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  The Master and Margarita at Source

The Master and Margarita

1835 14th Street, NW Washington

This deliciously subversive adaptation of Bulgakov's classic Russian novel invites you to surrender to a fantastical world of Faustian romance, political satire and religious inquiry. When the Devil and his cohort arrive in Moscow, death, destruction and phantasmagorical events sweep through the city. Only the Master, a writer incarcerated in a mental institution for speaking the truth, and Margarita, his passionate and courageous lover, can hope to end the diabolical extravaganza.

Presented by Constellation Theatre Company

Thru - Mar 3, 2019

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

Price: $19-$45

Box Office: 202-315-1305
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  The Master and Margarita Reviews
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Washington Post - Recommended

"...That highlight from Constellation Theatre Company's creditable "The Master and Margarita," now at the Source, is a microcosm of the play as a whole. Working with Edward Kemp's overstuffed adaptation of Soviet author Mikhail Bulgakov's glorious novel, director Allison Arkell Stockman has generated a vivid, often bracingly stylized epic. An intermittent DIY aura on the production level, and some moments of pedestrian stage presence in certain supporting roles, keep this offering from being wholly first class. But with its comedy, romance, satanic menace, the spoofing of Stalinism, theological speculation and aerial navigation by a pig, the show offers much to think about and savor."
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Celia Wren

BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...An artistic genius and his muse...a dancing cat...Pontius Pilate...No, this is not the latest Andrew Lloyd Webber revue. It is the wonderful and completely weird world of Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita (adapted by Edward Kemp). Written in the Soviet Union of the 1930s, but only published posthumously in 1967, the novel remains a popular and significant contribution to Russian literature. It has spawned countless adaptations in a variety of mediums and almost as many pop culture references."
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Sarah Murphy

DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"...There's a scene in the play in which Margarita questions the feasibility of holding a ball within the cramped confines of Berlioz's apartment. It's a matter of entering the fifth dimension, responds one of the ghouls, gesturing towards the unreal expansion of the space around them. Whipped from a meeting between Pontius Pilate and Jesus in one scene, multiple banishments and murders, an extended dance sequence, a magic show, a trip to the insane asylum, a flight through the open night sky, and then spiritual purgatory- this rendering of The Master and Margarita felt similarly miraculous. Constellation proves yet again that they're a small theatre company to be reckoned with, in another epic and visually stunning production- almost magically contained within The Source's intimate staging area."
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Beatrice Loayza

DCTheatreScene - Recommended

"...Constellation's production has moments of slapstick-y shock value that break up the play's smoky intensity. But even during those goofier scenes, the threat from Woland and his gang feels like real, menacing danger. It all climaxes in a visually arresting ballroom scene, as various fiends from the ages greet Margarita as their queen (the Devil knows how to throw a house party, and legend has it that the scene's decadance was inspired by a real-life over-the-top ambassador's soiree attended by the novel's author)."
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Missy Frederick

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