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Veteran D.C.-area actor Paul Morella (The Pelican Brief, The District, The Wire) presents a fresh spin on Charles Dickens' beloved holiday tale in his one-man stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Adapted from Dickens' original novella and reading tour, Morella's solo version transports you back to Victorian England and into the heart of this classic morality tale. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended -- in his own words -- and rediscover this timeless classic presented as a masterful solo performance. This critically acclaimed production at Olney Theatre Center has become a holiday must-see.
Take a hilarious hit movie, add in some seriously impressive song-and-dance numbers, and tie a big Broadway bow around it, and you've got the sweet family treat known as Elf The Musical. Fasten your sleigh belts for a fun ride that follows the story of Buddy, who as a little boy mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole, where he's raised as an elf. He grows up unaware that he's an actual human, but his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities eventually force him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy sets off on a journey to New York to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help the city remember the true meaning of Christmas -- and this sparkling holiday show, coming to the stage of the Olney Theatre Center - Mainstage, will no doubt do the same for you and yours.
Playwright-performer Keith Hamilton Cobb, directed by Drama Desk nominee Kim Weild, uses his love of language and 30 years of experience in the American theatre to explore Shakespeare, race and America, not necessarily in that order. His 85-minute award-winning play, American Moor, that considers the dilemma of a seasoned African-American thespian auditioning for a role fraught with racial animus, Othello, is an unapologetic peer into a hindering industry irony that stands as metaphor for our most pressing societal condition: a white culture dictating rules of conduct to a non-white one from an often inadvertent place of privilege. Cobb, with a facility for poetry entertains, and with the pathos of a veteran tragedian engages while asking questions that demand answers, and answering questions that too seldom get asked.
Best known to theater audiences for her Pulitzer Prize-winning play How I Learned to Drive, Paula Vogel's The Baltimore Waltz centers on Anna, an unmarried schoolteacher diagnosed with ATD, Acquired Toilet Disease, a fatal new malady with a high risk factor for elementary school teachers. She and her brother, Carl, fly off to Europe to find a cure... and an adventure. Anna decides she wants to drown herself in the sensuality of food and sex, while Carl becomes involved in a wild espionage scheme to find a cure for his sister. But it becomes clear something's not quite right when Anna shows slides of their trip to Europe where each frame looks exactly like Baltimore. Experience the comedy-drama The Baltimore Waltz at Washington, DC's Keegan Theatre.
Long before Carole King became a chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, a girl from Brooklyn. Beloved for penning such classics as "You've Got a Friend" and "I Feel the Earth Move," she fought her way into the record business as a teenager and ultimately flourished, writing hits for some of the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally found her true voice, writing and performing the soundtrack to a generation. Beautiful is the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. It's no surprise that Beautiful - The Carole King Musical won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album of 2015. A resounding success on Broadway, this unforgettable show now comes to Washington, D.C.'s National Theatre.
After a bad health scare, Octavia decides to put off her troubles and blow off some serious steam with her friends June and Imani. Will one last epic night on the town -- a true test of their friendship full of outrageous, absurd encounters -- lead to epiphany or disaster? BLKS is a "raw, blistering, hilarious, and engaging" (Chicago Sun-Times) new work that responds to a number of cultural icons, from Lena Dunham to Jerry Seinfeld to August Wilson. Poet and playwright Aziza Barnes' new play paints a miraculous portrait of a day in the life of three 20-something black women wrestling with love, uncomfortable truths, and the anguish of adulting in New York City.
The New York Times calls it "the best musical of the century." The Washington Post says, "It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals." And Entertainment Weekly says, "Grade A: the funniest musical of all time." It's The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing-room-only productions in London, on Broadway and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation. Grab your pre-sale tickets to see The Book of Mormon at Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore before they go on sale to the general public.
In 1960s New York City, a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he'd love to be in A Bronx Tale, coming to the National Theatre in DC. Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from legendary composer Alan Menken, this "Jersey Boys meets West Side Story" musical is a Broadway smash with loads of behind-the-scenes talent, including Oscar winner Robert DeNiro, Tony winner Jerry Zaks and Oscar nominee Chazz Palminteri. This unforgettable story of loyalty and family is "the kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry" (The New York Times) and is bringing 10 alumni from the Broadway production on this national tour.
