Theatre Week is more like Theatre Month, which is good for patrons of the art. Now through October 7, participating theaters are offering seats as low as $15. Here are our 5 picks for this year’s Theatre Week. Just because the fest runs through the start of October, not all of these productions will.
Sleepy Hollow at Synetic Theater
Ooh, this is a neat idea. Synetic, with its signature, musical blend of dance and pantomime, is always on the lookout for stories to adapt, and I can’t think of a better, more Halloween-y offering than Washington Irving’s 200-year-old spooky short story. If history is our guide, this show will be jet-black, beautiful, and Gothic as all hell. In other words: It’ll fit Sleepy Hollow like a glove.
Passion at Signature Theatre
This is another one that closes Sunday, so get your tickets when and if you still can. We should all of us love Stephen Sondheim musicals as much as Signature does, and that means loving him at less than his best. Passion may lack the genius of Sweeney Todd or A Little Night Music (or Into the Woods, or Sunday in the Park with George…), but you’re unlikely to see a more mature and calculated production. And Natascia Diaz, Steffanie Leigh, and Claybourne Elder are all brilliant as the leads.
Turn Me Loose at Arena Stage
Less a play than a profile, this look at groundbreaking African-American comedian Dick Gregory manages to be both searing and hilarious in its 90-minute runtime. Blending stand-up comedy, in-person interviews, and direct actor-to-audience storytelling, actor Edwin Lee Gibson seeks to offer a peak inside the author and civil rights activist’s head. Consider audience ready to get turnt.
Born Yesterday at Ford’s Theatre
I’ve never seen the stage version of Born Yesterday, which was of course adapted into a Hollywood classic staring Judy Holliday and William Holden, but there’s no where I’d rather see it than Ford’s Theatre. A corrupt tycoon comes to D.C. with the intention of buying himself a congressman? Yes, let’s. Opening Friday, Born Yesterday sounds quite ready for today.