“You don’t have to be a lover of the legendary Hitchcock to be enchanted by this evening of non-stop laughter and ingenious theater.” – Lynne Menefee.
Synopsis: Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a gripping spy novel, add a flash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps: a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with over 150 characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some old-fashioned, fiery romance! A show for the whole family!
2. A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Folger Theatre.
“A gorgeous, transportive Midsummer, a testament to the theatrical magic of invention.” – Elizabeth Bruce.
Synopsis: It is easy to lose yourself in the enchanted woods of Shakespeare’s timeless romantic tale. This magical comedy of tangled lovers, mischievous fairies—and a band of players to boot—is given a fresh, new staging by Aaron Posner, with DC favorites Holly Twyford as Bottom and Erin Weaver as Puck. This captivating A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a musical celebration of the follies and foibles of human beings—and not to be missed.
3. As You Like It at Center Stage.
“Center Stage’s production of ‘As You Like It’ is a glorious, merry journey well worth taking.” – Lynne Menefee.
Synopsis: Shakespeare’s crowd-pleasing comedy takes Center Stage by way of a new production that turns the Elizabethan tradition of all-male casts on its head. Performed by an all-female company of actors, As You Like It tells the story of lovers Rosalind and Orlando who, when forced to flee into the Forest of Arden, become ensnared in a game of romance and mistaken identity. Frenzied and beguiling, in As You Like It all the world’s a stage as understandings of love, gender roles, nature, and politics are up for grabs. Join us as we journey deep into the fertile Forest of Arden and explore this beloved comedy in a whole new light.
4. OLIVÉRio: A Brazilian Twist at The Kennedy Center.
“We are dropped into a colorful world of hope, trust, scandal and choice.” – Asha T’nae.
Synopsis: A spunky orphan girl on the streets of Rio de Janeiro discovers a new kind of family in this world premiere musical inspired by Charles Dickens’s classic novel and featuring original songs with live music.
5. Deathtrap presented by The Arlington Players at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre.
“…the attention to detail that makes this play a real joy to watch.” – Stephanie House.
Synopsis: Cunningly clever and comically twisted, Deathtrap is a pulse pounding thriller with devilishly wicked characters ready to assassinate you – with laughter! Thrilling twists and razor-sharp wit combine in one of the funniest murder mysteries of all time. Deathtrap is an exquisite blend of mystery, thrills and humor. Its gripping tale, told with icy skill, will amuse you, confuse you and hold you in its spell up to the final moment.