Broadway isn’t the only place you can see phenomenal theatre in the country. Washington, D.C. has an amazing theatre scene, with shows that have made their way to the Great White Way. Whether it’s grand musicals or one-man plays, you can find something that will entertain you for a few hours. Here are five of the best theater shows coming up this fall.
Queens Girl In The World
Theater J
1529 16th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 777-3210

Sept. 16 to Oct. 11

The 60s was full of turmoil, destruction and war, but it was also the start of major changes that drastically effected the world. For one young girl, it was the introduction of a whole new world. Queens Girl, Jacqueline Marie, was uprooted to Greenwich Village at the pivotal age of 12. The transition from a predominantly black area to a predominantly white one adds to the already cumbersome journey of discovering who she is. Written by Caleen Sinnette Jennings and starring Dawn Ursula, the real life tale is a part of the 2015 Women’s Voices Theater Festival. Oh, to be 12 again.

Beautiful–The Carole King Musical
The Kennedy Center Opera House
2700 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 467-4600 

Oct. 6 to Oct. 25

Carole King is one of the most successful songwriters of all time. Her influence can be heard in hundreds of songs, with her impact still felt today. After the success of musicals like Dream Girls and Jersey Boys, it only seems right that there should be one dedicated to her. Beautiful — The Carole King musical chronicles the life of the singer-songwriter, from writing for other artists to make it on her own. The Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical highlights what a remarkable woman—not just songwriter—King is. If you are a fan of musicals, theatre or King’s work, you will love it.

Stay Awake
Atlas Performing Arts
1333 H St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 399-7993

Oct. 2 to Oct. 12

The Atlas Performing Arts Center has presented some unique and wonderful work, including some great work created for children. With numerous award and nominations, Mary Hall Surface is a respected and accomplished playwright and director. “Stay Awake,” a rule-breaking journey, introduces young children to thinking outside of the box. Entertaining for both the children and parents, this “upside down lullaby” involves visual art, live music and more in telling the story of a little girl and her dog doing bedtime a little differently. Stay awake with your kids this fall.

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Alice In Wonderland
Synetic Theater
1800 S Bell St.
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 824-8061

Sept. 30 to Nov. 8

Animated movies, live action movies, television series, Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland has been interpreted and presented in a variety of fashions. Synetic Theater will be going the dark route with their presentation this fall for the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. Known for their provocative and experimental works, the theater’s production should be one you won’t forget. Definitely not one for the kids.

Studio Theatre
1501 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 332-3300

Sept. 30 to Oct. 25

Fewer people are getting married and having kids and more people are getting divorced, which makes the idea of marriage even more daunting task than before. Sometimes having a great job and spouse doesn’t make you feel whole. In “Animal,” Rachel grapples with an uneasy feeling with her life, despite “having it all.”  The dark comedy delves into the seldom discussed issues people deal with in settling down.

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