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Set ten years later, 91-year-old grandmother Vera Joseph takes center stage when, after a tragic loss on a cross country bike trip, her 21-year-old grandson Leo shows up at her apartment. As a one-night stopover turns into an extended stay, these unlikely roommates frustrate, bewilder, and—eventually—connect with each other. In ways funny, raw, and heart-wrenching, grandmother and grandson find the common identity each needs to move forward.
Emma Joseph is young, ambitious, talented, and about to put the ideals of her politically leftist, New York family into action. But a long-buried secret about her much-loved blacklisted grandfather threatens her work and throws her principles—and loyalties—into question. As the family, including grandmother Vera, wrestle with their legacy, Emma must chart her own course forward.
Based on the beloved film, Akeelah and the Bee tells the story of an independent 11-year-old from the Chicago projects whose razor-sharp mind keeps her one step ahead of the game in the neighborhood … but is it enough to get her to the top? Akeelah must turn to family, friends and a few unlikely mentors if she's going to survive the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Playwright Cheryl L. West (Pullman Porter Blues) and director Charles Randolph-Wright (Ruined) bring this spirited adaptation to life this holiday season.
April 1-May 8, 2016 It's not personal, it's politics in this 2014 Tony Award-winning drama. President Lyndon Baines Johnson had a way about him. He could massage a victory with one hand and sell you down the river with the other, but brokering a deal is like playing with dynamite. With the country still reeling from President Kennedy's assassination and a rising tide of bitterness over Civil Rights, it'll take more than politicking to hold America together—it'll take red, white and blue-blooded leadership. Go all the way with LBJ, Martin Luther King, J. Edgar Hoover and more in this "sure-fire, action-packed hit" (Huffington Post) where the line between compromise and compromising your principles is as sharp as a knife.
Academy Award winning actress Juliette Binoche stars in the title role of Antigone, a Barbican and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg production, in association with Toneelgroep Amsterdam. The production is directed by internationally renowned Belgian theater director Ivo van Hove, with a new translation by TS Eliot Prize-winning poet Anne Carson.
When her dead brother is decreed a traitor and his body is left unburied beyond the city walls, Antigone refuses to accept this severe punishment. Defying her uncle who governs, she dares to say "no." Forging ahead with a funeral on her own, she places personal allegiance before politics, a tenacious act that will trigger a cycle of destruction.
After ten years clean and sober, Molly Drexler falls off the wagon and drives her Prius through her living room wall. With a hole in the house as big as the hole in their hearts, Molly's two sisters, mother, father, and wicked stepmother descend on the house for an "intervention" that doesn't play out the way anyone thought it would in this deliciously dark comedy.
Poor Maude! Living in a trailer park, fired from her bartending job… even her best friend refused to accept the ugly painting she bought at a thrift store for her birthday. But today might be Maude's lucky day: turns out that five-dollar painting might just be a lost Jackson Pollock. Her fate lies in the hands of Lionel Percy, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, who shows up at Maude's trailer to determine its authenticity. What follows is a collision of class and culture, where the "average Joe" might finally have a chance to throw it in the face of those snooty "coastal elites". Sachs based his play on true events, but the comedy is of his own making.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being 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. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including "I Feel The Earth Move," "One Fine Day," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "You've Got A Friend" and the title song, Beautiful has a book by Tony Award® nominee and Academy Award nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince, and took home two 2014 Tony Awards and a 2015 Grammy Award.
Welcome to the Jernigan Gals' Quilting Corner. Gathering at their childhood island home off the coast of Georgia, four disconnected sisters meet to create a family quilt to honor their recently deceased mother. When their reunion turns into a reading of their mother's will, everyone must grapple with a troubling inheritance. Stitched with history and ritual, laughter and tears, will their "blood quilt" bind the family together or tear them apart forever? Inaugural resident playwright Katori Hall (The Mountaintop) is once again "fearlessly redefining theater" (Washington Post) with this funny and fierce world premiere.