Christmas at the Old Bull and Bush transports you to London, circa 1912, where you'll be treated to a holiday-themed variety show in the classic style of the famed British music hall. Mistress of Ceremonies Florrie Forde brings the mirth and mayhem via a sleighful of Christmas carols, comedy sketches, sing-alongs and more. The show features Washington DC favorite Sherri Edelen and her troupe of eccentric British performers. Now this seasonal extravaganza returns to MetroStage in Alexandria, where you can raise a pint and feast on traditional sausage rolls while enjoying the on-stage antics of Mr. Bertie Ramsbottom, Mr. Charles Archibald Potts and company. BroadwayWorld.com praised the show, calling it "delightfully funny ... writer-director Catherine Flye is the visionary and voice behind this spectacular evening. Christmas at the Old Bull and Bush is a wonderful and nostalgic way to spend an evening having a wonderful time and escape from the hustle and bustle of the holidays."
Jessie is a corporate lawyer in a Manhattan firm - Lina is a community college dropout and born-and-bred Long Islander. They don't seem to have anything in common, but marooned at home with infants, they strike up a fast friendship. In the yard between their houses (as far as their baby monitors will reach), they bond over sleep deprivation, unreliable childcare and "having it all." A candid comedy about who gets to make which hard choices in the tinderbox of parenthood and class in the United States, Cry It Out can be enjoyed at the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC.
It's four days before Christmas in the tiny town of Tinsel, Texas, and a colorful parade of eccentric guests arrive at the Snowflake Inn and deck the halls with holiday hilarity in Dashing Through the Snow. You'll swear this family-friendly Jones/Hope/Wooten Christmas comedy at The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater is more fun than a joyride in a one-horse open sleigh!
In 1920, Russian Jewish writer Isaac Babel starts a diary while wandering the countryside with the Red Cavalry. In 2010, after the crash of an aircraft carrying the Polish president, his diary is discovered among the wreckage. What did Babel write, and why does it matter so much to one ruthless KGB agent destined to become one of the most powerful figures in the world? Describe the Night uncovers the mystery by tracing the stories of seven lost souls connected across decades by history, fiction, lies and blood. Pulitzer Prize-finalist Rajiv Joseph returns to Woolly after hit productions of Guards at the Taj and Gruesome Playground Injuries. This new piece has been described as a "work of major ambition" (The New York Times) that will feel both timeless and tuned in to the age of #FakeNews.
Kindness begets kindness -- plus several hours of free elf labor -- in The Elves and The Shoemaker, a fresh musical adaptation of Grimm's fairy tale. A poor-but-kindly cobbler is in a tight fix. After giving away his last pair of shoes to a deserving soul, he has only enough leather to make a single pair more. Exhausted, he heads for bed, but not before setting out his materials for the next day's work. That very night, mysterious elfin visitors creep into his shop on a special mission to help. This charming production from Keegan Theatre puts a humorous spin on the popular classic and keeps the spirit of the holidays alive.
Bring the kids for an unforgettable holiday experience as the Choral Arts Chorus fills Washington, DC's Kennedy Center Concert Hall with holiday classics just for them. The chorus takes you on a merry tour of holiday sing-alongs and Christmas favorites that will have your family singing all the way home. Expect a visit from Santa, Frosty and Rudolph at this one-hour concert that's perfect for children age 5 or older.
What could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles-and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Oohlala! This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?
See how Peter became Pan in the hit musical Finding Neverland, which Vogue raved was "a must-see you'll remember for years to come." Directed by visionary Tony winner Diane Paulus and based on the Academy Award-winning film starring Johnny Depp, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys' enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound his audience. With a bit of pixie dust and a whole lot of faith, Barrie takes a monumental leap, leaving the real world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. See this magical production at the National Theatre in DC.
Frosted tells the tale of two Princesses as one struggles to come to terms with the magical powers she has been given. Can they survive the snow storm? Will they ever find true love? Or will their kingdom be taken over by a wicked Prince? Watch the show at Kensington Town Hall to find out how strong the bond between sisters can be and that they'll stop at nothing to look after each other.
1904. Many former slaves and descendants venturing north find themselves at Aunt Ester's door in Pittsburgh's Hill District. A renowned cleanser of souls claiming to be 285 years old, Ester provides solace, advice and healing. Citizen Barlow, racked with guilt over letting another man take the rap for one of his crimes, desperately wants to be pure again. And Aunt Ester may be his only hope. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Fences comes Gem of the Ocean - a mystical story of freedom, justice and redemption
Grease is the word and the musical you've gotta see when it comes to the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater in Hagerstown. Always a crowd-pleasing favorite, Grease follows the '50s romance of innocent ingenue Sandy and bad-boy greaser Danny as they enter their senior year of high school. Danny believes their hot summer fling is over ... until Sandy unexpectedly enrolls at Rydell High. The hit 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John quickly became a musical phenomenon with catchy sing-along tunes like "Summer Nights," "You're the One That I Want," "We Go Together" and "Greased Lightning." Join the Pink Ladies, the Burger Palace Boys and the rest of the gang and experience all the fun of this all-American classic on stage, preceded by a delicious buffet dinner.
