In this witty and touching comedy, Ella, a psychotherapist and single mother of an autistic child, gets a visit from a new, desperate patient: God. Despite His immense power, He fears He's accrued too much and is now powerless to save the world from itself. Perhaps a global do-over is in order. Meanwhile, Ella is experiencing her own challenges, including her belief in a higher power. How can these two help each other? With a clash of biblical quotes framed by a modern-day wit, Oh, God forces us to confront our own faith, hubris, and the power of humility.
When the Blue Wave deposits her in DC, Representative Sydney Milsap begins rocking the boat immediately -- unafraid to stand up to special interests or even her own party. Kate's a whip-smart lobbyist and veteran of the choppy political waters. But when the cynical Kate decides to help Sydney unseat a powerful senator steeped in cronyism, the result is Kings, a "sleek, fast-paced, absorbing and very funny" (Vogue) exploration of money's corrosive effect on politics. Written by Alexandria native Sarah Burgess and directed by Marti Lyons, this of-the-moment comedy comes to Studio Theatre's Stage 4.
Dubbed both "sweet and cheerfully profane" by The Washington Post, An Irish Carol returns to the Keegan Theatre for its much-anticipated annual holiday visit. Written by Emerald Isle native and Keegan company member Matthew J. Keenan, the play follows one evening in the life of David, a wealthy Dublin pub owner who's lost touch with his own humanity in the interest of self-protection and material success. But this Christmas Eve, David's life may change forever when he's challenged by a voice from the past, provoked by those in the present and faced with the reality of a lonely future. A modern fable told with all the biting humor and incisive candor of its Irish playwright, this gritty twist on Dickens' classic has played to sold-out audiences for five straight years now, becoming its own DC tradition.
What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You'd get Broadway and London's award-winning smash comedy! Called "a gut-busting hit" (The New York Times) and "the funniest play Broadway has ever seen" (The Huffington Post), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering "a riotous explosion of comedy" (Daily Beast). Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can't play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it's "tons of fun for all ages" (The Huffington Post) and "comic gold" (Variety) sure to bring down the house.
Kindness begets kindness -- plus several hours of free elf labor -- in The Elves and The Shoemaker, a fresh musical adaptation of Grimm's fairy tale. A poor-but-kindly cobbler is in a tight fix. After giving away his last pair of shoes to a deserving soul, he has only enough leather to make a single pair more. Exhausted, he heads for bed, but not before setting out his materials for the next day's work. That very night, mysterious elfin visitors creep into his shop on a special mission to help. This charming production from Keegan Theatre puts a humorous spin on the popular classic and keeps the spirit of the holidays alive.
Bring the kids for an unforgettable holiday experience as the Choral Arts Chorus fills Washington, DC's Kennedy Center Concert Hall with holiday classics just for them. The chorus takes you on a merry tour of holiday sing-alongs and Christmas favorites that will have your family singing all the way home. Expect a visit from Santa, Frosty and Rudolph at this one-hour concert that's perfect for children age 5 or older.
Playwright-performer Keith Hamilton Cobb, directed by Drama Desk nominee Kim Weild, uses his love of language and 30 years of experience in the American theatre to explore Shakespeare, race and America, not necessarily in that order. His 85-minute award-winning play, American Moor, that considers the dilemma of a seasoned African-American thespian auditioning for a role fraught with racial animus, Othello, is an unapologetic peer into a hindering industry irony that stands as metaphor for our most pressing societal condition: a white culture dictating rules of conduct to a non-white one from an often inadvertent place of privilege. Cobb, with a facility for poetry entertains, and with the pathos of a veteran tragedian engages while asking questions that demand answers, and answering questions that too seldom get asked.
Grease is the word and the musical you've gotta see when it comes to the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater in Hagerstown. Always a crowd-pleasing favorite, Grease follows the '50s romance of innocent ingenue Sandy and bad-boy greaser Danny as they enter their senior year of high school. Danny believes their hot summer fling is over ... until Sandy unexpectedly enrolls at Rydell High. The hit 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John quickly became a musical phenomenon with catchy sing-along tunes like "Summer Nights," "You're the One That I Want," "We Go Together" and "Greased Lightning." Join the Pink Ladies, the Burger Palace Boys and the rest of the gang and experience all the fun of this all-American classic on stage, preceded by a delicious buffet dinner.
