2013 Washington DC Spring Theater Preview

January 28, 2013 8:00 AM

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Spring in D.C. doesn’t just mean blooming flowers and new political terms. With musical theater, Shakespeare, new works and old classics, there is something theater for everyone to enjoy this spring in Washington. These are the district’s best offerings, perfect for getting away from the politics, rush-hour traffic and day-to-day grind.
The Mountain Top
The Kreeger Theater
1101 6th St., SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 488-3300

Price: $55 to $90
March 29 to May 12

Martin Luther King Jr. is revered for his compassion, speeches, sermons and activism, but as a human he had his flaws and insecurities. In Katori Hall’s Olivier Award-winning play, King faces these facts after a chance meeting with a maid at the Lorraine Motel. Hall turns the night before King’s assassination into a night of fostered introspection. She whittles down a legend to a mere civilian; turning him from someone to look up to someone to relate to. You will not want to miss this fictional glimpse into the real Martin Luther King.

Henry V
Folger Elizabethan Theatre
201 E. Capitol St., SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-7077

Price: from $30
Jan. 2 to March 3

Part of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s mission is “to advance understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare’s writings.” It accomplishes this in many ways, one being presenting Shakespearean works in the Folger Theatre. For two decades the theater has produced award-winning productions that support Shakespeare’s legacy, including “Romeo and Juliet,” “Macbeth,” “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Hamlet.” Its production of “Henry V” will be certain to add more awards and accolades to its accomplishments.

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The Motherf**ker With the Hat
The Studio Theatre
1501 14th St., NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 332-3300

Price: from $39
Jan. 30 to March 10

This Tony Award-nominated play, with its vulgar title, tackles more than just a man with a hat. The discovery of a man’s hat in a couple’s living room leads to the explosion of several relationships and the potential renewed downfall of a man’s life. Through trust issues, infidelity and dependency, playwright Adly Guirgis examines acceptance, loyalty and love. Guirgis’s use of his personal experiences gives the dark comedy a legitimacy and realism that allows you to connect with characters.

American Utopias
Woolly Mammoth Theatre
641 D St., NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-3939

Price: from $20
March 25 to April 21

Last summer, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” was one of the must-see theater events in D.C. Mike Daisey, creator and performer, put the ignored, behind-the-scenes situation of the manufacturing of technology out on stage. Specifically, he focused on the alleged heinous conditions of the workers making iPhones and Apple products. It was a world-wide hit, garnering praise and controversy. Daisey will return to Woolly Mammoth with at look at the American dream and what makes Americans happy. One person might find happiness in drugs, while another finds it in a theme park. With Daisey’s reputation, expect a controversial and fantastic view of America’s real utopia.

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Hello, Dolly!
Ford’s Theatre
511 10th St., NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-4833

Ages: 8 and up
Price: Starting at $54
March 15 to May 18

In this century, there is more dating done online than in person. There is a matchmaking website for every race, religion, preference and what have you, but before the invention of computers and Internet, matchmaking used to be an art and respected profession. “Hello, Dolly” focuses on matchmaker Dolly Levi and her commitment to finding the wealthy Horace Vandergelder a wife. In true farce style, Levi finds herself wanting to marry Vandergelder, while also trying to trick and convince him to allow a young artist to marry his niece. Ford’s Theatre is sure to present a spectacular production of the once-longest running Broadway musical.

Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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