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Best Spring 2014 Theater Productions in Washington, D.C.

March 10, 2014 9:00 AM

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Spring is one of the best times to be in the city. It is also when you can see some of the best theater of the year. Between world premieres, re-imaginings, Broadway hits and old staples, D.C. is alive with theater in the spring. Here are a few of the best theater productions this spring.

“Ordinary Days”
Round House Theater
445 East-West Highway
Bethesda, MD 20814
(240) 644-1100
www.roundhousetheatre.org

Date: May 28 – June 22, 2014

Growing up is a difficult task for many, regardless of race, gender or economic background. Grappling with the important changes life throws at you when you become an adult can send even the sturdiest of people into a tailspin. In this contemporary musical, four New Yorkers experience what the city and life have to offer, besides what they thought they should get out of it. An Off-Broadway hit, Adam Gwon’s original music and lyrics speaks to the not-quite-ready-to-be-an-adult in everyone.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”
Ford’s Theatre
511 10th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-4833
www.fordstheatre.org

Date: March 14 – May 17, 2014

You struggled through it in grade school, there have been documentaries and movies about it and, of course, there is a musical about it. Spelling bees have caused students to stress out over the spelling of the hardest and simplest words. In “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” six students learn valuable life lessons through participating in a county-wide spelling bee. The Tony-winning coming-of-age musical will take you back to when you were an awkward kid, and for four members of the audience, the spelling bee will be real.

“Moth”
Studio Theatre
1501 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 332-3300
www.studiotheatre.org

Date: April 9 – May 4, 2014

This spring has plenty of theater revolving around youth and adolescence, but none probably as dark and thought provoking as Declan Greene’s “Moth.” It is a look into the world of high school friendships torn apart by questionable decisions and the emotions they invoke. When dealing with the topic of high school outcasts, the script can be preachy and dated, even in a modern setting. Greene manages to capture the voice of teenagers while maintaining wit.

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“Tender Napalm”
Signature Theatre
4200 Campbell Ave.
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 820-9771
www.signature-theatre.org

Date: March 18 – May 11, 2014

There are always two sides, in some cases multiples sides, to a story. In Philip Ridley’s “Tender Napalm,” those two sides are told from a man and woman in love – the type of love where nothing else and no one else exists. For these two lovers, not only are they the only ones who exist but the world they live in is of their own creation. The audience is treated to a sort of mad lib-style fantasy adventure, where the only thing you are certain about is your uncertainty. This play, very much for adults, puts lover against lover in a battle for, well, you’ll see.

World Stages
John F. Kennedy Center
2700 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 467-4600
www.kennedy-center.org

Date: March 10 – March 30, 2014

Experiencing someone else’s culture is a privilege and often an honor. World Stages brings together six continents worth of theater in one festival. Including works and discussions featuring Tony and Academy Award nominees and winners, the international festival will include installations, full productions, panel discussions, readings and more. From a South African puppet company doing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to the U.S. premiere of “Rupert” by the Melbourne Theatre Company, the World Stages festival is full of amazing works by artists from all around the world.

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