'The greatest time of a Mormon kid's life is his mission,' sings Elder Kevin Price before finding out where and who with, his journey starts. But things are not as the handsome and pious Elder Price predicted, when he's paired up with the hapless Elder Cunningham and sent to...UGANDA! The adventure unfolds as Elder Price and Elder Cunningham try to preach The Book Of Mormon to a community blighted by disease and ruled by an evil War Lord, they learn about themselves, the true meaning of friendship and what religion ultimately means to them.
The Bridges of Madison County, one of the most romantic stories ever written, is now a two-time Tony Award winning Broadway musical. Based on the best-selling novel by Robert James Waller, The Bridges of Madison County tells the story of Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson and her life-changing, four-day whirlwind romance with traveling photographer Robert Kincaid. It's an unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more.
Willkommen to the Kit Kat Club, the hottest nightclub in seedy, prewar Berlin; here, life is beautiful.
American writer Cliff Bradshaw travels to Berlin searching for inspiration. He finds it in English club performer Sally Bowles and they begin a torrid affair. However, outside their door, the nazis' impending rise to power heralds a brutal end to their decadent way of life.
Featuring the treasured songs "Maybe This Time," "Willkommen," "Don't Tell Mama" and the title song, Kander and Ebb's Tony Award®-winning masterpiece graces the Signature stage for the first time in twenty years.
A hilarious world premiere musical adaptation of Sheri Wilner's riotous battle-of-the-baking-sexes play starring Sherri L. Edelen.
It's the 48th Annual Twillsbury Bake-Off. The legendary jackpot: one million dollars for the best homemade sugary delight. After a chilly pre-heating, hardy contestants Paul and Rita don their aprons, strap on their oven mitts and square off. Armed with whisks, bowls, knives and eggs, the two engage in an increasingly ludicrous all-out brawl – and only one can remain standing when the timer dings.
Ferociously funny, there's nothing sweet about this wild musical satire, presented as part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.
Tony® Award-nominee Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project Cycle, Gross Indecency, 33 Variations) and two-time Grammy Award-winner Arturo O'Farrill (Song for Chico, The Offense of the Drum) turn Bizet's passion-fueled opera Carmen into an Afro-Cuban Jazz musical, moving the action from 1820s Spain to Batista's Cuba in 1958, on the verge of the revolution. One of the greatest heroines in drama, Kaufman reimagines Carmen as a gun-runner for the rebels, who falls fiercely in love with Jose, a Batista loyalist. When the nation's great boxing legend Escamillo returns to Havana, Carmen and Jose's love falls tragically apart. With choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, Next to Normal), this stunning new version of Carmen is sure to be one of the most talked-about productions of the year.
After a bank robbery gone wrong, carousel barker Billy Bigelow is given a second chance to make things right for the love-of-his-life Julie Jordan and the child he never got to meet. Featuring some of the form's best-loved songs: "You'll Never Walk Alone," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," and "If I Loved You." Time Magazine calls this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic tale of love and redemption the "greatest musical of the twentieth century."
Based on the real life story of time and motion study/efficiency expert Frank B. Gilbreth, his wife Lillian (a psychologist) and their 12 children in Montclair, New Jersey in the 1920's. Classic comedy with poignant moments. Appropriate for all ages.
Audiences of all ages will delight in Rossini's clever romantic comedy that adds a few fabulous twists to the beloved Cinderella story: bracelets instead of glass slippers, a philosophical tutor in place of a fairy godmother, and six adorable dancing rats that serve as a makeshift Greek chorus. Acclaimed American opera singer Isabel Leonard alternates in the title role with celebrated Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught in her U.S. debut.
Politics and family make for polarizing bedfellows in this juicy new play and recent Off-Broadway triumph. Georgetown hostess, Hester Ferris, runs in an elite circle, opening her home for political foes to lay down arms and raise a glass. When her son's formidable, conservative wife comes on the scene, the parlor pleasantries of D.C.'s past descend into entrenched posturing and an ultimatum that could implode the family. Follow the Ferris clan from the end of Carter's presidency through the Reagan era and into Obama's game-changing inauguration in this "smart, literate and funny" (New York Times) inside look at the theater of politics and the politics of conversation.
The Comedy Pigs, MET's resident improv/sketch comedy troupe is back with a new season of gut wrenching fun.
