BYT Theatre Guide: Fall/Winter 2013

Contributors: Esther Hur, Kemi Ajisekola, Deanna Martino, Emily Catino, Stephanie Breijo

If you’re anything like us, you’ll want to go to the theatre and throw yourself into the vortex of emotions only a live performance can provoke in you. So, to paraphrase that old theatre reviewer stand-by line “YOU’LL LAUGH, YOU’LL CRY…” we figured we’d walk you through some choice offerings this season of DC has to offer (with blessedly, no CATS in sight). From the holidays to gay parodies of “The Sound of Music,” we’ve got all the theatre you need through spring.

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Thursday 03/30
Carlos Mencia from Mind of Mencia @ Arlington Cinema N Drafthouse
$30 / $30
Carlos Mencia is undoubtedly one of today’s most popular entertainers and comics. Whether it is man-on-the-street interviews, studio comedy, commercial parodies, nationwide sold-out tours, or films, Mencia demonstrates an extraordinary ability to connect with a wide and diverse audience. Mencia comes from a humble background, born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the 17th of 18 children. His parents sent him to the United States when he was about three months old, where he was raised in Maravilla Projects in Los Angeles, California by his aunt and uncle. In his early teens, Mencia moved back to Honduras because his family wanted him to avoid the destructive gang culture of East Los Angeles. When Mencia later returned to Los Angeles, he showed such educational prowess that he was immediately promoted to the tenth grade. Soon after, he successfully graduated from Garfield High School. Mencia began his career doing stand-up on amateur night. After he found success on the L.A comedy circuit, Mencia was named “International Comedy Grand Champion” from Buscando Estrellas (the Latino version of Star Search). This led to appearances on “In Living Color,” “The Arsenio Hall Show,” “Moesha” and “An Evening at the Improv.” In 1994, he hosted the HBO comedy series “Loco Slam” and in 1998 he hosted “Funny is Funny!” on Galavision. Mencia released a comedy album in 2000 called “Take a Joke, America” that showcased his brand of humor. Mencia continued his journey up the comedy ladder by headlining “The Three Amigos” tour with Freddy Soto and Pablo Francisco in 2002, which sold out in record time around the United States. He was also featured in the independent films, “Outta Time” and “29 Palms” and starred in guest spots on “The Shield” and “The Bernie Mac Show,” among others. In 2002, he received a CableACE Award nomination for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special for his HBO special. That same year, Mencia was featured on “Comedy Central Presents.” Mencia remained busy and after the success of his solo dvd, “Carlos Mencia: Not For The Easily Offended,” “Mind of Mencia” went into development. The show was an instant hit and after the first season, Comedy Central signed Mencia back for his own original stand-up special, “Carlos Mencia: No Strings Attached.” The special was the first Comedy Central Stand-up Special DVD to achieve Platinum sales status. “Mind of Mencia” debuted on Comedy Central in early 2005. It became one of the strongest shows in the network’s history, averaging about 1.5 million total viewers. “Mind of Mencia” was executive produced by Carlos Mencia and Robert Morton (“Late Night with David Letterman”). In the summer of 2007, Mencia starred opposite Ben Stiller and Michelle Monaghan in the Farrelly Brothers’ hit feature film, THE HEARTBREAK KID (DreamWorks). In the fall of that year Mencia headlined a nationwide comedy tour titled “Carlos Mencia Live Presented by Bud Light.” The highly anticipated tour brought Mencia face-to-face with his fans from September 2007 through December 2007. Shortly thereafter, Mencia taped a new comedy special for Comedy Central, “Carlos Mencia: Performance Enhanced,” that aired in May 2008. Since 2007, every holiday season Mencia has embarked on a USO Tour to the Persian Gulf to entertain the troops serving overseas. For his 2008 trip, Mencia visited Kuwait to host “Operation MySpace,” an exclusive concert for American Troops in the Middle East alongside Jessica Simpson and The Pussycat Dolls. The special aired on FX in April 2008. Mencia’s 2009 USO tour had stops in Turkey, Kirkuk, Baghdad, Qatar, Afghanistan, and many other countries. In July 2008, Mencia began his tour, “At Close Range” at Red Rock Amphitheatre in Colorado. The tour was sponsored by Bud Light and co-promoted by Icon Entertainment and Live Nation. Larger than all of his previous tours, Mencia performed in 80 cities across the country. In the summer of 2009, he kicked off a nationwide comedy tour entitled “The Administration of Laughter” which brought him to excited audiences all around the country. In March 2010, Mencia starred in the family comedy OUR FAMILY WEDDING (FOX Searchlight) alongside America Ferrara and Forrest Whitaker. In the last couple years, Mencia chose to go back to his comedic roots, performing at a number of comedy stores throughout the country – allowing him to share his newest material with smaller and more intimate audiences.
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  • The Velocity of Autumn @ Arena Stage
    September 6 – October 20
    “The Velocity of Autumn” follows the life of 79-year-old Alexandra living in New York City, the most cliched setting for youth, excitement, and unpredictability. However, Alexandra lives in a lifeless daze of memories from her past, and the discontent of her present. Things begin to excelerate when Alexandra’s long absent son enters the picture and becomes the facilitator for change in both her life and his.  -Esther Hur
    (Check out our review here.)
  • Don Juan @ Faction of Fools
