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The only group in America that attempts to be funnier than the Congress, Capitol Steps is a troupe of current and former Congressional staffers who satirize the very people and places that once employed them. They monitor events and personalities on Capitol Hill, in the Oval Office and other centers of power, taking a humorous look at serious issues and providing laughs for millions. Since they began over 20 years ago, Capitol Steps has become a Washington, DC institution for providing a tasteful blend of musical and political comedy.
Don Pasquale follows the misadventures of a young couple as they plot to marry and snatch their inheritance from a pompous old uncle before he gets married! Donizetti's score has it all: side splitting wit, melodic splendor, vocal fireworks, comic opera at its very best. Elizabeth Pringle directs our new English adaptation by Bari Biern, with conductor Stanley Thurston at the musical helm.
What happens to poor Harlequin when he finds himself kidnapped by an all-powerful Prince with designs on his fiancée, the faint-hearted peasant Silvia? Will Harlequin speak truth to power and tell the Prince to go hang? Prepare for disguises, mistaken identities, palace intrigues and improbable romance in this delightful comic romp that ends, of course, in more than one surprising marriage.
Cecily and Gwendolyn know that the only really safe name for a suitable suitor is Earnest. But Algy and Jack, the two blundering bachelors who set out to woo them, don't let a little detail like that stand in their way. The main thing standing in their way is the formidable Lady Bracknell, who is intent on ensuring everything is properly buttoned up. Alas, the game of Victorian-era courting goes hilariously awry in this beloved classic comedy of manners.
As the star of his own musical autobiography, comedian/musician/storyteller Ahamefule J. Oluo is electrifying. Part experimental pop opera for 17-piece orchestra and part comedic storytelling piece, Now I'm Fine is compellingly energetic, blending original music with darkly comic personal monologues about illness, despair and regeneration. A virtuosic performance by vocalist okanomodé further illuminates this deeply relatable story that ranges from epic to intimate. Oluo's storytelling was recently featured on This American Life. He is the founder of the hard-jazz quartet Industrial Revelation and has collaborated with Macklemore, Das Racist, Hey Marseilles and many others.
Desperate to get out of a career in espionage, up-and-coming playwright Aphra Behn just landed her first commission for a professional company—if she can deliver her play by dawn. But in a world of sex and spies, can Aphra save the life of King Charles II and launch her budding writing career all in one night? With echoes of Restoration comedy, this playful farce is a rush of madcap antics and rollicking intrigue.
From the comic imagination of STC favorite David Ives comes a Baroque buffet. Alceste, Molière's ruthless French truth-teller, becomes Frank, an aristocrat who despises hypocrisy—and, frankly, doesn't mind telling you so. His chief delight a well-aimed barb, Frank wreaks havoc in a world of pompous suitors and extravagant ladies, hurling abuse and affection with equal gusto as he vies with admirers for his beloved Celimene.
Love and lust are the ultimate Hallmark emotions, right? According to Bento Bonchev, they're saccharine marketing gimmicks designed to sell flowers and candy to those gullible enough to believe. But Bento's world is turned upside down when an astounding discovery forces him to rethink his dogma. Set in the not-so-distant future where love is thought to be a myth, this Russian absurdist satire offers a truly novel take on an age-old question of the heart.
Seen by over ten million people worldwide, this wildly popular comedy keeps every audience laughing as they try to outwit the suspects and catch the killer. New clues and up to the minute improvisation deliver a different show every night.
When long-distance love tangles the heartstrings of the play's title characters, it takes two clever women, a pair of devoted servants and a dog to make things right. Shakespeare tries out some of his most popular ideas for the first time in this early comedy. Jealous lovers, a cross-dressing heroine and a daring escape into the forest make The Two Gentlemen of Verona simultaneously a familiar and completely refreshing trip.