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FEBRUARY 6 Mosaic Theater Company: “Ism: A Tragicomedy”
A sketch show compiled by Anu Yadav and directed by Paige Hernandez. At Atlas Performing Arts Center. Through Feb. 7.
7 “King Charles III”
The regional debut of Mike Bartlett’s award-winning play that explores what England would be like if Prince Charles became king. At Shakespeare Theatre. Through March 12.
Shakespeare’s tragedy updated for the 21st century by Chris Stezin. At Keegan Theatre. Through Feb. 11.
Constellation Theatre Company: “Peter and the Starcatcher”
The Tony Award-winning prequel to J. M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan.” At Source Theatre. Through March 12.
10 Happenstance Theater: “Threshold”
The troupe explores the concept of transitioning using text, sound, physical theater and more. At Joe’s Movement Emporium.
“I Love You Because”
A modern version of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” starring a greeting-card writer. Presented in partnership with Damascus Theatre Company. At Arts Barn. Through Feb. 26.
“The Freshest Snow Whyte”
The Disney princess is reimagined as a graffiti artist in the year 3000. At Imagination Stage. Through March 18.
An inexperienced actor is cast as Hamlet and finds a devout Christian actress to act as Ophelia. At Rep Stage, Howard Community College. Through March 5.
“The Taming of the Shrew”
A modern retelling of the Bard’s comedy, with Hollywood socialites. At Synetic Theater. Through March 19.
“The Trojan Woman”
A cast of women from Taffety Punk Theatre Company’s Riot Grrrls takes on the Euripides tragedy set during the Peloponnesian War. At Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Through March 4.
“The How and The Why”
Critic Celia Wren called the twocharacter play an “absorbing and brainy drama.” The show is written by Sarah Treem, creator of the HBO drama “The Affair.” At Theater J. Through March 12.
18 Play In A Day
A series of short plays written over the course of 24 hours by six local theater companies. At Imagination Stage.
A production by Elevator Repair Service based on Ernest Hemingway’s first novel. At Shakespeare Theatre. Through April 2.
19 The Vagina Monologue East of the River
Ticket proceeds will go to Calvary Women’s Services, a women’s shelter in the District that provides housing, health and education services for homeless women in the area. At Anacostia Arts Center.
23 WSC Avant Bard: “The Gospel at Colonus”
Jennifer L. Nelson, with E’Marcus Harper-Short, presents the AfricanAmerican-musical take on the Greek tragedy. At Gunston Arts Center Theater II. Through March 26.
24 2017 Intersections Festival
The festival features more than 100 dance, music and theatre performances by local artists and companies. At Atlas Performing Arts Center. Through March 5.
A world premiere of Jacqueline E. Lawton’s political thriller about a covert operative who is abroad when her cover is blown. At Arena Stage. Through April 9.
25 “The Giver”
Lois Lowry’s dystopian novel is staged by Eric Coble. At NextStop Theatre Company. Through March 12.
28 “Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing”
Emmy and Tony Award winner Debra Monk stars as the tone-death Mrs. Miller, a character modeled after singer Elva Miller. At Signature Theatre. Through March 26.
MARCH 1 “Fickle: A Fancy French Farce”
Playwright Meg Miroshnik’s modern take on the 18th-century French romantic comedy “The Double Inconstancy.” At Olney Theatre Center. Through March 26.
8 “Three Sisters/No Sisters”
Features two concurrent Chekhov dramas: “Three Sisters,” directed by Jackson Gay, and “No Sisters,” directed by Aaron Posner. At Studio Theatre. Through April 23.
A musical adaptation of Nancy Savoca’s 1991 film about a group of servicemen who celebrate their last night in San Francisco before they leave to Vietnam. At Arts Barn.
Through March 26.
The Tony Award-winning musical about a man wrongly accused of murder. At Keegan Theatre. Through April 8.
“A Primate’s Memoir”
A play adaptation of biologist Robert M. Sapolsky’s book. Directed by Ryan Maxwell. At Source Theatre.
The Tony-winning musical based on E. L. Doctorow’s 1975 novel. At Ford’s Theatre. Through May 20.
