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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.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame  
Synetic Theater The Hunchback of Notre Dame
 
Synetic's visionary Founding Artistic Director Paata Tsikurishvili brings his mind-bending, cinematic style to Victor Hugo's gothic, heartbreaking epic of inner beauty and undying loyalty. The dialogue-free production follows the deformed Quasimodo, who grapples with society's cruelty and protects the lovely gypsy Esmeralda, the one woman who shows him kindness. Quasimodo's adoptive father, the priest Frollo, decides he wants Esmeralda for himself - plunging all of Paris into a spiral of riots, revolution and murder. The striking, beautiful production comes to Synetic Theater at Crystal City in Arlington.

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

 

 
Master Class  
MetroStage Master Class
 
One of the most glamorous celebrities of her time -- and the definition of a diva -- world-renowned opera star Maria Callas comes to vibrant life in this wickedly funny stage bio that won a Tony Award for Best Play. Terrence McNally's Master Class finds the singing legend leading a voice class, and while she both cajoles and terrorizes to get the best out of her students, she muses on her past glories and many heartbreaks. DC favorite Ilona Dulaski stars in this production at MetroStage.

Metro Weekly- Recommended
BroadwayWorld- Highly Recommended
Talkin Broadway- Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Highly Recommended
DC Metro Theater Arts- Highly Recommended
MD Theatre Guide- Highly Recommended

 
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Timon of Athens  
Folger Theatre Timon of Athens
 
Shakespeare's tragic and ever timely satire on the steep price of prosperity tracks the fall of a rich and powerful aristocrat in Timon of Athens. Timon's lavish lifestyle and generosity lead to a downturn in his finances, and he's promptly abandoned by his so-called friends once his fortune is depleted. Starring in the title role is Ian Merrill Peakes, who won a Helen Hayes Award for his performance in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead this past year at Folger Theatre. This D.C. production is directed by Robert Richmond (Richard III, Othello and Henry V at Folger).

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

 
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The Father  
Studio Theatre The Father
 
Even at 80, Andre remains a man of quick wit and domineering personality. But things are beginning to get strange in The Father, Florian Zeller's internationally acclaimed work. Andre's trusted watch goes missing, reappears and is lost again. His daughter's stories don't add up. His furniture disappears. And there are strangers sitting at his table. As the signposts of our lives disappear, this exploration of one man's mind and the loss of it, rings powerfully true. Ted van Griethuysen stars in this production at the Metheny Theatre.

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

 
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The Arabian Nights  
Source The Arabian Nights
 
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.

Metro Weekly- Recommended
BroadwayWorld- Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Highly Recommended
DC Metro Theater Arts- Highly Recommended
MD Theatre Guide- Recommended

 
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Macbeth: Toil and Trouble Abound in Shakespeare's Bloody Masterpiece  
Sidney Harman Hall Macbeth: Toil and Trouble Abound in Shakespeare's Bloody Masterpiece
 
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.

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

 
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An Octoroon  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre An Octoroon
 
An Octoroon is Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Obie-winning riff on a 19th-century antebellum melodrama. At a plantation on the brink of foreclosure, a young man takes a fancy to the part-black daughter of the estate's owner, while an evil swindler schemes to buy the girl for himself, while the slaves try to keep things sane. Billed as "part period satire, part meta-theatrical middle finger," this incendiary adaptation by Jacobs-Jenkins, a recent MacArthur "Genius Grant"-winner, was lauded by the Washington Post for handling "hot-button topics with wit and wisdom." Don't miss this reprise run when An Octoroon returns to D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theatre.

Washington Post- Recommended
Metro Weekly- Somewhat Recommended
BroadwayWorld- Highly Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Somewhat Recommended
DC Metro Theater Arts- Recommended
MD Theatre Guide- Recommended
Theatre Bloom- Highly Recommended
Magic Time- Highly Recommended

 
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The Man Who  
Spooky Action Theater The Man Who
 
Conventional reality is simply a starting point in an astonishing universe just waiting for us to explore in The Man Who. Inspired by the Oliver Sacks bestseller The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, this hypnotizing theatrical work tells the stories of several patients as Sacks saw them: as heroes endowed with great courage and tenacity, moving through realities stunningly altered by neurological quirks. Called "one of the most magically effective explorations of the mind (also possibly the soul) ever be attempted on the stage" by The New York Times in its original Broadway run, The Man Who now comes to Spooky Action Theater in D.C.

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

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