Raleigh and May have been married for years, and his success as a writer has allowed them to move away from Kentucky. But Kentucky, in the form of their families, follows them to Florida, as both mothers have moved in with them. Social changes offer the couple a surprising challenge ... and opportunity. Returning in their roles as May and Raleigh in this, the final installment in the Washington Stage Guild's popular romantic trilogy by Arlene Hutton, are Lexi Langs and Wood Van Meter. Escape to Gulf View Drive at the Undercroft Theatre in Washington, DC.
The Disney Channel original movie High School Musical was such a smash hit that it made the jump from the screen to the stage -- and now the Wildcats are coming to the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater! Filled with songs, sizzle and plenty of school spirit, this production updates the timeless love story Romeo and Juliet to a modern day high school romance. Athlete Troy Bolton and drama nerd Sharpay Evans sing and dance their way through issues of first love, friends and family with classics like "You Are the Music in Me" and "Bop to the Top." Although Troy plays ball and Gabriella sticks to the books, they find common ground -- and romance -- auditioning for the school musical. Will the couple's alliance allow them to "Stick to the Status Quo?" Find out when High School Musical on Stage! comes to Hagerstown.
Winner of 19 major accolades, including multiple Tony, Olivier and Drama Desk Awards, Stephen Daldry's production of J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls continues to astound audiences more than 25 years later with its eerie prescience. Staged by Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Crown) in 1992 at the National Theatre, this reinterpretation of Priestley's expressionistic thriller has been hailed as one of "the defining productions" of modern British theatre, "a work of great directorial daring, breathtaking visual invention and passionate moral urgency" by London's Daily Telegraph. A festive evening at the home of the Birlings, a well-heeled British family, is suddenly interrupted by a mysterious visitor: a grim inspector investigating the death of a young woman. As the inspector continues to ask one penetrating question after the next, this close-knit family begins to unravel -- and long-buried secrets surrounding the girl's death are slowly unearthed. Existing simultaneously in 1912, post-war society and modern day, Daldry's spectacular production is both a plea for a more just society and a warning of what's to come if we fail to attain it. Don't miss this edge-of-your-seat thriller, courtesy of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, D.C.
Dubbed both "sweet and cheerfully profane" by The Washington Post, An Irish Carol returns to the Keegan Theatre for its much-anticipated annual holiday visit. Written by Emerald Isle native and Keegan company member Matthew J. Keenan, the play follows one evening in the life of David, a wealthy Dublin pub owner who's lost touch with his own humanity in the interest of self-protection and material success. But this Christmas Eve, David's life may change forever when he's challenged by a voice from the past, provoked by those in the present and faced with the reality of a lonely future. A modern fable told with all the biting humor and incisive candor of its Irish playwright, this gritty twist on Dickens' classic has played to sold-out audiences for five straight years now, becoming its own DC tradition.
Junie B. Jones is super-excited about the upcoming Holiday Sing-Along and Secret Santa gift exchange at her school. Too bad tattletale May keeps ruining all of Junie B.'s fun. So when Junie B. draws May's name for Secret Santa, she comes up with the perfect plan to teach her nemesis a lesson in the holiday play Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! But will the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill interfere before she can give you-know-who what she deserves? A hilarious and endearing tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park, the show is preceded by a snack lunch featuring your choice of a slice of oven-baked cheese pizza or an all-beef hot dog.
When the Blue Wave deposits her in DC, Representative Sydney Milsap begins rocking the boat immediately -- unafraid to stand up to special interests or even her own party. Kate's a whip-smart lobbyist and veteran of the choppy political waters. But when the cynical Kate decides to help Sydney unseat a powerful senator steeped in cronyism, the result is Kings, a "sleek, fast-paced, absorbing and very funny" (Vogue) exploration of money's corrosive effect on politics. Written by Alexandria native Sarah Burgess and directed by Marti Lyons, this of-the-moment comedy comes to Studio Theatre's Stage 4.
A humble orange seller from the streets of Drury Lane steps onto the stage and becomes the darling of the Restoration theater. Nell discovers one of her biggest fans is none other than Charles II. Smitten with Nell's spirit, the king brings her to court as a favorite mistress. Commissioned by Shakespeare's Globe, this sparkling portrait of a rare woman earned accolades in London last season. Now this heartwarming and hilarious look at an amazing woman - a "gloriously funny and touching bio-drama" (Telegraph) that's "an absolute treat" (The Times) - can be enjoyed at the Folger Theatre in Washington, DC.
Starring talented young pre-professional ballerinas, along with professional guest dancers, the Olney Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker has been a holiday tradition in the Washington area for decades. You'll be transported to a magical place filled with Christmas spirits, dancing children, toy soldiers that come alive, a glowing Christmas tree, magical creatures, the Land of Sweets and exquisite dancing. Whether a longstanding family tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime event, this beloved classic is bound to create lasting memories for audiences young and old.