Renée Fleming VOICES: Leslie Odom Jr.
“Hamilton” alum Leslie Odom Jr. performs tracks from his new, selftitled solo album. At Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater.
13 Séneca: “Ratón de Biblioteca (The Library Mouse)”
A bilingual musical about an unlikely friendship between a mouse, a cat and a dog. At Gala Hispanic Theatre. Through March 25.
14 “Midwestern Gothic”
A new musical from Royce Vavrek about a woman’s mission to leave her isolated, rural community. At Signature Theatre. Through April 30.
16 Ex Machina/Robert Lepage: “Needles and Opium”
A reimagining of Lepage’s groundbreaking show. At Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater. Through March 18.
Theater Alliance uses different narratives to explore the concept of migration. At Anacostia Playhouse. Through April 9.
Forum Theatre: “What Every Girl Should Know” and “Dry Land”
The plays tackle female friendship and women facing adulthood. At Silver Spring Black Box Theatre. Through April 15.
17 “Beach Week”
An original play by Diana Metzger about the local area high school tradition. At Round House Theatre. Through March 19.
18 “Grug and the Rainbow”
Australia’s Windmill Theatre’s latest production was inspired by Ted Prior’s picture book. At Kennedy Center, Family Theater. Through March 19.
21 An Evening of Kyogen
A night of Kyogen, a form of comic theater, presented by the Shigeyama Kyogen Troupe. At Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.
Teatro El Público: “Antigonón, un contingente épico”
Written by Rogelio Orizondo, the legend of Antigone is reimagined with old and new Cuban figures. At Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater. Through March 22.
23 Back to Methuselah: “As Far As Thought Can Reach”
The final act of George Bernard Shaw’s cycle, which examines humanity from Eden to the future, is presented by the Washington Stage Guild. At Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, Undercroft Theatre. Through April 16.
“The Night Alive”
The 2013 drama by Irish contemporary poet Conor McPherson is staged by Scena Theatre. At Atlas Performing Arts Center. Through April 9.
Tony Award winner Lisa Kron’s autobiographical play that explores her relationship with her mother. At 1st Stage. Through April 23.
24 “One Woman Sex & The City”
Relive your favorite moments from the popular comedy in this onewoman parody show. At Amp by Strathmore.
Sulayman Al Bassam: “Petrol Station”
Set in a deserted gas station, Bassam’s drama uses the Arab Gulf states as its backdrop. World premiere. At Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater. Through March 26.
27 “Pike St.”
A monologue about a Lower East Side neighborhood that unites in the lead-up to a storm. At Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Through April 23.
29 Mosaic Theater: “The Blood Knot”
Athol Fugard’s multilayered tale about two biracial brothers in South Africa’s apartheid era. At Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre. Through April 30.
“Nutt and Bolt”
Two robot rivals learn to work as a team in this children’s production. At Atlas Performing Arts Center. Through April 2.
Peter Brook’s “Battlefield”
Director Peter Brook’s latest work is inspired by the civil war in Syria. At Kennedy Center, Family Theater. Through April 2.
Playwright Mary Zimmerman reshapes the famous Greek epic poem about Jason and the Argonauts’ journey to retrieve the Golden Fleece. At Greenberg Theatre. Through April 1.
31 1“A Raisin in the Sun”
A staging of Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking Broadway play about a black family living in Chicago’s South Side in 1959. At Arena Stage. Through May 7.
APRIL 1 Aquila Theatre’s “The Trojan War: Our Warrior Chorus”
A narrative that weaves modern war stories with classic Roman and Greek myths. At McLean Community Center, Alden Theatre.
A staging of the six-time Tony Award-winning musical about a Chicago housewife who dreams of making it big in vaudeville. At Kennedy Center, Opera House. Through April 16.
6 “Dot: A Rotoplastic Ballet”
Pointless Theatre’s production about the last surviving human in a world run by machines. At FlashPoint. Through May 6. “K2” Two mountain-climbers find themselves stranded just below the world’s second-highest peak. At NextStop Theatre Company. Through April 30. Mosaic Theater: “A Human Being Died That Night” A play based on psychologist’s Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela’s interactions with the South African apartheid-era assassin Eugene de Kock. At Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre. Through April 30.
