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Winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, Avenue Q is packed with heart. This laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton. When he arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account, he has to move into a shabby apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. Still, the neighbors seem nice. There, he meets Kate (the girl next door) and Lucy (the slut), along with a lot of other new friends, including building superintendent Gary Coleman (yes, that Gary Coleman)! Together, they struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Intended for mature audiences due to adult humor, language, and situations.
Sandro Botticelli is devoted to beauty, sensuality, and pleasure. While painting "The Birth of Venus," however, the limits of his dedication are put to the test by the arrival of a conservative priest leading a populist revolution in Lorenzo de' Medici's Florence. When his full-throttle, decadent ways catch up to him, will the famed artist sacrifice his work...or the life of his young apprentice, Leonardo da Vinci?
Botticelli in the Fire is an ambitious modern story that sets the present political moment ablaze. Woolly Mammoth Theatre's production marks the American premiere of this new work by Canadian Jordan Tannahill.
Max McLean brings to life one of the most engaging personalities of our age and takes audiences on Lewis's fascinating journey from atheism to Christianity. Adapted exclusively from Lewis's writings, McLean inhabits Lewis from the death of his mother and his estranged relationship with his father through the experiences that led him from vigorous debunker to arguably the most vibrant and influential Christian intellectual of the 20th century. Experience a joyous evening of Lewis's entertaining wit and fascinating insight.
A beguiling new musical version of E.B. White's beloved classic story about Wilbur, the little pig who becomes famous with the help of his clever spider friend Charlotte. With music and lyrics by Broadway composer Charles Strouse (Annie, Bye Bye Birdie) and a book by national award-winning children's playwright Joseph Robinette, audiences will thrill to a musical score which includes "Eating," Wilbur's humorous yet poignant song about growing up; "Who Says We Can't Be Friends?," an enchanting duet between Wilbur and Charlotte; "Welcome to the Zuckerman Barn," featuring all the story's unforgettable animals in a hand-clapping, toe-tapping hoe-down; and "Summer," a haunting, nostalgic chorus number which evokes a time and place from everyone's childhood. With its lessons of friendship, loyalty, and truth, Charlotte's Web is a gift for audiences of all ages.
Arthur Miller's classic 1953 play about the true Salem witch trials spoke truth to power and lit a blazing candle against the "Red Scare" rather than cursing its darkness. Sixty-five years later, it comes to the Olney stage. In Salem of 1692, unseen and unseeable evil stalks the town, threatening to destroy the lives and eternal souls of the God-fearing colonists. An ad hoc group of young girls are the only ones capable of unmasking the terror allegedly caused by hidden witches and devils' consorts. Embraced by ecclesiastical and political powers, the girls' reign of terror settles old scores, uncovers ugly truths, and leaves a trail of American carnage. The Crucible maintains its power today for its masterful language, its flawed heroes and its timeless reminder of what can happen when truth is bent to political convenience.
Could you name a hundred things that make life wonderful? A thousand? How about a million? A seven-year-old child confronted by his mother's attempted suicide makes a list of things to live for that grows from childhood to adolescence to adulthood. From "ice cream" (No. 1 on the list) to "the alphabet" (No. 999,997), Every Brilliant Thing elicits as much laughter as it does tears in creating its catalogue of gratitude with a unique theatrical style. In this remarkable one-person show, those watching become custodians of the list, co-conspirators in the child's plot to hold back the darkness, and members of an ensemble that creates the evening's story.
The legendary Royal Shakespeare Company returns to the Kennedy Center for the first time since 2007 with the Bard's searing tragedy of murder and revenge.
A student is called home from university to find his life turned upside down. He had the world at his feet, but now everything has changed. Who can be trusted; who can be believed? Sent by the ghost of his father to avenge his father's brutal death, Hamlet's mission to expose the truth is a perilous journey of madness, murder, and lost love. What will ultimately become of a young man sent to kill? This production's 2016 world premiere in Shakespeare's home of Stratford-upon-Avon, featuring rising star Paapa Essiedu in the title role and directed by Simon Godwin, won raves for both Godwin's vision of Hamlet's Denmark as a state in West Africa and Essiedu's revelatory portrayal.
There is a Japanese proverb that says, "The nail that sticks out is the one that gets hit." In 1941, one American, the son of Japanese immigrants, was the nail threatened by the hammer of the United States government. Reeling from the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and driven by fear and prejudice, America placed its own citizens of Japanese ancestry in internment camps. A play for our times, Hold These Truths tells the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, the American who defied an unjust court order to uphold the values on which America was founded. Filled with hope and buoyed by unquenchable patriotism, Hirabayashi's unflinching defiance will leave audiences cheering the strength of the individual and his dedication to his own unalienable rights.
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Disgraced comes a thriller about Nick, an American options trader and Citibank executive held hostage by a fringe radical group in Pakistan. In an ingenious twist on the Stockholm syndrome, the American captive offers to earn his own ransom by investing a multimillion-dollar portfolio on behalf of his Islamic captors. Assisted by his guard Bashir, he begins to harness the power of free markets to accumulate a fortune on behalf of the group's leader, Imam Saleem. Amid violence, corruption, and inequality, Bashir proves to be not just a sharp critic of Western materialism but also an apt pupil of Nick's trading strategies as they form an uneasy alliance.
In the midst of the holiday bustle, young Brooklyn couple Elias and Jenny escape on a much needed getaway to a cozy bed-and-breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. However, under the watchful eye of the cheery, if slightly off, innkeeper, a ghost seems to haunt their crumbling relationship.
With her trademark rough-edged humanity, observant humor, and lyrical beauty, playwright Annie Baker (The Flick) blends the hyper-real with flickers of the supernatural in a quietly suspenseful and transfixing work.
