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Arms and the Man

 

 

Arms and the Man

a comedy by George Bernard Shaw

October 20 - November 20

directed by Allison Arkell Stockman

 

A young lady fantasizes about the bravery of her heroic fiancé when the reality of war bursts into her bedroom in the form of a fugitive enemy soldier. Enjoy this witty comedy by famed playwright George Bernard Shaw and its revealing truths about romanticism, class and the idealization of war.   

 

Who will Raina ultimately choose?   The war hero or the chocolate cream soldier?

 

 

Pay-What-You-Can Previews on October 20 & 21 at 8 pm.   

Purchase Preview Tickets in advance for $10 online.  Pay-What-You-Can at the door.

Note: 1/2 of the tickets (45) will be sold online for $10.  The remaining tickets (45) will be PWYC at the door.  

  

at Source, 1835 14th Street NW

Box Office Opens at 7pm

House Opens at 7:45pm

There is no late seating for this performance.  

 

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Meet the EnsembleEnsemble of Arms and the Man

 

Costume Design by Kendra Rai

 Lighting & Scenic Design by A. J. Guban
Props Design by Samina Vieth 

Sound Design by Jesse Terrill

 

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MetroStage

Savage in Limbo Performances and Special Preview Prices

    PWYC Perf and Special Preview Prices

 

 Savage in Limbo
a concert play

 

By John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck, Doubt

 

Jenna and Sasha
 

A Bronx tale of a quintet of bar regulars (many of whom grew up together in Catholic grammar school) who are now questioning their lives, their loves and looking for change but wondering if change is even possible. Shanley (deeply influenced by his own Bronx, Catholic grammar school upbringing) has written a timeless classic with unforgettable characters and stunning, provocative dialogue. An emotional and intellectual roller coaster.
 

Featuring a fabulous ensemble cast:

 Natascia Diaz, Veronica del Cerro,
Michael Kevin Darnall, Jenna Sokolowski,

AND Sasha Olinick as Murk the
bartender

 

 

Sasha Olinick was just honored with an Audience Choice Award for his

portrayal of Mr. Toad inWind in the Willows  at Imagination Stage by DC Theatre Scene's Audience Choice Awards. Amadeuswon Favorite Play, in which Sasha played Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at Round House Theatre. 

He was also named one of the Favorite Performances in a Play in 2010-2011 in the Maryland Theatre Guide and Broadway World for his performance as Mozart in Amadeus.  Mr. Toad, Mozart, and now Murk the bartender-quite an illustrious year and quite a remarkably versatile actor.

 

Savage in Limbo is named A Top Pick by Joel Markowitz, in Broadway World 

 

Savage In Limbo

is a MUST-SEE. Buy $25 Preview tickets TODAY.


PWYC Thursday, Sept. 8 at 8 pm

(Box office opens one hour before the show) 

 

This weekend only-$25 tickets Code: Preview 

 

Friday at 8, Saturday at 5 and 8, Sunday at 3 and 7 

 

Special Press/Opening Night performance and reception Monday, Sept. 12 at 8, $50


(Meet and party with the cast-a great way to spend a Monday evening---bar food, of course, and Brandy Alexanders. Come see the play and you will understand!)

 

Call 703-548-9044/ www.metrostage.org 

  

MetroStage
1201 N. Royal St.

Alexandria, VA 22314
Free parking
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call 703-548-9044 or 800-494-8497

for tickets NOW

 

Or CLICK HERE to order online >

 

MetroStage

1201 N. Royal Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

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MetroStage

Savage in Limbo Opens MetroStage Season

PWYC September 8 at 8:00PM

 Savage Promo Photo

Savage in Limbo opens the season with a great playwright and dynamite cast. Truly a contemporary classic.

 

Natascia Diaz (Helen Hayes Award for ROOMS a rock romance, which premiered here at MetroStage) will play the iconic Denise Savage and be joined on stage byVeronica del Cerro, Jenna Sokolowski, Sasha Olinick and Michael Kevin Darnall.

 

We all know playwright John Patrick Shanley from his Oscar winning filmMoonstruck and his Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning DoubtSavage in Limbois a remarkable, timeless classic which vividly captures the lives of a quintet in a Bronx bar, all searching for life, love, and answers to some of life's most existential questions. Shanley's smart and provocative dialogue and unforgettable characters make this season opener a must see.

 

Sept. 8-Oct. 16

Performance schedule:

Thursdays and Fridays at 8

Saturdays at 5 and 8

Sundays at 3 and 7

TKTS: $45-50

Special performance Monday, Sept. 12 at 8 pm (Press opening with reception, $50)

 

 

 

Call 703-548-9044 or 800-494-8497

for tickets NOW

 

Or CLICK HERE to order online >

 

MetroStage

1201 N. Royal Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

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Uncle Vanya at Kennedy Center

by Barbara Twigg

While even the name of Chekhov's 1897  "Uncle Vanya," sounds a little dowdy, too Russian, and old-fashioned, the sparkling, updated version brought to life by the Sydney Theatre Company is a serio-comic romp through the big themes of living:  boredom, old-age, unrequited love, lust, envy, and wasted potential.  The play is surprisingly funny, even featuring some physical comedy from its fine direction.   It felt quite contemporary, right down to its ecological theme about the disappearing Russian forest -- more like Tennessee Williams, in a light vein, with vodka.  Great performances from all, without strong Aussie accents.  Seeing fair, luminous Cate Blanchett in a tight red dress and heels is worth the price of the ticket.

  

SYNOPSIS: From Sydney Theatre Company--the team that brought 2009's smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire--comes an exclusive U.S. engagement of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, another tale of high drama in low society. On a dilapidated, remote farm Uncle Vanya (Richard Roxburgh) and his niece Sonya (Hayley McElhinney) have worked slavishly for years to sustain an estate in decline. Now Professor Serebryakov (John Bell) and his wife Yelena (Cate Blanchett) have returned to visit, bringing with them chaos and disruption. Constant visits from the charismatic Astrov (Hugo Weaving) are not helpful. Lunch is no longer served at lunch time--now it is procrastinated until dusk--work is forgotten and the long, cool nights have become sleepless. From this hotbed of disarray grow three consuming love affairs, each of which is destined to wither in disappointment before it has reached bloom. It is in this climate of frustration and thwarted hopes that the Professor chooses to announce a shocking plan.  (Kennedy Center description)  Runs through August 27.

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War Horse ...a horse of a different color

by Barbara Twigg

The Tony Award-winning,  London import, "War Horse", now playing an unlimited run at Lincoln Center in New York, is a powerfully moving theatrical experience.   It follows the story of a British teenager who raises a beloved horse that his father sells to the military in World War I,  and the son's struggle to find him on the battlefields of France.   The life-size creations of the horses, manipulated  with incredible verisimilitude by three visible people, are nothing short of remarkable.  The play is a work of art that highlights the horrors of war through the suffering of horses that are fully realized and unforgettable characters.  I can't think when I have been so emotionally absorbed by a play.

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Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

 

Behind-the-Scenes Tours, Ticket Discounts, Give-Aways

 

August 2nd, all Day

 

Season 32 Shows

Explore whether this civilization has an expiration date and if so, what comes next

 

Tours

9:00 - 10:00am; 12:00 - 1:00pm; 3:00 - 4:00pm; 6:00 - 7:00pm

See samples of set design models, props, and costumes from past productions

while backstage, hear about Season 32 shows

 

 

Take the Tour and Purchase Discounted Tickets

20 percent discount on all single tickets

15 percent discount on all season subscriptions

Purchasers also receive a Woolly give-away - a t-shirt, journal, or other paraphernalia

 

Questions

202.393.3939

 

 

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

641 D Street, NW

202.393.3939

Metro: Archives-Navy Mem'l-Penn Quarter

 

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 Clybourne Park 

By Donna Christenson

Woolly Mammoth Theater has done it again …quite literally.  They are staging Clybourne Park again, for the second time, following its very successful run during the 2010 season.  Once again, it is generating enthusiasm and spirited community involvement, including a range of related special programming following every performance.

Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer Prize and Helen Hayes Award Winner Clybourne Park is set in 1959 Chicago in Act I, and in the same house 50 years later in Act II.  In 1959 a black family is moving into a white neighborhood, later the situation is reversed in 2009, as we peer through the looking-glass of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun.  With the same cast members portraying different characters in the second act, some of whom are related to the ones in the first act, we watch battles unfold over issues of race and gentrification.  Though a very funny play, it is also poignant and thought-provoking, as roles are reversed, illusions are shattered and assumptions must be examined. 

Directed by Howard Shalwitz, Clybourne Park features a terrific cast of company members including  Kimberly Gilbert, Mitchell Hébert and Cody Nickell (left), Jefferson A. Russell and Dawn Ursula (below),   Jennifer Mendenhall, Michael Glenn, and Chris Dinolfo.  


Additional performances have been added, and the play is running through August 14 at Woolly Mammoth Theater,  7th and D Streets NW in the District of Columbia. Call 202-393-3939 for information and tickets and check the website atwww.woollymammoth.net for a schedule of special events following every performance.

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MORE FRINGE REVIEWS 
by Rich Massabny

“Hamlet: Reframed”

July 18, 2011  --Closing tonight as part of Deecee’s Fringe Festival is “Hamlet: Reframed” by the Grain of Sand Theatre Company. Located at Fort Fringe at 607 New York Ave. NW at 10:15 p.m. tonight, it’s well worth the trip to see the mad Hamlet performed outstandingly by Sam Rabinovitz. Director Carl Brandt Long dresses the large cast in today’s clothes with cell phones and all. There’s a pretty nifty and large cast of players surrounding Prince Hamlet. One of my favorite local actors, Jay Tilley, makes his usual commanding presence playing Polonius, the father of Laertes (Jesse Baskin) and the lovely Ophelia (Kristin Rogers). Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude, is played quietly by Sara Bickler. Hey, the mom and son can’t both be crazy! This Hamlet production has a twist with a cute redhead, Kelsey Meiklejohn as Rosencrantz and Jack Powers as Guildenstern. This 90 minute production flew by in the intimate black box theatre. Don’t miss the last performance tonight at 10:15, if possible. I liked this version. This “Hamlet: Reframed” should bundle up the cast and set up shop elsewhere after Fringe. For information and tickets for tonight, call 866-811-4111 and check the website at www.grainofsandtheatre.com. 


Faction of Fools:  “Tales of Courage and Poultry”


July 12, 2011  --Matt R. Wilson, the artistic director of Faction of Fools, is the area’s only theatre of Italy’s Commedia dell’Arte. It involves theatre of movement, classic characters and especially, masks. Currently playing through July 23, you can get a good example of this comedy genius in “Tales of Courage and Poultry” as part of the Fringe Festival. The flock holds court at 900 Massachusetts Ave. in the District. Call 1-866-811-4111 for tickets. Check the website at www.factionoffools.org. 

  John Feffer's "The Bird"

I saw John Feffer’s Fringe show last year called, “Edible Rex” and realized this guy is a big talent. This year he’s doing, “The Bird,” a true story, about his adventures as a young man in 1989 in Poland. In a 90 minute, no-intermission show, Feffer weaves stories like no other, about a love affair gone bad. He refers to her as a female assassin. “The Bird” centers around this theme. In 13 scenes, Feffer mesmerizes the Goethe Institute’s (812 – 7th St. NW, D.C.) audience with humor and a look at other cultures. Feffer and “The Bird” is not to be missed! Tickets and information at 1-866-811-4111 or check the website at www.CapitalFringe.org.

  The Rude Mechanicals  - “Trojan Women 2.0”


As part of the Fringe Festival, the inventive theatrical ensemble, The Rude Mechanicals, under the artistic direction by Jaki Demarest, is presenting, “Trojan Women 2.0.” With a large cast of female prisoners from the Trojan War with heavy despair in the air, we get a sense of the results of rape, torture and more. This play takes place at The Studio Theatre through July 23. Armed guards will greet you. For details check the website at www.rudemechnicals.com or for tickets, call 1-866-811-4111. 

Washington Shakespeare Company   “Hotel F- - -


The long-established Washington Shakespeare Company (WSC) has outdone itself with a play called, “Hotel F - - - .” As part of the Fringe Festival they are performing a no-holes barred craziness through July 16 at Fort Fringe at 607 New York Ave. in the District. Go see this hilarious X-rated romp. Check the website at www.WashingtonShakespeare.org or call 703-418-4808. 


