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  The Wanderers at Theater J

The Wanderers

Theater J
1529 Sixteenth Street, NW Washington

Esther and Schmuli are Satmar Hasidic Jews embarking on an arranged marriage, despite barely knowing each other. Abe and Julia are high-profile celebrities embarking on a dangerously flirtatious correspondence, despite being married to other people. On the surface, the lives of these two couples couldn't be more different; but the hidden connections between these seemingly disparate people draw the audience into an intriguing puzzle and a deeply sympathetic look at modern love. From the award-winning writer of Photograph 51 and Actually comes this funny, insightful and moving new play. By Anna Ziegler, directed by Amber McGinnis.

Thru - Mar 15, 2020


Box Office: 202-777-3210

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Washington Post - Recommended

"...The re-seeing idea registers particularly strongly in Theater J's "The Wanderers" because of a pair of performances bracing enough to create a sense of fresh perception. Director Amber McGinnis has staged Anna Ziegler's thoughtful, compassionate, funny play with grace and crispness. The entire cast is poised and persuasive, but Alexander Strain and Kathryn Tkel are particularly vibrant and grounded as Abe and Sophie. Conjuring smart, conflicted, opinionated characters, who seem interesting even when they're sparring over child care or trading minor gossip about Philip Roth, these actors make "The Wanderers" worth laying eyes on."
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Celia Wren


MetroWeekly - Highly Recommended

"...Local theatergoers are currently blessed with solid productions of two riveting, very different dramas by acclaimed playwright Anna Ziegler — Keegan Theatre’s Boy, and Theater J’s D.C. premiere production of The Wanderers. Both plays trace paths to forgiveness through painful circumstances, while The Wanderers, in particular, sheds light on what might truly be meant by the phrase “religious freedom.”"

Andre Hereford


BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...In its essence, The Wanderers is a unique exploration of a world more complex than we know. A world we may be both removed from but also familiar with. It truthfully explores characters that seem distant yet connected to us. At its core, The Wanderers examines relationships and life and all that comes with them. It's deeply personal and thrillingly real."
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Brandon Horwin


DC Metro Theater Arts - Recommended

"...Theater J's production is formidable. (Do be aware, there is use of untranslated Yiddish and Hebrew prayers at times). The Wanderers will leave audiences with plenty to discuss after the performance. I overheard some audience members deep in conversation, asking each other if the characters did the right thing. Some chatted about the fluid aspects of the play's final scene, while others wondered what might be real and what might have been a dream."
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David Siegel


MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...Witty and moving, this is a story about good people trying to do their best, but coming up short, something we can all understand. If you love great theatre, you must see "The Wanderers." Without a doubt, it is one of the best plays on offer this season."
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Jeannette Mulherin


Theatre Bloom - Highly Recommended

"...Wander to Theater J for The Wanderers, it is an engaging and evocative experience that does the heart, mind, and soul some good to experience, reminding us all of the brevity of life and how things can change quite quickly in matters of the heart."
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Amanda Gunther


DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"...There's a saying among actors: "There's no such thing as a perfect show." Anyone lucky enough to see Theater J's production of The Wanderers will have to politely disagree: top to bottom, this is as fine and perfect a piece of theater I've seen in many a year."
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Jill Kyle-Keith


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