Still head-banging on Broadway, School of Rock is ready to raise the roof at The National Theatre in DC. This New York Times Critics' Pick was adapted from the 2003 film that launched Jack Black as a full-blown star, and just happens to feature 14 new songs from the King of the Musical, none other than Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. All the original tunes from the film are included too, and Entertainment Weekly called this stage version "an inspiring jolt of energy, joy and mad skillz." The show follows Dewey Finn, who was kicked out of his band and is struggling to make ends meet when he finds himself in the most unlikely of jobs -- teaching at a prestigious prep school. When he discovers his students' talent for classical music, he decides to steer them over to rock 'n' roll, turning this class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, mind-blowing, kick-ass band. Awesomeness ensues.
Raleigh and May have been married for years, and his success as a writer has allowed them to move away from Kentucky. But Kentucky, in the form of their families, follows them to Florida, as both mothers have moved in with them. Social changes offer the couple a surprising challenge ... and opportunity. Returning in their roles as May and Raleigh in this, the final installment in the Washington Stage Guild's popular romantic trilogy by Arlene Hutton, are Lexi Langs and Wood Van Meter. Escape to Gulf View Drive at the Undercroft Theatre in Washington, DC.
Best known to theater audiences for her Pulitzer Prize-winning play How I Learned to Drive, Paula Vogel's The Baltimore Waltz centers on Anna, an unmarried schoolteacher diagnosed with ATD, Acquired Toilet Disease, a fatal new malady with a high risk factor for elementary school teachers. She and her brother, Carl, fly off to Europe to find a cure... and an adventure. Anna decides she wants to drown herself in the sensuality of food and sex, while Carl becomes involved in a wild espionage scheme to find a cure for his sister. But it becomes clear something's not quite right when Anna shows slides of their trip to Europe where each frame looks exactly like Baltimore. Experience the comedy-drama The Baltimore Waltz at Washington, DC's Keegan Theatre.
The Disney Channel original movie High School Musical was such a smash hit that it made the jump from the screen to the stage -- and now the Wildcats are coming to the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater! Filled with songs, sizzle and plenty of school spirit, this production updates the timeless love story Romeo and Juliet to a modern day high school romance. Athlete Troy Bolton and drama nerd Sharpay Evans sing and dance their way through issues of first love, friends and family with classics like "You Are the Music in Me" and "Bop to the Top." Although Troy plays ball and Gabriella sticks to the books, they find common ground -- and romance -- auditioning for the school musical. Will the couple's alliance allow them to "Stick to the Status Quo?" Find out when High School Musical on Stage! comes to Hagerstown.
A humble orange seller from the streets of Drury Lane steps onto the stage and becomes the darling of the Restoration theater. Nell discovers one of her biggest fans is none other than Charles II. Smitten with Nell's spirit, the king brings her to court as a favorite mistress. Commissioned by Shakespeare's Globe, this sparkling portrait of a rare woman earned accolades in London last season. Now this heartwarming and hilarious look at an amazing woman - a "gloriously funny and touching bio-drama" (Telegraph) that's "an absolute treat" (The Times) - can be enjoyed at the Folger Theatre in Washington, DC.
Everything from real-life Facebook messages to telephoned threats went into creating Shame (With Comments From The Populace), a provocative new mashup of theater and documentary that cuts to the heart of the hot-button issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Centering on the testimonies of the two actors who worked on the embattled world premiere of The Return in Haifa (which ran at Mosaic in 2017), this follow-up examines the challenges facing Israelis and Palestinians who decide to work together in the face of fierce opposition. Don't miss this timely production from Mosaic Theater Company at Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C.