    September 6 – October 12
    Molière’s 17th century comedy, “Don Juan,” gets reprised by Faction of Fools. A faithful and refreshing adaptation of the play plots his careless Casanova spirit and the pitfalls it leads to.  -Esther Hur
  • Measure for Measure @ Shakespeare Theatre Company
    September 12–October 27
    Shakespeare’s dark comedy, “Measure for Measure,” explores the themes of mercy, judgement and the corrupting nature of power, punctuated with some raunchy comedy. What’s more? This production is set in 1930s Vienna with militaristic agenda. -Kemi Ajisekola
    (Check out our review here.)
  • Come Blow Your Horn @ American Century Theatre
    September 12 – October 12
    A Neil Simon Broadway comedy, made into a film in 1963 starring Frank Sinatra, tells the story of Buddy Baker who is bored with life at 21. He moves to New York to live with his older brother, Alan, who is living the single, city life. Alan introduces Buddy to his friends and gives him an extreme makeover. We see both lives intersecting and eventually take opposite directions when of course Alan becomes unsatisfied with his swinger lifestyle and Buddy claims Alan’s bachelor pad. -Esther Hur
  • Cabaret Barroco: Interludes of Spain’s Golden Age @ GALA Hispanic Theatre
    September 12 – October 6
    Brush up on your Spanish and get ready to laugh. The cabaret embraces a topsy-turvy view of the world and explores themes of love, jealousy, deception and entanglements. -Deanna Martino
  • The Sunshine Boys @ Keegan Theatre
    September 28 – October 19
    Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys” reunites two vaudeville performers turned archenemies in this timeless comedy. The New York Post best characterizes the play as “It’s ham on wry. Simon’s surefooted craftsmanship and his one liners are as exquisitely apt as ever.” Simon’s play will certainly leave you laughing as well as present a touching story of friendship. -Emily Catino
  • Beertown @ Round House Theatre (Silver Spring)
    October 3 – 19
    What could be better than participating in a fictional town hall meeting for a place called Beertown? This interactive play allows for cast and audience members to be in (literal) conversation with one another while simultaneously being provided with skits and musical numbers as the townspeople try and decide what 13 items will get to be placed in the Beertown time capsule. -Emily Catino
  • The Improvised Shakespeare Company @ Artisphere
    November 9
    Full-length, off-the-cuff plays improvised entirely in Elizabehan style? You’d better believe it. Chicago’s ISC is coming to Artisphere with two performances of unrehearsed, unadulterated hilarity full of “thees” and “thous” so get ready; no two shows are alike. -Stephanie Breijo
  • Bad Kid with David Crabb @ Artisphere
    November 22 – 23
    What happens when a gay goth kid grows up in Texas in 1991? David Crabb’s critically acclaimed endearing solo show is packed with revelations about adolescence, fitting in, and sexuality, with sidesplitting humor and self-deprecation to boot. -Stephanie Breijo
  • The Lyons @ Round House Theatre (Bethesda)
    November 27 – December 22
    The Lyons are a disfunctional family with a dying father, a son in a dubious relationship and an unstable daughter. But the worst part is, Rita, the matriarch, can’t figure out how to redesign her living room. -Deanna Martino
  •  Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner @ Arena Stage
    November 29 – January 5
    Kenny Leon returns to Arena Stage to direct a new adaption of the classic film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” Starring Michael Jamal-Warner in his Arena Stage debut, the plot centers on a liberal, upper-class white couple who are shocked when their daughter brings home her black fiance. Although the couple taught their daughter to accept all people as equal, they struggle with her decision in this humorous story of love and hypocrisy. -Kemi Ajisekola
  • Handbag @ Scena
    December
    “Handbag” is the kind of crass comedy we all love, about certain embarrassments of parent/child interactions. Based on Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” this play is a must-see for parents and their (older) children… on second thought, maybe go see it separately.  -Emily Catino
  • Edgar and Annabel @ Studio Theatre
    December 11 – January 5
    Your eyes and ears will deceive you in this wonderfully confusing and captivating play by Sam Holcroft. Edgar and Annabel sound like a normal married couple, but as they carry on a mundane conversation while reading from a script, it becomes increasingly clear that not only are they not a couple, but there is something much more sinister going on. “Edgar & Annabel” looks creepy and mind-bending in the best of ways. -Emily Catino
  • An Irish Carol @ Keegan Theatre
    December 13 – December 31
    A modern (and distinctly Irish) take on the classic “A Christmas Carol,” “An Irish Carol” tells the story of a materialistic and emotionally stunted pub owner who, all in one night, encounters visions of his past, present, and future that challenge him to change his ways. This is a fable for the modern audience, reminding them of the true meaning of the holidays just as Charles Dickens’s classic had done before it, but with wit and humor. -Emily Catino
  •  Elf The Musical @ The Kennedy Center
    December 17 – January 5
    Based on the hilarious Christmas classic film, “Elf The Musical” is a great Broadway treat for kids and parents alike. Buddy the Elf sets off on a memorable adventure when he discovers that he was adopted into the family of one of Santa’s elves. As he makes his way back to New York, he meets his family, a new love, and the true meaning of Christmas. -Emily Catino

