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The Lover and The Collection Sep 26 - Oct 29, 2017  
Shakespeare Theatre Company at Lansburgh Theatre The Lover and The Collection
You can travel far and wide, but you'd be hard pressed to find anybody who'll tell you that marriage is easy -- and if you do, that person is probably lying. Coincidentally, lies are reoccurring themes in Nobel Prize-winning writer Harold Pinter's one-act plays The Lover and The Collection, coming to the Lansburgh Theatre in Washington, D.C. The Lover alternates between comedy and drama as a couple try to spice up their relationship by faking an affair, while in The Collection a pair of married couples add too much spice to their relationship while bitterly interrogating one another about a very real affair that may or may not have happened. Bring a date -- if you dare -- to this evening of rumors and recriminations.
Disney on Ice - Dare to Dream Sep 30 - Oct 8, 2017  
EagleBank Arena Disney on Ice - Dare to Dream
Celebrate what's possible as five Disney heroines spark the courage inside us all at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream! In her Disney On Ice debut, see how far Moana goes on a quest with demigod Maui to save her island and find her own identity. Anna's devotion to her sister Elsa sets her on a journey to stop an eternal winter. Rapunzel goes to great lengths to realize her dream. Fearless Belle befriends the enchanted castle staff and uncovers the Beast's gentleness. With help from her friends, Cinderella is determined to make her wish come true. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, discover your inner hero at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax.
Sotto Voce Oct 3 - Oct 29, 2017  
Theater J Sotto Voce
From Pulitzer-winning playwright Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics) comes Sotto Voce, a story of the resiliency of true love and the enduring power of memory presented at the Edlavitch DCJCC's Theater J in Washington, D.C. German-born novelist Bemadette Kahn lost the love of her life during World War II when he fled Nazi Germany on the S.S. St. Louis, a ship carrying nearly a thousand Jewish refugees seeking haven in North America. Both Cuba and the U.S. turned the ship away, forcing many of the passengers to return to Europe and perish in Nazi concentration camps. Kahn's past resurfaces when a young Jewish-Cuban writer contacts her to research the ship's tragic voyage, forging a relationship deepened by memories of her great lost love.
Our Town Oct 4 - Nov 12, 2017  
Olney Theatre Center Our Town
Proclaimed "the greatest American play ever written," Thornton Wilder's Our Town looks at the power of life and death even in the brightest and most unassuming of settings. Winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1938, this hard-hitting drama has been performed on Broadway and beyond. Now, a small cast of just seven characters play what is traditionally a play with over 20 characters. Young lovers George and Emily grapple with lost potential, the sacrifices one makes and the beauty found in life -- if only you take the time to really look at it. Narrated by the nameless Stage Manager (played by Angels in America's Jon Hudson Odom), the actors perform this profound drama with Bunraku-style puppets to represent the rest of the townspeople, often breaking the fourth wall to address the audience directly. Don't miss this quietly heartbreaking show at the Olney Theatre Center.
I'll Get You Back Again Oct 4 - Oct 29, 2017  
Round House Theatre I'll Get You Back Again
High-energy rock 'n' roll comedy ensues when a struggling stand-up comedian sets aside her joke-telling aspirations to sit in for her deceased father as the bassist for his seminal psychedelic rock band. It's not long before old tensions rise and Chloe finds herself navigating memory and history as the group's ancient past begins to bubble up. Through it all, the band plays on in a fun, poignant show packed with live music and lessons from the '60s at Round House Theatre in Bethesda.
The Effect Oct 4 - Oct 29, 2017  
Studio Theatre The Effect
Are Connie and Tristan really in love, or is it just the antidepressants talking? As volunteers in a clinical trial for a new super-drug, their sudden and illicit romance forces the supervising doctors to intervene and confront the ethics of what they're doing. See what The New York Times called ""a knockout, a ravishment of the senses." The Effect challenges our pill-popping culture with humor and scintillating drama at Studio Theatre - Stage 4 in Washington, D.C.