Featuring: Tres Dillon, Isabel Duarte, Jon Paul Duvall, Sonny Etzler, Kelly Greenwood, Cal Holderbaum, Giovanni Kavota, Anne Raugh, Jeff Schnorr, Thomas Scholtes, Laura Stark and Julia Williams
After living in virtual obscurity, Evan Hansen is about to go viral. Not on purpose, but because of a private letter becoming much too public. From Tony Award nominees Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (A Christmas Story, Dogfight), with an original book by Steven Levenson (Masters of Sex), comes a new musical about connections lost and found, as two families seek answers to some of the hardest questions life could ever ask them. Three-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal) directs this contemporary story of hope, heartache and the things in life we can't live without—friends, family and a sense of belonging.
On a stormy night in Bellarica, Mexico, two baby girls are born—one into a life of privilege and one into a life of poverty. When the newborns are swapped by a former beauty queen with an insatiable lust for power the stage is set for two outrageous misfortunes to grow into one remarkable destiny. "A writer of comedic skill" (Variety), Helen Hayes Award-winning playwright Karen Zacarías (The Book Club Play) infuses the Mexican telenovela genre with music, high drama and burning passion to make for a fast-paced modern comedy. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.
Alfred Hitchcock based his classic thriller on Knott's deliriously spine-tingling play about a former tennis star, Tony Wendice, who has married sweet and unsuspecting Margot for her money. He arranges what he thinks is the perfect murder, but when the plot goes wrong, Inspector Hubbard from Scotland Yard – along with her old flame, the murder mystery novelist Max Halliday – mount a hair-raising investigation that comes down to the last possible, chilling moment.
From Ayad Akhtar comes the "breathtaking, raw and blistering" (AP), Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the clash between modern culture and ancient faiths. The son of South-Asian immigrants, Amir has worked hard to achieve the American Dream—complete with a successful career, a beautiful wife and $600 custom-tailored shirts. But has he removed himself too far from his roots? And when a friendly dinner party conversation rockets out of control, will the internal battle between his culture and his identity raze all that he's worked so hard to achieve? Hailed as "terrific, turbulent, with fresh currents of dramatic electricity" (New York Times), this incendiary examination of one's self and one's beliefs will leave you breathless.
From the Engel twins, who created the smash hit Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, comes a new look at one of our country's most beloved voices, who captured the frustrations of her generation by asking, "If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?" Erma Bombeck dispensed wit and wisdom for more than 30 years as the most widely syndicated humor columnist in America. Discover the story behind the award-winning humorist who championed women's lives with charm and humor that sprang from the most unexpected place of all—the truth. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.
Actress Shirley MacLaine has created dozens of unforgettable characters, from the sadder-but-wiser girls of The Apartment and Sweet Charity to the feisty old ladies of Terms of Endearment, Steel Magnolias, and now, Downton Abbey. Along the way, she has collected Emmy, Academy and Golden Globe Awards and penned a dozen bestselling books—20 million copies sold and counting. Share an evening with this iconic star as Shirley MacLaine shares her life stories and speaks her truth as a longtime advocate for civil liberties, women's rights, and spiritual understanding—insightful, outspoken, and outrageously entertaining!
The legendary Tony® Award-winning musical Evita comes to Olney Theatre Center just in time for Presidential Election season! Heralded for its rich and eclectic score and explosive love triangle, Evita tells the story of Argentina's passionate political figure Eva Peron, whose love and advocacy for her country's descamisados ("the shirtless ones") was surpassed only by her naked ambition. Known for its anthem "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina", Evita will stun and delight in this chamber-sized version of the musical that ensures you hear every note and feel every heartbeat.
When a popular presidential candidate dies in his mistress's arms, his ambitious wife, Violet, immediately declares that if she can't be the wife of the president, then she'll be the mother of the president – and thrusts their lackluster son Cal into the spotlight in Dempsey and Rowe's outrageous musical comedy The Fix. With the help of her strategic brother-in-law, Violet transforms her son into the perfect citizen and ideal politician. Together, they create one of the most dysfunctional, yet brutally entertaining, almost-first families.