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  • 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
  • The Importance of Being Earnest @ Shakespeare Theatre Company
    January 16 – March 2
    “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
  • Peter and the Starcatcher @ The Kennedy Center
    January 28 – February 16
    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
  • 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 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
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  • 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

 

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  • The Marriage of Maria Braun @ Scena
    September 14 – October 11
    A WWII drama of love, “The Marrigae of Maria Braun” tells the story of Maria, who marries Hermann just before he leaves for war. Maria beleievs that Hermann was killed, but a twist of fate changes everything. -Kemi Ajisekola
  •  Washington National Opera: The Force of Destiny @ The Kennedy Center
    October 12 – 26
    The New York Sun saying that “The Force of Destiny” is “One of Verdi’s best operas… a near-perfect operatic feast!” is high praise considering Verdi is, of course,  the composer. The tragic, beautiful tale centers on the strife of one family as they battle lost love, death, and revenge in war-torn urban landscape. The Washington National Opera has not performed this piece in 25 years, so jump at the chance to witness it this year since this is an opera that should not be missed. -Emily Catino
  • Romeo and Juliet  @ Folger Theatre
    October 15 – December 1
    Helen Hayes Award-winning director Aaron Posner brings “Romeo and Juliet” back to life, Shakespeare’s tragedy about two star-crossed lovers.  -Deanna Martino
  • The Apple Family Plays @ Studio Theatre
    November 13 – December 29
    The first two plays in a set of four by Richard Nelson show how world events effect an average American family. Stories are told at the Apple family’s meals about 9/11, politics, manners and family drama. -Deanna Martino
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  • 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
  • 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
  • Water by the Spoonful @ Studio Theatre
    March 5 – April 13
    In North Philly, an ex-marine who works at Subway cares for his dying mother and tries to acclimate to civilan life with the help of his cousin. Online, four addicts struggle to maintain sobriety in their chat room support group. Events large and small force these lives to collide as they learn about redemption, resilience and the meaning of family. -Deanna Martino