Scroll down for additional reviews by other writers.

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BEAT THE HEAT AT CAPITAL FRINGE

TICKET PRICES ARE BEING SLASHED

TICKETS - $12 - STARTING AT 10:00 A.M. ON FRIDAY, JULY 22

 


WASHINGTON--To coincide with the hot weekend ahead, The Capital Fringe Festival is offering a hot deal on tickets. Starting at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 22, 2011 - single tickets will only be $12 - a $5 savings from the usual ticket price. Tickets will be available online, at the box office and in person at all venues.  But, wait - there's more . . . another "Beat the Heat" special - water and Vitamin Water will be free to ticketed patrons at the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar as long at the temp is over 100 degrees

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Hothouse heats up H Street with great entertainment for July!

 
All productions will be Pay-What-You-Can performances, beginning at 7:30 (box office will open at 6:45 for PWYC purchases).

 

All performances are at the

H Street Playhouse

1365 H Street NE

Washington, DC

 

July 25

The Apron
The Continuing Adventures of John Blade, Super Spy
by Kyle Encinas
An action play that asks that ever-pressing question: What if the henchman actually did kill the superhero?

 

July 26

Theater Alliance
A Special Theater Evening ... watch this space!

 

July 27

Love from the Soundstage
I Just Want to Sing
by Dennis Williams
A young girl from Washington, D.C. in pursuit of a singing career has her dreams shattered by those around her. After being rejected by her peers, mother and from several auditions because of her appearance, a man comes along and opens a door of opportunity. Overlooking the outer appearance he turns a diamond in the rough into a star. With a real life story that will make you laugh and cry all in one production, this story will uplift and encourage anyone in troubled times.

 

https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=49687ee68dae72d6f0070af5711b5c9e&t=tix

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Capital Fringe Festival 2011 

is in full swing with a vast array or over 100 different productions, and we can't see all of them!  

Useful resources  for reviews of performances are the  Maryland Theatre Guide  at http://mdtheatreguide.com/fringe/  

or DC Theatre Scene  at http://dctheatrescene.com/2011/07/05/2011-capital-fringe-festival/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DcTheatreScene+%28DC+Theatre+Scene%29

You can also find reviews in The Washington Post or Washington CITY PAPER or by Google-ing the title of the show.

Scroll down on this page for some reviews and descriptions of performances you might want to consider, 
a colorful poster and lots more details about 

Capital Fringe Festival 2011
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Here are some examples of what you'll find at Fringe:

MY NAME IS PABLO PICASSO

by Cary Pollak

            The title “My Name is Pablo Picasso” leads one to expect that the audience will be  treated to a one hour overview of the life of the artist.  That expectation is met, but in an unexpected and creative way.  The play covers only one part of one day in the Paris studio of the struggling young artist, which is one reason why it is a surprise when a character appears out of nowhere to inform the artist and the rest of us of what is to come.

When the lights first come on, Picasso’s beautiful young model and lover, Fernande (Julia Albertson), is posing nude and statue-like while the artist is facing us from behind an easel.  This is an attention grabber to be sure, but not a shocking one.  The actress evokes sympathy more than sexuality, because she makes us feel how uncomfortable she is in her awkward pose.  She is totally comfortable, however, in her role and is a believable character throughout the performance.

             Arden Moscati, as Picasso, is an appropriately handsome man with a voice that must have led him inexorably to the stage.  It is no surprise to learn from the program that he already has been hired to do voiceovers.  He portrays the passion and ambition of the youthful Picasso in a convincing way.  The petulant and demanding side of the artist in this play is a little more difficult to accept.  Could Fernande and countless other lovers, as well as Paris society, truly have been captivated by a man of so little charm?  Moscati‘s otherwise decent portrayal is marred by his failure to pull off a Spanish accent.  He sounds more like Steve Martin playing one of Two Wild and Crazy Guys on Saturday Night Live, than he does like a Spaniard who has become conversant in a foreign tongue.

             Michael Bernosky‘s appearance on stage is preceded by an insistent knocking on the door that the artist tries in vain to ignore.  An important and forceful character is about to enter and Bernosky does not disappoint once he arrives.  Throughout the play Picasso’s famous painting, “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” has been on display at the rear of the stage, but he has no idea that this and other works will soon bring him fame and fortune. Bernosky’s mysterious character fills the skeptical couple in on what the future holds, both good and bad.  Along the way, we observers are treated to a good bit of information about Picasso’s life beyond that day.  “My Name is Pablo Picasso,” is the kind of theater that makes us glad that the Fringe Festival has come to town.

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But Love is My Middle Name! 
 by Donna Christenson



If you missed the Fringe Festival performances of But Love is My Middle Name!, the captivating one-woman show by Emily Love Morrison, be sure to check out her website and look for her elsewhere!  One might expect a “journey of her search for love” to be a sad tale, but Morrison uses her considerable talents to make it a voyage of delight.  With a clever interweaving of monologue and music, both her own original songs and those of an eclectic mix of others, Morrison offers insightful storytelling and wry humor. 
The talented Bradley Foster Smith supports her on keyboard, as well as evoking a range of different men who pass through her life.

Website: www.emilylovemorrison.com

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Actors Mark Jennings (L) and Paul Laudiero (photo credit: Patrick Magill)

Pun: (n) A Play on Words Premieres in the Capital Fringe Festival July 7 - 24

Five Keywords Walk into a Bar …. What Will Happen Next?

What:

Pun: (n) A Play on Words

Who:

Blacktop Theatre Company

Where:

Warehouse Theatre, 645 New York Avenue NW (between 7th and L Streets)

Conveniently located near the Mt Vernon and Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro stops.

When:

 

Friday, July 8 at 8:15 pm

Wednesday, July 13 at 7:45 pm

Sunday, July 17 at 2:15 pm

Thursday, July 21 at 8:00 pm

Sunday, July 24 at 2:00 pm

Tickets:

Tickets cost $17. Now available at CapitalFringe.org or by calling 866-811-4111 

Pun: (n) A Play on Words Publicist:

 

Christy Denny, 703-217-0912, BlacktopTheatreCompany@gmail.com

Fringe Festival Press Contacts:

Laura Gross, 202-265-5383, c: 202-255-2054, laura@capitalfringe.org 

Ebony Dumas, 202-737-7230, communications@capitalfringe.org

 

About Pun: (n) A Play on Words

Five of the dictionary's keywords revel in their superior status -- until a dark prophesy warns that their power trip will soon come to an end.  A new word has been added to the English language, threatening to disrupt the entire order of the dictionary.  Can this ragtag bunch of keywords find a way to stay on top of the page?  Find out in this hilarious comedy, which features a cackling ensemble, smartly sparkling humor, and yes, word play.

About Blacktop Theatre Company

Blacktop Theatre Company bursts into the DC Theatre scene with its premiere of Pun.  Comprised of five graduates of the George Mason University Theatre department, its members have collaborated with theatres both locally (including Woolly Mammoth, Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, No Rules Theatre Company and Constellation Theatre Company) and regionally (such as LCT3-Lincoln Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and New York Theatre Workshop). 

 Blacktop creates theatre that is akin to an open blacktop—a place where rules are ever-changing to fit the game being played…where chalk boundaries are as easy to create as they are to erase.  Already, the theatre has done this through various “outside of the box” events, such as the well-received “1st Annual Blacktop Theatre Company Spelling Bee,” an evening co-hosted with The Keegan Theatre. 

 Founded by Patrick Magill and Aaron Fisher, the company is rounded out by Andrew Hawkins, Christy Denny and Kelly Hennessy.

 

About Capital Fringe

Capital Fringe is a nonprofit organization founded in the summer of 2005 with the purpose of infusing energy into performing arts in the Washington, DC region through our yearly Fringe Festival and year-round Fringe Training Factory. Our mission is to connect exploratory artists with adventurous audiences by creating outlets and spaces for creative, cutting-edge, and contemporary performance in the District. Capital Fringe’s vital programs ensure the growth and continued health of the local and regional performing arts community by helping artists become independent producers while stimulating the vibrant cultural landscape in our city.

 Capital Fringe is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Corina Higginson Trust, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Weissburg Foundation, Dreyfus Foundation, PEPCO Holdings, MARPAT, Washington Post Company, PNC Bank, WAMU as well as invaluable support from our Fringe Family of Donors.

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TICKETS, PASSES & ADMISSION BUTTONS

ON SALE

 

WHERE TO BUY 

At Fort Fringe: Fort Fringe is the central hub of the Capital Fringe Festival. It houses three festival venues, the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar and the festival's main box office. The Main Festival Box office is open: Pre-Festival: June 20 3pm-10pm; June 30 6-10pm; July 1 6pm-10pm; July 6 2pm-6pm.

During the Festival: 

Tuesday - Thursday 3pm - 11pm and  Friday - Sunday 10am - 11pm.  

At the Festival Venues: 

Starting July 7, patrons can purchase singles tickets and admission buttons for specific shows 45 minutes prior to curtain. Passes are only available for purchase at the main box office or online.

In advance: Look below to purchase passes and buttons in advance or call (866) 811-4111. You can also buy tickets on each individual show page.    

 

FRINGE ADMISSION BUTTONS - $7 All ticket holders (except for kids 12 and under) must have a Fringe admission button for entrance. Buttons are a one-time purchase, but must be presented or worn for entrance to each show. Admission Buttons get your discounts.  Purchase here   

 

SINGLE TICKETS 
$17 + Fringe admission button required. Browse the individual show pages to purchase single tickets.   

 

SEE MULTIPLE SHOWS. SAVE MONEY  

BE SMART GET A MULTI-SHOW FESTIVAL PASS   

*All-Access Pass - $300

There's no limit to the amount of shows you can see!  Also receive access to the exclusive box office hot line number - only available to All-Access Pass holders.

 

*110 Proof Pass - $120

Good for 10 tickets to shows in the Fringe Festival.  Equal to $5 off each ticket + Fringe Admission Button = total savings of $57.

 

*6 Pack Pass - $80

Good for 6 tickets to shows in the Fringe Festival. Equal to nearly $4 off each ticket + Fringe Admission Button = total savings of $31.

 

*Foh-ty Pass - $60

Good for 4 tickets to shows in the Fringe Festival. Equal to $2 off each ticket + Fringe Admission Button = total savings $15.

 

Capital Fringe does not offer group discounts. We encourage groups to purchase multi-show passes to take advantage of the discounts.  *Please visit capitalfringe.org for specific rules and perks of each pass.  

 

PRE-FESTIVAL EVENTS 

 

CAPITAL FRINGE & ZIPCAR present the ZIP/CAP TALENT SHOW

Thursday, June 30th 5:30pm - 11pm under the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent, 607 New York Ave NW 

Join us in celebrating 11 years of car sharing in the nation's capital! We'll be partying with our friends from Capital Fringe and presenting some great local talent at the ZIP/CAP Talent Show. The first drink's on us (bring your ID!) and we'll have birthday cake for everyone. Are you ready for this? The first 50 Zipsters through the door get a coveted Capital Fringe button for FREE! This button is required for entry to any Fringe Festival Show, plus button holders get sweet discounts throughout the year.

 

CAPITAL FRINGE & the 2011 FRINGE FESTIVAL ARTISTS present the FRINGE PREVIEW 

Friday, July 1    7pm - 10pm - tent bar is open till 2am under the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent, 607 New York Ave NW

This year, the Preview will showcase 30 Fringe artists performing 2-5 minute rapid fire excerpts of their Fringe Festival shows. Become an informed patron by watching a sampling of the upcoming shows. Turkey Burgers & yummy Baldacchino Food & Drink all night long!  

 

© 2011 Capital Fringe. We are generously supported by: Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Corina Higginson Trust, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Weissburg Foundation, MARPAT Foundation, PNC Bank, Pepco Energy, Douglas Development, TheaterMania, Washington City Paper, WAMU, The Washington Post Company  and the Fringe Family of Donors - if that is you, thanks!
 

