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DC Local Theater Spring Preview

April 9, 2012 6:00 AM

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Flowers aren’t the only things blooming this spring. The District’s theater arts community has great shows on the horizon. One of the greatest advantages of living in DC is the wealth of opportunities in the performing arts. The spring season will bring exciting plays and musicals from Greek tragedy to hysterical comedy and beyond.
strangeinterlude DC Local Theater Spring Preview

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Shakespeare Theatre Company
Lansburgh Theatre
450 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

Sidney Harman Hall
610 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 547-1122
www.shakespearetheatre.org

Price: General Admission starts at $39 depending on seat assignments
Showtimes: Tues to Thurs – 7:30 p.m, Fri – 8 p.m., Sat – 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sun – 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Click here for a calendar of events

This classical theater has never disappointed, and this season will be no different. STC is producing the Pulitzer prize-winning play, “Strange Interlude” by Eugene O’Neill. The dramatic play about love and deception, was a success back in 1928, and will be a joy to see now. Director Michael Kahn has a proven track record for capturing all nuances of “Strange Interlude,” another performance making its way to the scene. Carlo Goldoni’s, “The Servant of Two Masters,” made it in the spring line up as well. It is a story about broken engagements, mistaken identities, reunited lovers and a servant trying to work for two masters at the same time. If looking for one of the classics, make it out for Helen Hayes’ award-winning play, “Taming of the Shrew,” a romantic comedy inciting a war between the sexes. Finally, the wait is over. After a ten-year absence, STC is bringing back Shakespeare’s, “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” displaying the trials and tribulations of a poor knight, Falstaff, who falls in love with two rich women at once.

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working keegantheatre DC Local Theater Spring Preview

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Keegan Theatre
1742 Church St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(703) 892-0202
www.keegantheatre.com

Prices: General Admission starts at $30
Showtimes: Thurs to Sat – 8 p.m., Sun – 3 p.m.
Click here for a calendar of events

This professional nonprofit theater has risen to the need of bringing theater to everyone. Their show “Working” is based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book, “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day And How They Feel About What They Do.” This musical depicts everyday life for common American men and women. The lively music and vivid portrayals of characters are unforgettable. This play will bring joy to all that watch. Voted Best Musical, “Spring Awakening” is about school boys coming of age in the 19th century. With eight Tony Awards under their belt, “Spring Awakening” will be an awesome show to see. Choose from either of these great options to get your springtime theater fix.

longdaysjourney DC Local Theater Spring Preview

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Arena Stage
1101 6th St SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 554-9066
www.arenastage.org

Prices: General Admission starts at $55
Showtimes: Tues to Wed – 7:30 p.m., Thurs to Fri – 8 p.m., Sat – 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sun – 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Click here for a calendar of events

Arena Stage has had a long standing reputation for producing high quality shows, and this season is no exception. The talented playwright Eugene O’Neill’s work on “Long Day’s Journey,” displays master artistry. The play is about the Tyrone family and their numerous disputes over a 20-year span. The constant cycle of guilt, envy and hopeless dreams throughout the play keeps audiences on the edge of their seats. If looking for a great musical, Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” is your best bet. It is about a con man turned band promoter who was running from past troubles. The main character, Harold Hill, moves to Iowa from Illinois to start a new life and in the meantime, falls in love with a woman. Watch the play to find out if Harold can become an honest man and get the woman, too. Arena brings suspense to the theater with “Normal Heart” by Larry Kramer. This is a thriller about close friends coming together to go against politicians and doctors with hopes of uncovering the truth about a deadly epidemic.

39steps DC Local Theater Spring Preview

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Olney Theatre Center
1101 Olney- Sandy Spring Road
Olney, MD 20832
(301) 924-4485
www.olneytheatre.org

Prices: General Admission starts at $44
Showtimes: Wed to Fri – 7:45 p.m., Sat and Sun – 1:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
Click here for a calendar of events

This theater is Montgomery County’s most well kept secret. Looking for a comedy with a twist, visit the Olney Theatre Center to watch “39 Steps.” The Director, Clay Hopper, has done an outstanding job with four cast members playing over 150 roles in this Hitchcock classic thriller. Your head will be spinning from the talent. “The Sleuth” is a must-see play for mystery lovers. The premise is a wealthy author invites his wife’s lover to a wild and crazy game of cat and mouse. Sit back and watch how the situation unfolds. You will definitely be entertained from start to finish.

theaterseats DC Local Theater Spring Preview

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WSC Avant Bard
1101 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 418-4808
wscavantbard.org

Prices: General Admission starts at $25
Showtimes: Thurs to Sat – 7:30 p.m., Sat and Sun – 2 p.m.
Click here for a calendar of events

WSC Avant Bard is getting back to their Greek roots with the production of “The Bacchae” by Greek dramatist, Euripides. “Bacchae” is a play about the Greek god Dionsys, son of Zeus, not being treated with respect by the inhabitants of Thebe. Dionsys delves out punishment to the detriment of Pentheus, the ruler of Thebe’s relatives. Watch this exciting Greek tragedy to see how it ends. Bard is also producing “The Tooth of Crime,” an early work of the famous playwright and actor, Sam Shephard. The musical is about an aging rocker, Hoss, battling his young rocking rival, Crow. The end result is worth all anticipation built up throughout the show.

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Carly Mannava is a freelance writer living in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.


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