 

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  • Torch Song Trilogy @ Studio Theatre
    September 4 – October 12
    Drag queen Arnold Beckoff looks for intimacy beyond gay bar shenanigans and catcalls that a drag queen often reels in. Arnold decides to find a family on his own and in turn is forced to do the most dreadful deed of reconnecting with his not so biggest fan – his mother. “Torch Song Trilogy” highlights the startling juxtaposition of true connection and the superficial lifestyle he leads. -Esther Hur
  • Detroit @ Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
    September 9 – October 6
    A darkly funny commentary on suburban life in the current economic state, “Detroit” tells the story of recently laid-off Ben, who starts an e-buisness from his home, and his wife Mary. The couple befriends their mysterious new neighbors and get pulled into some craziness with the promise of fiery effects. -Deanna Martino
    (Check out our review here.)

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  • Red Speedo @ Studio Theatre
    September 25 – October 13
    Ray is about to enter the biggest stage of performance for only the most outstanding athletes. If Ray is able to make the Olympic trials for swimming, he has the chance to land a deal with Speedo. But on the eve of trials, performance enhancing drugs are found in the locker room fridge and threatens the plans of the entire team. “Snitch” seems highly preferable to “washed up almost Olympian,” but it is not that simple for Ray and his teammates. -Esther Hur
  •  Love in Afghanistan @ Arena Stage
    October 11 – November 17
    Charles Randolph Wright’s Love in Afghanistan is a story about two of the most unthinkable of lovers, one an up-and-coming hip hop artist, and the other a hig- level Afghan interpreter coming together in the most unlikely of places. There are conflicts of all colors, political turmoil, religious tension, complexities of love, and you’ll be in the middle of it all. -Esther Hur
  • Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill @ Signature Theatre
    October 15, 2013 – December 8
    Keeping up appearances is the name of the game in this new play by Paul Downs Colaizzo. “Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill” gives audiences a glimpse into the dark underbelly of the pristine suburbs that the play is named for. This darkly funny tale follows the struggles of one family as it disintegrates under the façade of their perfect neighborhood. -Emily Catino
  • The Night Watcher @ Studio Theatre
    October 23 – November 17
    Charlayne Woodward may not have become a mother, but she’s gained non-parental wisdom from other children in her life and she’s sharing it with the audience in this glowing, one-woman show. -Deanna Martino
  • King John @ WSC Avant Bard
    October 25 – November 24
    Don’t miss Shakespeare’s historical play about King John of England, which tells the dramatic tale of 12th century English royalty and the responsibilities that come with. Reprisals of these ancient productions are always interesting to see projected against a 21st century background. -Esther Hur
  • Rep Stage presents: I Am My Own Wife @ Studio Theatre
    October 30 – November 17
    Winner of the both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award in 2004, “I Am My Own Wife” is the true story of Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf, a German transvestite who lived through the Nazi regime and the East German communist regime. This play tells the glorious tale of Charlotte, her friends, and her survival. -Esther Hur
  • The Woman in Black @ Keegan Theatre
    October 31 – November 30
    In an attempt to exorcise his terrible fear, a lawyer enagages a young actor, telling him of the terrifying story of The Woman in Black. The lines between make believe and reality begin to blur in this thriller, sure to leave the audience on the edge of their seats. -Kemi Ajisekola

