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Aubergine  
Olney Theatre Center Aubergine
 
Classically trained French chef Ray leaves his job behind to care for his dying father, a Korean immigrant. Ray's father never appreciated his son's culinary accomplishments, and therefore food painfully divides the two, even as it serves as the key to memory and identity for all the characters in this off-Broadway hit. As much as the language of food perplexes his father, the Korean language vexes Ray even more. He finds himself asking his estranged girlfriend for translation assistance when his non-English-speaking uncle arrives with a bag full of strange ingredients. This perceptive drama from award-winning writer Julia Cho (Big Love, Fringe) distills the flavors of rich characters and complicated yet intense relationships, serving up a life-affirming soup that soothes. Tony Nam stars as Ray in this Olney Theatre Center production of Aubergine.
   
Blithe Spirit  
Annapolis Shakespeare Company Blithe Spirit
 
Noel Coward's high-spirited comedy! It's summertime in Kent and Charles Condomine is working on his latest novel, The Unseen. As part of his research, he and his wife Ruth host a seance with an eccentric medium known as Madame Arcati and invite their friends to play along. But the evening takes a supernatural turn when Arcati conjures Charles' deceased first wife, Elvira, who doesn't have plans to leave. Lighthearted and endearing, Blithe Spirit, playing at Annapolis Shakespeare Company, is an otherworldly classic that's sure to tickle your goosebumps!
   
Familiar  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Familiar
 
Her day job may be battling zombies on The Walking Dead, but actress Danai Gurira also happens to be a Tony-nominated playwright (2016's Eclipse), whose 2015 work Familiar has been called "fiercely funny" by The New York Times. This inter-generational comedy finds a Minnesota bride wanting to observe a Zimbabwean tradition in honor of her heritage, which sets off a deep-rooted conflict with her immigrant parents. This new production comes to the stage at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in DC as part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.
   
The Farnsworth Invention  
1st Stage Theatre The Farnsworth Invention
 
In his return to playwriting, celebrated film and television writer Aaron Sorkin's signature style lends itself to the remarkable story of the invention that changed our lives. In 1929, two ambitious visionaries race against each other to invent a device called "television." Separated by two thousand miles, each knows that if he stops working, even for a moment, the other will gain the edge. Who will unlock the key to the greatest innovation of the 20th century: the ruthless media mogul, or the self-taught Idaho farm boy? The answer comes to compelling life in the regional premiere of this "firecracker of a play" (The Chicago Sun-Times).
   
Hamlet  
Sidney Harman Hall Hamlet
 
Drama Desk winner Michael Urie (Buyer & Cellar, Ugly Betty) inhabits one of the greatest roles in the English language in Shakespeare Theatre Company's production of Hamlet, directed by artistic director Michael Kahn. Chances are you've read the play or seen one of the movie adaptations; you know some of the immortal lines ("To be or not to be?"), but if you haven't seen Shakespeare's masterpiece live on stage, then you haven't fully experienced this thrilling tale of political intrigue, murder, madness and duels to the death. See why Hamlet remains one of the great works of art at this production at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, D.C.
   
Handbagged  
Round House Theatre Handbagged
 
If Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth II were pitted against each other in a boxing match, who do you think would win? Or is it too hard to picture these primp and proper women in a physical fight? In which case, Handbagged may be one way to envision how two of the most powerful women in the world duke it out at the Round House Theatre. Behind closed palace doors, this comedy gives you a little idea of who'd have the upper hand if the gloves came off and the stiff upper lip softened. Don't miss the American premiere of this Olivier Award-winning UK play in Bethesda.
   
Hobson's Choice  
Quotidian Theatre at Writer's Center Hobson's Choice
 
In this Valentines Day-appropriate play, a 1800s rom-com features the old and cranky Mr. Hobson pitted in a battle with his headstrong daughter. Basically, he's trying to get in between her marriage so she'll eternally be a no-cost employee at his boot shop. If you think this sounds the slightest bit nutty, find out how successful the attempt is with Hobson's Choice at the Writer's Center in Bethesda.
   
The Lathe of Heaven  
Spooky Action Theater The Lathe of Heaven
 
Blessed -- or cursed -- with dreams that actually alter reality, The Lathe of Heaven finds George Orr under the hand of a doctor eager to exploit this amazing phenomenon. Together, Doctor Haber decides, they will remake the world. But it turns out that dreams won't be trained or coerced. As the good doctor uses his patient to tinker with reality, unintended con-sequences cascade and increase until the world itself begins to dissolve. Enjoy this classic tale of speculative fiction courtesy of Spooky Action Theater in Washington, DC.
   
No Word in Guyanese for Me  
DC Arts Center No Word in Guyanese for Me
 
Winner of the GLAAD Award, No Word in Guyanese for Me is a poetic exploration of a gay Muslim's journey to reconcile her faith and her sexuality. From a childhood in Guyana and adolescence in 9/11 New York City, to a disastrous arranged marriage and sexual awakening, Hanna struggles to come to terms with her devotion to her faith and the right to be accepted for who she is. Brought to you by the Rainbow Theatre Project, this performance at the DC Arts Center is part of the 2018 Women's Voices Theatre Festival.
   