He's young, he's broke, and his wife is going to have a baby. To make matters even more desperate, Casey is fired from his gig as an Elvis impersonator in a run-down, small town Florida bar. When the bar owner brings in a drag show to replace his act, Casey finds that he has a whole lot to learn about show business — and himself. Featuring a fierce and fabulous cast of queens, The Legend of Georgia McBride celebrates finding your voice and singing your own song.
In a small South African tea shop in 1950, two black men and a white boy joke and dance together, defying the brutalities of apartheid through their joyous love. But festering issues of family, race, and power are not so easy to ignore, and a single phone call can trigger catastrophe.
Winner of the Drama Desk and London Evening Standard Awards for Best Play, "Master Harold"…and the Boys reveals the profound personal consequences of oppression.
Potted Potter, the New York and West End smash hit, has garnered rave reviews from New York to Nashville to Chicago to Mexico City. The show takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real-life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes. This fantastically funny show features fans' favorite characters, a special appearance by a fire-breathing dragon, umpteen costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props, and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic! Even if you don't know the difference between a Horcrux and a Hufflepuff, Potted Potter will make you roar with laughter. This piece of family entertainment is perfect for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed).
Hot on the heels of the Workhouse Arts Center's sell-out production of Avenue Q comes Rock of Ages: The Musical! Created by Chris D'Arienzo, Rock of Ages features the music of Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, and many more favorite '80s bands.
This Tony-Award winning musical takes you back to the 1980s era of "big": big bands, big egos, big guitar solos, and big hair! Aqua Net, Lycra, and liquor flow freely on the legendary Sunset Strip rock music scene. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star Drew longs to become the next big thing in music and longs for fresh-off-the-bus newcomer Sherrie, a Kansas kid with stars in her eyes. This musical comedy lovingly nudges the fashion of the 1980s and features some of the best rock hits from the time with music from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, and many more.
The martyred heroine of France fought and defeated the besieging English at Orleans, was captured and taken prisoner in Burgundy, and put on trial and burned at the stake — all by the age of 19. Depicted as neither witch, saint, nor madwoman in George Bernard Shaw's compelling play, Joan of Arc is instead an illiterate farm girl whose focus on the individual rocks the church and state. Led by director Eric Tucker, four actors perform over 25 roles in Bedlam's riveting, stripped-down production.
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.
Our Learning Theater Ensemble tackles Hans Christian Andersen's longest and most highly acclaimed tale that has inspired numerous films and adaptations from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to Disney's Frozen! This classic tale of bravery and friendship follows the journey of young Gerda as she attempts to rescue her best friend Kai from the clutches of the Snow Queen. With the help of some unique friends and little magic, Gerda is determined to break the Snow Queen's spell and melt the ice that has taken hold of Kai's heart before he is lost to her forever!
Who am I? What am I? This Little Light explores the life of the same person over 400 years through the meandering mind of a millennial who is waking for the first time to her human needs for meaning and understanding.
This production of Titus Andronicus comes from Synetic Theater's visionary founding artistic director, Paata Tsikurishvili. Thirteenth in the "Wordless Shakespeare" series, this production lets Tsikurishvili sink his teeth into revenge-driven tragedy as he directs the bloody tale of Titus and Tamora with fiery passion, energy, and vengeance.
Note: This show is recommended for ages 16 and up because of its violence.
The year is 1833, and change is coming to rural County Donegal: While a hodgepodge group gather at an Irish-language hedge school to study classics of Greek and Latin literature, British army engineers arrive to map the country, draw new borders, and translate local place names into the King's English. Languages and histories collide, kindling romance and inciting violence. A modern classic from lauded Irish playwright Brian Friel, Translations reminds audiences how personal the political can be.
It's 1969, and the civil rights movement is sending tremors through Pittsburgh's Hill District. At the center of the community is Memphis Lee's diner, slated to be demolished — a casualty of the city's renovation project. Confronted with a rapidly changing world, Memphis and his regular customers struggle to maintain their solidarity and sense of pride. From Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson comes this masterpiece about everyday lives in the shadow of great events, and of unsung citizens who are anything but ordinary.
At Hanover Middle School, two teachers get shockingly down and dirty with a lesson about race, sex, and power. The quick-witted duo goes round after round on the mat of our nation's history in an R-rated, far-reaching, and absolutely unflinching comedy. Underground Railroad Game is a fourth-wall-breaking, audience-implicating experience. Viewers will never forget which side of history they were on.
Lingering by the side of the road and killing time with hat tricks and half-remembered stories, Estragon and Vladimir dawdle through one of the greatest dramas of the 20th century. In Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett's absurd, anarchic exploration of time, life is vaudeville and tragedy, philosophy and confusion, teetering on the edge of despair, yet tuned with Beckett's unique blend of poetry and humor.
Convinced of his queen's unfaithfulness, King Leontes of Sicilia imprisons her, exiles his newborn daughter, and schemes to have his closest friend, King Polixenes, murdered. With the passage of time comes realization, revelation, and redemption — as well as a growing romance between the children of both kings. Incorporating a variety of inspired theatrical techniques, this production of The Winter's Tale presents a rich and emotional story of human folly, hope, and resurrection filled with unexpected surprises.
From the dawn of time, women have been demonized, feared, and objectified whenever their power challenged the traditional order. Weaving a thread from the Salem Witch trials through modern-day politics, this world premiere musical examines the complex and compelling stories of women who've been labeled as witches throughout the centuries. Building on their beautifully crafted productions of The Turn of the Screw, Monsters of the Villa Diodati, and Kaleidoscope, Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith bring us their next highly anticipated "Bold New Work."