With a rock-laced, eclectic score and scandalous lyrics, the team behind The Witches of Eastwick and Brother Russia skewers the American bureaucratic machine. It's The Manchurian Candidate meets Caligula, with a voice uniquely its own; The Fix is a darkly brilliant, over-the-top, audaciously fun ride through the shenanigans of political elections.
Set in the popcorn-strewn, empty aisles of a crumbling Massachusetts movie theater, this 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner exposes the surprising tenderness and comedy in the everyday.
Spilled soda on the floor. Leftover food wrappers stashed in the seats. Three minimum wage employees perform the humdrum labor necessary to keep one of the last 35 millimeter projectors running. Through seemingly small conversations about movie actors, broom techniques and weekend plans, the characters divulge heartbreak, hopes and a compelling story all their own.
With her finely-tuned comic eye, Annie Baker (Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens) brings a rich humanity to three people who desperately strive to connect, help each other move on and accept their place in the world.
This epic musical features the words of Abraham Lincoln and music inspired by the letters of those who lived through the Civil War. With rousing music, stirring speeches and rich, historic costumes, Freedom's Song evokes the soaring hopes and tragic losses of the real people of Civil War America. Through a series of highly theatrical vignettes, we see everyday Americans courageously confront the gritty realities of a tattered nation and a war that pitted brother against brother. Lincoln's inspirational words intermix with these stories, imagining a bloody nation once again unified and the return of a truly United States. Jeff Calhoun (Broadway's
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A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder features Tony Award winning book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman, music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak, and direction by Darko Tresnjak. Direct from New York, Gentleman's Guide tells the story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by—you guessed it—eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way. All the while, he's got to juggle his mistress (she's after more than just love), his fiancée (she's his cousin but who's keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.
To rewrite history and save Marie Antoinette from the guillotine, the famed playwright of The Marriage of Figaro and The Barber of Seville stages an opera for the ghost queen that can reverse her fate. Don't miss this comic opera-within-an-opera in which the ghosts from the Court of Louis XVI tempt life, death, politics, love, and destiny.
Signature favorite Donna Migliaccio stars in this fantastical world premiere musical fairytale, brimming with magic, darkness and blinding ambition.
Legendary record producer Daniella Espere is searching for her next international sensation. She discovers it in her long-lost niece, Tina, who dreams of being a world-famous pop star. Despite warning signs that all may not be as it seems, the two eagerly forge a mother/daughter bond and Daniella transforms Tina's image, voice and talent into star quality – but not by the usual means.
With an electrifying pop-laden score, Girlstar invites audiences of all ages to follow one girl's breathtaking journey and asks, how far is too far to go to become a star?
Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month's paycheck covers last month's bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who's made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man SECURE enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out. With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.
Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy and featuring great musical theatre classics like "Luck Be A Lady," "A Bushel and a Peck," and "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat," Guys and Dolls weaves a tale of old-time gangsters, hot-box girls, and gambling that charms and delights. This musical has received nearly unanimous positive reviews from critics and has won a bevy of awards including Tonys, Drama Desks, and Oliviers.
Hoping for a quiet weekend in the country with some guests, David Bliss, a novelist, and his wife Judith, a "retired" actress, find that an impossible dream when their high-spirited children Simon and Sorel appear with guests of their own. A house full of drama waits to be ignited as misunderstandings occur and tempers flare. With Judith's new flame and David's latest literary 'inspiration' keeping company with the children's unsuspecting guests, the Bliss family hardly lives up to its name as the 'quiet weekend' comes to an exhausting and hilarious finale worthy of Feydeau.
Set in East Berlin, both before and after the fall of the Wall, The Human Capacity follows the journey of a Stasi officer as he seeks redemption from the woman whose life he shattered. Both torturer and victim find themselves caught in a struggle to reconcile the horrors of their past with their hopes for the future. The play is a searing look into a society and a family in turmoil, and an exploration of the human capacity for cruelty, perseverance and forgiveness.
