his wheeling-dealing brother Wilson on their picaresque misadventures from the Alaskan Gold Rush to India, Hawaii, Guatemala and their eventual development of Boca Raton. Spanning 40 years, this musical travelogue follows the mismatched brothers through all of their opportunistic ups and downs to tell an amazing true story. Tony-winning playwright John Weidman (Contact) reunited with living legend Sondheim (Sweeney Todd) to create this Obie and Drama Desk Award-winning musical. Catch this production of Road Show at Arlington's Signature Theatre, directed by Gary Griffin.
"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.
The game's afoot once again for the world's greatest detective as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are engaged by none other than famed playwright George Bernard Shaw to investigate the killing of a theater critic. They soon encounter a bevy of literary stars -- and suspects -- including Oscar Wilde, Gilbert & Sullivan, Henry Irving, Bram Stoker and even a young H.G. Wells. Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror has been called "wicked, witty fun" by The New York Independent and comes to the Gregory Family Theater stage at the Hylton PAC in Manassas courtesy of the Prince William Little Theatre, with some non-traditional casting and lots of humor and Holmesian satire.
Nominated for five Tony Awards -- and the winner of one -- Wendy Wasserstein's hit comedy The Sisters Rosensweig is the tale of three Jewish-American women who gather to celebrate their sister Sara's 54th birthday. Sara, a successful banker with several divorces in her past, now lives in London with her teenage daughter. Middle sister Gorgeous, a loving wife and mother, has her own call-in radio advice show and hopes to make the leap to TV. Pfeni, the youngest, has spent her life journeying around the world writing travel books. Over the course of several days at Sara's stylish townhouse, each sister is forced to face her life and her choices. Offering sharp truths on what divides relatives and what draws them together, the play explores how women define themselves through their romances, their careers and their family. See it at Theater J at the Washington DCJCC.
Conor McPherson's St. Nicholas, a one-man show presented by D.C.'s Stage Guild that mixes dark comedy and horror, is told from the point of view of a jaded and bitter Dublin theater critic who yearns for the artistry of the playwrights and actors he critiques. While taking in a new production, he falls under the spell of a beautiful and mysterious young actress. Enamored, he follows the entire company all the way to London, where a chance meeting with a vampire leads to an unexpected new job that keeps him occupied most nights. The play tackles themes of creativity, ambition and desire, and it's all delivered by prolific D.C. actor and Stage Guild artistic director Bill Largess for an unforgettable evening of theater.
Catharine, a poor relative of a prominent New Orleans family, seems to have gone mad following her cousin Sebastian's mystery-shrouded death on a trip to Europe. Meanwhile, Sebastian's mother, trying to cover up her son's homosexuality and death, threatens to lobotomize Catharine for her incoherent babbling regarding Sebastian's demise. Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn and Montgomery Clift famously starred in the 1959 adaptation of Tennessee Williams' Southern Gothic play. Now you can witness Rainbow Theatre Project's staged reading of Williams' powerful Suddenly Last Summer, rife with mid-century denial and poignant sexual code, at Source Theatre in Washington, DC.
Lanford Wilson's tale of unexpected love that beautifully unfolds in real time, Talley's Folly gives new meaning to the term "made for each other". At a dilapidated boathouse in Lebanon, MS, in 1944, we share in the romance of Matt Friedman and Sally Talley two people who couldn't seem more incompatible, as they reveal their most private selves and in the process, find their way to each other. Winner of the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
One of the hot tickets of this upcoming theater season is sure to be Shakespeare Theatre Company's lively production of the classic battle of the sexes The Taming of the Shrew. Sparks will fly at Sidney Harman Hall when the "shrewish" Katherine locks horns with the opportunistic Petruchio, the only man in Padua willing to woo her. (Of course, Petruchio is working an angle: Kate's father has promised him a sizable dowry if he weds his daughter.) This fiery romantic comedy set the standards for centuries to come, and it remains one of the true classics of the genre.
When the Rain Stops Falling, Andrew Bovell's award-winning drama and Time magazine's Best New Play of 2010, is a familial saga that spans generations, sending us deep into the past and far into the future. The play begins with a young man searching for his long-lost father, who was driven away by his mother for reasons never made clear. Past misdeeds echo throughout history, and the impact reaches new generations of the family for decades to come, with the story tracking their plight back and forth between the years 1959 and 2039. Massive yet intimate, this infinitely relatable play has wowed audiences since its world premiere, and it shows no sign of stopping now as it enjoys a stay at D.C.'s 1st Stage Theater.
If you've ever had to do the walk of shame, used Tinder for late-night action or found yourself doctoring an online dating profile, then you can relate to the ups and downs of unpredictable relationships portrayed in You, Or Whatever I Can Get. The workshop production of the musical comedy took home honors at the 2014 CapFringe festival and now Flying V brings a fully staged production to the stage at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre. Filled with sassy and poignant songs about sex, dating, friendship and the emotional rollercoaster of being single in your early '30s, You, Or Whatever I Can Get perfectly articulates the sheer terror of dying alone.