Catalogue for Philanthropy called us a top non-profit - check it out  


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Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps Beginning TONIGHT 7/7/11

    Greetings, all.  Of course the big theatre rush this week is the opening of the Capital Fringe Festival (Thur. eve), which matured well during its previous five years.  Each year the portion of shows worthy of theatre afficionados (or other smart folks) seems to increase, with some truly terrific shows, many of which are presented here in development for “legitimate” theatre.  Last year’s Fringe hit SUPER CLAUDIO BROS. was picked up by Dreamworks Theatrical and is being developed for Broadway.  Mercifully, the portion of “attention me, attention me” cheap-therapy-substitutes seems to decrease (though they’re inevitable in a non-juried festival).  Or maybe I’m just getting better at picking.  NO, please don’t ask me which!  I will post Fringe Finds as I find ‘em.

    However, if you have inside info about particularly notable shows/ casts/ credentials, please send it.  But DON’T mistake that for an invitation to flack your own show.  Believe me, I’ve received all your press releases ... in duplicate, triplicate, even duodeclicate.  If you’re not savvy enough to include such info in your releases (or refrain from inundating us press folks with more than 3 well-timed releases), I probably won’t want to see your show.  Sound harsh?  With over 100 entries during 2.5 weeks Tues-Sun at 19 venues, it’s survival.  http://www.capitalfringe.org/

    NON-FRINGE opps abound as well, including an exclusive comps offer just for my readers for Quotidian’s CHERRY ORCHARD, with the superb James Flanagan, who has exceptional ability to make empathetic even the most repelling characters.  But please be certain you will attend before requesting these comps.  Especially in a small theatre, revenue from every seat is important.

    If Arena’s OKLAHOMA! remount is out of your price range, revisit the R&H film free next week.  Free events also at the HIP-HOP THEATER FESTIVAL 7/11-16.  Plus muuuuuch more below.

    WARNING: Whatever you decide to do downtown, AVOID driving in the Verizon Center - Chinatown area, and allot extra Metro time.  The Dalai Lama and thousands of Buddhist monks and followers from around the globe are inhabiting it for the next 11 days.

 

    IMPORTANT NOTE – This column is purposefully separated into two distinct sections.  (A.) This above-the-line intro section contains my editorial opinion, background info, etc.  (B.)  Below-the-line NUMBERED section consists of LISTINGS ONLY.  The info is obtained from other sources, and does not necessarily reflect my opinion.  BEING LISTED below does NOT imply endorsement.  Just listing what’s out there, for you to explore ... or not.

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 8:  TONIGHT Thur.7/7 @ 6:30, $20/$8 mbrs/free Patron/Circle mbrs, Staged Reading:  SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, by John Guare.  At The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St NW (@ Q).  [NOTE: Another event there that night requires paying admission to the Museum.  Phone Phillips to determine whether museum admission is included in this ticket: 202-387-2151.]  Registration required. No refunds for cancelled ticket purchases.  http://phillipscollection.obsres.com/SelectDate.aspx.

    STC's Associate Director Alan Paul directs Rick Foucheux, Naomi Jacobson and Lawrence Redmond in award-winning play. Read Alan's post on the Phillips blog.  In conjunction w Kandinsky and the Harmony of Silence: Painting with White Border exhibit.

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#2 of 8:  Thur.7/7 @ 8:00, PWYC Previews.  PLUS Wed.7/13 @ 8:00 special PWYC:  VISIT TO A SMALL PLANET, by Gore Vidal.  American Century Theater.  At Gunston Theater Two, 2700 South Lang St., Arlington, VA  22206.  Wheelchair accessible, free parking. www.americancentury.org.  Runs 7/8 – 8/6; Thur-Sat @8, Sat/Sun @ 2:30; no mat Sat 7/9 

    A summer afternoon in 1957, a typical American family in Manassas, VA suddenly hears a thump in the rose bushes. They encounter a rather friendly man simply looking to join the Battle of Bull Run. A hundred years too late, this mysterious alien named Kreton talks to the cat, reads minds, and secretly plots to take over the world.

    Rip Claassen directs Bruce Rauscher as Kreton, Noah Bird, Kecia A. Campbell, Kelly Cronenberg, Megan Graves, Brendan Haley, Peter Johnson, Steve Lebens, Tamra Testerman and John Tweel. Minnow Cronenberg plays Rosemary the Cat.

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#3 of 8:  Fri-Sat.7/8+9 @ 8:00 & Sun.7/10 @ 2:00, Exclusive opening wkend limited comps w Code [reg.$25/20]:  THE CHERRY ORCHARD, by Anton Chekhov.  Quotidian Theatre.  At the Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St, Downtown Bethesda.  Limited comps for my readers this opening weekend only w Code: KAREN’S FYI: 301-816-1023 or quotidiantheatre@comcast.net; specify date and number in your party. www.quotidiantheatre.org   Runs 7/8 – 8/7, Fri-Sat.@ 8, Sun.@ 2, PLUS mat. Sat.8/6 @ 2.
    Chekhov’s final play examines love, loss, and societal changes in early 20th Century Russia in a masterful blend of comic and tragic themes.  This production is set in 1912, translated, adapted, directed by artistic dir. Jack Sbarbori.  Featuring Michael Avolio, Bill Brekke, Danny Brooks, Don Bruns, Jane Squier Bruns, John Decker, David Dubov, James Flanagan, Steve LaRocque, Stephanie Mumford, Jenn Pommerenke, Amy Rauch, Laura Russell, and Ted Schneider. 

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#4 of 8:  7/10, 12, 26, 31, various FREE Staged Readings.  The Theatre Lab, at Theatre J (16th & Q) and National Theatre (13th & PA. Ave.) Free but reservations are requested:  www.theatrelab.org or 202-824-0449.  http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/theater-j/theater-j-on-location/

    Part of The Theatre Lab’s Acting in a Professional Production course, which introduces adult acting students to working in a professional setting.  Reading with the students: Th.J guest artists Jeff Allin (7/31) and David Raphaely (7/10, 12, 26).
    Readings are from the Born Guilty Cycle, a trilogy by ThJ Artistic Director and playwright Ari Roth. Roth has revised three of his scripts for the readings: Giant Shadows, an early family comedy, 1987 winner Helen Eisner Award for Young Playwrights from the Streisand Center for Jewish Culture in Los Angeles; and Born Guilty’s sequel, The Wolf in Peter. The three play series explores the drama of being second generation (born after World War II and now carrying the moral legacy of the Third Reich) in the shadow of the Holocaust with insight and humor.
    Directed by ThJ’s Assoc Producer Delia Taylor and Dir of Literary & Public Programming Shirley Serotsky. 
    GIANT SHADOWS:  Sun.7/10 @ 7:30 at ThJ, Tues.7/26 @ 7:00 at National.
    BORN GUILTY, and THE WOLF IN PETER: Tues.7/12 @ 7:00 at ThJ, Sun.7/31 @ 3:00 at National

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#5 of 8:  Mon.7/11 @ 7:30, $20 NTLive screeningTHE CHERRY ORCHARD, by Anton Chekhov.  The National Theatre of London.  At Shakespeare Theatre Co. Sidney Harman Hall, F St.@ 6th NW.  www.shakespearetheatre.org.

    Film of live stage production.  Acclaimed National Theatre Assoc. Dir. Howard Davies' recent productions of Russian plays have earned huge critical acclaim. In this NT production, Zoë Wanamaker stars as Madame Ranevskaya.

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#6 of 8:  Mon.7/11 @ 7:00-10, Free admission.  Cash bar/food:  Showtunes & Cocktails at the Jefferson.  Presented by The Helen Hayes Awards.  At The Jefferson Hotel Quill Bar, 1200 16th NW (@ M).  www.helenhayes.org.

    Monthly gathering.  Shed your inhibitions, connect with your inner diva

and belt out show tunes with other theatre lovers, bandleader / pianist Glenn Pearson, and special guests from Washington stages.  Bar menu, appetizers & specialty drink menu available for purchase.  20% of proceeds support the year-round audience building efforts of the Helen Hayes Awards.  Discounted parking available.

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#7 of 8:  Mon.7/11 @ 7:00, FREE Film: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!  At Southwest Neighborhood Library, 900 Wesley Pl, SW.  1955 film starring Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones and Rod Steiger.  http://www.dclibrary.org/southwest?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=A-List7.6.11

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#8 of 8:  Wed/Thur.7/13+14 @ 8:00. FREE Hip-Hop Theater:  SEED, by Radha Blank.  At Arena Stage Kogod Cradle.  Presented w the Hip-Hop Theater Festival.  Free, but reservations encouraged.  http://www.hhtf.org/ 
    Burnt-out social worker Anne Colleen Simpson decides to write a book detailing the child welfare case that brought her acclaim. But when Chee-Chee, a gifted ten-year-old from the “projects” collides into her life, she must confront the shadows of her past.  Examines class and cultural fault lines in one of New York’s most prominent black communities.

 

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Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps Beginning TONIGHT (posted 7/1/11)

    Greetings, all.  As the Source Festival wraps up this weekend, CAPITAL FRINGE FESTIVAL fires its opening salvo tonight with a free evening of preview snippets by app. 30 of the presenters.  This will be the final year Fringe will play at this location, so indulge your nostalgia for these hot/sweaty/storm-drenched facilities while you can.  TAKE METRO!!!  Many clubs/restaurants share the area, plus parking restrictions are strictly enforced.  Purchase tix & buttons for full shows there (or on-line).  Note that Fringe is again operating the FREE STORE as a community service.  [Item below]

    Studio announced that VENUS IN FUR will play through July 24 (and was seeking ushers), but its lovely HISTORY OF KISSES closes Sun. Consider the space-available passes offered for KISSES tonight, or try asking for them for Sat/Sun.  Phone 202-332-3300 

    Families visiting this weekend?  Treat them to our award winning children’s theatres: CHARLOTTE’S WEB   Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812   http://adventuretheatre.org/08nowshowing/nowshowing.html.  And THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS.www.imaginationstage.org.  Bethesda, 301-280-1660.  Or the family-friendly historical ONE DESTINY.  Ford’s Theatre, 10th @ E NW. http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/v6mjs7 through tomorrow  Ages 8+

    If you missed Forum’s terrific BOBRAUSCHENBERGAMERICA, view the WAPAVA DVD free when final processing has been completed. Meanwhile, check www.wapava.org for other local shows to view.

    Remember: Most theatres want/need volunteer ushers, who see the show free.  Check their websites.

 

CLOSING THIS WEEKEND  Check websites & discounters for deals:

    OPUS – to 7/3.  www.olneytheatre.org.

    NIGHT AND DAY in rep w TENNESSEE CONTINUUM – to 7/3.  Washington Shakespeare Co. (WSC) at Artisphere’s Black Box Theatre, 1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209 http://www.washingtonshakespeare.org/showinfo.html
    OLD TIMES – to 7/3.  Shakespeare Theatre Co's Lansburgh Theatre. 450 7th St. NW. (202) 547-1122.  http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/40909/follies-and-old-times-reviewed-the-perils-of-the-past/  http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/shakespeare-theatres-old-times-maintains-pinters-exquisite-tension/2011/05/27/AGrTKxCH_story.html

    DON QUIXOTE - 7/3.  Synetic Theatre 
    THE HISTORY OF KISSES – 7/3 http://www.studiotheatre.org/

    ONE DESTINY– 7/2.  Ford’s Theatre, 10th St. @ E, NW.  http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/v6mjs7 

    SOURCE FESTIVAL – to 7/3.  At Source, 1835 14th NW (@ T).  www.sourcedc.org/sourcefestival/index.html

    BOOTYCANDY – 7/3  http://www.woollymammoth.net

    PURGE - to 7/3.  Scena Theatre at H Street Playhouse 
IMPORTANT NOTE – This column is purposefully separated into two distinct sections.  (A.) This above-the-line intro section contains my editorial opinion, background info, etc.  (B.)  Below-the-line NUMBERED section consists of LISTINGS ONLY.  The info is obtained from other sources, and does not necessarily reflect my opinion.  BEING LISTED below does NOT imply endorsement.  Just listing what’s out there, for you to explore ... or not.

