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By Clara Ritgerstage

Welcome to the Theatre Guide, your online manual of theatrical performances in the Northern Virginia/Washington D.C. area. Reviews of select shows (noted below with an *) will be posted in The Game Plan blog by culture guru Clara Ritger.

A Time To Kill
Through June 19; Thursday-Saturday @ 8 PM, Saturday @ 2 PM, Sunday @ 1 PM & 6 PM
The Arena Stage
Kreeger, 1101 Sixth Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024
Tickets $70-$85, Purchase online or call 202-488-3300
Synopsis: John Grisham’s stunning first novel comes to the stage in this world premiere adaptation by Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes. After an unspeakable crime is committed against his daughter, Carl Lee Hailey takes the law into his own hands. Now on trial for murder, Carl Lee’s only hope lies with two young, idealistic lawyers who are outmatched by a formidable district attorney and under attack from both sides of a racially divided city. A Time to Kill asks audiences to consider the true meaning of justice.

Twelfth Night*
June 15-June 19; Wednesday-Sunday @ 7:30 PM, Saturday-Sunday @ 2 PM
Empty Chair Theatre Company
Theatre On the Run Black Box, 3700 Four Mile Run, Arlington, VA 22206
Tickets $10-$15, Purchase at the door, online, or by email: boxoffice@emptychairtheatre.org
Synopsis: After a devastating shipwreck Viola, the plucky heroine of Shakespeare’s comedy, washes up alone on the shores of Illyria, separated from her twin brother Sebastian. Her resolution to disguise herself as a boy and enter the service of the lovesick Count Orsino sucks her into a maddening web of unrequited love and misplaced affection. Amidst trickery, shrubbery concealment, and cross-dressing the “improbable fiction” of Twelfth Night revels in the joy and machinations of theatre and illusion.
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The Merchant of Venice*
June 21-July 24; Tuesday-Wednesday & Sunday @ 7:30 PM, Thursday-Saturday @ 8 PM, Saturday-Sunday @ 2 PM
Shakespeare Theatre Company
Sidney Harman Hall 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
Tickets $20-$85, Purchase online or call 202-547-1122
Synopsis: Whether contemplating the contents of gilded chests or the darkest corners of human nature, The Merchant of Venice challenges audiences to look beyond misleading appearances to find the true measure of things. An intriguing story of power and revenge, justice and mercy, true love and duplicity, features some of Shakespeare’s most complex and memorable characters.
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Move Over Mrs. Markham*
Through June 25; Wednesday-Saturday @ 8 PM, Sunday @ 3 PM
The Little Theatre of Alexandria
600 Wolfe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Tickets $17-$20, Purchase online or call 703-683-0496
Synopsis: LTA’s offers another outrageously funny bedroom farce this season! Move Over, Mrs. Markham electrified London and New York, with audiences gasping for breath during non-stop laughs! The Markham’s fifteen-year marriage seems just about undone, along with everything and everybody else in this wild and crazy free-for-all. Come join us for an evening full of laughs and riotous entertainment filled with mistaken identities, titillating liaisons, risqué remarks, and double entendres.
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Next to Normal*
June 28-July 10; Tuesday-Sunday @ 7:30 PM, Saturday-Sunday @ 1:30 PM
The Kennedy Center
Eisenhower Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
Tickets $35-$120, Purchase online or call 800-444-1324
Synopsis: From the director of “Rent” comes “Next to Normal,” an emotional powerhouse of a musical with a thrilling contemporary score about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards including Best Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “Next to Normal” is the most talked about Broadway show on tour. Having recently been chosen as “one of the year’s ten best” by major critics around the country, this powerful musical is showing audiences what it takes to pass for “normal.” The Washington Post praises “Next to Normal” as “a moving, blisteringly honest, and inordinately powerful new musical. It is stocked with beautiful songs that get to the heart of the story–and simply get to the heart.”
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Old Times*
Through July 3; Tuesday-Wednesday & Sunday @ 7:30 PM, Thursday-Saturday @ 8 PM, Saturday-Sunday @ 2 PM
Shakespeare Theatre Company
Harman Center for the Arts, Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
Tickets $38-$76, Purchase online or call 202.547.1122
Synopsis: Memory and reality collide in Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter’s nostalgic and haunting play, Old Times. See what happens when an old friend
s a married couple and how their different memories of the past collide. What do their memories tell us and which interpretation of the past do we believe? Old Times is an intimate and highly charged exploration of whether we can ever really know another person, or even ourselves.

