Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. Golda’s Balcony at Theater J. “Tovah Feldshuh’s carefully-researched, fully-realized embodiment of one of Israel’s most controversial founders is a wonder to behold.” - Andrew White. READ Andrew White’s review. Synopsis: A riveting portrait of one of the great women of our time, Golda Meir,Golda’s Balcony is the final work from Tony® Award-winning playwright William Gibson (The Miracle Worker, Two […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Ford’s Theatre. “This production is a must-see for everyone and will leave the heart singing.” -  Lynne Menefee. READ Lynne Menefee’s review. Synopsis: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee follows six awkward adolescents through their daunting and hilarious championship quest. As they navigate the tournament’s pressures, the eccentric coterie […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. ‘Hair’ at Keegan Theatre When Hair first came to Washington in 1971, a dead downtown burst into life.  The anti-war counterculture was at its height, hungering for recognition by mainstream America, hankering to become mainstream America. Hair’s integrated cast, its rock/blues/African rhythms, its drug-laced, sex-laced, profanity-laced lyrics, and of course its flash of flesh and dissonant imagery were what […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. Water by the Spoonful at Studio Theatre.  “Water by the Spoonful is just the kind of thing great theater is supposed to do: Shine a light on human conditions that people are often all too willing to ignore, even as it suggests at its end a ray of light and possibility amid the darkness. No wonder the play […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1.  ‘The Suit’ by France’s Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord at the Kennedy Center 2014 International Theater Festival Most of the theatre-going audience in the United States has a high level of privilege and, thus, little understanding of the life of the dispossessed, life under the yoke of racial oppression, or life under the strangle of […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at The Vagabond Players. “Overall, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is very well done and is an evening both your “good” and “evil” side are sure to enjoy!” -  April Forrer. READ April Forrer’s review. Synopsis: A smart, tense and suspenseful new take on Stevenson’s look at the evil that lurks in […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1.  ‘Pluto’ at Forum Theatre, Roundhouse Silver Spring In the 1920s, the founder of French Surrealism, André Breton, famously said: “The purest surrealist act is walking into a crowd with a loaded gun and firing into it randomly.” Unfortunately, such aesthetically imagined acts have become all too commonplace in our society today and, although one can […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. The Wedding Dress at Spooky Action Theater. “The rest of the 10-member ensemble is full of talent, both when they are stepping up to play multiple roles or striking a pose in the background, essentially becoming part of the striking visual panorama.” - Roger Catlin. READ Roger Catlin’s review. Synopsis: Two sisters. One man. A car accident. Those are some […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. ‘Mother Courage and her Children’ at Arena Stage, the Mead Center for American Theatre “First of all, Bertolt Brecht is a master playwright, the likes of which come along only rarely in the theatre.  His Mother Courage and her Children is one of the great scripts of the 20th century, defining a century of bloody war […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at Olney Theatre Center. “Under the guiding hand of Mr. Loewith, the production is Broadway caliber in every respect…This is an extraordinary show that should not be missed.” -  Steve Charing. READ Steve Charing’s review. Synopsis: The hilarious Tony-winning Best Musical of 1961, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. Ella: The First Lady of Song! at MetroStage “If you love Ella Fitzgerald—heck, even if you were born last week and are thus only vaguely familiar with Ella Fitzgerald (in fact, especially if you’re only vaguely familiar with her)–you must see this Ella: The First Lady of Song!  The astonishing vituosa Freda Payne brings the First Lady of Song to […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. Miss Nelson is Missing at Adventure Theatre MTC. “‘Miss Nelson is Missing’ earns an A+!” - April Forrer. READ April Forrer’s review. Synopsis: Miss Nelson’s class is the worst!  Spitballs flying and paper airplanes sailing across the room send the gentle, long-suffering teacher over the edge.  Surprise…Miss Nelson turns up missing, only to be replaced by […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. Tribes at Studio Theatre “Studio Theatre is on a roll with new, and inspiring theatre.  The Apple Family Plays offered us insight into contemporary liberalism.  Edgar & Annabel takes us to the dark side of surveillance and mind-control.  And now Tribes, by Nina Raine, which is not only deeply political but deeply personal and heartfelt, rips the lid off any worldview that […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. Flashdance -The Musical at Kennedy Center. “What a Feeling!!!” - Elliot Lanes. READ Elliot Lanes’ review. Synopsis: Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the pop culture phenomenon of Flashdance is now live on stage! With electrifying dance at its core, Flashdance–The Musical tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer […]