DC Metro Spotlight: November 2009
Don't Miss the Show Boat
Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons heads into town with the recent Broadway hit August: Osage County (November 24 - December 20) at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theatre. Parsons stars as the matriarch of an extended clan approaching meltdown in the fascinating and darkly funny tale that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.
As winter looms, Arena Stage is offering the theatrical equivalent of comfort food with The Fantasticks (Lincoln Theatre, November 20 - January 10), the chamber musical with the 42-year Off-Broadway run. The memorable score by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt helps tell a lyrical tale of young love as we "try to remember." Shakespeare Theatre Company lights up Sidney Harman Hall with one of the Bard's most dimensional female characters, the lovely Rosalind, mistress of disguise in the Arden Forest in As You Like It (November 17 - December 20). Maria Aitken, who directed Broadway's The 39 Steps, guides exiles from an oppressive kingdom as they search for freedom.
Quiara Alegría Hudes' new play 26 Miles is getting its area premiere at Round House Theatre in Bethesda (through November 22). The tender tale of a woman and her estranged daughter taking a cross-country road trip in a 1983 Buick promises to tug at our hearts by showing us the true meaning of family. Another road trip doesn't end quite so well in Of Mice and Men (November 5-29). John Steinbeck's stage adaptation of his 1937 novel is the tragic story of two displaced ranch workers in the Great Depression in search of a better life. Keegan Theatre stages the drama at DC's Church Street Theater.