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Purge*
Through July 3; Thursday-Saturday @ 8 PM, Sunday @ 3 PM
Scena Theater
H Street Playhouse, 1365 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Tickets $16-$40, Purchase online or call 703-683-2824
Synopsis: Purge is the powerful story of an Estonian woman’s lifelong struggle through political exploitation, family betrayal, and sexual trafficking. We follow the brave yet flawed Aliide who wrestles with abuse, destruction, forgiveness – and finally redemption. Set in Western Estonia in 1992, it is a story of two generations of women challenged by a male-dominated political structure a year after the Soviet Union’s collapse. The play includes flashbacks to the early 1950s when the protagonist was a young woman in the confines of Soviet-occupied Estonia. The crux of the story examines the riveting impact of domination, power, history, and culture on one’s identity and psyche.
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25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Through July 3; Thursday-Saturday @ 8 PM, Sunday @ 3 PM
Keegan Theatre
Church Street Theatre, 1742 Church St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Tickets $35-40, Purchase online or call 703-892-0202
Synopsis: A hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show’s Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.

The Glass Menagerie*
Through July 3; Wednesday @ 7:30 PM, Thursday-Saturday @ 8 PM, Sunday @ 2 PM
The Arena Stage
Kogod Cradle, 1101 Sixth Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024
Tickets $35, Purchase online or call 202-488-3300
Synopsis: In a tenement apartment in 1930s St. Louis, the Wingfield family struggles to hang on to their dreams for the future. Featuring Sarah Marshall as Amanda Wingfield, this innovative production of Williams’ highly autobiographical masterpiece captures the fragility and stifled yearning of characters clinging to hope against the harsh realities of a rapidly changing world. Offered as part of the partnership between Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater and Georgetown University, the production and surrounding events are presented at Arena following a February 24-March 26 run at Georgetown.
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Night and Day & The Tennessee Continuum*
Through July 3; Thursday-Sunday @ 7:30 PM, Saturday-Sunday @ 2 PM
Washington Shakespeare Company
WSC c/o Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22209
Tickets $25-35, Purchase online at tickets.artisphere.com or call 888-841-2787
Synopsis: “Night and Day” – His rarely mounted, 1978 play looks at a British newspaper strike through the prism of journalists covering a civil war in Africa. “Tennessee Continuum” – A double-bill of infrequently performed one-acts—Portrait of a Madonna is an early, poignant sketch of the character who would become Blanche DuBois and The Gnädiges Fräulein, a heartbreakingly yet hilarious ode to the indomitability of the human spirit.
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Don Quixote
Through July 3; Wednesday @ 7:30 PM, Thursday-Saturday @ 8 PM, Sunday @ 2 PM
Synetic Theater
2788 S. Arlington Mill Drive, Arlington, VA 22206
Tickets $25-$65, Purchase online or call 800-494-8497
Synopsis: Synetic once again merges its unique physical theater style with text in its season closer, Don Quixote, written by Resident Playwright Roland Reed whose The Master and Margarita was nominated for the 2011 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Resident Play. Lost in the mystical world of his books, Don Quixote abandons his home and reality to become a wandering knight. This touching comedy, inspired by the surrealistic paintings of Dali and Bosch, brings the wonder of Quixote’s dreaming mind to life and focuses a satirical lens on what it means to be normal.

