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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 Addams Family  
Toby's Dinner Theatre - Columbia The Addams Family
 
The Addams Family is taking the world's musical theatre scene by storm with some of the most beloved characters of all time. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family.

DCTheatreScene- Highly Recommended
DC Metro Theater Arts- Highly Recommended
MD Theatre Guide- Highly Recommended
Theatre Bloom- Highly Recommended

 

 
Bessie's Blues  
MetroStage Bessie's Blues
 
The legacy of the blues comes alive through the story of Bessie Smith, "Empress of the Blues," in this 20th anniversary production of the six-time Helen Hayes Award-winning Bessie's Blues. Reprising the role she originated, Helen Hayes winner Bernardine Mitchell returns as Bessie Smith, with writer Thomas W. Jones II also directing and choreographing the production. Winner of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a member of the Blues, Jazz, and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame, Bessie Smith is one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century. With songs like "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out," "The St. Louis Blues" "Careless Love Blues" and many more, Smith helped define the blues in the '20s and '30s. Now this iconic figure once again comes to life as this acclaimed show returns.

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

 
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Mary Stuart  
Folger Theatre Mary Stuart
 
Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I: These two dangerous and powerful women fight for the throne in Mary Stuart, an adaptation by Peter Oswald of Friedrich Schiller's 1800 play. Mary is stuck in prison and must rely on a band of rebellious conspirators. Elizabeth hesitates to sign Mary's death sentence but knows she must do something to keep her claim to the throne. This lively thriller features scheming politicians, a double agent and an imagined meeting between Mary and Elizabeth. History buffs may know how the rivalry ends, but that doesn't make the journey any less riveting.

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

 
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The Metromaniacs  
Shakespeare Theatre Company at Lansburgh Theatre The Metromaniacs
 
Mistaken identity, misplaced ardor and a fight for true love ensues in David Ives’ adaptation of Piron’s classic 1738 French farce. Add to the chaos some scheming servants, pseudonyms and disguises and there is much to untangle before love-plots are resolved and a happy ending found. Continuing the successful partnership between Artistic Director Michael Kahn and David Ives, STC presents the third play in Ives’ series of rediscovered French comedy masterpieces, following The Heir Apparent (2011) and The Liar (2010). A world-premiere translation and adaptation, Ives’ presentation of Alexis Piron's The Metromaniacs once again applies his brilliant sense of comedic timing to a lost classic.

Talkin Broadway- Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Highly Recommended
DC Metro Theater Arts- Highly Recommended
The Georgetowner- Recommended
MD Theatre Guide- Highly Recommended

 
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Ruined  
Everyman Theatre Ruined
 
Experience the Pulitzer Prize-winning play that will fill you with "belief in the survival of the human spirit" (NY Theatre Guide). Based on real interviews conducted by Lynn Nottage (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark), Ruined transports you into the Congo where the shrewd and savvy matriarch-turned-businesswoman, Mama Nadi, struggles to hold on to her one safe refuge - a brothel - as the world around her disintegrates into war; with women's bodies too often as the battleground. Creating poetry out of brutality and humor and optimism out of tragedy, "Nottage tells a story an audience won't expect" (Time Out New York).

Baltimore Sun- Recommended
City Paper- Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Highly Recommended
DC Metro Theater Arts- Highly Recommended
MD Theatre Guide- Recommended

 

 
Godspell  
Olney Theatre Center Godspell
 
In this beloved Broadway favorite, Grammy and Oscar-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden) adapts the Gospel of Matthew and adds an eclectic pop-rock score to retell the story of Jesus and his disciples through a series of charming and hilarious vignettes. A timeless tale of love, loyalty and the triumph of faith over fear, Godspell has spread joy to countless theatergoers all over the world with a Tony-nominated score that features songs like "Day by Day," "Light of the World," "Learn Your Lessons Well" and "'Prepare Ye the Way."

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

 
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Much Ado About Nothing  
Synetic Theater Much Ado About Nothing
 
The genius of Shakespeare comes across loud and clear -- without a single spoken line -- in a new wordless production of Much Ado About Nothing. Equally obvious is the talent and vigor of the production's staging company, Synetic Theater, which first arrived on the scene with the widely praised wordless Hamlet (Hamlet ... the rest is silence) in 2002. Now the company once again tells one of Shakespeare's finest tales completely through movement, setting their version of Much Ado amid the glitz and glamour of 1950s Las Vegas. Confirmed bachelor Benedick and the unwed Beatrice will spar, court and conspire in this lively interpretation directed by Synetic's founding artistic director Paata Tsikurishvili.

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

 
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King Hedley II  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater King Hedley II
 
King Hedley has returned, but to reign for how long? With an angry scar down the length of his face and seven years of prison haunting him, King has a chance to lock away his past and achieve an entrepreneurial dream. But Pittsburgh’s Hill District is an unforgiving place, and the return of Elmore, a scheming conman armed with a derringer and family secrets, could strike a fatal blow to King’s second coming. The eighth installment of August Wilson’s acclaimed play cycle examining Black America, King Hedley II is one of the most stirring and ferocious explorations of fate, honor and the daily struggles of American life.

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

 

 
Cherokee  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Cherokee
 
Two couples, one black, one white, flee their suburban pressures and re-connect with nature by going camping in Cherokee, North Carolina. But their lives are upended when a member of the group mysteriously vanishes, and the others are visited by a charismatic local who just might help them live off the grid forever… Lisa D’Amour’s latest comedy—a companion piece to last season’s hit, Detroit—pushes a group of middle class characters to their emotional limits. Who has an “authentic” relationship to the land? Can we escape the trappings of comfort and technology to forge a healthier civilization?

Washington Post- Somewhat Recommended
Talkin Broadway- Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Somewhat Recommended
MD Theatre Guide- Recommended
Theatre Bloom- Highly Recommended
Magic Time- Recommended

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