7 “Doubt, a Parable”
Quotidian Theatre Company presents the Pulitzer-winning play about a nun who suspects a priest of sexual misconduct. At the Writer’s Center. Through May 7.
8 “Brighton Beach Memoirs”
The first chapter of playwright Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical trilogy about coming of age in Brooklyn is staged. At Theater J. Through May 7.
12 “The Magic Play”
Helen Hayes Award-winner Andrew Hinderaker’s play about a talented young magician and his need for control. At Olney Theatre Center. Through May 7.
A former spy, Aphra Behn hopes to launch a new career as a playwright. Directed by Aaron Posner. At Round House Theatre. Through May 7.
14 “The Late Wedding”
Playwright’s Christopher Chen’s inventive take on Italo Calvino’s
“Invisible Cities.” At the Hub Theatre, the New School of Northern Virginia. Through May 7.
Set on the eve of President Obama’s first election, Lydia Diamond’s provocative play deals with racial bias, class and science. Seema Sueko directs. At Arena Stage. Through May 21.
18 “Fun Home”
The five-time Tony-winning musical adaptation of Allison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir. At National Theatre. Through May 13.
20 “In the Heights”
The Spanish version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first hit Broadway musical about Washington Heights in New York. English subtitles offered. At Gala Hispanic Theatre. Through May 21.
21 Rorschach Theatre: “Forgotten Kingdoms”
Set in Indonesia, a reverend tries to convert his community leader’s son. At Atlas Performing Arts Center. Through May 21.
22 “The Jungle Book”
A play inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s story. At Imagination Stage. Through May 28.
Liesl Tommy directs the Shakespearean tragedy. At Harman Center for the Arts, Sidney Harman Hall. Through May 28.
26 “Dorian’s Closet”
A musical based on the life of Dorian Corey, an American drag queen and star of the documentary “Paris Is Burning.” At Rep Stage, Howard Community College. Through May 14.
Maly Drama Theatre: “Three Sisters”
Lev Dodin teams up with Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg to showcase Chekhov’s work. At Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater. Through April 30.
MAY 4 Constellation Theatre Company: “The Arabian Nights”
A production of Mary Zimmerman’s play, adapted from “The Book of One Thousand and One Nights.” At Source Theatre. Through June 4.
A legendary Broadway performer copes with the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease during the run of her one-woman show. At Creative Cauldron. Through May 28.
6 “Outside Mullingar”
A romantic comedy, set in rural Ireland, about two middle-aged misfits. At Keegan Theatre. Through May 28.
9 “Jesus Christ Superstar”
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera is staged. At Signature Theatre. Through July 2.
“Timon of Athens”
A rare production of Shakespeare’s play about a man who leaves Athens to live in the wilderness. At Folger Theatre. Through June 11.
10 1“The Hunchback of Notre Dame”
Victor Hugo’s gothic novel is staged by artistic director Paata Tsikurishvili. At Synetic Theater. Through June 11.
11 “The Man Who”
A stage adaptation of neurologist Oliver Sacks’s best-selling book “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.” At Spooky Action Theater. Through June 4.
12 “Nearly Lear”
A one-woman show performed by Susanna Hamnett from the perspective of King Lear’s fool. At Kennedy Center, Family Theater. Through May 14.
15 Scena Theatre: “Fear Eats the Soul”
The U.S. premiere of the staged adaptation of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s film about an unlikely bond between an elderly German woman and Moroccan migrant worker in post-war Germany. At Atlas Performing Arts Center. Through June 4.
17 “Topdog /Underdog”
For the first time, the 2002 Pulitzer-wining drama will star two actresses, Dawn Ursula and Jessica Frances Dukes, in the lead roles that were originally written for men. At Olney Theatre Center. Through June 18.
18 Mosaic Theater: “Ulysses on Bottles”
An Israeli-Arab teacher is arrested after an attempt to enter the Gaza Strip on a raft made of plastic bottles. At Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre. Through June 11.
20 “Sioux Falls”
Three women’s lives converge in Sioux Falls, S.D., at the only abortion clinic in the state. At FlashPoint. Through June 11.