The History of Kisses*
Through July 3; Tuesday-Sunday @ 7:30 PM, Saturday-Sunday @ 2:30 PM
Studio Theatre
1501 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
Tickets $35-65, Purchase online or call 202-332-3300
Synopsis: An intoxicating mix of spicy stories, amorous encounters, and original sea shanties. James is a writer, and has sequestered himself in an oceanfront motel to finish his collection of tales of seaside romance—only to get drawn into the romantic goings-on around him. The cast of characters ranges from the Australian surfer who works the check-in desk to a dentist who mistakes the writer for his online date. Accompanied by the sea shanties from an English folk singer rehearsing in the room next door, The History of Kisses is a lyrical meditation on the nature of desire and fate.
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Source Festival*
Through July 3; Times vary depending on the play
Source DC
1835 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Tickets $10-$32 for a single ticket, $55-$125 for multiple performance vouchers, Purchase online or call 866-811-4111
Synopsis: The festival includes original work in a series of 10-minute plays, full-length plays and artistic blind dates. More information is available on the Source Festival website.
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Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Through July 3; Tuesday-Friday Dinner @ 6:30 PM, Curtain @ 8 PM; Saturday Dinner @ 7 PM, Curtain @ 8:30 PM; Sunday Dinner @ 6 PM, Curtain @ 7:30 PM
Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre
Route 1 at Furnace Road, Woodbridge VA 22190
Tickets $25-$45, Includes dinner and the show, Purchase by phone 703-550-7384
Synopsis: Winner of seven Tony Awards on Broadway, including Best Musical of the Year, BIG RIVER is Mark Twain’s tale of the adventurous Huckleberry Finn, an incorrigible teenager growing up in the pre-Civil War South who befriends a runaway slave and risks his own safety helping him escape to freedom, and in doing so, learns for himself the real meaning, and value, of friendship.

Opus
Through July 3; Wednesday-Saturday @ 8 PM, Saturday-Sunday @ 2 PM, Sunday @ 7:30 PM
Olney Theatre
Mainstage, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD 20832
Tickets $26-54, Purchase by phone 301-924-4485
Synopsis: A nationally televised performance at the White House looms, and a world renowned string quartet is missing their volatile fourth player. Opus explores the intimate balance between these extraordinary individuals as their ambitions and passions are ignited by the pressure to perform.

Reduced Shakespeare Company: Completely Hollywood (abridged)
Through July 3; Tuesday-Sunday @ 7:30 PM, Saturday-Sunday @ 2 PM
The Kennedy Center
Terrace Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
Tickets $39-$49, Purchase online or call 800-444-1324
Synopsis: America’s “Bad Boys of Abridgement” are back–again!–taking on 187 movies in 100 minutes with hilarious results. It’s summer’s biggest blockbuster with no stars, no budget, and no popcorn–but plenty of laughs!

Mamma Mia!
June 30-July 3; Thursday-Sunday @ 8 PM, Friday-Sunday @ 2 PM
Wolf Trap
Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia 22182
Tickets $20-$80, Purchase online or call 877-965-3872
Synopsis: Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.”

Venus in Fur*
Through July 10; Tuesday-Saturday @ 8 PM, Saturday-Sunday @ 2 PM
Studio Theatre
1501 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
Tickets $35-65, Purchase online or call 202-332-3300
Synopsis: When an actress arrives unscheduled for an audition, the playwright-director grudgingly allows her to try out for his new play, an adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s novel. What begins as a normal audition quickly turns into an increasingly seductive battle for power. As the action shifts between the audition and the play-within-a-play, the two engage in a game of cat and mouse where the roles of cat and mouse are completely up for grabs.
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Wicked
Through August 21; Tuesday-Sunday @ 7:30 PM, Saturday-Sunday @ 1:30 PM
The Kennedy Center
The Opera House, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
Tickets $37-$250, Purchase online or call 800-444-1324
Synopsis: Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One–born with emerald green skin–is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete and completely satisfying new musical in a long time” (USA Today). When it last played Washington in 2005, it broke box office records and sold out in record time.

Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Complete World of Sports (abridged)*
July 5-24; Tuesday-Sunday @ 7:30 PM, Saturday-Sunday @ 2 PM
The Kennedy Center
Terrace Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
Tickets $39-$49, Purchase online or call 800-444-1324
Synopsis: From the earliest cavemen playing “Neanderthal in the Middle” to your own kid’s soccer practice, the entire history of athletic competition is celebrated in the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s newest production, a tour de farce of physical theater.”
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Contemporary American Theater Festival*
July 6-31; Times vary depending on the play
www.catf.org
All shows are in Shepherdstown, VA, directions available on the CATF website
Tickets $30-$52 for a single ticket, $100-$225 for multiple performance vouchers, Purchase online or call 800-999-2283
Synopsis: The five plays being shown this year are “From Prague” by Kyle Bradstreet, “Race” by David Mamet, “Ages of the Moon” by Sam Shepard, “We Are Here” by Tracy Thorne, and “The Insurgents” by Lucy Thurber. More information and full synopsis for the plays is available on the CAFT website.
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Capital Fringe Festival
July 7-24; Times vary depending on the play
www.capfringe.org
607 NY Avenue NW, Washington D.C., performance locations vary
Tickets $17 each, $7 for the entry button, multiple performance packages vary, Purchase online or call 866-811-4111
Synopsis: Capital Fringe Festival is the only major unjuried, self-producing, open-access Festival in the Washington, DC area and occurs in July each year. The Fringe Festival provides all artists, whether new or established, a venue to express and develop their talents and artistic visions in total freedom.”

Every Night I Die*
Saturday July 9 @ 9pm, Thursday July 14 @ 6pm, Friday July 15 @ 10:30pm, Saturday July 23 10:15pm, Sunday July 24 @ 3pm
Dash Productions at the Capital Fringe Festival
Fort Fringe – Redrum, 612 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Tickets $17, Purchase online at www.capfringe.org
Synopsis: Amanda Andrei’s Every Night I Die is a part of the Capital Fringe Festival. Winner of the 2010 Howard Scammond Award for Best Play and 2010 Bottle Tree Productions International One Act Play Competition, Ms. Andrei’s work chronicles the magic, terror, and romance of a conflicted man and his family living in 1930′s rural southern Philippines. When Angelo Caritan falls in love with the household maid, he dismisses his failing marriage and chooses solace in a new love. But his wife’s family sees otherwise. In this tragic love story, the magic of the forests can save only one.
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The Cherry Orchard
July 8-August 7; Friday-Saturday @ 8 PM, Sunday @ 2 PM
Quotidian Theatre Company
The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 20815-6006
Tickets $20-25, Purchase via email quotidiantheatre@comcast.net or call 301-816-1023
Synopsis: Chekhov’s final play looks at societal changes in early 20th century Russia, love, and loss in a masterful combination of comic and tragic themes.”

Visit to A Small Planet*
July 8-August 6; Thursday-Saturday @ 8 PM, Saturday-Sunday @ 2:30 PM
American Century Theater
The Gunston Arts Center, Theater II, 2700 South Lang Street, Arlington, VA 22206
Tickets $16-$35, Purchase online or call 703-998-4555
Synopsis: In an ill-conceived solo alien invasion, the extraterrestrial Kreton lands his space ship in the middle of a suburban rose garden—the Speldings’ home in Manassas, VA. Dressed in Civil War regalia and eager to join the Battle of Bull Run, Kreton soon realizes his time machine is off by a hundred years. But he doesn’t return to his planet of intellectual, mind-reading superiors: he decides to take over the world.
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The Importance of Being Earnest*
July 8-August 7; Thursday-Saturday @ 8 PM, Sunday @ 3 PM
Scena Theatre
H Street Playhouse, 1365 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Tickets $16-$40, Purchase online or call 703-683-2824
Synopsis: Two young gentlemen living in 1890′s England use the same pseudonym (“Ernest”) on the sly, which is fine until they both fall in love with women using that name, which leads to a comedy of mistaken identities.
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Nunsense
July 8-September 25; Tuesday-Friday Dinner @ 6:30 PM, Curtain @ 8 PM; Saturday Dinner @ 7 PM, Curtain @ 8:30 PM; Sunday Dinner @ 6 PM, Curtain @ 7:30 PM
Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre
Route 1 at Furnace Road, Woodbridge VA 22190
Tickets $25-$45, Includes dinner and the show, Purchase by phone 703-550-7384
Synopsis: Nunsense is a hilarious spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a fundraiser. Sadly, the rest of the sisterhood died from botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia. Thus, the remaining nuns – ballet-loving Sister Leo, street-wise Sister Robert Anne, befuddled Sister Mary Amnesia, the Mother Superior Sister Regina, and mistress of the novices Sister Mary Hubert – stage a talent show in order to raise the money to bury their dearly departed.