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 2:  TONIGHT, Fri.7/1 @ 7:00-10:00.  Free Cap Fringe Festival Preview Night.  At The Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar,  Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave., NW.  METRO: Mt. Vernon Square or Gallery Place.  www.capitalfringe.org 
     Learn more about this year’s 18-day (July 7-24), city-wide live performance event.  View snippets of 30 of the over 100 productions.  Inexpensive way to connect with experimental, adventurous theatrical productions -- and with their actors and audiences.
    At the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar, purchase food and drinks (including cold beer & Prosecco) while enjoying entertainment and catching the latest buzz.

    Again this year we are pleased to offer to the community THE FREE STORE where -- you guessed it -- everything is free, as part of our commitment to promoting recycling and reuse.  So this community project is funded 100% by the people, for the people. Bring clothes, books and music you CAN'T use to The Free Store, and take any clothes, books and music that you CAN use.  Check your closets, check your bookshelves, check your garage. The Free Store can only happen with your donations, so we need your help!  We are accepting clothing, books and music at this time. All clothing must be washed and in fair condition.  From July 7th to 24th at The Apothecary (a Fringe venue at 1013 7th NW, Tues-Fri: 5-8, Sat 1-8, Sun. 1-5.  But BRING DONATIONS to Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave. To schedule a drop-off time, please email coordinator@capitalfringe.org

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#2 of 2:  Fri/Sat. 7/1+2 @ 8:00, $12/10 sr,stu.:  VERONICA’S ROOM, by Ira Levin.  Rude Mechanicals SECOND STAGE, at Bonifant Theater Space, 949 Bonifant St., Silver Spring, MD 20910.    http://rudemechanicals.com/  Some adult content. May not be suitable for children.

    A young couple is enticed to the Brabissant mansion by its lonely caretakers. Struck by the young woman's strong resemblance to Veronica, long-dead daughter of the family for whom they work, the caretakers gradually induce her to impersonate Veronica to solace the only living Brabissant, her addled sister who believes Veronica alive.  Adult in nature, but not "adult," dark psychological thriller of mind bending revelations, shocks, and surprises. Elise Berg, Director.

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The Kennedy Center is now offering a very limited number of $15 tickets for all 
Reduced Shakespeare Company Completely Hollywood (abridged) 
performances in its final weekend, Friday through Sunday, July 1st - July 3rd.  Tickets are regularly as much as $49

You can click the link below and your discount will appear automatically. If you call or stop by the Box Office for the discount, be sure to mention Offer Number "63340."     http://tinyurl.com/64jpsd2 

About the Program:
   Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the theater... It's the Greatest Hollywood Blockbuster Never Made! The "Bad Boys of Abridgment" are back with Completely Hollywood (abridged), reducing 187 movies in 100 minutes, and condensing every cliché from every movie ever made (plus a few new ones they just made up) into an  evening of "stellar shtick" (Chicago Tribune). The madness! The method! The images! The implants! Armed with the theory that every Hollywood movie is just a combination of two old movies, the Reduced Shakespeare Company unleashes such unlikely mash-ups as Kevin Bacon teaching a disabled writer how to dance in My Left Footloose, Jessica Tandy and Robert DeNiro in the feel-good movie of the year Taxi Driving Miss Daisy, Rosie O'Donnell starring in the new musical My Big Fat Fair Lady, and Akira  Kurosawa directing Disney's next hit Snow White and the Seven Samurai. It all culminates in the summer's biggest blockbuster with no stars, no budget, and no popcorn--but plenty of laughs! RUNNING TIME: Approx. 2 hours 
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TO RECEIVE YOUR DISCOUNT BY PHONE OR IN PERSON AT THE BOX OFFICE, MENTION OFFER
 NUMBER "63340" 
(202) 467-4600 | Toll-free (800) 444-1324 TTY (202) 416-8524 | Groups
 (202)416-8400 

See you at the Kennedy Center!
 *Offer subject to availability. Not valid in combination with any other offer or on previously purchased tickets. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
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TICKETS, PASSES & ADMISSION BUTTONS

ON SALE

 

WHERE TO BUY 

At Fort Fringe: Fort Fringe is the central hub of the Capital Fringe Festival. It houses three festival venues, the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar and the festival's main box office. The Main Festival Box office is open: Pre-Festival: June 20 3pm-10pm; June 30 6-10pm; July 1 6pm-10pm; July 6 2pm-6pm.

During the Festival: 

Tuesday - Thursday 3pm - 11pm and  Friday - Sunday 10am - 11pm.  

At the Festival Venues: 

Starting July 7, patrons can purchase singles tickets and admission buttons for specific shows 45 minutes prior to curtain. Passes are only available for purchase at the main box office or online.

In advance: Look below to purchase passes and buttons in advance or call (866) 811-4111. You can also buy tickets on each individual show page.    

 

FRINGE ADMISSION BUTTONS - $7 All ticket holders (except for kids 12 and under) must have a Fringe admission button for entrance. Buttons are a one-time purchase, but must be presented or worn for entrance to each show. Admission Buttons get your discounts.  Purchase here   

 

SINGLE TICKETS 
$17 + Fringe admission button required. Browse the individual show pages to purchase single tickets.   

 

SEE MULTIPLE SHOWS. SAVE MONEY  

BE SMART GET A MULTI-SHOW FESTIVAL PASS   

*All-Access Pass - $300

There's no limit to the amount of shows you can see!  Also receive access to the exclusive box office hot line number - only available to All-Access Pass holders.

 

*110 Proof Pass - $120

Good for 10 tickets to shows in the Fringe Festival.  Equal to $5 off each ticket + Fringe Admission Button = total savings of $57.

 

*6 Pack Pass - $80

Good for 6 tickets to shows in the Fringe Festival. Equal to nearly $4 off each ticket + Fringe Admission Button = total savings of $31.

 

*Foh-ty Pass - $60

Good for 4 tickets to shows in the Fringe Festival. Equal to $2 off each ticket + Fringe Admission Button = total savings $15.

 

Capital Fringe does not offer group discounts. We encourage groups to purchase multi-show passes to take advantage of the discounts.  *Please visit capitalfringe.org for specific rules and perks of each pass.  

 

PRE-FESTIVAL EVENTS 

 

CAPITAL FRINGE & ZIPCAR present the ZIP/CAP TALENT SHOW

Thursday, June 30th 5:30pm - 11pm under the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent, 607 New York Ave NW 

Join us in celebrating 11 years of car sharing in the nation's capital! We'll be partying with our friends from Capital Fringe and presenting some great local talent at the ZIP/CAP Talent Show. The first drink's on us (bring your ID!) and we'll have birthday cake for everyone. Are you ready for this? The first 50 Zipsters through the door get a coveted Capital Fringe button for FREE! This button is required for entry to any Fringe Festival Show, plus button holders get sweet discounts throughout the year.

 

CAPITAL FRINGE & the 2011 FRINGE FESTIVAL ARTISTS present the FRINGE PREVIEW 

Friday, July 1    7pm - 10pm - tent bar is open till 2am under the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent, 607 New York Ave NW

This year, the Preview will showcase 30 Fringe artists performing 2-5 minute rapid fire excerpts of their Fringe Festival shows. Become an informed patron by watching a sampling of the upcoming shows. Turkey Burgers & yummy Baldacchino Food & Drink all night long!  

 

© 2011 Capital Fringe. We are generously supported by: Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Corina Higginson Trust, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Weissburg Foundation, MARPAT Foundation, PNC Bank, Pepco Energy, Douglas Development, TheaterMania, Washington City Paper, WAMU, The Washington Post Company  and the Fringe Family of Donors - if that is you, thanks!
 

Catalogue for Philanthropy called us a top non-profit - check it out  

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The Studio Theatre

is offering complimentary-space-available tickets:

Tuesday, June 28 at 7:30pm

and

Wednesday, June 29 at 7:30pm


 DCdigest  Pick:   “I highly recommend HISTORY OF KISSES, for which Studio is offering complimentary passes.  [Details below].  A gentle, insightful, amusing, engaging, thoroughly charming evening." --Karen  (Donna's note:  I agree completely and add my recommendation to Karen's.)


The History of Kisses

A World Premiere

Written, Directed and Performed by David Cale

“…The History of Kisses plays out on a lonely stretch of unkempt sand, punctuated by an easel and a concertina lying on a rock…Between rock and easel stands a wooden lifeguard chair, which is apt because the play’s hesitant, self-conscious protagonists are all in some way in need of rescue. That goes for the central character, James, an amused and bemused writer who’s attempting to knock out a story collection from temporary headquarters in a motel (he’s staying in the room adjoining Robert Grundy’s). Inspired and distracted by chanteys, memories and the amorous exploits of Craig, the Australian surfer at the motel’s front desk, James finds himself caught up in an unanticipated personal adventure.”

–Celia Wren, The Washington Post


Cale’s character, Grundy, is the gem of The History of Kisses. Cale slips easily from one character to the next. He’s a storyteller first, & a performer second. There are moments of keen insight and emotional uplift here, especially for the middle-aged contingent who assume that their best kisses are behind them."

--John BarryMD Theatre Guide


Reservations required.

To reserve tickets, please call The Studio Theatre Box Office

at 202.332.3300

Limit 2 per person.

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Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps Beginning TONIGHT (posted 6/24/11)

    Greetings, all.  Only 3 remaining perfs of Forum’s extraordinary BOBRAUSCHENBERGAMERICA before it closes this SAT. Get 2-fer tix Sat. mat.  One of the most creative – and joyful -- shows I’ve seen in a very long time.  The pure joy of creativity in both script and production are exhilarating.  Don’t expect linear storytelling.  Think of it as “a day in the life of ...”  Sort of “Our Town” on “uppers.”   City Paper got it right: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/40969/bobrauschenbergamerica-at-forum-theatre-reviewed-bits-of-discarded-americana-in/.

    Final perf this Sun. mat. of Spooky Action Theater’s EINSTEIN’S DREAMS is the only one w seats still available.  This Wash.Post Recommended show is otherwise sold out. Tix just $10-15.

    More space-available passes beginning tonight to Studio’s charming, lyrical THE HISTORY OF KISSES.  Waaay better than its description might indicate.  Note that space-available passes are NOT actual tix.  Your seating is NOT guaranteed.  At curtain time, any remaining seats unsold at that time will be given to pass holders.  But with so many passes offered, your chances are probably very good.

    Oh to be young again.  For $20 on Thur. 6/30 those up to age 35 can get STC’s MERCHANT OF VENICE and free beer & bling.

    More opps below.  And more this weekend that I lack time to include.  I’ll do my best to post those tonight.  Apologies to those not included here.

    If you’ve seen all these, consider Studio’s VENUS IN FUR and STC’s OLD TIMES, both of which close next weekend, and I highly recommend, though I have no special offers for them.  But Studio was seeking ushers for VENUS.

    Tix on sale now for CAPITAL FRINGE FESTIVAL July 7-24, with lots of special pre-fest bargains and activities.  [Item below].  Get your $7 Fringe Button now (required for entry to Fringe shows) and take advantage of all kinds of bonus discounts now and later (plays & other things) www.capitalfringe.org.  PLUS job opps abound, from carpenters to box office and much more:  http://www.capfringe.org/opportunities.html.

    Remember: Most theatres want/need volunteer ushers, who see the show free.  Check their websites.

    Final reminder: Memorial honoring Gary Maker tomorrow Sat.6/25 @ 3, Washington Ethical Society, 7750 Sixteenth St.NW, just S. of Silver Spring.

 

CLOSING THIS WEEKEND  Check websites & discounters for deals:

    BOBRAUSCHENBERGAMERICA – to Sat. 6/25 eve.  www.forumtheatredc.org at Round House Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Road (next to AFI Th., 2 bl from SS Metro). ½ pr.Sat.mat.

    EINSTEIN’S DREAM – to Sun.6/26.  Fri/Sat sold out.  Sun.@2 still available.  At 16th & S NW.  www.spookyaction.org

    JACK AND THE BEAN-STALK – to Sun. 6/26 @ noon.  WWW.1STSTAGETYSONS.ORG.

    GALA Hispanic Theatre:  Canto al Perú Negro / Celebrating Afro Peru.

    ONE DESTINY– 7/2.  Ford’s Theatre, 10th St. @ E, NW.  http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/v6mjs7 

 

CLOSING WEEKEND ending July 3:

    OPUS – to 7/3.  www.olneytheatre.org.

