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An Act Of God  
Signature Theatre An Act Of God
 
God is back. And he's got a lot to say. Inhabiting the body of beloved DC actor Tom Story (Round House Theatre's Angels in America, MetroStage's Fully Committed), and flanked by his ever-faithful archangels, the Supreme Being gifts his mortals with an entirely new set of Ten Commandments in a sinfully funny whirlwind of comedy heaven.
   
Annie  
Olney Theatre Center Annie
 
From the director of last year's hit holiday musical, Mary Poppins, the sun will come out brightly during the holidays. Annie has been the gateway for millions of kids to develop a love of live theatre, with this 40th Anniversary production, a new generation gets its shot. It's the middle of the Great Depression in New York City, and hard-knocks abound, especially for Annie and her friends at the orphanage run by Miss Hannigan. But when billionaire-celebrity Oliver Warbucks requires the presence of an orphan to soften his image, Annie unexpectedly finds a way into his heart. Along the way, Warbucks attempts to help Annie find her lost parents, prompting Miss Hannigan to concoct a scheme intended to get her hands on Annie and Warbucks' cash. Featuring Patricia Hurley (Mary Poppins), Kevin McAllister (Ford Theatre's Ragtime), Rachel Zampelli (Evita), and Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Rent - Tony Award Winner).
   
Christmas at the Old Bull and Bush  
MetroStage Christmas at the Old Bull and Bush
 
Christmas at the Old Bull and Bush transports you to London, circa 1912, where you'll be treated to a holiday-themed variety show in the classic style of the famed British music hall. Mistress of Ceremonies Florrie Forde brings the mirth and mayhem via a sleighful of Christmas carols, comedy sketches, sing-alongs and more. A staple at the Old Vat Room at Arena Stage for years, this seasonal extravaganza now comes to MetroStage in Alexandria, where you can raise a pint and feast on traditional mince pies while enjoying the on-stage antics of Mr. Bertie Ramsbottom, Mr. Charles Archibald Potts and company.
   
A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas  
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."
   
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.
   
A Coffin in Egypt  
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.
   
Crazy For You  
Signature Theatre Crazy For You
 
A musical-loving banker sent to foreclose on a small-town theatre decides to revive it instead with the magic of the Follies, some slapstick comedy and a whole lot of charm. Flush with mistaken identities, a classic love story and 1930s glamour, Crazy for You radiates with playful humor and high-energy show-stopping numbers.
   
Frosty the Snowman  
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater Frosty the Snowman
 
The family holiday classic Frosty the Snowman comes to life on the stage at the Washington County Playhouse in Hagerstown. Frosty the Snowman makes a triumphant return and gets everyone in the holiday spirit! The hourlong musical is preceded by a snack lunch featuring your choice of a slice of oven baked cheese pizza or an all beef hot dog.
   
Madeline's Christmas  
Gunston Arts Center Madeline's Christmas
 
"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived 12 little girls in two straight lines." So begins Ludwig Bemelmans' classic children's tale Madeline's Christmas, brought to life by the young actors of Encore Stage & Studio. When Miss Clavel and the girls catch the flu, it's up to the ever-resilient Madeline to save the day. Watch her whip up a holiday miracle in this charming musical at Arlington's Gunston Arts Center.
   
Mean Girls  
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.
   
Miracle On 34th Street  
Toby's Dinner Theatre - Columbia Miracle On 34th Street
 
Single mother, Doris Walker, doesn't want her six-year-old Susan's head filled with romantic notions. Their neighbor, Fred Gailey, tries to woo Doris by charming Susan and taking her to see Santa Claus at Macy's, where Doris works. Doris is not impressed, but when it turns out that Macy's Santa may, in fact, be the real Kris Kringle, a wave of love spreads across New York City that melts even the most cynical hearts.
   
My Name Is Asher Lev  
1st Stage Theatre My Name Is Asher Lev
 
In Aaron Posner's imaginative retelling of Chaim Potok's beloved novel, a young Jewish painter is torn between his Hassidic upbringing and his need to pursue his artistic voice. As art and faith collide in this humorous and compelling journey, Asher must choose between his community and his vast artistic promise. This stirring adaptation of a modern classic presents a heartbreaking and triumphant vision of what it means to be an artist. Be sure to see the show that Talkin' Broadway called "thought-provoking, humorous and deeply insightful" when it comes to 1st Stage Theater in Tysons just outside of D.C.
   
Nina Simone: Four Women  
Arena Stage Nina Simone: Four Women
 
Velvet-throated songstress Nina Simone hypnotized audiences with her signature renditions of standards from the American songbook. But on September 15, 1963, a devastating explosion in Birmingham, Alabama rocked our entire nation to the core, and from the memory of the four little girls that were lost in this unimaginable tragedy came "Four Women" - along with Simone's other activist anthems like "Mississippi Goddam," "Old Jim Crow" and "To Be Young, Gifted and Black." Through storytelling and song, Nina Simone: Four Women reveals how this iconic chanteuse found her true voice - and how the "High Priestess of Soul" helped define the sound of the Civil Rights Movement.
   