Oklahoma!*
July 8-October 2; Tuesday-Wednesday and Sunday @ 7:30 PM, Thursday-Saturday @ 8 PM, Saturday-Sunday @ 2 PM
The Arena Stage
Finchandler, 1101 Sixth Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024
Tickets $60-$120, Purchase online or call 202-488-3300
Synopsis: The best-selling show in Arena’s 60 year history is back for 12 weeks only! This is not your mother’s Oklahoma!. Inspired by the toughness of the prairie, Artistic Director Molly Smith sets her production in the robust world of territory life filled with a dynamic cast as rich and complex as the great tapestry of America itself. With Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless music, Oklahoma! celebrates the vigor of America’s pioneering spirit with athletic dance and boot-stomping energy. Chock full of classic tunes such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” and “People will Say We’re in Love,” this muscular production will thrill audiences young and old.
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Rock of Ages*
July 12-24; Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday @ 7:30 PM, Friday-Saturday @ 8 PM, Saturday-Sunday @ 2 PM
The National Theatre
1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004
Tickets $56-$152, Purchase online or call 202-628-6161
Synopsis: In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80s.” It’s Rock of Ages, an arena-rock love story told through some of the greatest hits of the 80s including “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” “I Want to Know What Love Is” and many more.”
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Pop!
July 13-August 7; Wednesday-Saturday @ 8:30 PM, Sunday @ 7:30 PM
Studio Theatre
1501 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
Tickets $35-65, Purchase online or call 202-332-3300
Synopsis: 1968. New York City. The Factory. Art icon Andy Warhol has a new project—handing out empty paper bags to his friends, much to their bewilderment and chagrin. Their confusion is the least of his problems, though, since Andy’s agreed to let his friend Viva star in the film he’s making in The Factory, his mecca for Pop Art. He doesn’t realize how jealous Factory poster girl, Edie Sedgwick would become at losing her place at the center of the camera frame. Meanwhile, aspiring playwright Valerie Solanis’ patience runs thin with Andy when he fails to return her self-proclaimed revolutionary script. When Andy’s new film doesn’t make Viva the next Factory “it” girl, Viva also becomes irritated with Andy’s lackluster acknowledgment of his friends’ contributions to the success of The Factory. And when all three women find guns in those mysterious empty paper bags, this musical whodunit turns fatal.

Titus Andronicus
July 14, 15, 21-23, 28-30; Thursday-Saturday @ 7:30 PM, Saturday @ 2 PM
Special Benefit Performance July 16 at the Folger Shakespeare Library Theater. More information available online.

Empty Chair Theatre Company
1501 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
Tickets $35-65, Purchase online or call 202-332-3300
Synopsis: In the midst of a tempestuous political battle Titus Andronicus returns to Rome victorious from battle. However, in the midst of his glorious return he offers up the son of the Visigoth queen, Tamora, as a sacrifice, causing her to swear a terrible and catalistic revenge. When the new-crowned Emperor, weak and decadent Saturninus, settles on Tamora amora to be his queen, she and her family set into motion a bloody cycle of violence. One of Shakespeare’s darkest, most brutal plays is a voyage of poetry and emotional intensity and a feast of tragedy that has reminded auditences for centuries of the cold, hard taste of vengeance.

Fiddler on the Roof
July 15-17; Friday-Sunday @ 8 PM, Saturday-Sunday @ 2 PM
Wolf Trap
Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia 22182
Tickets $20-$80, Purchase online or call 877-965-3872
Synopsis: Set in a small town in Tsarist Russia, “Fiddler” follows the story of a poor Jewish milkman, Tevye, and his family of five daughters as they cope with increasingly difficult social and political upheavals that threaten the traditions of the small town.”

Rumors
July 15-24; Friday-Saturday @ 8 PM, Sunday @ 2 PM
VpStart Crow Productions
Gregory Family Theatre, Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA 20110
Tickets $10-20, Purchase online at www.hyltoncenter.org or by phone 703-993-7759
Synopsis: Rumors is a farcical play by Neil Simon. At its start, several affluent couples gather in the posh suburban residence of a couple for a dinner party celebrating their host’s tenth anniversary. When they arrive, they discover there are no servants, the hostess is missing, and the host – the deputy mayor of New York City – has shot himself through the earlobe. Comic complications arise when, given everyone’s upper class status, they decide they need to do everything possible to conceal the evening’s events from the local police and the media.

Birds of a Feather
July 15-August 7; Friday-Saturday @ 8 PM, Saturday-Sunday @ 2 PM
The HUB Theatre
9431 Silver King Court, Fairfax, Virginia 22031
Tickets $15-25, Purchase online https://www.boxofficetickets.com/go/event?id=122765 or call 703-674-3177
Synopsis: This comedy about nature and nurture interweaves two famous NY stories: the male penguins who raised a chick together at the Central Park Zoo and the captivating red-tailed hawks that made their home on the ledge of a luxurious 5th Avenue residential building. All the animals are played by actors, including the bird-brained humans.”

