These four constant companions -- Watson, the trusty sidekick to Sherlock Holmes; Watson, the loyal engineer who built Bell's first telephone; Watson, the unstoppable super-computer that became reigning Jeopardy! champ; and Watson, an amiable techno-dweeb who, in the present day, is just looking for love -- become one in this brilliantly witty, time-jumping, loving tribute and cautionary tale dedicated to the people and machines upon which we all depend. See The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence at Silver Spring Stage.
In its first major D.C. production in nearly 30 years, Bertolt Brecht's epic adventure comes to vibrant life in an innovative new production at D.C.'s Source. As corruption and violence rage in the Caucasus Mountains (giving the play its distinctive name), one woman's heroism in saving an abandoned baby is put on trial. But what's at stake is the entire social order. Constellation Theatre Company's 360-degree immersive staging gives you a front-row seat to Brecht's brilliant scenes -- from the heroine's desperate tiptoe across a precarious rope bridge to the frantic courtroom drama that decides everyone's fate. With a cast of 14 actors playing more than 60 vivid characters -- and propelled by a rock-inspired score performed live by a three-piece band -- the play recalls a time much like our own, one of political and social revolution, but fortified with a promise of compassion and hope.
In Arthur Miller's classic play about the Salem witch trials, unseen and unseeable evil stalks the town, threatening to destroy the lives of the God-fearing colonists. A clique of young girls are the only ones capable of unmasking the terror allegedly caused by hidden witches and devil's consorts. The girls uncover ugly truths, settle old scores and leave behind a trail of destruction. Since its premiere in 1953, a masterful allegory for the rise of McCarthyism in the late 1940s, The Crucible has become an American classic. Experience the timeless and poignant tale at Olney Theatre Center's mainstage.
A star-crossed prophecy, and a lot of music -- just not a lot of light -- make up the latest production from 1st Stage Theater in Tysons. In this darkly comic rock-fable, a melancholy sandwich maker's humdrum life is intersected by two entrancing sisters. A sweeping ode to young love set against the backdrop of the northeast blackout of 1965, Fly by Night is a tale about making your way and discovering hope in a world beset by darkness.
Sail off on a fantastic musical excursion when a band of comical pirates lands at North Beach looking for an expert digger to join their crew. Braid Beard and his mates enlist young Jeremy Jacob, as they try to find the perfect spot to bury their treasure. Jeremy finds that adventuring can be lots of fun, but also learns that love and home are treasures you can't find on any map. The whole family will love this delightful and swashbuckling musical adventure at the Washington County Playhouse in Hagerstown, which includes a kid-friendly lunch of either a slice of oven-baked cheese pizza or an all-beef hot dog.
Most likely the only New Zealand-born Jewish Canadian comedian you'll ever come across, Deb Filler delivers her newest one-woman show to MetroStage's female-centric Spring Solo Series. Filler's latest tour-de-force play, I Did It My Way in Yiddish (in English), finds her with a guitar and a grab bag of lovable characters, sharing stories of her encounters with three Lennys: Leonard Bernstein, Leonard Cohen and another musician called Lenny. Wahington Jewish Week raves she's "a master of mimicry." She's received rave reviews for the show in Toronto, London, Sydney, Jerusalem, NYC and L.A., and was last seen at MetroStage baking challah live on the stage while performing as 27 different people in Filler Up.
When you picture a B&B, you probably see a charming Victorian, a cozy fireplace, lots of doilies and tchotchkes strewn about. But for Elias and Jenny, the young Brooklyn couple at the center of Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker's John, there's nothing quaint about their little getaway. With their relationship in trouble, the couple checks in only to be greeted by a cheerful yet somehow ... off innkeeper. Soon, it becomes apparent that they're not alone. Shot-through with Baker's wit and lyrical beauty, with shades of the supernatural, John is "so good on so many levels that it casts a unique and brilliant light" (The New Yorker). Now you can experience it at Signature Theatre in Arlington.
Here's a picture you wouldn't imagine in 1950 South Africa: Two black men and a white boy joking and dancing together. Defying the harsh realities of apartheid, Harold's black workers are more than just his employees -- They're his friends. Faced with the return of his alcoholic father, Harold must weigh his father's racist outlook against the respect he has for his companions. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play in 1982, and initially banned in South Africa, "Master Harold" ... and the boys remains one of the most powerful coming-of-age plays ever written. Come see it at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda.
Metal, mystery and mayhem ensue in The Mystery of Edwin Drood [Symphonic Metal Version], a raucous reenactment of Charles Dickens' unfinished novel where the audience picks a new ending every show. Landless Theatre Company, creators of the Helen Hayes nominated Sweeney Todd [Prog Metal Version] and 2008 Musical Pick of the Fringe Diamond Dead), team up with Rupert Holmes to turn his Tony-winning musical up to 11 in their latest MetalTheatre treatment at the Logan Fringe Arts Space in D.C. The Fringe Arts Bar opens one hour before each performance.