    PURGE - to 7/3.  Scena Theatre at H Street Playhouse 
    
NIGHT AND DAY in rep w TENNESSEE CONTINUUM – to 7/3.  Washington Shakespeare Co. (WSC) at Artisphere’s Black Box Theatre, 1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209http://www.washingtonshakespeare.org/showinfo.html
    OLD TIMES – to 7/3.  Shakespeare Theatre Co's Lansburgh Theatre. 450 7th St. NW. (202) 547-1122.   http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/40909/follies-and-old-times-reviewed-the-perils-of-the-past/   http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/shakespeare-theatres-old-times-maintains-pinters-exquisite-tension/2011/05/27/AGrTKxCH_story.html

    SOURCE FESTIVAL – to 7/3.  At Source, 1835 14th NW (@ T).  www.sourcedc.org/sourcefestival/index.html

 

    IMPORTANT NOTE – This column is purposefully separated into two distinct sections.  (A.) This above-the-line intro section contains my editorial opinion, background info, etc. (B.)  Below-the-line NUMBERED section consists of  LISTINGS ONLY.  The info is obtained from other sources, and does not necessarily reflect my opinion.  BEING LISTED below does NOT imply endorsement.  Just listing what’s out there, for you to explore ... or not.

Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 8:  Fri/Sat.6/24+25 @ 7:30, & Sat/Sun.6/25+26 @ 2:30, Comp space-available passes:  THE HISTORY OF KISSES, writ, dir, performed by David Cale.  At Studio Theatre, 14th & P NW DC.  Reservations required. b.o. 202.332.3300.  Limit 2pp.  www.studiotheatre.org.

    World Premiere.  “… plays out on a lonely stretch of unkempt sand, punctuated by an easel and a concertina lying on a rock…Between rock and easel stands a wooden lifeguard chair, which is apt because the play’s hesitant, self-conscious protagonists are all in some way in need of rescue. That goes for the central character, James, an amused and bemused writer who’s attempting to knock out a story collection from temporary headquarters in a motel.  Inspired and distracted by chanteys, memories and the amorous exploits of Craig, the Australian surfer at the motel’s front desk, James finds himself caught up in an unanticipated personal adventure.”  –Celia Wren, The Washington Post

    "Cale slips easily from one character to the next. He’s a storyteller first... There are moments of keen insight and emotional uplift here, especially for the middle-aged contingent who assume that their best kisses are behind them." -John Barry, MD Theatre Guide
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#2 of 8:  Sat.6/25 @ 2:00 [2nd last perf], 2-for-1 tix via email. [reg. $15-25]:  BOBRAUSCHENBERGAMERICA, by Charles L. Mee.  Forum Theatre at Round House Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Road (next to AFI Th., 2 bl from SS Metro) www.forumtheatredc.org.  2-for-1 tix for 2:00 mat: Email tickets@forumtheatredc.org with subject line: 2-for-1.  Reg. tix for final 8:00 perf:: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=3663&event_val=FOR3&schedule=list.  Closes Sat.6/25. 
    A wild and whimsical road trip through America.  Inspired by painter and pop artist Robert Rauschenberg, bobrauschenbergamerica is a vivid collage of love stories, business schemes, backyard barbecues, singing, dancing, and chicken jokes.  Derek Goldman directs Joe Brack, Chelsey Christensen, Michael Dove, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, Julie Garner, Annie Houston, Kailei Isaac, Augie Praley, Aaron Reeder, and Cliff Williams.

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#3 of 8:  Final perf. Sun.6/26 @ 2:00, $15; $10 Srs, students & actors incl. members of Actor's Equity, Actor's Center, or actor training programs having ID card.  [Check availability.]:  EINSTEIN’S DREAM, by Alan Lightman Co-production of Spooky Action Theatre and Burning Coal Theatre of Raleigh, NC.  At SAT’s new theater in Universalist National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St NW DC; enter at rear of building via S St. www.spookyaction.org.  [NOTE: Fri/Sat sold out] 

    A patent clerk in Switzerland, twenty six-year old Albert Einstein dreams possible theories of Time.  Characters, real and imagined, swirl around him reshaping his life and his dreams through movement, light and sound.  Relativity in action gives birth to a new Theory.  And a transforming vision of life.

    Adapted by Kipp Erante Cheng.  Rebecca Holderness directs Elver Ariza-Silva, Frank Britton, Jonathan Fitts, Connor Hogan, Hilary Kacser, Lisa Lias, Whitney Madren, Beckett Martin, Madeline Muravchik, Adam Segaller, Sarah Thomas, Jade Wheeler and Wendy Wilmer

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#4 of 8:  Opening w pajama party tonight, $17:  CHARLOTTE’S WEB   Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812   click here. http://adventuretheatre.org/08nowshowing/nowshowing.html

    E. B. White's popular tale of love and devotion takes theatergoers to Zuckerman's Farm, where delightful runt pig Wilbur appears headed for the dinner table -- as main course, not as guest. Yet he is saved by the remarkably crafty spider, Charlotte, and the whole town begins talking about it. Some pig!

Based on the book by E.B. White and adapted by Joseph Robinette. Directed by Serge Seiden.

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#5 of 8:  Opening weekend Fri-Sun.6/24-26, ½ price w Code [reg.$10-22]:  THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. Imagination Stage.  Bethesda.  ½ price w Code FORD’S for perf. through 6/26.  www.imaginationstage.org or 301-280-1660.  Subject to availability, not valid with other offers or previous purchases   Runs to 8/14. Ages 4+/

    Musical event faithful to the classic, enchanting novel by Kenneth Grahame. Adapted by Richard Hellesen, music / lyrics by Michael Silversher, directed by Janet Stanford.  Go on a wild ride with Mr. Toad!  It's early in the twentieth century, and Mr. Toad embraces the motor car with reckless abandon. Can friends Mole, Ratty and Mr. Badger save him from himself? In a musical adventure with police chases, prison breaks and bandits, Mr. Toad learns the true meaning of friendship.

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#6 of 8:  Continuing to 7/2, $10.25 incl.fees:  ONE DESTINY.  Ford’s Theatre, 10th St. @ E, NW.  http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/v6mjs7.  6/14 – 7/2, Tues-Sat. Ages 8+

    Insider’s look into the Lincoln assassination. Richard Hellesen’s 35-minute play captures the emotions of that fateful night in 1865.  Learn about Lincoln’s assassination from two men who were there.  Michael Bunce and Stephen F. Schmidt portray actor Harry Hawk and Ford’s Theatre co-owner Harry Ford as they reconstruct the sequence of events and grapple with the question: Could John Wilkes Booth have been stopped?  “History buffs and novices alike will find humor and enlightenment in the dialogue.” –Wash. Post.  See what audiences are saying.  Read more.

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#7 of 8:  Every Sat. @ 2:00 mat, PWYC:  NIGHT AND DAY, by Tom Stoppard, in repertory with TENNESSEE CONTINUUM, 2 one-acts by Tennessee Williams.  Washington Shakespeare Co. (WSC), at Artisphere’s Black Box Theatre, 1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209 [previously The Newseum in Rosslyn].  In repertory through July 3.  Schedule: http://www.washingtonshakespeare.org/showinfo.html.  Descriptions/tix: http://tickets.artisphere.com/eventperformances.asp?MV=6/12/2011&evt=32&c

    NIGHT AND DAY: rarely mounted 1978 play looks at a British newspaper strike through the prism of journalists covering a civil war in Africa.
    TENNESSEE CONTINUUM: double-bill of infrequently performed one-acts.  Portrait of a Madonna: early, poignant sketch of the character who would become Blanche DuBois. The Gnädiges Fräulein: heartbreakingly yet hilarious ode to the indomitability of the human spirit.

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#8 of 8:  Buy now for Thur.6/30 @ 8:00 + happy hr @ 6. $20 if age 35 or under w Code. Young Prose [sic] Night:  THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, by Wm. Shakespeare.  Shakespeare Theatre Co. at The Harman Center, F St. @ 6th NW.  Plus On Tap-sponsored happy hour @ 6pm in The Forum [downstairs]. Your ticket includes a bottle of Peroni Italian beer, plus a preview of next season and giveaways.  http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/plays/details.aspx?id=8936&source=t&tix=1&promo=PROSE or 202-547-1122, Code: PROSE.  [NOTE: Your ID will be checked when you retrieve tix @ will call.  And again to claim your Peroni.]

    Shakespeare's controversial courtroom drama about power and revenge, justice and mercy, love and prejudice.  Modern twist on old classic, set against gritty backdrop of 1920s Lower East Side NYC reminds us that even five hundred years later, a book can be judged by its cover, everything's for sale and mo' money causes mo' problems.  BUY TICKETS!

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LAST CHANCE...

Only 4 more chances to see Charles L. Mee's BOBRAUSCHENBERGAMERICA

 
Thursday, June 23rd at 8pm
Friday, June 24th at 8pm

Saturday, June 25th at 2pm and 8pm 

 

"Generosity and surprise abound, but director Derek Goldman has tapped deep wells of melancholy and insight too [...] It's the most athletic offering we've seen yet from Forum."  

- Washington City Paper 

 

2-for-1 at 2pm 

 

They're offering "2-for-1 at 2pm" tickets to the FINAL matinee performance of BOBRAUSCHENBERGAMERICA!

Grab a friend and spend your Saturday afternoon with BOB and his buddies!  

Email tickets@forumtheatredc.org, subject line: "2-for-1 at 2pm" to reserve your tickets.  

 FORUM THEATRE

Company-In-Residence  

at Round House Theatre Silver Spring

8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring MD 20910 

 

Contact Information:

phone: 240. 644.1390

e-mail: forum@forumtheatredc.org

 

www.forumtheatredc.org   BUY TICKETS TODAY!   

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Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps SPECIAL BULLETIN (posted 6/21/11)

    Greetings, all.  Special discount for REDUCED SHAKESPEARE CO. at Kennedy Center.

    PLUS, I highly recommend HISTORY OF KISSES, for which Studio is offering space-available passes Wed/Thur.  [Details below].  A gentle, insightful, amusing, engaging, thoroughly charming evening.  (Donna's note:  I agree completely and add my recommendation to Karen's.)

    Note that space-available passes are NOT actual tix.  Your seating is NOT guaranteed.  At curtain time, any unsold seats will be given to pass holders.  Depending on ticket sales, there might not be seats for all pass holders. The offering of such passes indicates that when the offer was issued, your odds of being seated were good.  But given the stellar reviews, there might be a run on paid tickets.  So go early to be at the front of the line.  I suspect Wed. might be your best bet.  But no guarantees.

    IMPORTANT NOTE – This column is purposefully separated into two distinct sections.  (A.) This above-the-line intro section contains my editorial opinion, background info, etc.  (B.)  Below-the-line NUMBERED section consists of  LISTINGS ONLY.  The info is obtained from other sources, and does not necessarily reflect my opinion.  BEING LISTED below does NOT imply endorsement.  Just listing what’s out there, for you to explore ... or not.

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 2:  Wed/Thur.6/22+23 @ 7:30, Comp space-available passes:  THE HISTORY OF KISSES, writ, dir, performed by David Cale.  At Studio Theatre, 14th & P NW DC.  Reservations required. b.o. 202.332.3300.  Limit 2pp.  www.studiotheatre.org.

    World Premiere.  “… plays out on a lonely stretch of unkempt sand, punctuated by an easel and a concertina lying on a rock…Between rock and easel stands a wooden lifeguard chair, which is apt because the play’s hesitant, self-conscious protagonists are all in some way in need of rescue. That goes for the central character, James, an amused and bemused writer who’s attempting to knock out a story collection from temporary headquarters in a motel.  Inspired and distracted by chanteys, memories and the amorous exploits of Craig, the Australian surfer at the motel’s front desk, James finds himself caught up in an unanticipated personal adventure.”  –Celia Wren, The Washington Post

    "Cale slips easily from one character to the next. He’s a storyteller first... There are moments of keen insight and emotional uplift here, especially for the middle-aged contingent who assume that their best kisses are behind them." -John Barry, MD Theatre Guide

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#2 of 2:  Thur.6/23 @ 7:30, $20 [reg. up to $45]:  Reduced Shakespeare Co.: Completely Hollywood (abridged).  Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.  Very limited number of $20 orchestra tickets.  Click http://tinyurl.com/6934nmu and discount will apply automatically. At Box Office or via phone, mention Offer 63181.  202-467-4600, 800-444-1324.  TTY 202-416-8524.  Groups 202-416-8400.  *Offer subject to availability. Not valid in combination with any other offer or on previously purchased tickets. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice.  RUNNING TIME: Approx. 2 hours.