Noura  
Lansburgh Theatre Noura
 
What does "home" mean and what will we do to protect it? As Noura and her husband Tareq prepare to celebrate their first Christmas as American citizens, she looks forward to welcoming a special guest -- Maryam, a young Iraqi refugee. But the girl's arrival upends the family, forcing them to confront where they are, where they've been and who they have become. Noura challenges our notions of modern marriage and motherhood through a portrait of Iraqi immigrants living in New York. In this world-premiere production, award-winning playwright and performer Heather Raffo (Nine Parts of Desire) draws on personal stories of Arab American women responding to A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen's classic drama of one mother's quest to balance her duty with her identity. Noura is presented at D.C.'s Lansburgh Theatre as part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.
   
Q, the Witch and the Magical Orb  
Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) Q, the Witch and the Magical Orb
 
Once upon a time there was an evil witch. And like most evil witches she did evil things. This witch took away wonderfully creative things in the world like music, dance, and art. She hides them away in her Magical Orb so nobody can find them. One day Q finds himself very bored in this world without art and decides to explore the dark blue cave. Guess what is in the dark blue cave? You guessed it... the Witch and her Magical Orb.
   
The Raid  
Anacostia Playhouse The Raid
 
Idris Goodwin's The Raid is a fabulation of a debate between two American icons: White abolitionist John Brown and Black abolitionist and social reformer Frederick Douglass. On the eve of Brown's raid on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry, these men argue the merits of violence and pacifism, order and chaos, and possibility of a nation free of the scourge of slavery.The Raid examines the difference between being an ally and an accomplice, the implications of race in social protest, and the limits of radicalism in the age of #Resistance. Experience The Raid at Theater Alliance at The Anacostia Playhouse in Washington DC.
   
Shear Madness  
The Kennedy Center Shear Madness
 
"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.
   
Skeleton Crew  
Centerstage Skeleton Crew
 
From the playwright of Detroit '67, Skeleton Crew (the third play in Dominique Morisseau's acclaimed Detroit trilogy) tells the story of four workers at the last exporting auto plant in Detroit struggling to survive as their way of life disappears. Set around 2008, this play vividly portrays the modern struggle in a changing America, and reveals the real people on the factory line. This skeleton crew-the bare minimum number of staff needed to function-is made up of people who keep the vital operations of the plant running in the face of obstacles, rumors, and, eventually, the confirmation of their worst fears. Loyalties are tested and boundaries are crossed as this vibrant team of loyal and proud workers navigate an uncertain future.
   
Steel Magnolias  
Kensington Town Hall Steel Magnolias
 
The bittersweet Southern comedy Steel Magnolias takes place in Truvy Jones' beauty salon, where three generations of outspoken Southern women regularly gather to laugh, cry and celebrate the events of their lives. But their world is rocked when M'Lynn's diabetic daughter gets pregnant, which could prove fatal -- and the ladies' inner strength and love for one another is put to the ultimate test. Based on the playwright's own upbringing, the touching and funny play was adapted into a popular film starring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine and Julia Roberts. Now, get ready to laugh and cry when all the camaraderie, humor and poignancy of Steel Magnolias comes to Kensington Town Hall.
   
The Veils  
Anacostia Arts Center The Veils
 
A female Marine returns home from deployment in Afghanistan to begin planning her wedding. While being tormented by her controlling sister and mother, she fights against the ghosts she's returned with from her experience overseas. Presented at the Anacostia Arts Center in D.C., The Veils is a deeply personal and timely drama written by Hope Villanueva and directed by Angela Kay Pirko.
   
The Wolves  
Studio Theatre The Wolves
 
Playwright Sarah DeLappe's acclaimed dark comedy The Wolves opens on a high school girls' indoor soccer team warming up with lunges and stretches. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. This unforgettable show is a portrait of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals. Watch as these fierce, fearless females engage in a tale of privilege and pain onstage at the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC.
   
Young Frankenstein  
Toby's Dinner Theatre - Columbia Young Frankenstein
 
Mel Brooks jolted his classic movie comedy Young Frankenstein back to life with a bunch of hilarious new songs, turning it into a monster Broadway hit. Now it's coming to Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia in a new production that tracks the tongue-in-cheek tale of young Dr. Frankenstein (or "Fronkensteen," as he prefers to be known) as he tries to complete his grandfather's work of re-animating the dead. He's helped out -- sorta -- by the hunchbacked, bulging-eyed Igor, his beautiful lab assistant, Inga, and the frightfully eccentric housekeeper Frau Blucher. The Brooks-penned score boasts such catchy tunes as "Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and "Puttin' on the Ritz." Tickets include a pre-show buffet.