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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.

Hedda Gabler  
Studio Theatre Hedda Gabler
 
Hedda Tesman returns from her honeymoon to the brutal banality of domestic life: an antagonizingly bland husband; a living room full of dying flowers; and a house that is too large, too cluttered, too bourgeois for the once unstoppable Hedda Gabler. Both tormented and merciless, she is caught between her appetite for sensation and acute awareness of public perception. Mark O'Rowe's stunning contemporary adaptation is a mesmerizing study of power, control, and self-deception and a nuanced portrait of one of the most fascinating figures in modern drama.

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

 
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Black Pearl Sings!  
MetroStage Black Pearl Sings!
 
Set in Depression-era Texas, Black Pearl Sings! follows Susannah, an ambitious "song collector" searching for lost African-American folk music. Her journey leads to Pearl, a prisoner with a soulful voice, steely spirit and an incredible history. Susannah wants the song that will put her in the spotlight, while Pearl wants a chance for freedom. As the two trace the roots of beloved American songs, the legacy of the past clashes with their hopes for the future. It's a powerful and moving story about a woman of color's struggle in a white man's world. Inspired by the musical partnership of folklorist John Lomax and legendary folk singer-guitarist Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter, Black Pearl Sings! will fill Alexandria's Metrostage with the soul-stirring sounds of over 20 American folk and spiritual songs.

BroadwayWorld- Recommended
Talkin Broadway- Highly Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Highly Recommended
MD Theatre Guide- Highly Recommended

 
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The Man in the Iron Mask  
Synetic Theater The Man in the Iron Mask
 
In this follow-up to The Three Musketeers, our hero D’Artagnan finds himself alone in the service of King Louis XIV after his comrades have retired. Unbeknownst to D’Artagnan, his old friends plan to remove the corrupt King, and replace him with his good twin, held captive in the Bastille! The Man in the Iron Maskpromises more swashbuckling blockbuster adventure, rich in bombast and pageantry. This production will have dialogue.

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

 

 
Disgraced  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater Disgraced
 
From Ayad Akhtar comes the "breathtaking, raw and blistering" (AP), Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the clash between modern culture and ancient faiths. The son of south Asian immigrants, Amir has worked hard to achieve the American Dream - complete with a successful career, a beautiful wife and $600 custom-tailored shirts. But has he removed himself too far from his roots? And when a friendly dinner party conversation rockets out of control, will the internal battle between his culture and his identity raze all that he's worked so hard to achieve? Hailed as "terrific, turbulent, with fresh currents of dramatic electricity" (New York Times), this incendiary examination of one's self and one's beliefs will leave you breathless.

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

 
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An American Daughter  
Keegan Theatre An American Daughter
 
Set in Washington, D.C., Wendy Wasserstein's political drama An American Daughter focuses on Dr. Lyssa Dent Hughes, a health care expert and forty-something daughter of a long-time Senator. When the President nominates Lyssa to a Cabinet post, an indiscretion from her past comes to light. The media turns it into a scandal that imperils her confirmation and divides her loved ones. Lyssa is forced to make a decision: continue to pursue the post and face an ugly Senate hearing; or decline the nomination, becoming a sacrificial lamb for the President. Partisan politics in our nation's capital, however, are nothing compared to the personal politics in Lyssa's living room, where complicated relationships unravel with her father, husband and best girlfriend--not to mention the awkward encounters she has with an exuberant neo-feminist author and a relentless TV journalist. Get caught up in the conflict when An American Daughter comes to the Keegan Theatre.

Washington Post- Recommended
Metro Weekly- Highly Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Highly Recommended
Magic Time- Recommended

 
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The Body of an American  
Theater J The Body of an American
 
In the wake of the disastrous Black Hawk Down incident in Somalia in 1993, war reporter Paul Watson photographed a mob of Somalis dragging a dead American soldier through the streets of Mogadishu. The picture, which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize, soon led to the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from the country. This engrossing and provocative play tells the true story of the friendship between Watson and playwright Dan O'Brien, which played out over the course of a lengthy email correspondence as Watson's reporting took him from Rwanda to Afghanistan to the Canadian Arctic. In The Body of an American at Goldman Theater in Washington, D.C., two men on opposite sides of the globe explore issues of war, friendship, mental health and the ethical consequences of personal actions.

Washington Post- Recommended
BroadwayWorld- Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Recommended
Theatre Bloom- Highly Recommended
Magic Time- Highly Recommended

 
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Happy Hour  
Spooky Action Theater Happy Hour
 
A live video game performance (where the audience controls the action) created by German theater company machina eX. Presented in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Washington. In this live-action twist on the familiar "escape the room" video game, two audience teams must help their human avatars escape from the clutches of an evil mastermind, using only the materials at hand to find the keys, unlock the doors, and beat the clock.

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

 
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Bakersfield Mist  
Olney Theatre Center Bakersfield Mist
 
Poor Maude! Living in a trailer park, fired from her bartending job... even her best friend refused the thrift store painting she bought for her birthday. But that painting might just be... a lost Jackson Pollock! Her fate lies in the hands of world-famous curator Lionel Percy, who shows up at Maude's trailer to determine its authenticity. What follows is a collision of class and culture, where the 'average Joe' might finally throw it in the face of those 'east coast elites'. Starting Artistic Associates Donna Migliaccio and Michael Russotto. "It's exhilarating in the extreme when a world premiere play strikes rich on every conceivable level - a perfect marriage of emotion and ideas." - Los Angeles Times.

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

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