Directed by guest artist Serge Seiden, Janusz Glowacki's comic Hunting Cockroaches explores the plight of a pair of immigrant artists, once successful in their home country, as they struggle to adapt to life and work in America. During a sleepless night in their Lower East Side apartment, Jan and Anka recall their past and fret over their present and future, spurred on by repeated apparitions of dreams-come-to-life.
A hilarious and heartbreaking play about romance, resilience, taking chances, and moving on.
In Kinky Boots, Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father's shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he's meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… and discovers that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.
The twenty year relationship between Georges, a club-owner, and Albin, the head drag performer, faces a test when their son announces his engagement to the daughter of ultra-conservative political parents. To please their son, Georges and Albin agree to hide their lifestyle and play it straight for a dinner with the potential in-laws. However, Albin's different definition of "normal" threatens to upend the entire supper with hilarious results.
Some stories have to be sung. Writer/performer Benjamin Scheuer uses his guitar—actually, six guitars—in this wholly original musical experience that tells a coming-of-age story that "lifts the spirit" (Time Out New York). The award-winning songwriter inspires and disarms with his raw wit and emotional depth as he leads you on a rock 'n' roll journey from boyhood to manhood, through pain and healing, to discover the redemptive power of music. Don't miss the show the New York Daily News calls "an irresistible winner." Much like its hero, The Lion roars.
Experience Puccini's heartbreaking masterpiece of passion, honor, and sacrifice with Wolf Trap Opera and the National Symphony Orchestra in this new staged and costumed production with custom video projections.
Have a taste for nostalgia, even if it's not quite true? From one of the country's most adventurous young writers (Maple and Vine, Act A Lady, Netflix's Orange Is the New Black) comes the tender and provocative story of Marjorie, 85 years old, who's reinventing memories from the past with the help of Walter Prime – a hologram of her dead husband as he looked 50 years ago. The New York Times hailed the world premiere in Los Angeles as a "thought-provoking play about memory, its corruption, and our insistence that technology can help us outwit death."
Grace is 27 and her life is not as perfect as she'd planned. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are her only friends, and she's just market research for them. Or maybe they're going to save her?
In one crazy day in the Almaviva household, Figaro and Susanna must devise and disguise their way to thwarting the Count's plans of ruining their happiness. Originally banned for suggesting a servant could outwit his master, this political play turned beloved comic opera tells a moving tale of love, forgiveness—and an immensely chaotic wedding day—through sublime music and wry humor.
Matilda the Musical is based on the beloved novel by best-selling author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox). It is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny. Matilda the Musical is directed by Tony Award winner Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage), who helms this production with a book by Tony Award winning playwright Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician, and composer Tim Minchin.
Midsummer returns mid-Summer!
Spearheaded by Director Paata Tsikurishvili, Synetic masterfully brings back their highly lauded rendition of the classic play, utilizing dance, acrobatics, and mime to create a fun and relatable adaptation of Shakespeare's timeless comedy.
Inspired by the 1956 impromptu jam session of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis, this Tony Award-winning musical filled with classic rock 'n' roll "whips the crowd into a frenzy." (The New York Times)
From the writer of HBO's Boardwalk Empire and Showtime's Masters of Sex comes an unexpected story of evolving friendship, finding your own path and the value of family.
Complete opposites, Charlotte and Jonny have been best friends since they were children. Now, as college students on the eve of graduation, they toy around with taking their friendship romantic. Or not. Why decide? After all, neither is sure they are even attracted to the other (or to anyone of the opposite sex). Meanwhile, Charlotte's parents, an unlikely couple themselves, push the kids for a definition even while their own relationship founders. Gradually, secrets and truths emerge as playing grown-up turns into actually growing up.
Funny, insightful, with an intense and complex core, Bathsheba Doran's (Nest) newest play brilliantly examines intimacy, identity and, of course, the many mysteries of love and sex.
Choreographers and dance groups from across the UMD campus bring you an evening of original work.
Orphaned and homeless, New York's newsboys live, urchin like, day by day, dreaming of a better life. In the meantime, the popular and charismatic Jack and friends have got more than just dodging juvenile detention centre on his mind. The newspaper editors are inflating their prices, meaning the newsies can't afford to sell them. Now is the time to pull together, create strength in numbers and protest! Join Jack on the adventure of his life as he finds the courage and the hope to change his destiny!
