1. The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe at Imagination Stage
Imagination Stage teams up with The Washington Ballet to create a magical piece of theatre for the entire family.
Synopsis: Told through a dazzling fusion of dance, acting, and puppetry, our story begins when Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter are sent off to the countryside to avoid the Blitz. Lucy discovers a magical wardrobe that leads them into the fantastical world of Narnia. The four siblings become embroiled in an epic battle between the White Witch and the great lion Aslan. It’s an epic adventure with terrible betrayals, great battles, heroic deeds, and noble kings and queens!
2. Steel Magnolias at Cockpit in Court
In conjunction with its 40th Anniversary, Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre presents Steel Magnolias, one of the most heart-wrenching plays of contemporary American theatre.
READ Matt Winer’s review of the play.
Synopsis: Playwright Robert Harling’s depiction of six women in crises presents an intimate and moving portrait of the friendships that women sustain and the friendships that sustain them.
3. The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players presents The Pirates of Penznace at Wolf Trap
Head to the swashbuckling high seas as Gilbert & Sullivan’s most popular comic opera comes to Wolf Trap, featuring hit songs that include “Poor Wandering One” and “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General.”
Synopsis: In this classic musical theater piece, Frederic, a young man who was mistakenly apprenticed to pirates as a child, swears to dedicate himself to the extermination of piracy. Due to a hilariously absurd technicality, however, his February 29th birthday threatens to keep him tied to the pirates for life.
4. Sleuth at Olney Theatre Center
Sleuth is a 1970 play written by Anthony Shaffer. Shaffer said the play was partially inspired by one of his friends, composer Stephen Sondheim, whose intense interest in games-playing is mirrored by the character of Wyke.
READ Steve Charing’s review of the play.
READ Elliot Lanes’ ‘A Quick 5’ interview with Jeffries Thaiss.
Synopsis: When a wealthy mystery novelist invites his wife’s lover to his elegant and isolated country estate, a bizarre game of cat and mouse begins, which spirals into a complex duel of wits and power plays.
5. The Merry Wives of Windsor at Shakespeare Theatre Company
Many critics consider Merry Wives to be one of Shakespeare’s weaker plays, but I encourage you to watch this production and decide for yourself.
READ Morgan Halvorsen’s review of the play.
Synopsis: A bawdy and riotous romp, The Merry Wives of Windsor stars the most beloved comic characters of Shakespeare’s Henry IV. Falstaff, an impoverished knight, decides to simultaneously pursue two of the town’s wealthy wives. This eventually leads to chaos for Windsor and repeated embarrassment for Falstaff.