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Welcome to February, everyone! This month’s Theatre Guide is brimming with phenomenal musicals, dancing, thought-provoking plays, Shakespeare classics and, essentially, everything you need for a full-blown month of theatre bliss. Whether you’re catching the tail end of holiday shows or launching into February with a fresh line-up of performances, we’ve got you covered.

If you’re looking for more shows later in the season, check out BYT’s Fall/Winter Theatre Guide. Ready? Let’s begin.

  • Twelfth Night @ Synetic Theatre
    January 9 – February 16
    In the 10th installment of their “silent Shakespeare” series, which has garnered plenty of critical acclaim and awards, Synetic presents “Twelfth Night.” This bard tale centers around a woman who dresses as her fraternal twin brother in order to be near the man she’s fallen in love with. You know, “She’s the Man,” only it’s the Shakespeare version and probably a little more theatrical. -Deanna Martino
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  • The Tallest Tree in the Forest @ Arena Stage
    January 10 – February 16
    Paul Robeson was widely known for his singing and acting in the early twentieth century, but his outspoken commentary on the US government had him blacklisted during the McCarthy era. “The Tallest Tree in the Forest” explores the bold individuality that caused his suppression.  -Esther Hur
  • The Importance of Being Earnest @ Shakespeare Theatre Company
    January 16 – March 2
    Check out our full review here.
    “A trivial comedy for serious people.” It was a rare case of a required reading in high school being genuinely enjoyable. It goes without saying, “The Importance of Being Earnest” was one of the best farcical comedies of its time, satirizing the social classes of its time. There’s no doubt this play will be the same amount of tasteful as it was in late Victorian London. -Esther Hur
  • The Best Man @ Keegan Theatre
    January 25 – February 22
    Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man” is about two candidates vying for their party’s nomination during the primary season. A dark satire about power, lies, secrets, and hidden agendas, that are often veiled by our own pre-conceived notions of reverence and ethics that should come with leadership. -Esther Hur
  • Peter and the Starcatcher @ The Kennedy Center
    January 28 – February 16
    Check out our full review here.
    Travel back to Neverland and watch as 12 actors play more than 100 characters to tell the story of how Peter Pan became Peter Pan. I do believe in fairies, I do, I do! -Deanna Martino
  • Richard III  @ Folger Theatre
    January 28 – March 9
    For the first time ever, Folger Theatre will be reconfigured to allow “Richard III” to be produced “in the round” so audience members can get even closer to the drama as Shakespeare’s telling of Richard III’s unstable life unfolds. -Deanna Martino
  • Tribes @ Studio Theatre
    January 28 – February 23
    Billy is a deaf man who was born into a hearing family who never listened to him. When he meets Sylvia, a woman who is going deaf, he decides it’s time to speak out on his own terms, shocking his family into listening. -Deanna Martino
  • Mother Courage and Her Children @ Arena Stage
    January 31 – March 9
    “Mother Courage” is set in the seventeenth century during the Thirty Years’ War. The titular character survives the war by running a commissary business that profits from both sides. Mother Courage profits well, but the cost is the great loss of her family during war; it is a show just as much about the role of women as it is the true costs of war.  -Esther Hur
  • STOMP @ The National Theatre
    February 04 – February 09
    “STOMP” has been around since 1994. It could be a college student by now, but that doesn’t mean it’s lost any of its magic. The eight-member troupe uses anything but instruments to create exciting percussion music, including garbage cans, brooms, wooden poles and hubcaps. -Deanna Martino
  • Seminar @ Round House Theatre (Bethesda)
    February 5 – March 2, 2014
    If you thought you were good in school, think again! Theresa Rebeck, Broadway’s most-produced female playwright and Pulitzer Prize nominee, brings you a smart and funny new comedy about four aspiring novelists who attend for lessons with literary hero, Leonard, only to be tested in ways they certainly did not sign up for. Who will blossom and who will stumble in this unorthodox comedy.   -Emily Catino
  • The Piano Teacher @ Rep Stage
    February 5 – February 23
