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  Theatre In DC Top Rated Plays List - The Highest Rated Shows In The DC Area
The "Theatre In DC Top Rated Play List" is a list of the top rated plays now running in the DC area based on what the current reviews are saying. To see all of the play reviews go to Review Round-Up.

Hamilton  
The Kennedy Center Hamilton
 
With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow's biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.

Washington Post- Highly Recommended
BroadwayWorld- Highly Recommended
Talkin Broadway- Highly Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Highly Recommended
DC Metro Theater Arts- Highly Recommended
Theatre Bloom- Highly Recommended

 

 
Trayf  
Theater J Trayf
 
The Yiddish word for "non-kosher," Trayf follows the adventures of Zalmy, the loyal follower of a New York rebbe, whose decidedly unorthodox lifestyle involves driving a a tricked-out "Mitzvah Tank" by day, and then sneaking away from his ultra-religious community at night to raise a little hazarai -- roller skating and rocking out in clubs. That is, until an eager young man asks to be Zalmy's student, forcing him to choose once and for all between the sacred and the secular. Theater J stages this funny and heartfelt new play by Lindsay Joelle at the Edlavitch DCJCC.

BroadwayWorld- Highly Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Highly Recommended
DC Metro Theater Arts- Highly Recommended
MD Theatre Guide- Highly Recommended

 
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Camelot  
Sidney Harman Hall Camelot
 
Of all the many versions of the King Arthur legend, Camelot, the stage musical by Lerner and Loewe (My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, Gigi), remains one of the most popular. Pageantry, adventure and some of the most gorgeous melodies of the past century combine in this four-time Tony Award-winning show about the tumultuous love triangle between King Arthur, Queen Guenevere and Sir Lancelot. Featuring many of Broadway's most beloved songs, including "The Lusty Month of May," "How to Handle a Woman," "I Loved You Once in Silence," "If Ever I Would Leave You" and "What Do the Simple Folk Do?" Camelot continues to enchant audiences more than 50 years after it premiered. Catch this delightful Broadway classic at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, D.C.

Metro Weekly- Highly Recommended
BroadwayWorld- Highly Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Recommended
DC Metro Theater Arts- Recommended
MD Theatre Guide- Highly Recommended
Theatre Bloom- Highly Recommended

 
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The Tempest  
Gunston Arts Center The Tempest
 
"Shakespeare imagined a world fraught with possibilities, and he filled it with young love and dazzling magic," says Prewitt. "But Shakespeare's story also prophesied the melting pot of cultures that America became, a nation of immigrants and refugees seeking asylum and a fresh start. With an eye to the storm our nation is weathering, and in a spirit of hope and optimism, we have tried to conjure a Tempest that asks: 'How can we all get along on this island Earth?'"

Washington Post- Recommended
BroadwayWorld- Highly Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Highly Recommended
DC Metro Theater Arts- Recommended
MD Theatre Guide- Highly Recommended

 

 
The Scottsboro Boys  
Signature Theatre The Scottsboro Boys
 
On March 25, 1931, nine young African-American teenagers were ripped off a train, falsely accused of a crime, hastily tried and sentenced to death in an outrageous disregard of due process. With a sound and style reflecting the period and exhilarating dance and song, The Scottsboro Boys transforms an event that gripped the nation into a compelling musical nominated for twelve Tony Awards.

Washington Post- Somewhat Recommended
Metro Weekly- Highly Recommended
BroadwayWorld- Recommended
Talkin Broadway- Highly Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Highly Recommended
DC Metro Theater Arts- Highly Recommended
MD Theatre Guide- Highly Recommended

 

 
The Legend of Georgia McBride  
Round House Theatre The Legend of Georgia McBride
 
What do you do when your Elvis act gets the axe? With a pregnant wife, a woefully empty bank account and an eviction notice coming his way any minute, Casey is left with no choice but to trade in his signature jumpsuit for sequins and start strutting his stuff around the Florida panhandle as the area's newest drag queen. A music-filled comedy about finding your true voice, this production of The Legend of Georgia McBride at Bethesda's Round House Theatre will have you laughing and rooting for the underdog inside of us all.

Washington Post- Highly Recommended
Metro Weekly- Recommended
BroadwayWorld- Highly Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Recommended
DC Metro Theater Arts- Highly Recommended
MD Theatre Guide- Recommended

 
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The Remains  
Studio Theatre The Remains
 
It's been ten years since Kevin and Theo's wedding -- one of the first legal same-sex marriages in the country. In celebration of their ten year anniversary, the couple hosts a dinner party for their families, inviting loved ones over to their gorgeously renovated condo for an evening of philosophical conversations and overcooked lasagna. But when Kevin and Theo reveal the secret behind their seemingly perfect relationship, their guests gain a whole new perspective on the couple's historic marriage. Star Trek: Discovery's Maulik Pancholy stars in Ken Urban's The Remains at the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Washington Post- Highly Recommended
BroadwayWorld- Somewhat Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Recommended
DC Metro Theater Arts- Highly Recommended
MD Theatre Guide- Recommended

 
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Botticelli in the Fire  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Botticelli in the Fire
 
This ambitious ancient-modern mashup shows the spark of the culture war between Italian Renaissance artist and smoldering sensualist Sandro Botticelli, who's in the midst of painting his famed Venus on a half-shell, and the conservative priest who's challenging the relaxed morality of Lorenzo de Medici's Florence. That real-life historical conflict led to the "bonfire of the vanities" -- the burning of "sinful" items like art and books. Inspired by these actual events, Canadian playwright Jordan Tannahill gives Botticelli an apprentice/lover (none other that Leonardo da Vinci), and then traps him between the church and the powerful Medicis, forcing him to make an impossible choice. This American premiere of Botticelli in the Fire closes out the Woolly Mammoth Theatre's 38th season.

Washington Post- Recommended
Metro Weekly- Recommended
BroadwayWorld- Recommended
Talkin Broadway- Somewhat Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Highly Recommended
DC Metro Theater Arts- Highly Recommended
MD Theatre Guide- Recommended

 
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Swimming With Whales  
1st Stage Theatre Swimming With Whales
 
A powerful story about the healing powers of nature, Swimming With Whales follows a city teen as he reconnects the broken relationship with his fisherman father. Foulmouthed, sullen and afraid of nature, Owen visits his family's secluded cottage in Nantucket only to clash with his estranged parent. But an unlikely connection forms between Own and an injured whale, calling back his forgotten childhood and a communion with the ocean. See this compassionate world premiere play by Bob Bartlett at the 1st Stage Theater in Tysons, Virginia.

Washington Post- Recommended
BroadwayWorld- Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Recommended
DC Metro Theater Arts- Recommended
MD Theatre Guide- Recommended

 
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Dancing in My Cockroach Killers  
GALA Hispanic Theatre Dancing in My Cockroach Killers
 
Inspired by friends, family, and Puerto Rican icons as varied as Lolita Lebron and Joe Cuba, Gomez's characters face real life challenges with courage and flair. This pulsating musical is full of hope, passion, and laugh-out-loud humor.

Washington Post- Recommended
BroadwayWorld- Somewhat Recommended
DCTheatreScene- Recommended
MD Theatre Guide- Highly Recommended

 

 

To see the reviews of all plays go to Review Round-Up.