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  • Man of the House @ The Kennedy Center
    November 2 -3
    Check out the world premiere of David Gonzalez’s coming of age tale about Pablito, of Cuban and Puerto Rican heritage, who begins his search for his long lost father on a summer trip to Miami. -Esther Hur
  • Appropriate @ Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
    November 4 – December 1
    Estranged members of the Lafayette family return to their Arkansas home after the death of their patriarch. Sorting through years of momentos and junk, the family comes across a gruesome relic that brings up dark repressed memories and family secrets. Sounds ominous. -Deanna Martino
  • Urban Arias presents: She, After @ Artisphere
    November 9 – 17
    Part literary homage, part opera, and all parts thoroughly fascinating, “She, After” follows Alice post rabbit hole and Nora of “A Doll’s House” after the Ibsen’s infamous door slam. What has become of these women over time? Opera star Emily Pulley leads us through the worlds of both heroines . -Stephanie Breijo
  • 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 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
  • 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

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  • 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
  • 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
  • Hamlet @ Synetic Theatre
    March 13 – April 6
    Synetic is revitalizing the play that first put them on the map 11 years ago: “Hamlet… the rest is silence.” The theater promises to use everything they’ve learned in that time to create a production that pleases both the familiar and the newcomers. -Deanna Martino

 

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  • Million Dollar Quartet @ The Kennedy Center
    September 24 – October 6
    The Tony-award winning Broadway musical is back for two weeks only! Inspired by the famed recording session where Sam Phillips brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. Includes hits such as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” and more. -Deanna Martino
  • Crossing @ Signature Theatre
    October 29, 2013 – November 24
    “Crossing” tells the story of eight people from different generations who meet at a train station. Their stories reveal that while life is vastly different for everyone, the journeys are often the same. Music unites these lost souls in a show that shows how people’s desires and fears are interwoven, regardless of age. -Kemi Ajisekola
  •  Sister Act @ The Kennedy Center
    October 29 – November 10
    “Sister Act” the musical, produced by Whoopi Goldberg, was nominated for five Tony Awards in 2011 and features music by eight time Academy Award winner Alan Menken. “Sister Act,” if your memory is hazy, is about Deloris Van Cartier, put under protective custody and sent to a nunnery after witnessing a murder. A woman who would have otherwise never stepped foot in a confessional is forced to learn and practice the lifestyle of a nun. If you’ve seen the movie, Deloris and sisters’ gospel/r&b remix of “Salve Regina” should already have you sold. -Esther Hur
  • If/Then @ The National Theatre
    November 5 – December 8
    Idina Menzel stars in this world premiere musical from the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning creators of “Next to Normal.” “If/Then” is one of the many love letters written to the great city of New York for allowing chance encounters that ultimately, we are left to pursue. -Esther Hur

  • Maurice Hines Is Tappin’ Through Life @ Arena Stage
    November 15 – December 29
    Maurice Hines teams up with the Manzari Brothers to honor his brother Gregory and the artists who inspired him, like Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Nat King Cole. The Diva Orchestra, a nine-piece all-female band, helps Hines bring the story of American tap to life. -Deanna Martino
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum @ Shakespeare Theatre Company
    November 21 – January 5
    When this musical farce made its Broadway debut in 1962, it won several Tonys including those for Best Musical and Best Book. Shakespeare Theatre Company’s revival will certainly impress with the tale of a slave named Pseudolus and his endeavor to gain his freedom by helping his master get the girl next door. It sounds like a typical rom-com but with Shakespearean comedy and tropes. Plus, the music from legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim.  -Emily Catino
  • Gypsy @ Signature Theatre
    December 17, 2013 – January 19
    The classic story of an overbearing stage mom comes the The Signature Theatre. “Gypsy” tells the story of a mother who pressures her daughters into showbiz. When the younger, more talented daughter goes in another direction, Mama Rose turns her attention to her elder daughter. Kind of like “Dance Moms” for people with self respect. -Kemi Ajisekola
  • Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington: Sparkle, Jingle, Joy @ Lisner Auditorium
    December 20 – 21
    Get into the spirit of the season with the ever festive GMCW holiday show, now with special guest Grammy Award-winner Matt Alber! If you’re looking for a well-sung evening of traditional Christmas carols, you’ve come to the right place. -Stephanie Breijo
  • Flashdance–The Musical @ The Kennedy Center
    December 25 – January 19
    Were you a young female child when you watched the film “Flashdance”? Were you suddenly enthralled by the idea of being a female welder at a steel mill by day and an exotic dancer by night? Did you want “Maniac” to be the soundtrack to your steel welding, pole straddling lifestyle? Say yes. “Flashdance” was a huge box office success in the ’80s. Its iconic soundtrack, aesthetic, and alluring choreography makes it the perfect candidate for a musical. Thank God I am older and am stuck in higher education, otherwise Alex would’ve swayed me again. -Esther Hur