Based on the Disney movie, and set in New York City at the turn of the century, this Tony Award winning, high energy musical is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, the leader of a ragged band of "newsies." Jack dreams of a better life but when publishing titans raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, he rallies "newsies" from across the city to strike for what's right.
In Paper Dolls, a group of five Filipino guest workers living in Tel Aviv spend their days caring for elderly Orthodox men and their nights performing in nightclubs as drag queens -- and the craziest part is, this karaoke musical is based on a true story! First profiled in an acclaimed 2006 documentary, the workers must contend with an immigration system that denies them citizenship and will deport them if they lose their jobs, while still enjoying the socially accepting atmosphere of Tel Aviv compared to the Philippines. See the American premiere of this vibrant, thought-provoking musical at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C.
It's 1976, and Ray, a newly single parent, has only one goal: Keep his twin boys alive. Both of Ray's sons are hemophiliacs, which means that in addition to the regular stresses of single parenthood Ray must also contend with endless hospital trips, rigorous testing and frequent blood transfusions. When Ray meets Roz -- an optimistic and caring doctor with a miracle treatment for his sons' condition -- he thinks that he's found his savior. But miracles aren't always what they appear to be, and life on the cutting edge of biomedicine means moral ambiguity and impossible choices. Powerful, urgent and beautiful, Roz and Ray charts the untold story of a devastating chapter of medical and queer history. See why the Chicago Tribune deemed this a "very powerful play," when it comes to the stage of Theater J in Washington, DC.
"Shear Madness" is one of the most popular entertainments in the world, delighting audiences night after night with its unique blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery.
This unique comedy-whodunit takes place today in the "Shear Madness" hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor. During the course of the action, a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime.The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem.
Rainbow Theatre Project presents Top and Bottom, the hit of the New York Fringe Festival. Two hunks display all of their charms as they celebrate the splendors of gay dating in this alluring comedy. Top and Bottom explores an encounter between two young men who want to explore their sexual bondage fantasies. The only problem? They're a bit klutzy, a bit nerdy, and not totally sure what they're doing! A sure-fire crowd pleaser for bachelorette parties, girls and boys nights out or just a roaring good time for anyone who appreciates the male form ... and a good laugh.
It's 1833, and change is coming to rural County Donegal. While a hodgepodge group gathers at an Irish-language hedge school to study classics of Greek and Latin literature, British army engineers arrive to map the country, draw new borders and translate local place names into the King's English. Languages and histories collide, kindling romance and inciting violence. A modern classic from an Irish master, directed by Studio Theatre's Belfast-born Associate Artistic Director, Translations reminds us how personal the political can be. Watch it all unfold at Studio Theatre's Metheny Theatre in Washington, DC.
It's 1969 and the Civil Rights Movement is sending tremors through Pittsburgh's Hill District. At the center of the community is Memphis Lee's diner, slated to be demolished - a casualty of the city's renovation project. Confronted with a rapidly changing world, Memphis and his regular customers struggle to maintain their solidarity and sense of pride. From Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson comes this masterpiece about everyday lives in the shadow of great events, and of unsung citizens who are anything but ordinary.
Welcome to Hanover Middle School, where a pair of teachers are getting down and dirty with today's lesson. The nimble duo goes round after round on the mat of our nation's history, tackling race, sex and power in this kaleidoscopic and fearless comedy for mature audiences. Ars Nova, a company committed to developing outside-the-box thinking and supporting innovative, genre-bending work, was dubbed a "fertile incubator of offbeat theater" by The New York Times. Ars Nova presents Jennifer Kidwell and Scott Sheppard's Underground Railroad Game at Washington, DC's Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Are you ready to play?
Widely regarded as the most significant play of the 20th century, Waiting for Godot is something every theater lover should see at least once. What playwright Samuel Beckett built with this work was a monument -- not of stones, but of words -- to the mysteries of existence, and his towering achievement moves and unsettles audiences like no other play. On a lonely road beneath a barren tree, two vagabonds wait for a man named Mr. Godot. As the evening unfolds, a desperate, humorous and unchanging universe is revealed, delighting and challenging all those who experience it. Directed by the Tony Award-winning Garry Hynes, Waiting for Godot makes its regional premiere at Lansburgh Theatre.
Transporting you from Sicilia to Bohemia and safely home once more, Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale is a spellbinding tale of jealousy, prophecy and redemption that celebrates the magic of story-telling and the power of forgiveness. Lose yourself in this fantastical play filled with love and loss at Folger Theatre in D.C.
Ease on down the road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion as they try to figure out how to get Dorothy back to Harlem. The funky Tony Award-winning musical The Wiz is based on L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz with a score by Charlie Smalls. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and Best Original Score, The Wiz includes such numbers as "Slide Some Oil to Me," "He's the Wizard," "No Bad News" and "Mean Ole Lion." This Tony-winning musical is coming to Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.