    If you’re feeling a little too warm, go see the chilling tale of Mrs. K, a former piano teacher who lives alone since her husband died. One day she feels compelled to call her old piano students and mystery ensues.  -Deanna Martino
  • The Young Lady from Tacna @ GALA Hispanic Theatre
    February 6 – March 9
    “The Young Lady from Tacna” follows a young writer Belasario who is trying to piece together the romance story of his 94-year-old spinster aunt who broke her engagement with a dashing Chilean captain when she was young. A must-see if you’re in the mood for a feel-good portrait of family and the lessons that are passed through generations. -Esther Hur
  • Orphie and the Book of Heroes @ The Kennedy Center
    February 8 – 23
    An oprhan named Orphie (see what they did there?) in Ancient Greece must go on a hilarious quest to save her guardian, Homer. Oprhie’s musical adventure takes her from Mount Olympus to the underworld and it’s probably a much more entertaining way to learn about Greek mythology than boring, old reading. -Deanna Martino
  • Rumpelstiltskin @ Imagination Stage
    February 8 – March 16
    Imagination Stage brings to life the tale of Rumpelstiltskin from the Brothers Grimm. When a poor miller brags that his daughter can spin straw into gold, the king demands she use her talents for him or else. When the girl is unable to do this, she turns to rotten and tricky fairy Rumpelstiltskin. Clearly a lighthearted and wholesome story recommended for children (and adults). -Deanna Martino
  • Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington: Passion @ Church of the Epiphany
    February 15
    Spend your Valentine’s Day weekend with some of the classics–GMCW is bringing you two performances of history’s best love songs from from Dolly Parton to P!nk and back again, as only they know how. -Stephanie Breijo
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  • An Evening with Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkin @ The Kennedy Center
    February 18 – 23
    This “unique, musical love story” reunited the two Broadway stars for the first time since “Evita.” Told entirely through some of the best songs written for the stage, this is a performance any fan of musical theater will want to see. -Deanna Martino
  • Beaches @ Signature Theatre
    February 18, 2014 – March 23
    We all cried our eyes out in the Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey film version in 1988, so be prepared to experience all those emotions again in the new musical “Beaches.” This funny yet tragic tale follows the 30 year friendship of Cee Cee and Bertie in the wonderful ups and heartbreaking downs in the nest friends’ lives. Prepare to have a serious moment when Cee Cee sings “Wing Beneath My Wings,” everyone. -Emily Catino
  • American Idiot @ The National Theatre
    February 18 -February 23
    I had no idea Green Day was still a thing, but their musical “American Idiot” has done fairly well, so they’re back! Their show tells the story of three lifelong friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia as they try to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. -Deanna Martino
  • Washington National Opera: Moby-Dick @ The Kennedy Center
    February 22 – March 8
    The San Francisco Chronicle hails this opera as “Sumptuous and stirring! Theatrically stunning… epic in scale.” With its massive nautical sets and literary masterpiece roots, it’s not hard to imagine why. The all-American cast of “Moby Dick” brings the fable of Captain Ahab and his white whale to something that is larger-than-life. -Emily Catino
  • LeeSaar The Company: Princess Crocodile @ American Dance Institute
    February 22 – 23
    The title is the simplest way to describe what you will see in the production. Understanding femininity and girlhood is messy, but complex in the most beautiful way. It can look like a massive train wreck in Monet’s Giverny garden. LeeSaar described it as “A constant wavering between self-loathing and self-loving, between feeling like a royal princess in one moment and in the next, a hideous, atrocious crocodile.” -Esther Hur
  • Orlando @ WSC Avant Bard
    February 26 – March 24
    “Orlando,” Virginia Woolf’s 1928 novel based on her lover Vita Sackville-West, will be an incredibly relevant theater rendition. A commentary on the fluidity of sexuality and the disregard for socially correct physicalities. Almost the entire cast will change gender throughout the show, blurring all the lines we were ever shown regarding gender.  -Esther Hur


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