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the theater... It's the Greatest Hollywood Blockbuster Never Made! The "Bad Boys of Abridgment" are back with Completely Hollywood (abridged), reducing 187 movies in 100 minutes, and condensing every cliché from every movie ever made (plus a few new ones they just made up) into an evening of "stellar shtick" (Chicago Tribune). The madness! The method! The images! The implants! Armed with the theory that every Hollywood movie is just a combination of two old movies, the Reduced Shakespeare Company unleashes such unlikely mash-ups as Kevin Bacon teaching a disabled writer how to dance in My Left Footloose, Jessica Tandy and Robert DeNiro in the feel-good movie of the year Taxi Driving Miss Daisy, Rosie O'Donnell starring in the new musical My Big Fat Fair Lady, and Akira Kurosawa directing Disney's next hit Snow White and the Seven Samurai. No stars, no budget, and no popcorn--but plenty of laughs!

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    DC digest - Donna's Choice:

The Kennedy Center is now offering a very limited number of $20 orchestra tickets to the 
Reduced Shakespeare CompanyCompletely Hollywood (abridged) 
on June 23 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are regularly as much as $45

You can click the link below and your discount will appear automatically. If you call or stop by the Box Office for the discount, be sure to mention Offer Number "63181."

http://tinyurl.com/6934nmu

About the Program
Reduced Shakespeare Company
Completely Hollywood (abridged)

June 23, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Terrace Theater

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the theater... It's the Greatest Hollywood Blockbuster Never Made! 
The "Bad Boys of Abridgment" are back with Completely Hollywood (abridged), reducing
187 movies in 100 minutes, and condensing every cliché from every movie ever made (plus a few new ones they just made up) into an evening of "stellar shtick" (Chicago Tribune). The madness! The method! The images! The implants! Armed with the theory that every Hollywood movie is just a combination of two old movies, the Reduced Shakespeare Company unleashes such unlikely mash-ups as Kevin Bacon teaching a disabled writer how to dance in My Left Footloose, Jessica Tandy and Robert DeNiro in the feel-good movie of the year Taxi Driving Miss Daisy, Rosie O'Donnellstarring in the new musical My Big Fat Fair Lady, and Akira Kurosawa directing Disney's next hit Snow White and the Seven Samurai. It all culminates in the summer's biggest blockbuster with no stars, no budget, and no popcorn--but plenty of laughs!


RUNNING TIME: Approx. 2 hours

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Wicked

Wicked is wickedly delightful in every way!  Great voices, dazzling costumes, sparkling set design and marvelous lighting & special effects, all combined with a wicked sense of humor!  It's everything musical theater should be!  
Don't miss it!  --Donna
  • Jun 15 - Aug 21, 2011
  • Kennedy Center Opera House
  • 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • $37.00 - $250.00
 
Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz   Book by Winnie Holzman   Directed by Joe Mantello

Back by popular demand! The New York Times calls Wicked "the defining musical of the decade." When it last played Washington in 2005, it broke box office records and sold out in record time.  Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, Wicked is Broadway's biggest blockbuster, a cultural phenomenon, and was named "the defining musical of the decade" by the New York Times. 

Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One--born with emerald green skin--is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for "the most complete and completely satisfying new musical in a long time" (USA Today).

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                                Hothouse heats up H Street with great entertainment for June!

New! Advance tickets now available! Click on the links below..
https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=33fba5b00838f95e734b1c81becbd01d&t=tix


All productions will be Pay-What-You-Can performances

beginning at 7:30 (box office will open at 6:45 for PWYC purchases).

All performances are at the

H Street Playhouse

1365 H Street NE

Washington, DC

 

June 20

Theater Alliance
Birnham Woods

By Wendy MacLeod
In a small college town in Indiana, Janice just wants something to happen. When her handsome colleague Kevin invites her husband to do some lucrative consulting for a mysterious organization, Janice sees her ticket out. But is it a global think tank or a cover for a terrorist network? And is Kevin more than just a colleague to Janice?

 

June 21

Pickin' Up Strays
By Kafia Haile
Set in Virginia after the Nat Turner Slave Revolt, Pickin' Up Strays tells the story of Teensie, a house slave who is involved in a consensual relationship with her master. When Teensie is suspected of caring for one of the field hands, she is sold away from her daughter. Teensie must decide whether to build a life under the safety of her new master, or fight to be reunited with her daughter.

 

June 22

Lincoln and God
By Tony Gallo
Abraham Lincoln is the only American president who did not claim church membership. This two-act drama examines the complex relationship between the nation's sixteenth 16th oresident and his God during the Civil War. Lincoln's three-fold messianic intentions: remove the scar of slavery from the sacred Constitution, preserve the Union, and unite the Nation. "I am an accidental instrument of God's will." Were the incredible oratorical skills of this self-educated man a sign of the Divine Will?

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Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps SPECIAL BULLETIN (posted 6/19/11, 5am)

    Greetings, all.  Exciting recommendation, plus special deal for today’s 2 pm matinee.

    Treat yourselves to BOBRAUSCHENBERGAMERICA.  The pure joy of creativity in both script and production is exhilarating.  After seeing it last night at my urging, an equally picky theatre person [yes, they do exist] left me a phone message of such excitement that it seemed to burst from my machine.

    Don’t expect linear storytelling.  Think of it as “a day in the life of ...”  Sort of a revved up “Our Town” on “uppers.”  City Paper’s review got it right, and offers some illuminating background: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/40969/bobrauschenbergamerica-at-forum-theatre-reviewed-bits-of-discarded-americana-in/

    Today’s 2pm matinee is just $10 for Montgomery County residents [reg. $25] ... with free popcorn for all ... that you may take into the theatre.  There is a perf Mon. nt., then only Thur-Sun. next weekend (closing 6/25 mat.).  Forum Theatre, at Round House Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Rd (next to AFI Th., 2 bl from SS Metro) www.forumtheatredc.org. Plentiful free street and garage parking.  http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=3663&event_val=FOR3&schedule=list.  240-644-1100.

    Hints: Arrive early to check out art books and other reference materials in the lobby (before the popcorn stickies your fingers, please).  And to catch the unnervingly authentic homeless character who is wont to spook passersby outside & inside pre-show.  Plus pre & post-show today, catch The Revels’ free outdoor SunFest @ 1-5pm on closed-off Ellsworth Drive, 1 block away.

    P.S.  No chickens were harmed in the making of this show. 

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps Beginning tonight (posted 6/9/11)

    Greetings, all.  Additions to my 6/7 bulletin covering similar calendar period.  Lots of goodies there, too, including big WSC clearout of Clark St. Playhouse.

    Conference registration is still open for Playwrights in Mind: A National Conversation with playwrights: June 9-12 at George Mason Univ.  Sponsored by the Dramatists Guild, hosted by Theater of the First Amendment. www.TheateroftheFirstAmendment.org

    The CAPITAL FRINGE FESTIVAL is drawing nigh – tix on sale June 20 for July 7-24.  Get your $5 Fringe Button now (required for entry to Fringe shows anyway) and take advantage of all kinds of bonus discounts now and later (plays & other things) www.capitalfringe.org.  PLUS job opps abound, from carpenters to box office and much more: http://www.capfringe.org/opportunities.html.

    Remember: Most theatres want/need volunteer ushers, who see the show free.  Check their websites.

 

CLOSING THIS WEEKEND  Check websites & discounters for deals:

    AMADEUS - Round House Theatre Bethesda Fri/Sat @ 8, Sun@ 3: age 30 & under: $10 Fri., $15 Sat/Sun. Call 240.644.1100.  Reg.tix from $25.  www.roundhousetheatre.org.

    Como si fuera esta noche / AS IF IT WERE TONIGHT - in Spanish at Gunston Arts Center, www.teatrodelaluna.org

    CYRANO - http://www.folger.edu/index.cfm 

    FARRAGUT NORTH - http://www.olneytheatre.org/newspress/

    IN THE BLOOD - TheHegira http://www.thehegira.org/season2011.htm

    MOSCOWS OF NANTUCKET - Theater J.  I so enjoyed this that I recruited a sponsor on the spot to fund adding it to WAPAVA archive.  Wash. Post reviewer’s gripe with it seems to spring from personal resentment of the main character's character.  I found script, technicals, directing mostly excellent.  Plus dynamite acting, especially by the three leads.  http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/theater-j/on-stage/10-11Season/moscows-of-nantucket/.

    SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM - http://www.signature-theatre.org/

 

Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 9:  CANCELED Thur.6/9: THIS IS NPR. . . An Evening with Terry Gross at Lincoln Theatre.  Full refunds will be issued at point of purchase: TicketMaster or the Lincoln Theatre box office.  To receive a full refund: TicketMaster customers must contact TicketMaster by June 23 (800.653.8000); those who purchased tickets at the Lincoln Theatre must call the box office (202.328.6000).
    Listeners to Fresh Air may have noticed that Gross has been off the show due to an illness for the past week. While she was hopeful that she would be well enough for tomorrow’s event, she's still suffering from laryngitis. We profoundly regret this inconvenience.
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#2 of 9:  Thur/Fri.6/9+10 @ 7:30, $10 Cabaret. [Dinner priced a la carte; seating begins at 6:00]:  LAUGH IT UP, FUNNY GIRL w Gia Mora.  At Germano's Trattoria, 300 South High St (Little Italy), Baltimore, MD 21202.  www.GiaMora.com  Reserve: 410.752.4515 or www.GermanosTrattoria.com.

    First 10 reservations each night receive FREE CD. Join Gia and pianist Charlie Barnett for a highly caffeinated evening of music and storytelling, musing on love and life in the Internet age -- online dating, digital surveillance, and everything in between.  Featuring three of Charlie's original songs, and an iPod shuffle of American music.  Watch Gia in THE VIDEOMAKERS www.thevideomakers.tv.  You have an appointment with Nina The Shrink at SHRINKAGE, YouTube series by Barry Gribble:http://www.youtube.com/user/ShrinkageNina

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#3 of 9:  Fri.6/10 @ 8:00 -11, $10 Young Professionals NightBOBRAUSCHENBERGAMERICA.  Forum Theatre at Round House Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Road (next to AFI Th., 2 bl from SS Metro) www.forumtheatredc.org

    Post-perf. reception w light food & drinks; meet new folks and chat about the show. Reserve: 240-644-1100, mention Young Professionals Night.  If you prefer to pay at the door, email tickets@forumtd.org  to reserve your place.

    Open Forums 6/12, 16, 18, 23: post-show discussion w cast, crew and creative team.

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#4 of 9:  Fri’s/Sat’s 6/10-18 @ 8 + 10pm, $15 Improv:  WIT WILD & WOOLLY! Washington Improv Theater.  At Woolly Mammoth Rehearsal Room, D St. @ 7th NW DC.  www.washingtonimprovtheater.com

    Six company ensembles, many shows, events and special guests, for two weeks only at Woolly Mammoth's. .Even if you think improv isn't your cup of tea, give this show a try. If you're uninitiated in the long form improv format of performance art, discover a new love in these funny and insightful sets. It's all made up from your suggestions, but we dare you to believe that's true.

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#5 of 9:  Every Sat. @ 2:00 mat, PWYC:  6/11 = NIGHT AND DAY, by Tom Stoppard.  6/18 = TENNESSEE CONTINUUM, 2 one-acts by Tennessee Williams.  Washington Shakespeare Co. (WSC), at Artisphere’s Black Box Theatre, 1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209 [previously The Newseum in Rosslyn].  In repertory through July 3.  Schedule: http://www.washingtonshakespeare.org/showinfo.html.  Descriptions/tix: http://tickets.artisphere.com/eventperformances.asp?MV=6/12/2011&evt=32&c

    NIGHT AND DAY: rarely mounted 1978 play looks at a British newspaper strike through the prism of journalists covering a civil war in Africa.
    TENNESSEE CONTINUUM: double-bill of infrequently performed one-acts.  Portrait of a Madonna: early, poignant sketch of the character who would become Blanche DuBois. The Gnädiges Fräulein: heartbreakingly yet hilarious ode to the indomitability of the human spirit.

