Friday, March 27, 2009
Theater: Arena Stage at the Lincoln Theater (1215 U Street, NW,)
Metro: U St station. Directions here.
Cost: $10 for students if you call in advance. $25 “New Deal” tickets for anyone.
Dates: Through April 26
I’m going: 3/28
Back by popular demand, it’s the musical, based on the book, based on the photos, about southern church ladies and their fantastical hats.
They say: Hold onto your hat—one of our most popular musicals returns with a new production of Crowns. Come see the crowns worn by the “hat queens” of the South—women whose storied lives are woven into the straw, silk, wool and lace that adorn their heads.
I shall tell you more about it next week.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Theater: Woolly Mammoth Theater, 641 D St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place-green/red or Archives/Navy Memorial-Green. Directions here.
Genre: They say it’s half Hollywood romance, half murder mystery.
Cost: from $15 for people under 25. $15 rush seats sold 2 hours before curtain. Also, Pay What You Can nights are this Monday and Tuesday (3/30 and 3/31). More info below.
Dates: Through April 26
I’m going: 3/30. Email me if you want to join.
They say: “Part mystery, part Hollywood romance, Robert O’Hara’s stylish new play bridges time, space, religion and race to track a love affair that defies history’s harshest cruelties. It’s 1939. Hitler’s death camps flourished and Great Britain and France have declared war on Germany. Meanwhile, in Atlanta, Gone with the Wind premieres amid star-studded decadence. Against the backdrops of a Southern plantation, a German concentration camp, Hollywood movies and Berlin cabarets, two stories mysteriously merge into one sweeping romance – and fate decides which souls survive and which must be sacrificed.”
PYWC: Tickets go on sale 90 minutes before show time. Two per person, cash or check only. A line usually forms, so get there early. Let me know if you want to come with us.
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photo credit, flickr: Adam Vogel
Theater: H St Playhouse – 1365 H. St, NE
Metro: It’s a decent walk from Union Station (red line) or you can take the FREE SHUTTLE or the X2 bus from Gallery Place right to their front door. Check WMATA for suggestions.)
Genre: post apocalyptic drama
Cost: $18 student tickets
Dates: Through April 5
I’m going: 4/3. Email me if you want to join.
I was first exposed to this play in 2008, when the University of Maryland (go Terps!) did a production. I enjoyed it so much I saw it three times (I also had a friend in the cast, which may have had something to do with it). It is an odd little duck, and certainly an ugly one, but that is not to say it isn’t worth seeing. José Rivera tells a riveting story of a girl abandoned by her guardian angel on the eve of the revolution against heaven. It’s a fascinating play and Forum does great work. Check it out if you get a chance.
I am not going until the end of the run, so if you have seen this production (or other productions), tell us about it in comments.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
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Hi everyone. I’ve been a crappy blogger lately. By this, I mean that I have been nonexistent. I’ve been swamped with work and the creation of our new Family Haggadah (which I am thrilled to say is nearly done). I’m going to get back on track now. I promise.
There is a new show at the Studio Theatre that I am going to try and see this week (it closes this weekend). Anyone want to come with us?
Performance: The Receptionist
Theater: Studio Theatre. 1501 14th St, NW
Metro stops: Dupont Circle -Red line or U Street/Cardozo-Green line
Genre: Office Drama with a gist
Cost: Tickets are $30. There is a $five student discount too. They may also have half price rush tickets 30 min before the show or you can usher (more here)
Dates: Through March 22
This is a story about an office that seems a lot like yours, until you discover their dark secret. I know very little else, other than that it is well done, powerful, and surprising. It is mostly serious with some very funny moments. DC Theater Scene has a thoughtful review up.
Let me know if you want to come with us.
I have missed you all and I am psyched to return to the world of the blogging.