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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.

Mary Poppins  
Olney Theatre Center Mary Poppins
 
Celebrate the holidays with one of the most beloved tales of all time! It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessons in what family really means. From the magical "Chim Chim Cher-ee" to the iconic "Supercalifragalisticexpialidocious", you'll delight to the story of a wizardly, wise nanny, two precious children, and the family she teaches how to love each other.

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

 
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Moby Dick  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater Moby Dick
 
Set sail on the holiday season's biggest adventure! Melville's classic tale of man's obsessive battle against nature comes to life in "a triumph of grand theatrical imagination, deep thought, superb acting and eye-popping, ingeniously deployed physical daring" (Chicago Sun-Times). Innovative staging fused with bold trapeze and acrobatic work turn this seafaring classic into a death-defying experiment in aerial storytelling. Climb aboard with Captain Ahab and the crew of the good ship Pequod in this harrowing and intoxicating quest for the great white whale.

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

 

 
A Christmas Carol  
Ford's Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Acclaimed actor Craig Wallace plays Ebenezer Scrooge. This annual production has been a Washington tradition for 35 years.

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

 

 
Carousel  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater Carousel
 
Experience Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, which Time magazine called the greatest musical of the 20th century, at DC's Arena Stage. In Carousel, swaggering, carefree carnival barker Billy Bigelow captivates the naive millworker Julie and they marry. Just as they learn that Julie is pregnant, Billy loses his job. Desperate to provide a decent life for his family, he allows himself to be coerced into taking part in a bank robbery. Things go horribly awry, but fifteen years later Billy gets the chance to see his wife and the daughter he never knew. How Billy instills in both his child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. With classic songs like "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" and "You'll Never Walk Alone," it's easy to understand why, of all the shows they created together, Carousel was Rodgers and Hammerstein's personal favorite.

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

 

 
The Christians  
Theater J The Christians
 
Lucas Hnath's drama The Christians centers around Pastor Paul, the founding pastor of a mega-church who suddenly suffers a crisis of faith. He's now compelled to lead his thousands-strong flock in a new and unexpected direction on its 20th anniversary -- one that directly conflicts with the former tenets of his ministry. When his motivations are questioned, both his professional and personal relationships are put to the test as well. Backed by a live choir, The Christians is both epic and unexpectedly intimate. This provocative play comes to Theater J at Edlavitch DCJCC, offering an unflinching look at faith -- of any denomination -- and its power to unite or divide.

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

 
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The Second City's Black Side Of The Moon  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre The Second City's Black Side Of The Moon
 
An all-African American cast of The Second City's smartest and most audacious sketch and stand-up artists breaks down and deconstructs the present American moment through comedy. They're exactly what we need, exactly when we need it. So if you suddenly feel like you're living on an entirely different planet, come join us on the Black Side of the Moon.

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

 

 
Silver Belles  
Signature Theatre Silver Belles
 
DC’s finest leading ladies—Donna Migliaccio, Nova Y. Payton, Ilona Dulaski, Naomi Jacobson and Sandy Bainum—star in this hilarious world premiere musical for the holiday season. When Oralene, the longtime director of small town Sylva Ridge’s Christmas Pageant, suddenly passes away, the Silver Belles must come to the rescue! With the spirit of Oralene looking on, the sterling-hued vixens band together, discover their talents and pull out all the stops to keep the beloved pageant alive. It’s Golden Girls meets Designing Women with a heaping helping of well-known Christmas tunes and clever new ditties. Christmas without the Silver Belles… just wouldn’t be Christmas!

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

 

 
Straight White Men  
Studio Theatre Straight White Men
 
Three adult brothers come together to celebrate Christmas with their widowed father and are surprised to find the reunion taking a more serious turn in Obie Award-winning playwright Young Jean Lee's Straight White Men. What starts off as a playful guys' night full of trash talk, pranks and Chinese take-out soon takes a detour as the men find themselves questioning how they define themselves and their places in the world. This razor-sharp comedy riffs on the classic father-son drama, confronting the complexities of identity and hypocrisies of privilege. Find out why The New York Times called Lee "the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation" when Straight White Men comes to D.C.'s Studio Theatre.

Washington Post- Recommended
BroadwayWorld- Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Highly Recommended
DC Metro Theater Arts- Highly Recommended

 

 
The Merchant of Venice  
Gallaudet University The Merchant of Venice
 
Picture this: Venice! A rich, bustling city where young lovers steal away in the night, old enemies battle back and forth, and braggart Captains vie for the hand of a wealthy heiress, whose luck is running out! Faction of Fools has a long history of re-examining Shakespeare’s plays — finding comedic roots in the most famous of his tragedies, from the acclaimed A Commedia Romeo & Juliet to Hamlecchino: Clown Prince of Denmark. In 2014, Titus Andronicus was lauded as "sanguineous bliss" by the Washington Post, and DC Theater Scene said "it will be difficult to imagine Titus being played straight ever again." Don't miss this full production of one of Shakespeare's most rich and intricate plays that explores a burgeoning merchant class and what happens when things get personal.

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

 

 
The Secret Garden  
Sidney Harman Hall The Secret Garden
 
On a windswept moor in an old haunted house in England, a lonely widower still grieves the death of his wife 10 years ago. Enter Mary, a sour young orphan who's come to live with her uncle. She discovers a locked garden that's been left to grow wild and uncared for -- much like Mary herself. With the help of her friend and cousin, the little girl brings new life to both the garden and her uncle in the enchanting musical The Secret Garden, a story of hardship turned into hope, of beauty discovered in unlikely places, the power of a child's imagination and the wisdom that accompanies growing up. Written by Pulitzer winner Marsha Norman (The Color Purple) with music by Lucy Simon (Doctor Zhivago), this lush musical delivers a magical theatrical experience at D.C.'s Sidney Harman Hall.

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

 
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Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley  
Round House Theatre Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
 
Set two years after the iconic Pride and Prejudice, Miss Bennet follows your favorite characters as they gather at Pemberley, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. But this holiday, all eyes are on Mary Bennet, who has come into her own as a confident woman with curiosity, wit, and talent…and perhaps even a love story. Miss Bennet is a Christmas story of family, young love, and bright futures you won’t want to miss!

Washington Post- Recommended
BroadwayWorld- Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Recommended
DC Metro Theater Arts- Highly Recommended

 
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The Second Shepherds' Play  
Folger Theatre The Second Shepherds' Play
 
A rich blend of music and theater, the earthly and the divine, The Second Shepherds' Play is a magical, musical retelling of the Nativity story that's a perfect treat for the holiday season. Folger Consort, the award-winning early music ensemble in residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library, performs festive medieval English tunes against the backdrop of an engaging mystery play in the medieval English drama tradition, adapted by Mary Hall Surface (LIFT: Icarus and Me, Goodnight Moon). Presented at Folger Theatre in D.C., The Second Shepherds' Play beautifully weaves together the stories of shepherds, a sheep thief and his cunning wife, and a certain well-known miracle in a humble manger in Bethlehem.

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

 
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Broadway Bound  
1st Stage Theatre Broadway Bound
 
Part three of Neil Simon's acclaimed autobiographical trilogy finds Eugene and his older brother Stanley trying to break into the world of show business as professional comedy writers while coping with their parents’ break-up and eventual divorce. When their material is broadcast on the radio for the first time, the family is upset to hear a thinly-veiled portrait of themselves played for laughs. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Time Magazine called this tender, humorous play, “the best play of the decade.”

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

 

 

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