Momma's Boy Oct 5 - Oct 8, 2017  
Warner Theatre Momma's Boy
A woman must choose between the man she loves and the son she gave birth to in the stirring musical play Momma's Boy at Warner Theatre. Aaron and Autumn join forces as a couple and on the police force of a violence-plagued inner city. Then Autumn finds herself, and her two boys, in need of a home and moves in with Aaron, who also lives with his mama. And that's when things really get interesting, as Aaron looks to turn Autumn's spoiled boys into men, and Autumn looks to confront Aaron about his own codependent mother-son relationship. Watch the sparks fly as a powerhouse African-American cast brings Momma's Boy to D.C.
Antony and Cleopatra Oct 10 - Nov 19, 2017  
Folger Theatre Antony and Cleopatra
Journey to ancient Egypt from the comfort of D.C.'s historic Folger Shakespeare Library, which will be transformed to present the play in-the-round. Directed by Robert Richmond (Othello, Timon of Athens, Henry V), Folger Theatre presents Antony and Cleopatra, the story of one of the most famous couples in history and their tempestuous, doomed love affair. They were two of the greatest lovers to ever walk the earth, but they were also political figures, and the pressures and the demands of their public life eventually tore them apart. Cleopatra is one of Shakespeare's most complex female roles, all too human underneath the tragic grandeur. Allow the Queen of Egypt to rule your heart for an evening.
Shining Brow Oct 14 - Oct 21, 2017  
Atlas Performing Arts Center Shining Brow
Celebrity architect Frank Lloyd Wright made his mark on the design world with over 1,000 designed structures, many of which remain as preserved, highly regarded homes in Los Angeles. Does cheating dismiss the work of this genius? Shining Brow explores the steamy affair between Wright and Mamah Borthwick Cheney, a high-spirited feminist who was, at the time, a client's very attractive wife. While both parties left their spouses, the couple was under constant public ridicule until Cheney's murder by fire. This opera from Daron Hagen takes a psychological look into one of America's greatest minds at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C.
The Adventures of Peter Pan Oct 18 - Nov 19, 2017  
Synetic Theater The Adventures of Peter Pan
Feel that sprinkle of pixie dust? You're about to take flight with Peter Pan, the Darling children, and that mischievous little Tinkerbell. They're off to join the Lost Boys in an epic battle with the delightfully sinister Captain Hook. Your kids will gasp and cheer at the acrobatics on stage (but keep the little ones at home, this show is perfect for 7-year-olds and older), and you'll love the intimate Synetic Theater at Crystal City, where there's not a bad seat in the house.
The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus Oct 19 - Nov 12, 2017  
Anacostia Playhouse The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus
Playwright Steven A. Butler, Jr., author of acclaimed play Chocolate Covered Ants, returns to the Anacostia Playhouse in Washington, D.C. with a new story of love, loss and family. The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus is set in rural Maryland in 1927, focusing on a group of black circus performers who struggle to be respected both as artists and as human beings. Featuring authentic vaudeville-inspired performances from the 1920s, this new musical pays tribute to a group of brave actors seeking the freedom to pursue their craft.
Drumming With Dishes Oct 25 - Oct 29, 2017  
Atlas Performing Arts Center Drumming With Dishes
What happens when you invite someone very different from you to come over to play? In a very special kitchen, a lively child and her shy imaginary friend cook up beautiful music using pasta box shakers, dishes, spoons and many more surprising instruments. Drumming With Dishes is a whimsical interactive performance, which celebrates friendship, play and imagination. As our heroine empowers her imaginary friend to create music, kids ages 2 to 5 will discover just what wonders can be accomplished when we all play together. This gentle non-verbal show will fill D.C.'s Atlas Performing Arts Center with wonder.
Fool In Love Oct 26 - Nov 19, 2017  
Silver Spring Black Box Theater Fool In Love
Never did a career burn brighter or shorter than that of Frankie Lymon. As the lead singer of The Teenagers, one of the biggest acts in the early history of rock 'n' roll, Lymon was the angelic voice behind hits like "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?," "Goody Goody," "Little Bitty Pretty One," and "So Young." Relive Lymon's gift with Fool in Love: A Musical Night in the Life of Frankie Lymon, an astonishing live performance that re-creates the rise and fall of a teenage musical sensation. Hear all the hits performed with such talent and enthusiasm by Rayshun Lamarr in the starring role, you'll swear that Lymon is with us still, performing just for you at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre.
