Everyone's favorite creepy clan The Addams Family hits the stage with a macabre musical that's so hilarious it's scary. Gather around the family mansion and watch Morticia and Gomez wrestle with a nightmarish turn of events. Their daughter, the ever-precocious Wednesday, has done the scariest thing imaginable -- she's fallen in love with an average, run-of-the-mill boy. What's worse, she wants her freaky family to pretend to be "normal" for one night to impress her new boyfriend's parents. Watch what happens when Pugsley, Grandmama, Uncle Fester and Lurch put their own horrific spin on hospitality. Inspired by Charles Addams' iconic comic strip and featuring a script written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this family-friendly production of the Tony-nominated musical lurks into the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater. Your ticket includes salad bar, hot buffet dinner and dessert.
Lenny is a great guy: a good teacher, an excellent father and a loving husband. So when his wife leaves him for a smooth-talking lothario, his life is shattered. While Lenny consoles himself with pizza and Monday Night Football, his best friend Mick takes matters into his own hands. How far is too far to get back to happily-ever-after? Find out when dark comedy Any Given Monday touches down at Arlington's Gunston Arts Center.
You probably know the meme of the cartoon dog surrounded by flames and declaring: "This is fine." But you might not know this classic work that may as well have inspired it. Mild-mannered Mr. Biederman tries to live a blameless life, refusing to acknowledge evil of any kind -- even as the world around him burns. The facade comes crashing down when he allows two smooth-talking guests to move in to his home and they start filling his attic with petrol drums. Part moral fable and part black farce, Alistair Beaton's The Arsonists is an elegant, witty translation of Max Frisch's 1958 absurdist comedy The Firebugs, which was inspired by the Communist takeover of Czechoslovakia in 1948 and satirizes the way in which people can be manipulated into accommodating their own destruction.
The classic fairy tale Cinderella comes to life in an hour-long, kid-friendly musical. This Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater production will be signed, spoken and sung for people of all hearing abilities to enjoy. Before the show, you'll be treated to a light lunch of -- choose between an all-beef hot dog and potato chips or a slice of oven-baked cheese pizza.
Deathtrap, the longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway, slayed audiences for years with its masterful mix of razor-sharp wit and suspense, and now it'll be brought back to vibrant life by Silver Spring Stage. In this diabolically-told tale by Ira Levin (The Stepford Wives, Rosemary's Baby), a once-successful and now-desperate playwright embarks on a fateful collaboration with one of his college-seminar students in pursuit of a much needed hit. But their partnership kicks off a series of murderous plots and thrilling twists that'll keep you guessing "whodunit" right up to the final curtain.
Iconic blues singer Bessie Smith's life was as large and outrageous as her talent. Live it with her as The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith takes you back to a 1937 Memphis "buffet flat" where the partying, laughter and bawdiness reach a crescendo after Bessie and her band are turned away by a whites-only theater. Starring Miche Braden, reprising the role she originated off-Broadway, the musical is packed with a trove of Bessie's all-time hits, including "I Ain't Got Nobody," "St. Louis Blues" and "Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do." Get rowdy with a musical legend when Mosaic Theater Company's production of The Devil's Music comes to D.C.'s Atlas Performing Arts Center.
In Disgraced, idle dinner party chit-chat explodes into the kind of rollicking, no-holds-barred argument that makes for truly delicious theater. Winner of a Pulitzer Prize, and also a Tony nominee for Best Play, this fascinating, powerful drama centers on a Pakistani-American lawyer who hosts a dinner party for a black co-worker and her Jewish husband, but what starts out as civil conversation quickly erupts into a volatile argument over race, religion and more. Now, this blistering Broadway hit -- written by actor-playwright Ayad Akhtar (who co-wrote and starred in the award-winning 2005 film The War Within) -- comes to the NextStop Theatre.
It's the 1960's, rhythm and blues blended with other styles of popular music creating a new American sound popular with black and white audiences alike. DREAMGIRLS follows the rise and fall of "The Dreams", an all-female, black singing group who learn the reality of show "business". This groundbreaking musical features the classic hits 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going', "I Am Changing' and "One Night Only'. Please note: Fog, haze and strobe effects may be used in this production.
In the Heights made a splash on Broadway, scoring the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical and winning over audiences with its fresh-faced charm and vibrant music. Olney Theatre Center's production, co-produced by Round House Theatre, now brings this hit to the D.C. and Baltimore area. With incredible hip-hop dancing, a contemporary Latin-flavored score and a story from Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of the hit Broadway show Hamilton), In the Heights is an exhilarating journey into the lives of the residents of the Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City -- a place where the coffee from Usnavi's corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the scent of impending change. Like many in his community, Usnavi struggles to decide which traditions to keep and which to leave behind.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Adly Guirgis darkly comic meditation on redemption and faith, Angel Cruz is a 30-year-old bicycle messenger awaiting trial for the death of the leader of a religious cult. Inside Rikers Island, a terrified Angel is befriended by a charismatic serial killer named Lucius Jenkins. Lucius has found God and been born again, and now, Angel's life and the course of his trial will be changed forever.