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  • The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess @ The National Theatre
    December 25 – December 29
    “The Gerswins’ Porgy and Bess” is a love story set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row. There’s plenty of scandal, temptation and romance that got this musical a Tony in 2012. Oh, and did we mention the Gershwins wrote the music? -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
  • 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
  • MAMMA MIA! @ The National Theatre
    March 4 – March 9
    A globally acclaimed feel-good musical about a young girl who searches for the identity of her father, bringing together three men from her mother’s past to where they met twenty years ago. Even if you don’t know every song by Abba, (which I do not condone) you will absolutely be out of your seat, for the obvious reason of being completely overwhelmed, but also because the cast of “Mamma Mia!” makes it the best participatory theater experience ever. P.S. upgrade the experience and watch it with your mom. -Esther Hur
  • Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington: Von Trapped @ Lisner Auditorium
    March 14 – March 16
    Laugh and sing along with GMCW’s gay parody spin on “The Sound of Music,” complete with an all-male cast. Sassy nuns? CHECK. -Stephanie Breijo

 

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  • The Picture of Dorian Gray @ Synetic Theatre
    September 26 – November 3
    Synetic brings to life Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” the story of a man who wishes his portrait could bear the burden of growing old while he remains young and beautiful. -Deanna Martino
  • Jane Comfort and Company @ American Dance Institute
    October 4 – 5
    Known for their unconventional theater performances, the company uses singing, acting, dancing, puppetry, cross dressing, film, lip syncing and much more to display their topics in a way each individual audience member can enjoy. Choreographer Jane Comfort focuses on addressing social and cultural norms with charm and allure. -Esther Hur
  • In the Forest, She Grew Fangs @ Source Theatre
    October 12 – November 2
    Stephen Spotswood’s world premiere of “In The Forest She Grew Fangs” is “Carrie” meets “Little Red Riding Hood,” a horror tale of rejection, unwavering passion, and revenge. Should look perfect on your 12 days of Halloween agenda. -Esther Hur

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  • Washington Ballet: Giselle @ The Kennedy Center
    October 30 – November 3
    “Giselle” first premiered in 1841 in Paris. One-hundred and seventy-two years of production is absolutely a testament to its timeless rendition of romance and betrayal, a tale of a young peasant girl with a passion for dance. -Esther Hur
  • Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty–New Adventures @ The Kennedy Center
    November 12 – 17
    The fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty,” about a girl cursed to sleep for 100 years, was turned into a ballet in 1890, and now Matthew Bourne has reimagined it. The story starts in 1890 at the height of the Gothic period and resumes in the present day when Aurora wakes up. -Deanna Martino
  • Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group: Moses(es) @ American Dance Institute
    November 15 – 16
    Choreographer Reggie Wilson explores the multiple depictions of Moses, the traditional Moses, the secular Moses, and the Moses we can recognize in ourselves. Wilson examines relationships between leader and follower, and all this through the movement of nine dancers. -Esther Hur
  • City Rhythms Festival @ ATLAS
    November 23 – 24
    Occasionally we lose sight of the rhythm of our city–not necessarily the literal music but the surrounding cultures and whirring beats of the District that pulse through the city each day. The City Rhythms Festival reminds us of the heart of D.C. with some of the best in local dance talent, like Culture Shock and Baakari Wilder’s tap dancers. -Stephanie Breijo