Nothing to Lose (But Our Chains)  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Nothing to Lose (But Our Chains)
 
He's a thought-provoking standup comic, a TV personality, and an all-around good father and man... but he used to be a drug dealer, a convict, and a dangerous-ass mothafucka. Nothing to Lose (But Our Chains) tells the hilarious and harrowing story of how one Black man went from six years in a state prison to a six-figure job in corporate America to a new life as an activist and satirist. Performed by Felonious and a cast of Chicago's sharpest comedians, the latest installment in the long-running partnership between Woolly Mammoth and The Second City will combine sketch, stand-up, and music to remind us that true freedom comes only from within.
   
The Nutcracker  
The Kennedy Center The Nutcracker
 
From the moment we meet toymaker Drosselmeier in his workshop, elaborate sets, sparkling costumes, and impressive choreography will take your breath away. Plenty of inventive twists also abound, from a toy bear that comes to life and a grandfather with Hip Hop moves to a line of giant Russian nesting dolls. It all adds up to a delicious ballet feast impossible to resist!
   
The Pajama Game  
Arena Stage The Pajama Game
 
The Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory is a tiptop model of efficiency - so why are things getting so steamy? It could have something to do with how hard new superintendent Sid Sorokin has fallen for Babe Williams, the trouble-making head of the union grievance committee. Sparks really start to fly when a workers' strike pits management against labor and ignites an outrageous battle of the sexes. Packed with seductive dance numbers like "Steam Heat" and "Hernando's Hideaway," the best way to ensure a good night's rest during the hectic holiday season is to play The Pajama Game!
   
The Real Americans  
Atlas Performing Arts Center The Real Americans
 
Inspired by 100 days traveling in a van through small-town America, actor-journalist Dan Hoyle enacts a multi-character encounter with the people at ground zero of our country's growing economic inequality and polarized politics. Hoyle's quest to "break the liberal bubble" sends him on an unforgettable journey into the lives of the real Americans: union coal miners, rural drug dealers, anti-war Veterans and closeted gay creation theory experts, to name just a few. Find out why The Huffington Post hailed The Real Americans as "nothing short of brilliant: unsettling, poignant, and hilarious," when Mosaic Theater Company presents it at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC.
   
A Short Series of Disagreements Presented Here in Chronological Order  
Studio Theatre A Short Series of Disagreements Presented Here in Chronological Order
 
Arguments -- most people would bend over backwards to avoid one. Not Daniel Kitson: he's turning them into his latest stage show. Called "The Salinger of Stand-Up" (London's The Guardian), this quirky British comedian is bringing his wry, rapid-fire, digressive storytelling style to A Short Series of Disagreements Presented Here in Chronological Order. Kitson has performed off-Broadway and in numerous award-winning shows at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and now he makes his Washington, D.C., debut at the Studio Theatre with this piece told entirely through a blend of debates, discussions, tiffs and squabbles.
   
St. Nicholas  
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.
   
Top Girls  
Keegan Theatre Top Girls
 
What is the meaning of success? That question is at the crux of Caryl Churchill's Top Girls, the Obie Award-winning play making its premiere at the Keegan Theatre. This contemporary examination of a woman's role in society tells the story of a career-driven woman and the sacrifices she makes for her achievements. Featuring Churchill's famous dinner party scene placing five woman from five different historical periods, this powerful production explores the loss of humanity needed to attain power in a male-dominated environment.
   
Twelfth Night  
Shakespeare Theatre Company at Sidney Harman Hall Twelfth Night
 
If you ever find yourself in a sinking ship, just pray that you're as lucky as Viola, the heroine of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. When she washes ashore in a mysterious land called Illyria after a shipwreck, rather than scavenging for food and struggling to survive she finds herself dressing up as a man, falling in love and getting drawn into a gender-bending maze of mistaken identity and mismatched passions. While disguised as a man, Viola falls in love with Duke Orsinio, who himself is in love with Countess Olivia, who in turn falls in love with Viola, who she mistakes for a man. Filled with juicy comedic characters and beloved scoundrels, Twelfth Night features some of Shakespeare's wittiest wordplay -- and now it's coming to Washington, D.C.'s Sidney Harman Hall.
   
Vicuna and The American Epilogue  
Atlas Performing Arts Center Vicuna and The American Epilogue
 
What will the world look like eight years from now? It's a question a lot of classy people have been asking lately. The Pulitzer Prize finalist who wrote Other Desert Cities has an idea, and it makes up the new epilogue of his huge Trumpian satire, Vicuña. John de Lancie (you know, Q from Next Generation and Breaking Bad) stars in this show, which originally premiered as a much-needed antidote to the 2016 election season. The action follows an Iranian tailor who has a tough job: making a custom suit for a real-estate tycoon preparing for the final presidential debate. Bring some laughter to the insanity at the terrific Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C.