Senators Cassius and Brutus are suspicious of Caesar's growing power in the Republic. They fear he'll accept offers to become Emperor. Cassius is jealous, and he convinces Brutus to participate in assassinating Caesar. The conspirators stab Caesar in a gruesome murder. Yet their troubles have just begun. Citizens unite and rebel. Unrest sweeps Rome. The rebels flee Greece and wage battle against Caesar-loyalist Mark Antony and his troops in a vain attempt to reclaim power. Political aspirations and the fate of Rome hang in the balance during this climactic battle. Scena Theatre's modern interpretation of Julius Caesar features an all-star cast from the D.C. area. Revel in this timeless tale as it unfolds on the stage of Atlas Performing Arts Center, and discover the parallels of modern Washington and ancient Rome.
In the beginning was the mattress. Gradually, other little changes - more bolts on the front door; the gun; the locked cupboard. And she knew in her heart that change was bad. Lela & Co. is one woman's harrowing battle for survival in an increasingly unjust world.
When Stephen Sondheim first brought A Little Night Music to the stage in 1973, the musical's elegance and charm led to four Tony Award wins. Now its Sweden-set tale of a tangled web of affairs comes to Arlington in a new production at Signature Theatre. Centered around the charismatic actress Desiree Armfeldt, A Little Night Music follows one terribly complicated weekend in the country, where lovers, ex-lovers, wives and husbands all come together, and seemingly endless possibilities for new romances and second chances bring plenty of surprises. Witty and filled with deeply touching moments of regret and desire, A Little Night Music also features one of Sondheim's most popular songs, the haunting "Send in the Clowns."
Good fences make good neighbors...right? From the outrageous mind of playwright Karen Zacarķas (Destiny of Desire) comes this hot new comedy about the clash of class and culture that pushes well-meaning neighbors over the edge. Tania, a very pregnant Ph.D. candidate, and Pablo, her rising attorney husband, move next door to Virginia and Frank, a deep-rooted D.C. couple with an impeccably trimmed backyard. But when a questionable fence line puts a prize-worthy garden in jeopardy, neighborly rivalry escalates into an all-out border dispute, challenging everyone's notions of race, privilege and where to draw the line on good taste.
Enter a hidden world that lurks below the London city streets, where fallen angels, monsters and magic are real and an ordinary businessman can become a hero. Based on the cult classic novel by sci-fi and fantasy master Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere is the story of Richard Mayhew, whose mundane life is changed forever when he encounters a young woman in distress named Door. His attempt to help her leads him to the parallel world of London Below, where all kinds of fantastic creatures make their home. On the run from deadly assassins, Richard and Door must make their way across the deadly darkness of Night's Bridge and through the weird and wonderful communities of London Below in search of the Angel Islington, who will help them ... for a price. Rorschach Theatre's production brings Gaiman's metropolitan wonderland to brilliant and colorful life on stage at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C.
After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose polar opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a superstar academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other's life. Their burning envy sets off a dangerous game of musical chairs, with Gwen's husband as the prize. With searing insight and trademark wit, this Pulitzer-nominated comedy weaves an intimate tale of contemporary gender politics that illuminates our common struggle to achieve that ever-elusive goal called "happiness." Peter's Alley Theatre Productions presents a bold new production of this sharp look at how women -- and men -- find happiness and conquer disappointment at Arlington's Theatre on the Run.
Part rallying cry, part group hug, Rise Up! is an artistic response to the life and times we live in. Over inauguration weekend in 2017, Washington Improv Theater presented a politically-minded barrage of improv shows called Rise Up! That cathartic, eye-opening and raw experience stirred up something in DC's improv community, and WIT is thrilled to present this three-week revisitation of politically-inspired performances. Rise Up! explores all the ways the personal really is political, and vice versa. Check it out at DC Arts Center.
"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.
Playwright Dominique Morisseau's ferocious hometown pride inspired her to write The Detroit Project, a trilogy of dramas set at three distinct periods in the city's history. Skeleton Crew centers on Detroit during the 2008 recession. Faye has spent her career at one of the last auto-stamping plants in Detroit, Shanita is pregnant, Dez has a whole future to plan, and their manager Reggie owes a nearly un-payable debt to his work family. As rumors of a plant shutdown begin to spread, these tight-knit workers face what they're willing to sacrifice to survive. Find out for yourself why The New York Times hailed the show as "a deeply moral and deeply American play," when it comes to the stage of the Studio Theatre.
In wicked tragicomedy Stones in His Pockets, a big-budget Hollywood film descends upon a small village in Ireland and turns everything upside down. Two down-on-their-luck Irish 30-somethings become extras in the film, and the movie is a wonderful break from worrying about their futures. That is, until the harsh realities of rural life break through. The play offers a funny, dark and poignant look at the complicated relationship between Tinseltown and its subjects. Watch real life and the reel world collide when this Olivier Award-winning comedy by Irish playwright Marie Jones comes to D.C.'s Keegan Theatre.
An acclaimed off-Broadway hit, The Wild Party captures all the verve and violence of the Jazz Age as it tells the '20s-era story of volatile vaudeville lovers Queenie and Burrs, hosts of the titular bash. But as their friends start to tumble in and the booze flows freely, inhibitions lower, jealousies flare, and the decadent evening turns increasingly dark and deadly. Written by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family), this bold and provocative musical comes to the stage at DC's Source via a new production by the Constellation Theatre Company.