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  Theatre In DC Top Rated Plays List - The Highest Rated Shows In The DC Area
The "Theatre In DC Top Rated Play List" is a list of the top rated plays now running in the DC area based on what the current reviews are saying. To see all of the play reviews go to Review Round-Up.

Disney's The Little Mermaid  
Olney Theatre Center Disney's The Little Mermaid
 
In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking.

Washington Post- Recommended
Talkin Broadway- Highly Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Highly Recommended
DC Metro Theater Arts- Highly Recommended
MD Theatre Guide- Highly Recommended

 

 
Fiddler on the Roof  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater Fiddler on the Roof
 
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."

Washington Post- Highly Recommended
Metro Weekly- Highly Recommended
Talkin Broadway- Highly Recommended
City Paper- Highly Recommended
Washingtonian- Somewhat Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Highly Recommended
DC Metro Theater Arts- Highly Recommended
The Georgetowner- Highly Recommended

 
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Bad Jews  
The Studio Theatre Bad Jews
 
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.

Washington Post- Recommended
Metro Weekly- Highly Recommended
City Paper- Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Highly Recommended
DC Metro Theater Arts- Highly Recommended
The Georgetowner- Highly Recommended
MD Theatre Guide- Highly Recommended

 
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The Tempest  
Shakespeare Theatre Company at Sidney Harman Hall The Tempest
 
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.

Washington Post- Highly Recommended
City Paper- Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Highly Recommended
DC Metro Theater Arts- Highly Recommended
The Georgetowner- Recommended
MD Theatre Guide- Highly Recommended

 
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Famous Puppet Death Scenes  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Famous Puppet Death Scenes
 
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.

Washington Post- Recommended
City Paper- Highly Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Highly Recommended
DC Metro Theater Arts- Highly Recommended
MD Theatre Guide- Recommended

 
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The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures  
Theater J The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures
 
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.

Washington Post- Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Recommended
DC Metro Theater Arts- Highly Recommended
MD Theatre Guide- Highly Recommended

 
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Beauty and the Beast  
Synetic Theater Beauty and the Beast
 
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.

Washington Post- Recommended
City Paper- Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Recommended
DC Metro Theater Arts- Highly Recommended

 
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The Nutcracker  
Round House Theatre - Bethesda The Nutcracker
 
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.

Washington Post- Recommended
Metro Weekly- Highly Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Recommended
MD Theatre Guide- Somewhat Recommended

 
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To see the reviews of all plays go to Review Round-Up.