After a bad health scare, Octavia decides to put off her troubles and blow off some serious steam with her friends June and Imani. Will one last epic night on the town -- a true test of their friendship full of outrageous, absurd encounters -- lead to epiphany or disaster? BLKS is a "raw, blistering, hilarious, and engaging" (Chicago Sun-Times) new work that responds to a number of cultural icons, from Lena Dunham to Jerry Seinfeld to August Wilson. Poet and playwright Aziza Barnes' new play paints a miraculous portrait of a day in the life of three 20-something black women wrestling with love, uncomfortable truths, and the anguish of adulting in New York City.
The world's greatest detective is on the brink of retirement when a case comes up that's just too tempting to ignore. The King of Bohemia is being threatened with blackmail by a compromising photograph, and the woman at the heart of the crime is the famous opera singer, Irene Adler. With Doctor Watson at his side, Sherlock Holmes pursues the case, which leads to the lair of a longtime adversary.
See how Peter became Pan in the hit musical Finding Neverland, which Vogue raved was "a must-see you'll remember for years to come." Directed by visionary Tony winner Diane Paulus and based on the Academy Award-winning film starring Johnny Depp, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys' enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound his audience. With a bit of pixie dust and a whole lot of faith, Barrie takes a monumental leap, leaving the real world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. See this magical production at the National Theatre in DC.
In 1960s New York City, a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he'd love to be in A Bronx Tale, coming to the National Theatre in DC. Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from legendary composer Alan Menken, this "Jersey Boys meets West Side Story" musical is a Broadway smash with loads of behind-the-scenes talent, including Oscar winner Robert DeNiro, Tony winner Jerry Zaks and Oscar nominee Chazz Palminteri. This unforgettable story of loyalty and family is "the kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry" (The New York Times) and is bringing 10 alumni from the Broadway production on this national tour.
It's 1989, and young Heidi is trying to earn enough money to go to college by entering speech competitions about the U.S. Constitution in American Legion halls all across the country. When she loses the first round to Becky Dobbins because her speech isn't personal enough, she decides to go deep. Starting with her great-great-grandmother, a mail-order bride who died of "melancholia," she pries into the effects of a single sentence of the Ninth Amendment on generations of American women and men. Before the night is over, she's engaged in a fierce, impromptu debate with a local teen over the future of our inalienable rights. Written by Obie Award-winning writer/performer Heidi Schreck (I Love Dick, Billions), What the Constitution Means to Me is an exhilarating experience that "finds the political, and the powerful, in the personal." (New York Magazine)
The New York Times calls it "the best musical of the century." The Washington Post says, "It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals." And Entertainment Weekly says, "Grade A: the funniest musical of all time." It's The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing-room-only productions in London, on Broadway and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation. Grab your pre-sale tickets to see The Book of Mormon at Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore before they go on sale to the general public.
Celebrating over 25 years in New York and on tour, STOMP never ceases to amaze. Everyday objects -- matchboxes, hubcaps, brooms, buckets, garbage cans and pretty much anything else you can think of -- become vehicles for brilliant music and unique rhythms, all performed by an energetic troupe that dances and pounds its way across the stage. The show also features comedic moments and lots of audience participation, placing you right in the action. The percussive sounds that will fill Washington, D.C.'s National Theatre are unlike anything you've ever heard, and it's amazing to think that it's all coming from everyday found items. Grab these tickets now - but resist the urge to create your own at-home performance, because your neighbors will not be as impressed.
In 1920, Russian Jewish writer Isaac Babel starts a diary while wandering the countryside with the Red Cavalry. In 2010, after the crash of an aircraft carrying the Polish president, his diary is discovered among the wreckage. What did Babel write, and why does it matter so much to one ruthless KGB agent destined to become one of the most powerful figures in the world? Describe the Night uncovers the mystery by tracing the stories of seven lost souls connected across decades by history, fiction, lies and blood. Pulitzer Prize-finalist Rajiv Joseph returns to Woolly after hit productions of Guards at the Taj and Gruesome Playground Injuries. This new piece has been described as a "work of major ambition" (The New York Times) that will feel both timeless and tuned in to the age of #FakeNews.