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Vietgone Apr 25 - May 20, 2018  
Studio Theatre Vietgone
In a Vietnamese refugee camp in Arkansas circa 1975, two bereaved Saigon natives find love in a strange new land. So goes Vietgone, a bold new romantic comedy by "geek theater" impresario Qui Nguyen, an artist famous in New York for productions packed full of martial arts, sword fights and puppetry. Based on the lives of his own parents, Vietgone is a slightly more subtle affair, but still reflect Nguyen's irreverent humor and hip-hop-influenced aesthetic as it criss-crosses between the traumatic evacuation of Saigon and a turbulent yet passionate tale of love in the rural United States. See this wildly imaginative new work at Studio Theatre in D.C.
Legally Blonde The Musical Apr 27 - Jun 16, 2018  
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater Legally Blonde The Musical
Elle Woods appears to have it all. But her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors and Warner Huntington. With the help of Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world. Based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. This musical at Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater in Hagerstown is ridiculously enjoyable, from start to finish.
Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies May 2 - Jun 3, 2018  
Atlas Performing Arts Center Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies
Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm's "breathtakingly on-point" (Washington Post) comedy Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies returns for a special encore remount after its sold-out run became one of the first breakout D.C. hits of 2017. This irreverent examination of growing up Black in America features two unlikely allies -- Marquis and Tru. Suspecting that Marquis has lost his "blackness," Tru pens a manual entitled "Being Black for Dummies," which sends the two on a whirlwind journey through a world of cheerleaders, 2Pac, Nietzsche, Apollo and Dionysus. This searing satire is back to challenge notions, break boundaries and leave you questioning your own perceptions of race. Catch Hooded at the Atlas Performing Arts Center's Sprenger Theatre.
Madagascar Jr. May 4 - May 20, 2018  
Children's Theatre of Annapolis Madagascar Jr.
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto stage for the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar Jr. -- A Musical Adventure follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin' friends as they escape from their home in New York's Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien's Madagascar. This production features young actors from Children's Theatre of Annapolis.
The Undeniable Sound of Right Now May 5 - May 27, 2018  
Keegan Theatre The Undeniable Sound of Right Now
Picture Chicago in 1992. If you can't (or need a refresher), The Undeniable Sound of Right Now will take you back to that moment when Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love ruled and Moby was not too far behind. The story follows Hank, a man struggling to keep his legendary rock club alive in the midst of changing times and musical tastes. As if that wasn't hard enough, his daughter Lena brings home her new DJ boyfriend. Will Hank learn to adapt or will he crumble under the destructive power of The Next Big Thing? Prepare for some outrageous comedy and major blasts from the past when The Undeniable Sound of Right Now makes its D.C. premiere at Keegan Theatre.
Saint Joan May 12 - Jun 3, 2018  
Folger Theatre Saint Joan
The martyred heroine of France fought and defeated the besieging English at Orleans, was captured and taken prisoner in Burgundy, and put on trial and burned at the stake -- all by the age of 19. Depicted as neither witch, saint nor madwoman in George Bernard Shaw's compelling story, Joan of Arc is but an illiterate farm girl whose focus on the individual rocks the church and state. Led by director Eric Tucker, four actors perform over 25 roles in Bedlam's riveting, stripped-down production of Saint Joan at the Folger Theatre in Washington, DC.
Waitress May 15 - Jun 3, 2018  
The National Theatre Waitress
Inspired by the beloved film from Adrienne Shelly and brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, the Broadway hit Waitress starts serving up treats at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. With original music and lyrics by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles ("Brave") and direction from Tony winner Diane Paulus, this is a vibrant tale of a waitress and pie maker who dreams of leaving her small town and loveless marriage. When a baking contest and a new doctor offer a chance at a fresh start, she must summon the strength to build her new life in a play EW calls "a little slice of heaven."
The Remains May 16 - Jun 17, 2018  
Studio Theatre The Remains
It's been ten years since Kevin and Theo's wedding -- one of the first legal same-sex marriages in the country. In celebration of their ten year anniversary, the couple hosts a dinner party for their families, inviting loved ones over to their gorgeously renovated condo for an evening of philosophical conversations and overcooked lasagna. But when Kevin and Theo reveal the secret behind their seemingly perfect relationship, their guests gain a whole new perspective on the couple's historic marriage. Star Trek: Discovery's Maulik Pancholy stars in Ken Urban's The Remains at the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Botticelli in the Fire May 24 - Jun 24, 2018  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Botticelli in the Fire
This ambitious ancient-modern mashup shows the spark of the culture war between Italian Renaissance artist and smoldering sensualist Sandro Botticelli, who's in the midst of painting his famed Venus on a half-shell, and the conservative priest who's challenging the relaxed morality of Lorenzo de Medici's Florence. That real-life historical conflict led to the "bonfire of the vanities" -- the burning of "sinful" items like art and books. Inspired by these actual events, Canadian playwright Jordan Tannahill gives Botticelli an apprentice/lover (none other that Leonardo da Vinci), and then traps him between the church and the powerful Medicis, forcing him to make an impossible choice. This American premiere of Botticelli in the Fire closes out the Woolly Mammoth Theatre's 38th season.
The Legend of Georgia McBride Jun 6 - Jul 1, 2018  
Round House Theatre The Legend of Georgia McBride
What do you do when your Elvis act gets the axe? With a pregnant wife, a woefully empty bank account and an eviction notice coming his way any minute, Casey is left with no choice but to trade in his signature jumpsuit for sequins and start strutting his stuff around the Florida panhandle as the area's newest drag queen. A music-filled comedy about finding your true voice, this production of The Legend of Georgia McBride at Bethesda's Round House Theatre will have you laughing and rooting for the underdog inside of us all.
#poolparty Jun 23 - Jul 15, 2018  
Joe's Movement Emporium #poolparty
#poolparty is a thought-provoking play about the history of swimming pools, the desegregation of a private swim club, and how the legacy of racism in the water continues to affect us all. See Jennifer Mendenhall's play at Joe's Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier.
Dave Jul 13 - Aug 19, 2018  
Arena Stage Dave
From a Tony and Pulitzer Prize award-winning creative team, comes the world-premiere musical comedy Dave, adapted from the Oscar-nominated film. Dave tells the story of high school teacher (and presidential lookalike) Dave Kovic, who is hired by the Secret Service as a stand-in for the Commander-in-Chief. When the President falls ill under less than "presidential" circumstances, Dave is thrust into the Oval Office to avoid a national scandal, and must find a way to gain the trust and love of the American people...and the First Lady.