1. ‘Kill Move Paradise’ at Rep Stage.
“Kill Move Paradise’ is a play that should not be missed. It will leave you most affected.” – Susan Brall.
Synopsis: “Kill Move Paradise” takes the Elysium of Greek antiquity and flips the script. Set in a cosmic waiting room in the afterlife prepared for its newly deceased inhabitants, we follow Isa, Daz, Grif and Tiny as they try to make sense of the world they have been untimely ripped from.
2. ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ at Reston Community Players.
“… a touching production, grounded by a remarkable performance by one of our area’s exciting, young talents in the title role.” – Lee Jeffreys.
Synopsis: The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the most famous and haunting stories to emerge from the 20th Century. Inside a secret attic annex in Amsterdam, 13-year-old Anne and seven other Jews hide as the Nazis deport the Jews of Holland to their deaths. For more than two years, all that will stand between them and the concentration camps is their trust in one another and the bravery of those harboring them. This powerful new adaptation captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence while Anne’s transcendent spirit is revealed as she voices her belief, “in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”
3. ‘Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes’ at Signature Theatre.
“This is a little gem that is laugh-out-loud cathartic. It says that bad things happen, sometimes really terrible things, but that there is hope. And what a joyful message to receive.” – Mary Ann Johnson.
Synopsis: Marian, the matriarch of a far-flung Jewish family, had happily settled into retirement life with her new husband Richard. However, when a pregnant niece, the troubled boy next door and a distressed daughter with a secret show up at her door, Marian’s empty nest ends up a little fuller than she imagined.
4. ‘Fabulation or, the Re-Education of Undine’ by Strand Theater Company.
“…in Cromwell’s hands, the Strand Theater production navigates this familiar terrain to delightful effect. This production is not to be missed!” – Max Garner.
Synopsis: A social satire about an ambitious and haughty African-American woman, Undine Barnes Calles, whose husband suddenly disappears after embezzling all of her money. Pregnant and on the brink of social and financial ruin, Undine retreats to her childhood home in Brooklyn’s Walt Whitman projects, only to discover that she must cope with a crude new reality. Undine faces the challenge of transforming her setbacks into small victories in a battle to reaffirm her right to be. Fabulation is a comeuppance tale with a comic twist.
5. ‘Timon of Athens’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company.
“Simon Godwin’s production and Kathryn Hunter’s magnificent performance are certainly worth the trip.” – Lee Jeffreys.
Synopsis: Timon lives in a golden world of opulence and generosity, throwing wild parties attended by politicians, artists, and the celebrities of Athens. When she loses her wealth and her friends abandon her, Timon takes to the forest, exchanging her luxurious gowns for sackcloth and plotting revenge against the city she loves.