Miramar brings nostalgic love songs to a new generation. They revive the bolero, a traditional Latin American song form, by following in the footsteps of the great Puerto Rican troubadours of the 1950's and 60's. They perform a mix of original and classic tunes drawing upon such great artist as Sylvia Rexach, Felipe 'La Voz' Rodriguez and duo Irizarry de Cordova. A portion of Miramar's repertoire also includes Portuguese and Greek pieces that emerged from similar international song movements that paralleled the Latin American bolero revolution.
Yeni Nostalji is a music group based in Richmond, Virginia. Their mission is to share timeless music and performances inspired by Turkish pop of the 1960's and 70's. Founded by singer Christina Marie, who initially joined forces with Turkish American guitarist Evrim Doğu and keyboardist Jeff London. "I believe that we were brought together for a reason," Christina says. "This is my calling. To help preserve the spirit of the music coming from Turkey during these decades."
Consider yourself invited to the theatrical event of the holiday season. Charles Dickens' unforgettable characters burst to life in this classic Tony Award-winning musical about an innocent orphan thrown into the dark world of double-dealing thieves and conmen of 19th-century London. Bursting with jubilant songs, including "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two," "Consider Yourself," "Where is Love?" and the scrumptious "Food, Glorious Food," director Molly Smith (<i.Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!) will serve up a musical feast for the eyes and ears that will have every theater-lover calling out for "More!"
A passive busker named Guy is playing guitar when he meets Girl, with whom he shares a connection through a mutual love of music. The shy kindred spirits start to make music together, mixing their complementary style to create a melancholic folk-rock sound that explores the themes of love and loss.
Over the course of a week their lives change forever, there is poignancy and where there is a joyous celebration of love, there is also a bitter-sweet feeling that will stick with you long after you've left the theatre. This will not disappoint fans of the original movie and new theatre.
Head to the swashbuckling high seas with Gilbert & Sullivan's most popular comic opera, featuring the hits "Poor Wandering One" and "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major- General."
Sail away this summer with scurvy pirates, star-crossed lovers, Pooh-Bah and Nanki-Poo, and of course that most manic of Modern Major Generals in Sean Graney's "outrageously enjoyable" (Chicago Tribune) staging of two of Gilbert & Sullivan's best-loved comic operettas. Performed by a cast of ten in promenade style (meaning you choose fixed seats or… you can decide to sit on the stage with the actors, though you'll have to move when they tell you to!) in rotating repertory, Graney's band of fearless actors tackle not only some of the silliest roles ever written for music theater, but the instruments, too! The DC-area premiere of The Hypocrites follows critically-acclaimed runs of the G&S Rep at Berkeley Rep and American Repertory Theatre.
Potted Potter, the New York and West End smash hit returns to Washington! Playing to sold out houses all over the world and garnering rave reviews from New York to Nashville, Chicago to Mexico City and Critics' Picks from the New York Times, New York Magazine, Time Out London, Boston Globe, Chicago Daily Herald and the New York Post, Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter Books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes.
Even if you don't know the difference between a Horcrux and a Hufflepuff, Potted Potter will make you roar with laughter. This brilliant family entertainment is perfect for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed).
From the author of Death of a Salesman comes an intimate, powerful story about the cost of the choices we make. In an overstuffed New York City attic apartment, two estranged brothers meet to sell off what remains of their deceased father's furniture and find themselves in an emotional renegotiation of the past. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Arthur Miller's birth with this brilliant, powerful, and deeply moving play. (Recommended for 14 and up)
The third collaboration between Weidman and Sondheim (Assassins, Pacific Overtures), Road Show is a freewheeling musical travelogue of the optimism and opportunism of the early twentieth century through the eyes of two ambitious, eccentric, yet playfully charming brothers.
Based on the real-life Mizner siblings, Road Show follows the dreamer and the schemer's quest for the ever elusive, shape-shifting American dream. From the Klondike gold rush to India, Hawaii, Guatemala, New York and finally the real-estate boon of Florida's Boca Raton, the dazzling pace scours not only the map, but also forty years of boom-and-bust and brotherly love (or hate).