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#6 of 9:  Sat.6/11 @ 8:00, FREE Cabaret at The Theatre Lab, 733 8th NW. Gallery Place Metro.  www.theatrelab.org. 202-824-0449.

    Evening of telling songs and singing stories, creatively autobiographical, embarrassingly human, sensationally personal and sometimes even wise.  Performed by students of Judy Simmons and George Fulginiti-Shakar: Daryl Anderson, Rachael Goldman-Gorbutt, Elcindor Johnson, Erin Kotheimer, Steve Little, Karin Rosnizeck, Danni Stewart.

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#7 of 9:  Sun.6/12 @ 4:30, FREE:  5x5: SCENES OF RIVALRY; Local Playwrights Respond to THE MOSCOWS OF NANTUCKET.  Theater J, 1529 16th NW @ Q. http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/theater-j/on-stage/10-11Season/moscows-of-nantucket/tj-moscows-beyond.html

    We invited local playwrights to respond to the pertinent issues of sibling rivalry, making a life in the arts, and interfaith marriage, as dramatized by The Moscows of Nantucket. Playwrights were asked to write a five-minute play inspired by the show.  Five were selected and will be read by professional actors following the 6/12 mat. of The Moscows.

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#8 of 9:  Mon.6/13 @ 8:00 +2nd Mon. ea month, $10:  CLOWN CABARET.  Presented by Karen Beriss & Matthew Pauli.  At Fort Fringe THE SHOP, 607 New York Ave NW (@ 6th).  www.clowncabaret.com.   

    For years now, people around the world have talked about “those clowns in DC.” Well it’s time to take the title back from the politicians and give it a little dignity again. DC's monthly Clown Cabaret provides performance opportunities to clowns from the DC area, and to a few distinguished fools from elsewhere. You just have to show up, laugh and play along. You are half the show.  Plus you can buy beer and wine at the show, plus Fringe Button discounts on selected clown merchandise.

    This week: Sabrina Mandell and Elena Day, Mark Lohr, Nick Newlin, Graham Pilato, Rich Potter and Mab, Just Mab. (Performers subject to change)

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#9 of 9:  Mon.6/13 @ 7:00, FREE Play Reading+discussion: THE UGLY ONE (Der Hässliche), by Marius von Mayenburg.  At Goethe-Institut, 812 7th NW. rsvp@washington.goethe.org or (202) 289-1200 ext.167. Discussion follows with guest. 

    Presented by Goethe-Institut and Shakespeare Theatre Co.  Scalpel-sharp comedy on beauty, identity and getting ahead in life.  Lette thought he was normal. When the extent of his ugliness is revealed, he turns to a plastic surgeon for help. But after the bandages come off, Lette soon learns that there is such a thing as too beautiful.  Director: Alan Paul, Assoc. Dir., STCo.

    After working as an artistic director at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, von Mayenburg (b. 1972) became artistic director and playwright-in-residence at the Berliner Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz.

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Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps TONIGHT spcl DavidLynch perf&film (6/8/11)

    Greetings, all.  Don’t know this group, but looks like fun.  And price is right.  This is a temporary pop-up art / perf. venue, with several floors of art exhibits, perfs, DJ’s, etc., every night.  And only port-a-potty facilities.  For reviews/blogs, Google: Art Whino G40 Art Summit.

    Wed.6/8, FREE:  DAVID LYNCH NIGHT.  Art Whino G40 MultiExperiential Art Summit, at vitaminwater uncapped LIVE, 2213-2217 14th NW (@ W).  G40 runs through 6/17.  http://www.artwhino.com/_webapp_3886764/2011_G40  

    7-9, Wild at Heart Happy Hour w/ American music of the 50s and 60s

    9:00, BECKETT AND LYNCH: A Celebration.  2 man absurdist play. 

    10:00, screening of Lynch film BLUE VELVET.

Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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Announcing the 1st Annual Blacktop Theatre Company Spelling Bee

Hosted by Blacktop Theatre Company with The Keegan Theatre

The 1st Annual Blacktop Theatre Company SPELLING BEE
Monday, June 20th
8:00pm
Church Street Theater

Admission is Pay What You Can! Cash at the door.

One Night Only!
A new twist on an old classic: a topical, witty, intellectually stimulating, slightly irreverent, no-holds-barred…
Spelling Bee (for adults)

With audience participation .... and alcohol for sale!

Spellers Include: Jason McCool, Autumn Seavey, Frank Britton, Will Cruttenden, Heather Haney, Joshua Morgan, Mary Myers, Jason Schlafstein, Katie Nigsh-Fairfax and Joseph Thornhill.

Judges Include: Heather McDonald and Jenny McConnell Frederick

Blacktop Theatre Company, along with The Keegan Theatre, transports you back to the standby of 4th grade teachers everywhere: The Spelling Bee. But instead of the usual Merriam-Webster approved list, our words, sentences, and definitions will be shamelessly contemporary, proudly DC-centric, and yes, a little bit spicy.

10 of DC's finest in the theatre industry will spell off against each other. Judging the evening will be 3 special guest judges.

The 10 theatre artists won't be the only contestants, however. In an homage to Keegan's current production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee", each audience member can enter to win one of five additional slots onstage. This opportunity will be open to any audience member who arrives before 7:50, when the drawing will take place.

www.BlacktopTheatre.com 
www.KeeganTheatre.com

Dupont Circle Metro. On-Street Parking Available.
http://keegantheatre.com/plan-your-visit/directions-to-church-street-theater-parking/


Enjoy! --Donna

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Karen's FYI: TheatreOpps TONIGHT, PLUS (6/7/11)

    Greetings, all.  Don’t miss tonight’s PWYC of OPUS at Olney, with Paul Morella in the type of role he has honed to perfection.  The line will form early.

    And final weekend to catch Olney’s terrific FARRAGUT NORTH  Olney Theatre Center.  Tix begin @ $26, even less via discounters.  Outstanding acting, directing.

    Breaking my rule against publicizing fundraisers, because Constellation’s Gala on Thur.6/9 @ 7:00 includes silent auction offering opportunity for you to own fabulous props, costumes, sets, etc., that have wowed us during their brief existence.  Tix begin @ just $50.  At The Washington Club (NW DC), a venue you might have few other opps to visit. http://www.constellationtheatre.org/

    Another nostalgia sale and giveaway this weekend:  Alleged final [we've heard that before] WSC event at the old Clark St. Playhouse we all loved to hate as WSC clears out 20+ years of theatre history from their old digs.  Fri. is for theatre co’s & non-profits only.  Sat. to the public.  Sun. all remaining is free.

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 6:  TONIGHT Tues.6/7 @ 7:30, PWYC: OPUS, by Michael Hollinger.  Olney Theatre, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd, Olney, MD 20832.  1¼ mile from Georgia Avenue (Route 97).  Parking free.  PWYC tix in main lobby 1 hr pre-show.  Cash only.  [NOTE: Go early!] http://www.olneytheatre.org/newspress/

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#2 of 6:  Fri/Sat.6/10+11. FREE Readings:  Annual First Light Discovery Program. TheaterSpace at George Mason Univ. Center for the Arts.  Readings of new work by professional and student playwrights.  www.TheateroftheFirstAmendment.org

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#3 of 6:  6/10-12, WSC Theater Yard Sale/Giveaway.  Washington Shakespeare Co. at Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington, VA 22202.  Free Onsite Parking.  Two blocks north of Crystal City Metro.  www.washingtonshakespeare.org

    We have over 20 years of fascinating Washington theater history, but we are moving and can't take everything with us. You won't believe our inventory of sets, costumes, and props from a myriad of theaters and productions over the years. We also have furniture, artwork, appliances, construction tools, and building materials such as lumber. Cash and checks will be accepted (and credit cards for amounts over $25). Proceeds from the sale will support our youth theater camp. 
    Fri.6/10 @ 12-4, Exclusively for theater co’s and non-profits ONLY  Early Bird Preview Sale.  First pick, special pricing. RSVP by June 9 with your name and the name of your organization: yardsale@washingtonshakespeare.org
    Sat.6/11 @ 10-4, MAIN SALE
    Sun.6/12 10-4, FREE for all.  Any remaining stock free!

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#4 of 6:  June 10 – July 3:  SOURCE FESTIVAL.  At Source, 1835 14th NW (@ T).  25 new works: Eighteen 10-Minute Plays, three Full-Length Plays and four Artistic Blind Dates. Talent Show July 1. www.sourcedc.org/sourcefestival/index.html

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#5 of 6:  Sat.6/11 @ 5:00, FREE Classics in Context.  The Forum in Shakes. Theatre’s Sidney Harman Hall, F St. @ 6th NW. http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/events/details.aspx?id=273 .

    Explore Harold Pinter's Old Times through our FREE discussion series. Seating is first come, first served.  To create a new approach to dialogue and an innovative method of exchange, we have invited some of the city’s leading players in the arts and political spectrum to respond to the work created onstage at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Classics in Context fulfills the audience’s desire for discussion with a new perspective and a new approach toward criticism. Led by Director of Education Samantha Wyer, the panels will consist of three to four guests—sometimes regular and sometimes specific to the production—reacting to the work of the company in a roundtable format with our audience.

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#6 of 6:  6/11-19, Cheap tix:  2nd Annual DC BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL.  52 events, various locations. [NOTE: They “renamed” venues for black notables.]  http://dcblacktheatrefestival.com/welcome.htm.  Sat.6/11 Opening Gala. Full length, one-acts, gospel, poetry, free new play readings, workshops, comedy acts:http://www.eventbrite.com/org/534311179?s=3630309.  Volunteers wanted: http://dcblacktheatrefestival.com/get_involved.htm

 

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S P E C I A L   O F F E R
Folger Theatre's production of "Cyrano"
Now through June 12 - details below


It is our pleasure to forward to you the following special offer for the Folger Theatre's production of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano, translated and adapted by Michael Hollinger and directed by Aaron Posner. See the details below on how to receive up to 50% off regular priced tickets and visit www.folger.edu/cyrano to learn more.


WHAT: The Folger Theatre's production of "Cyrano"
WHEN: now through Sunday, June 12
WHERE: Folger Elizabethan Theatre - 201 East Capitol St, SE
ADMISSION: Special offer -- $30 (Use coupon code "FLGEU" to receive up to 50% off regular priced tickets.)
MORE INFO / TICKETS: www.folger.edu/cyrano


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Pay-what-you-can preview of “Opus”

On Tuesday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m., the Olney Theatre Center will provide a pay-what-you-can preview of Michael Hollinger’s play “Opus”, with tickets available in the Mainstage lobby starting at 6:30.

In “Opus”, after firing one of their founding members due to his erratic behavior, a world-class string quartet takes a chance on a gifted, but inexperienced, young woman.  With only a few days to rehearse a grueling Beethoven masterpiece, the four struggle to prepare their highest-profile performance ever: a televised ceremony at the White House.  Their rehearsal rooms become pressure cookers as passions rise, personalities clash, & the players confront the ephemeral nature of their life's work.  The New York Times called “Opus” “absorbing” & praised its “nuanced intelligence.”

Olney will present “Opus” on its Mainstage, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road (MD-108, between New Hampshire & Georgia Avenues).  For other tickets ($26-54, with discounts for groups, seniors, military, & students), call (301) 924-3400 or go to www.olneytheatre.org

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5/31/11   Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps TONIGHT 
Plus Future Dates


Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps CORRECTED:TONIGHT Plus (5/31/11)

    Greetings, all. Update, clarification, correction of yesterday’s bulletin.  Since Synetic’s pwyc is Wed. (not Thur), you could do all 4 very promising pwyc’s this week, in the order listed below.  (Thanks, Linda & Jacob, for catching that.)

    And though my Amadeus $10 Tues tix. notice was under SOLD OUT, Yahoo's distortion of my spacing might have made that unclear.  So ...