In this witty and touching comedy, Ella, a psychotherapist and single mother of an autistic child, gets a visit from a new, desperate patient: God. Despite His immense power, He fears He's accrued too much and is now powerless to save the world from itself. Perhaps a global do-over is in order. Meanwhile, Ella is experiencing her own challenges, including her belief in a higher power. How can these two help each other? With a clash of biblical quotes framed by a modern-day wit, Oh, God forces us to confront our own faith, hubris, and the power of humility.
Leaping from Boston in 1950 to Wall Street in 1986 to lavish Malibu today, David Ives (The Liar, The Metromaniacs) gives his "tranlaptation" treatment to Carl Sternheim's epic trilogy, Scenes from the Heroic Life of the Middle Classes - an evening filled with panties falling, lovers juggling, dueling pistols shooting and other signs of near-apocalypse. David Ives has said publicly that "German comedy" is largely an oxymoron - except for Sternheim (1878-1942). Returning for one final collaboration with Artistic Director Michael Kahn (The School for Lies), Ives sharpens his celebrated wit to razor-like social commentary - at once ludicrous, larger-than-life and close to the bone, making us wonder along the way, as all social satirists do, just where all this madness is going both onstage and off.
Still head-banging on Broadway, School of Rock is ready to raise the roof at The National Theatre in DC. This New York Times Critics' Pick was adapted from the 2003 film that launched Jack Black as a full-blown star, and just happens to feature 14 new songs from the King of the Musical, none other than Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. All the original tunes from the film are included too, and Entertainment Weekly called this stage version "an inspiring jolt of energy, joy and mad skillz." The show follows Dewey Finn, who was kicked out of his band and is struggling to make ends meet when he finds himself in the most unlikely of jobs -- teaching at a prestigious prep school. When he discovers his students' talent for classical music, he decides to steer them over to rock 'n' roll, turning this class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, mind-blowing, kick-ass band. Awesomeness ensues.
Season of Light: A Winter Fairytale, by Steph DeFerie, is a fun and uplifting holiday play about doing good and bringing light into the world. Magda is chosen to play the Sister of the Sun for her village's Winter Solstice ceremony. But when the days keep growing shorter, Magda is blamed and exiled. In the forest, a group of players join her quest to bring back the light by going to the source: the real Sister of the Sun. What is Magda willing to sacrifice to save the world from darkness? Silver Spring Stage celebrates the holiday season with a special treat for the whole family.
Everything from real-life Facebook messages to telephoned threats went into creating Shame (With Comments From The Populace), a provocative new mashup of theater and documentary that cuts to the heart of the hot-button issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Centering on the testimonies of the two actors who worked on the embattled world premiere of The Return in Haifa (which ran at Mosaic in 2017), this follow-up examines the challenges facing Israelis and Palestinians who decide to work together in the face of fierce opposition. Don't miss this timely production from Mosaic Theater Company at Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C.
The world's greatest detective is on the brink of retirement when a case comes up that's just too tempting to ignore. The King of Bohemia is being threatened with blackmail by a compromising photograph, and the woman at the heart of the crime is the famous opera singer, Irene Adler. With Doctor Watson at his side, Sherlock Holmes pursues the case, which leads to the lair of a longtime adversary.
Celebrating over 25 years in New York and on tour, STOMP never ceases to amaze. Everyday objects -- matchboxes, hubcaps, brooms, buckets, garbage cans and pretty much anything else you can think of -- become vehicles for brilliant music and unique rhythms, all performed by an energetic troupe that dances and pounds its way across the stage. The show also features comedic moments and lots of audience participation, placing you right in the action. The percussive sounds that will fill Washington, D.C.'s National Theatre are unlike anything you've ever heard, and it's amazing to think that it's all coming from everyday found items. Grab these tickets now - but resist the urge to create your own at-home performance, because your neighbors will not be as impressed.
It's 1989, and young Heidi is trying to earn enough money to go to college by entering speech competitions about the U.S. Constitution in American Legion halls all across the country. When she loses the first round to Becky Dobbins because her speech isn't personal enough, she decides to go deep. Starting with her great-great-grandmother, a mail-order bride who died of "melancholia," she pries into the effects of a single sentence of the Ninth Amendment on generations of American women and men. Before the night is over, she's engaged in a fierce, impromptu debate with a local teen over the future of our inalienable rights. Written by Obie Award-winning writer/performer Heidi Schreck (I Love Dick, Billions), What the Constitution Means to Me is an exhilarating experience that "finds the political, and the powerful, in the personal." (New York Magazine)