The Bridges of Madison County Oct 27 - Nov 18, 2017  
Kensington Town Hall The Bridges of Madison County
Inspired by the best-selling novel and critically acclaimed film, the theatrical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County continues its legacy as one of the most romantic stories ever told. Set in a sleepy Iowa town, the musical follows a bored housewife who finds her life forever changed when she meets a traveling National Geographic photographer. What begins as a chance encounter evolves into an exhilarating whirlwind of passion, desire and everlasting love in what's been hailed by New York Daily News as "one of Broadway's best in the last decade." Featuring a stunning soundtrack from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, this stirring production of Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman's The Bridges of Madison County will sweep you off your feet at the Kensington Town Hall.
Klecksography: Toil and Trouble Oct 28  
Atlas Performing Arts Center Klecksography: Toil and Trouble
Just in time for Halloween, a witch's brew of wicked short plays comes to Atlas Performing Arts Center. Klecksography: Toil and Trouble is an evening of seven short plays, each written and staged in just seven days, each telling a tale of witches past and present. Produced by the daring D.C. company Rorschach Theatre, this mini-festival of boldly brilliant new works, freshly created by a diverse group of talented playwrights, will make you laugh, touch your heart, and maybe even haunt your dreams.
Mean Girls Oct 31 - Dec 3, 2017  
The National Theatre Mean Girls
Tony winner Casey Nicholaw (Aladdin, The Book of Mormon) directs Mean Girls, a new musical featuring a book by nine-time Emmy winner Tina Fey. Produced by Lorne Michaels and Stuart Thompson, the production includes original music by three-time Emmy winner Jeff Richmond (30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and lyrics by Tony nominee Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde). Full of razor-sharp wit and remarkable insight, Mean Girls looks at friendship -- and human nature -- through a ferociously funny lens. Be the first to see this world premiere at the National Theatre in D.C.
A Tuna Christmas Nov 3 - Nov 19, 2017  
Bowie Playhouse A Tuna Christmas
Everything's bigger in Texas, and that includes Christmas. In fact, the overheated holiday spirit of one tiny Texas town is enough to melt the North Pole in A Tuna Christmas. Radio station news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report live on the holiday craziness that has gripped Tuna, Texas (population: 24), including an imperiled A Christmas Carol staging and a sabotaged yard-decorating contest. Enjoy this hilarious holiday play at the Bowie Playhouse.
A Coffin in Egypt Nov 15 - Dec 16, 2017  
Writer's Center A Coffin in Egypt
Academy Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Horton Foote's A Coffin in Egypt recounts the dramatic life of an elderly Texas widow, played by acclaimed local actress Jane Squier Bruns. Jack Sbarbori directs this one-woman play at Writer's Center in Bethesda.
St. Nicholas Nov 16 - Dec 17, 2017  
Writer's Center St. Nicholas
Now coming to the stage at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, this critically acclaimed one-man show asks the audience to question whether a Dublin theater critic really did run into vampires while chasing a young actress in London. St. Nicholas springs from the brilliant mind of Irish playwright Conor McPherson (The Weir, The Night Alive) and stars master McPherson interpreter Steve Beall.
A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas Nov 17 - Dec 16, 2017  
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas
An original adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale of redemption and holiday cheer comes to the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater for the first time. A Christmas Carol -- A Ghost Story of Christmas is a haunting yet heartwarming -- and frequently very funny -- reimagining of the journey of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and the three ghostly spirits that visit him on Christmas Eve. This adaptation of the classic tale puts the story's supernatural elements front and center for a high spirited and spooky production that prompted a critic for the Hartford Advocate to opine, "If Alfred Hitchcock had done A Christmas Carol, he'd have done it exactly like this."
The Way of the World Jan 9 - Feb 11, 2018  
Folger Theatre The Way of the World
Mae is a sweet-natured woman with just a little baggage -- a $600 million inheritance. When her womanizing boyfriend Henry dallies with her protective aunt, the world seems too much for her. Both women become the object of ridicule and scandal -- but Henry has a plan to win the heiress back. In the lush and opulent land inhabited by the Hamptons' one percent, where money and status determine everything, can love conquer all? Freely adapted by Theresa Rebeck (co-creator of the hit TV show Smash and Broadway's Seminar and Mauritius) from William Congreve's classic comedy of manners, The Way of the World is a sparklingly witty physical comedy illuminating the foibles of the upper class. See on the stage of Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C.