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  • The Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker @ The Kennedy Center
    November 27 – December 1
    It’s time to get into the holiday spirit because the Joffrey Ballet (not to be confused with Joffrey Baratheon) “brings the magic of the season to life like no other Nutcracker.” -Deanna Martino
  • Modern Moves Festival @ ATLAS
    January 4 – 5
    Get familiar with some of the District’s most inventive contemporary dancers with twelve showcases from Rebollar Dance, alight dance theater, Human Landscape Dance and more. (And besides, what’s not to love about local?) -Stephanie Breijo
  • GOLD @ The Kennedy Center
    January 24 – 26
    Revisit the joy, humor and mischief of childhood by listening to classical music and watching five people in bow ties dance. -Deanna Martino
  • Mariinsky Ballet: Swan Lake @ The Kennedy Center
    January 28 – February 2
    You’ve seen “Black Swan,” now see the beautiful ballet that inspired the dark film. Under the tutelage of the Mariinsky corps de ballet, Konstantin Sergeyev’s fantastic 1950 production of “Swan Lake” takes on new life with Tchaikovsky’s masterful score. Witness love triumphing over evil as Odette and her love Prince Siegfried stave off the temptations of Odile. -Emily Catino

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  • Doug Elkins Choreography: Hapless Bizarre @ American Dance Institute
    January 31 – February 1
    Doug Elkins, known for his dance genre-bending performances will team up with dancers, actors and circus clowns, presents his new performance, “Hapless Bizarre,” a slapstick dance charged by flirtation and romance. Like performers Chaplin and Josephine Baker, we expect a high and graceful rendition of slapstick. -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
  • 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
  • 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

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  • 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

 

06 - Hot tips

  • SAVE THE DATE FOR FALL FRINGE (November 1st-November 17th) gathers the best talent from past summer Fringe Festivals as well as exciting new acts that will be sure to captivate our audiences. This year we welcoming back seven returning sell-out shows from the 2013 summer Festival and six Fringe artists that are creating brand-new-contempary performances for you. Three indoor venues at Fort Fringe with two indoor bars. Tickets are a bargain $15-20 with a 2013 FRINGE BUTTON
  • Check out the League of Washington Theatres website for updates on specials.
  • If You Are Under 35 and have a valid ID to prove it, tickets to Shakespeare Theatre Company are only $15 for you. Start using and abusing that fact NOW.
    Kennedy Center MyTix -you need to be 18‒30 years old or an active duty member of the armed services, but the discounts/offers/giveaways/special events are amazing.
  • If you are under 30, Arena Stage offers $20-per-show subscriptions for either 4 or 8 of their plays every season. SCORE.
    Speaking of Arena stage-also check out the KOGOD Cradle series dedicated to emerging and experimental work. Tickets are $10 only.
    Before each show in D.C. opens, there is inevitably one or two of pay-what-you-can nights. Tickets are usually only available for in-person purchase but just keep an eye out (the calendar on top should come in handy here).
  • Studio Theatre, one of our favorites in town offers all sorts of useful discounts: Studio25 is a membership for twentysomethings that activates as soon as they enter the “STUDIO25” promotion code on our website. With the membership, they get $25 tickets to all performances as well as special events, happy hours, and meet-the-actor talks and receptions. Because the 14th Street corridor is such a prime location, we have great bars and restaurants right outside our doors where members can enjoy events before and after performances. Along with Studio25, they have widened our accessibility efforts towards students this season. Through College Connection, students are able to receive $20 tickets for all performances when showing their Student ID at the Box Office or entering the promotion code “STUDENTID” on our website.
  • Round House Theatre: $15 tickets for age 30 and under at Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday performances of THIS (and probably more shows to come)

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