Sweeny Todd
July 22 @8:15 PM
Wolf Trap
Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia 22182
Tickets $20-$70, Purchase online or call 877-965-3872
Synopsis: This musical thriller tells the tale of Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after 15 years of imprisonment on false charges. He learns that his wife poisoned herself and begins to exact revenge on the man he holds responsible. Free pre-performance discussion on the Old Farmhouse Lawn at 7:15 PM.”

Hairspray*
July 23-August 13; Wednesday-Saturday @ 8 PM, Sunday @ 3 PM
The Little Theatre of Alexandria
600 Wolfe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Tickets $25-$30, Purchase online or call 703-683-0496
Synopsis: Can a girl with big dreams and even bigger hair dance her way into your heart? LTA opens the season with the award-winning Broadway musical comedy based on John Waters’ film classic. Meet Tracy Turnblad, a lovable plus-size heroine in the 1960’s as she dances her way to a spot on a local TV dance program. Overnight she is transformed from a pudgy outsider to a teen celebrity. Tracy uses her newfound fame to integrate the show while kicking the program’s reigning princess to the curb and winning the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin.
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Steel Magnolias*
July 23-August 21; Thursday-Saturday @ 8 PM, Sunday @ 3 PM
Keegan Theatre
Church Street Theatre, 1742 Church St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Tickets $30-35, Purchase online or call 703-892-0202
Synopsis: The quintessential story of friendship and trust, Steel Magnolias serves up a southern slice of life that’s as warm and comforting as sweet potato pie! In the world of Truvy’s local-homegrown beauty salon, six very different women come together to share laughter, secrets, fears and friendship. From weddings to divorces, babies to funerals, new beginnings to happy endings, they share each moment in their lives with grace, determination, and perfectly coiffed hair.
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Grease
July 27-August 21; Wednesday-Saturday @ 8 PM, Saturday-Sunday @ 2 PM, Sunday @ 7:30 PM
The Olney Theatre Center
Mainstage, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD 20832
Tickets $26-54, Purchase by phone 301-924-4485
Synopsis: The original “High School Musical”! Your summer nights will be filled with drive-ins, rock n’ roll and romance. With timeless music and fabulous dancing, the fun never stops with the kids from Rydell High. Grease is the word!”

Uncle Vanya
August 4-27; Tuesday-Sunday @ 7:30 PM, Saturday-Sunday @ 1:30 PM
The Kennedy Center with the Sydney Theatre Company
Eisenhower Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
Tickets $59-$120, Purchase online or call 800-444-1324
Synopsis: The Daily Telegraph calls Uncle Vanya “a triumph. It respects the poignancy of Chekhov’s gloriously spare writing and simultaneously revels in the sometimes farcical, often brutal humor…. Each of the performances are excellent.” With a stellar cast including John Bell, Cate Blanchett, Sandy Gore, Hayley McElhinney, Anthony Phelan, Richard Roxburgh, Andrew Tighe, Jacki Weaver, and Hugo Weaving, Uncle Vanya promises to be the can’t-miss theater event of the year.”
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Something Past In Front of the Light*
August 10-September 4; Wednesday-Saturday @ 7:30 PM, Sunday @ 2 PM
Longacre Lea
The Callan Theatre, Catholic University Drama Complex, 3801 Harewood Road NE
Tickets $12-$18, Purchase online or call 202.460.2188
Synopsis: What would you do if the Devil wanted to collaborate with you on a documentary film about himself? Would you fear for your soul or just your artistic integrity? Would your funders be more concerned that Satan might do an Alan Smithee or that He might prematurely damn the narrator? If you called your funders ‘angels,’ would you piss off the Prince of Darkness? And would you have the nerve to ask him why he always has the munchies and what in hell it is he’s eating?

Guys & Dolls
August 11-14; Thursday-Sunday @ 8 PM, Saturday-Sunday @ 2 PM
Wolf Trap
Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia 22182
Tickets $20-$80, Purchase online or call 877-965-3872
Synopsis: Considered one of the finest musical comedies ever written, this Tony Award-winning musical is packed with one unforgettable song after another. Featuring “Luck be a Lady,” “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat,” “If I Were a Bell,” and other time-honored classics. Depression-era New York City comes to life on stage as a mob of crooks, cops, and Christians gamble on love, greed, and salvation.”

 

(June 2011)