Winner of four Tony Awards, including "Best Play," Stoppard's feast of wordplay and wit thrusts two of Shakespeare's most incidental characters into the limelight. Courtiers and close compatriots Rosencrantz and Guildenstern find themselves in Elsinore with the dubious task of identifying what afflicts their childhood friend Hamlet. Can this bewildered duo manage to keep their heads as they engage with a ragtag group of bedraggled players, find themselves on the high seas, and are attacked by a band of pirates?
Seasonal Disorder is Washington Improv Theater's gift to you: four weeks of madcap improv as unpredictable as the holiday season. WIT's company ensembles deliver sharp, energetic improv alongside some of the best independent troupes in the city.
Be sure to catch our headlining show Improv Actually, a holiday-themed romantic comedy that draws inspiration from the film Love Actually. The show creates a new cast of characters that you can get to see fall in love, maybe fall out of love, and probably fall in love again.
Bring a date, bring your mom, bring your office party (because Lord knows you don't want to have to make chit-chat and sip virgin eggnog in the conference room).
Seen by over ten million people worldwide, this wildly popular comedy keeps every audience laughing as they try to outwit the suspects and catch the killer. New clues and up to the minute improvisation deliver a different show every night.
Clarice, Hannibal, Buffalo Bill—all singing, all dancing, and more outrageous than ever. This spoof of the 1991 Oscar-winning film features gleefully vulgar songs, non-stop zingers, and a singing chorus of tap-dancing lambs.
When a former black revolutionary and political prisoner decides to reunite with his daughter, he discovers that fatherhood might be the most challenging revolution of all. The Huffington Post names Morisseau as a "direct heir to the magical wordsmiths named Lorraine Hansberry, Tennessee Williams, and August Wilson" for her vibrant exploration of the point where the personal and political collide. Morriseau is a 2014 recipient of the Kennedy Prize for Drama.
A group of close friends shares everything: drinks, secrets and laughs. But when rumors of layoffs shake up the local steel mill, the fragile bonds of their community begin to fray and a horrific crime sends shock waves across two generations. This gripping world premiere by acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Ruined) explores America's industrial decline at the turn of the millennium by examining the inhabitants of one Pennsylvania town who still struggle to reclaim what's lost, find redemption and redefine themselves in a new century. Co-commissioned with Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Orgon has fallen under the spell of the pious fraud Tartuffe, at great cost to his family and household, in Tartuffe, Molière's crowning achievement and scathing indictment of religious hypocrisy. The family watches in astonishment as their leader obeys every word of Tartuffe's false piety and divine authority—who meanwhile is stealing secrets and seducing the lady of the house. Only by conspiring, hiding in closets and climbing under tables (all in true French farce fashion) can the family reveal Tartuffe's fake divinity.
Shakespeare's classic comedy of twins lost at sea and found in Illyria features some of his most memorable characters: Sir Toby Belch, the yellow-cross-gartered Malvolio, and a supreme quartet of lovers: Duke Orsino, Countess Olivia, and the twins Viola and Sebastian. Picnic beneath the stars with an ensemble drawn from 67 tours of the National Players. Orsino says it in the very first line of the play: "If music be the food of love, play on!"
Venture into Ancient Egypt with the majestic music of Verdi's grand opera Aida, sung by Metropolitan Opera artists and Wolf Trap Opera alumni Michelle DeYoung, Marjorie Owens, Carl Tanner, and Scott Hendricks.
In the late 1950s two rival gangs struggle for control of their West Side New York City neighborhood. Amidst the chaos, star-crossed lovers find themselves wrenched between their worlds. Beautiful, passionate, with shades of violence and heartache, this innovative adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet still dazzles after more than fifty years.
Written by the dream creative team of Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story's legendary jazz, Latin and classical-inspired score features the treasured songs "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty" and "America."
In this twist on the Aladdin story, Ally longs to be rich and popular and famous at her school. Her dream seems out of reach until she finds an old ring that unleashes a powerful genie! But as Ally gets everything she ever wanted she learns that sometimes you should be careful what you wish for!