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November is here which means the weather is getting colder and you’re going to want to find more excuses to stay inside. Luckily, theaters have indoor heat! Whether you want to laugh, cry, sing or think, we’ve got you covered with every notable show in the DC area this month.

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

fallFRINGE Festival @ Fort Fringe
November 1 – 17
A smaller version of the summer festival, fallFRINGE is a performing arts festival featuring 13 shows and 80 individual performances. Some are returns from the summer and some are new, but all are promised to entertain your heart out. Plus there are two full bars!

Read our interview with festival founder Julianne Brienza

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

Lean and Hungry Theatre presents: Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar  @ Artisphere
November 10
Join Lean and Hungry Theatre on a journey into a modern Julius Caesar, set in New York City during Occupy. (#OccupyRome, anyone?) -Stephanie Breijo

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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