 

PWYCs:

    (a) TONIGHT Tues.5/31 @ 8:00:  BOOTYCANDYwww.WoollyMammoth.net. On D St. @ 7th.  PWYC tix on sale at 6:00, 2/ person, cash/check only.
    (b)  CORRECTION: Wed.6/1 @ 8:00:  DON QUIXOTE (Synetic at Crystal City).  PLUS $30 previews June 2 at 8pm and June 3 at 8pm.  PLUS limited number of public tix on sale for Sat.6/4 Opening (usually invitation only).  www.synetictheater.org
    (c)  Thur.6/2 @ 8:00, EINSTEIN’S DREAM (Spooky Action, 16th & S NW). www.spookyaction.org.  Tix reg. $15-20.

    (d)  Thur/Fri.6/2+3 @ 8:00, BOBRAUSCHENBERGAMERICA (Forum Th., Round House SS).  PWYC tickets available 1 hr pre-show at Silver Spring box office. Exact cash only, 2/ person.  Reg. $25-15.   http://www.roundhousetheatre.org/performance/bobrauschenbergamerica/  

 

SOLD OUT (according to newsletter, but phone b.o. 240.644.1387): Tonight’s $10 Tuesday tix for age up to 30yrs:  AMADEUSRound House Theatre Bethesdawww.roundhousetheatre.org.  Reg. price tix ($50) still available as of this writing.

 

EXTENDED to June 12:  FARRAGUT NORTH, Olney Theatre   AMADEUS, Round House Theatre Bethesda.  CYRANO, Folger Theatre.

 

Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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Go See "Follies"

by Larry Lesser
May 23, 2011

Today the top reviewers of the Washington Post and the New York Times 
each have big articles about the Kennedy Center's $7.3 million 
production of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's "Follies." The 
Times's Ben Brantley refers to the play as "one of the greatest 
musicals ever written." Peter Marks also treats the play with great 
respect -- he calls it a "landmark"— but generally keeps his praise 
within bounds, and finds plenty in the production to criticize.
I'm one of those theatre-goers who thinks "Follies" is great beyond 
measure. I think Sondheim is the Mozart of our time – and why 
shouldn't our time have a creative artist as great as Mozart? Or 
Shakespeare?
The first reason is the music. There are 22 musical numbers in the 
play. That's a lot more than almost any other Broadway musical. The 
songs fall into two big categories. The Follies numbers – only one to 
each solo performer – are brilliant recreations of the musical styles 
of the period between the world wars, and earlier. (Except that 
Sondheim's songs are better than the ones that inspired them.) Several 
of the songs are absolute show-stoppers: "Who's That Woman" with the 
chorus line energy of the aging hoofers backed up by their younger 
selves; "Broadway Baby" ("Hey Mr. Producer/ I'm talkin' to you, sir."); 
"I'm Still Here" sung by a survivor of hard times ("I've been through 
Herbert and J. Edgar Hoover/ That was fun and a half/ When you've been 
through Herbert and J. Edgar Hoover/ Anything else is a laugh."); 
"You're Gonna Love Tomorrow" sung as a counterpoint quartet by the 
young versions of the two central couples.
The other song category is the songs by those four central characters 
who have come to this reunion of Follies performers thirty years later 
and discover the unhappy truth about where their lives have taken them. 
You get the transcendently bitter song "How Could I Leave You?" sung 
by Phyllis, wife of the famous Benjamin Stone. You get the 
quintessential torch song "Losing My Mind" sung by Sally, who never got 
over her love for Ben even after all these years. You get the 
brilliant clownish song "Buddy's Blues" by Sally's husband. And 
finally you get the glib and ultimately heartbreaking song "Live, 
Laugh, Love" by Ben to finish things off. The songs range from pretty 
to gorgeous and from plain to complex and from solos to production 
numbers.
And what about the lyrics? All I can say is they're the smartest and 
most penetrating lyrics I've ever heard. Roscoe sings in the 
introductory number "Beautiful Girls" about "Beauty celestial/ The best 
you'll/ Agree." Phyllis sings of making "Dinner for ten/ Elderly men/ 
From the U.N." And Ben sings "The Ben you'll never be/ Who remembers 
him?" The songs are internally coherent and they lead somewhere; they 
tell a story. There are no throwaways. They are as brilliant as 
Shakespeare's speeches.
James Goldman's book is much less important, especially since so much 
character development occurs in the songs. Best to limit our remarks 
to saying the book is appropriate to the task at hand; it doesn't 
intrude.
So finally we come to evaluate the Kennedy Center production… And you 
know what: I'm not going to say much about it. It isn't perfect. A 
couple of musical numbers are over-produced. A couple of the featured 
actress-singers give less-than-great performances (but you know, maybe 
that's not such a bad idea: they're aging divas who've been away from 
the stage for 30 years or more: interesting to think that they can't 
all deliver the goods like they used to). The costumes are 
spectacular. The sets are lavish for the climactic "Loveland" 
sequence. The choreography is delightful and plentiful and varied. 
The 28-piece orchestra is put through its paces and comes through 
brilliantly.
I say go see it. From my perspective you're making a pilgrimage to a 
holy place – not God knows because it's uplifting or because it unlocks 
the secrets of the good life but because it's a work of the highest 
creative genius and it receives in this production, directed by Eric 
Schaeffer, its full measure of appreciation.

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Constellation Theatre Company presents a FREE Staged Reading 

 Monday, May 23 at 7:30 pm at Source  1835 14th St. NW

 The Comedy of Venice

by John Morogiello

produced by Misty Demory*

directed by Rex Daugherty

 

ENSEMBLE: Misty Demory*, Keith Irby, Emma Crane Jaster, John Michael MacDonald*, Jesse Terrill*, Doug Wilder

* Member of Actors' Equity Association

 Free tickets distributed on a first come, first-served basis.  No advance reservations.  Box office opens at 7 pm.

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Tuesday, May 24, at 7:30 pm, The Alliance for New Music-Theatre is presenting a free showcase of a new chamber opera at MetroStage.  

 A WOMAN CHANGED INTO A FOX

is conceived by Susan Galbraith, based on a novella by David Garnet. The music is by Robert B. Johnson and the libretto by Susan Galbraith.

George Fulginiti-Shakar is the music director. www.newmusictheatre.org

Call 703-548-9044 is reserve tickets. Free admission but a small contribution to the Alliance for New Music-Theatre is always appreciated.

MetroStage

1201 N. Royal St.

Alexandria, VA 22314

www.metrostage.org

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Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps FREE TONIGHT (5/16/11)

    Greetings, all. Fabulous Kim Schraf will be embodying Wash.Post doyenne Katherine Graham in the Portrait Gallery’s ongoing series of “interviews” w dead people.  Though reservations suggested, it’s been poorly publicized, so admission is almost guaranteed.

    Can’t get enough Commedia dell’Arte?  Free special perf tonight, featuring many cast members from The Green Bird. 

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 2:  TONIGHT Mon.5/16 @ 7:00, FREE: Mrs. Graham Herself: An interview with Katharine Graham.  Am. Portrait Gallery, Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, 8th and G Streets, NW.  www.mrsgraham.eventbrite.com. Doors open at 6:30.  Confirmed reservations must be claimed by this time and seating is on a first come, first served basis.  Any reservations unclaimed at 6:50 will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis to those waiting in line. Seating is general admission.

     Featuring Kim Schraf and Jewell Robinson.  Directed by Michael Kramer. Written by Charis Durrance with Jewell Robinson.  In conjunction with the exhibition “One Life: Katharine Graham,” this National Portrait Gallery Cultures in Motion performance is a tribute to the woman who became one of the most powerful publishers in newspaper history. An intimate portrayal of the iconic publishing pioneer, using her own words. With journalistic flair, candid revelations, and wry humor, Graham shares details of her carefully protected private life, emerging throughout as a woman of indomitable will.

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#2 of 2:  TONIGHT Mon.5/16 @ 7:30, FREE:  Faction of Fools’ LIFE AND LAUGHTER: COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE IN FIVE FUNNY SCENES.  At Source Th., 1835 14th NW (@ T).  Doors open @ 7:00.  No advance reservations.

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Faction Of Fools

FREE Performance   

Monday, May 16th at 7:30 pm

 

Constellation Theatre Company presents  

a production by the

 

Faction of Fools Theatre Company, Inc.

 

Life and Laughter: Commedia dell'Arte  

in Five Funny Scenes

 

More Info?  Click Here.
At Source.  Admission is free.  No Advance Reservations. 
Doors open at 7pm.   Performance begins at 7:30pm. 

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Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps Begin.TONIGHT (5/11/11)

    Greetings, all. REMINDER.  PWYC’s tonight at Theater J and Round House Bethesda (also Sat.mat).  Both shows have great “credentials.”  Plus more opps.

    Heads up: WSC starts PWYC previews this week also.  Plus lots of tix specials on lots of shows -- including Constellation’s wonderful THE GREEN BIRD.  (Scroll down for link & phone number in poster below. --Editor's note)

    The Capital Fringe Festival folks continue to broker all kinds of bonus discounts (plays & other things) for those smart enough to purchase $5 Fringe Buttons (required for entry to Fringe Fest shows anyway): www.capitalfringe.org

    Remember: Most theatres want/need volunteer ushers, who see the show free.  Check their websites.

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 2:  TONIGHT /Tomorrow Plus more.  PWYC Preview: May 11 + 12 @ 7:30 pm (Box office opens at 6:00 pm, Cash Only):  The Moscows of Nantucket, By Sam Forman.  Theater J, 16th & Q NW.   Previews and Opening  May 11 - June 12.  

$30 Preview: May 14 at 8:00, May 15 at 3:00.    Opening Night: May 15 at 7:30 pm

    Affluent, anxious and at each other’s throats, the Moscows attempt some unusual family bonding over a summer weekend in Nantucket. On the agenda are brisket, booze and a blowout confrontation between competing brothers who’ve avoided each other for years. A fast-paced new American comedy with its heart in Chekhov country, from the author of Helen Hayes Award-nominated The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall.  Shirley Serotsky directs James Flanagan, Michael Glenn, Heather Haney, Bob Rogerson, Susan Rome & Amal Saade.  Designed by Dan Covey, HannaH J.Crowell, Robbie Hayes, Elisheba Ittoop, Patrick Lord & Deb Sivigny
    FREE Beyond the Stage Discussions:  All panels are subject to change.  Please check back often for our most current line up.
         Wednesday, May 11 at 9:00 pm: Artistic Director Ari Roth leads thoughts on a preview
        Thursday, May 12 at 9:00 pm: Artistic Director Ari Roth leads thoughts on a preview
        Sunday, May 15 at 4:30 pm: Playwright Sam Forman and Ari Roth respond to the audience.  MORE INFORMATION

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#2 of 2:  TONIGHT & Sat.mat. PWYC. Plus more $10 - $60:    Amadeus.  Round House Theatre  Bethesda, 4545 East-West Highway.   $10 Tuesday - side orchestra and side balcony seats, Tue., May 31. Special $10/$15 patrons age 30 and under at all other performances - call for info. (Recommended for age 13 and above).  Runs Wednesday, May 11 through Sunday, 
June 5, click here.  http://www.roundhousetheatre.org/tickets/discount-tickets/

    When your hard-earned fame has been surpassed by a brilliantly gifted, potty-mouthed golden boy, what else can you do but smile to his face while secretly plotting his downfall? Peter Shaffer's Amadeus, winner of seven Tony Awards - including Best Play, depicts the flamboyant genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as seen through the eyes of his desperately jealous contemporary, composer Antonio Salieri. The Washington Post hailed this brilliant play as "a rich theatrical experience you're likely to repeat for many a year." Mark Ramont, from Ford's Theatre, directs a towering story of greed, obsession, and guilt set to the glorious music of revenge. Edward Gero returns to our stage as Salieri. "Gripping and fascinating...delicious wit." - Saturday Review.

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5-11-11    More Pay-What-You-Can Previews

PWYC performance of Blues for an Alabama Sky Thurs. May 12 at 8pm at The Atlas, 1333 H Street, NE.

Pay-what-you-can previews of Night and Day Tom Stoppard's witty and provocative exploration of journalism and international politics, on May 12, 13, 14 & 15 at 7:30pm, & May 21 at 2pm, at Artisphere in Rosslyn. 


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