A young boy considers committing suicide by jumping off his school’s roof but finds courage within himself to confront his demons. At Kennedy Center, Family Theater. Through May 21.
Taylor Mac’s gender-bending dramedy about a dysfunctional family. At Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Through June 18.
25 “Urinetown, the Musical”
A town takes drastic measures and bans private toilets in this political satirical musical. At NextStop Theatre Company. Through June 25.
WSC Avant Bard: “King Lear”
Rick Foucheux takes on the title role in the Shakespearean classic. At Gunston Arts Center Theater II. Through June 25.
JUNE 1 Pallas Theatre Collective: “Crazy Mary Lincoln”
A new political musical about the former first lady. At Capital Fringe Trinidad Theatre. Through June 18.
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
August Wilson’s masterpiece, set in a Chicago recording studio in the late-1920s, explores racism and the exploitation of black artists. At 1st Stage. Through June 25.
OPEN “As You Like It”
A retelling of the Shakespearean comedy, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch. At Folger Theatre. Through March 5.
“Baby Screams Miracle”
A family is thrown into chaos when a deadly storm hits their community. At Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Through Feb. 26.
“Caroline, or Change”
Tony Kushner’s Tony Award-winning musical explores the relationship between a black maid and a Jewish boy in Louisiana in 1963. At Round House Theatre. Through Feb. 26. “Ella Enchanted: The Musical” A play based on the fairy tale by Gail Carson Levine. At Glen Echo Park, Adventure Theatre MTC. Through March 19. “Hooded: Or Being Black for Dummies” Tru, a street-smart teen from Baltimore, decides that Marquis, a brainy prep-schooler, has forgotten his roots and pens him a manual. At Atlas Performing Arts Center. Through Feb. 19. “I Wanna F---ing Tear You Apart” A new friend threatens two roommates — and best friends — relationship. At Studio Theatre. Through Feb. 19. “Last Train to Nibroc” Two people meet on an eastbound train in this romantic comedy set in the 1940s. At Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, Undercroft Theatre. Through Feb. 19. “Much Ado About Nothing” A production of Shakespeare’s classic dramedy directed by Abigail Isaac Fine. At NextStop Theatre Company. Through Feb. 12. “Roe” Lisa Loomer’s play about the two central figures behind the landmark 1973 case Roe v. Wade. At Arena Stage. Through Feb. 19. “Someone is Going to Come” The Washington premiere of the new play by Norwegian dramatist Jon Fosse. At Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre. “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” E. Faye Butler teams up with actor David Benoit in this dark TonyAward winning musical. At Olney Theatre Center. Through March 5. “The Gin Game” Roz White and Doug Brown star in the Pulitzer Prize-winning twoperson play. At MetroStage. Through March 12. “The Hard Problem” Tom Stoppard’s play explores the relationship between consciousness and matter. At Studio Theatre. Through Feb. 19. “The River” Jez Butterworth’s haunting drama is directed by Rebecca Holderness. At Spooky Action Theater. Through Feb. 26. “Trevor” “Orange Is The New Black” writer Nick Jones’s play inspired by the life and death of Travis, a former showbiz chimp. At 1st Stage. Through Feb. 26. “Watch on the Rhine” Golden Globe winner Marsha Mason stars as Fanny Farrelly in Lillian Hellman’s political thriller. At Arena Stage. Through March 5. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Aaron Posner directs and Holly Twyford stars as Martha in this staged production of Edward Albee’s black comedy. At Ford’s Theatre. Through Feb. 19. “Yo También Hablo de la Rosa (I Too Speak of the Rose)” A drama about two teens who accidentally derail a train while playing hooky from school. Performed in Spanish with English subtitles. At Gala Hispanic Theatre. Through Feb. 26.
Legendary stage director Peter Brook will return in March to present “Battlefield,” inspired by the civil war in Syria, at the Kennedy Center.
Two notable stage productions for spring include Anton Chekhov’s drama “Three Sisters,” top, which is being paired with the Aaron Posnerdirected “No Sisters,” and the tender, compassionate and sad adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel, “Fun Home,” starring Kate Shindle as adult Alison, above.