Playwright Steven A. Butler, Jr., author of acclaimed play Chocolate Covered Ants, returns to the Anacostia Playhouse in Washington, D.C. with a new story of love, loss and family. The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus is set in rural Maryland in 1927, focusing on a group of black circus performers who struggle to be respected both as artists and as human beings. Featuring authentic vaudeville-inspired performances from the 1920s, this new musical pays tribute to a group of brave actors seeking the freedom to pursue their craft.
Thursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 3:00pmThursday November 2, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 3:00pm
Proclaimed "the greatest American play ever written," Thornton Wilder's Our Town looks at the power of life and death even in the brightest and most unassuming of settings. Winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1938, this hard-hitting drama has been performed on Broadway and beyond. Now, a small cast of just seven characters play what is traditionally a play with over 20 characters. Narrated by the nameless Stage Manager (played by Angels in America's Jon Hudson Odom), the actors often break the fourth wall to address the audience directly. Director Aaron Posner (Stupid F*cking Bird, District Merchants) also deploys an ensemble of Bunraku-style puppets to portray the other townspeople beyond the seven central characters. This is Our Town like you've never seen it. Don't miss this quietly heartbreaking show at the Olney Theatre Center.
Wednesday October 25, 2017 / 1:45pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 7:45pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 7:45pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 7:45pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 1:45pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 7:45pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 1:45pmWednesday November 1, 2017 / 7:45pm
The Tony Award winner for Best Play of 2013, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Christopher Durang's hit Broadway satire, skewers the classic dramas of Anton Chekhov through an absurdist tale of family dysfunction -- but you don't have to be a student of Russian literature to appreciate this zany farce. Siblings Vanya and Sonia live a quiet life in the Bucks County farmhouse where they grew up. But when their movie star sister Masha returns home unannounced with Spike, her 20-something boy toy, an unforgettable weekend ensues. See this tale of sibling rivalry, regret and raucousness in this hilarious production at the Highwood Theatre in Silver Spring.
Friday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pm
Poe takes a fascinating look at the legendary figure of Edgar Allen Poe, exploring his poetry and the muse that inspired his prolific writing. The Annapolis Shakespeare Company presents this original play by Tony Tsendeas -- starring Brian Keith MacDonald -- for four performances only this Halloween season.
Wednesday October 25, 2017 / 7:30pmMonday October 30, 2017 / 7:30pmWednesday November 1, 2017 / 7:30pm
Mischief and merriment await in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, the original battle of the sexes. This witty romantic comedy shows how love brings out the best and worst in all of us. Fun-loving bachelor Benedick returns from a victory at war only to find himself caught up in another battle: a war of wits and words with the acid-tongued, headstrong Beatrice. Though they've each sworn off romance, their "merry war" of clever insults reveals the growing attraction between them. Meanwhile, Benedick's fellow soldier, Claudio, is head over heels for Hero, the governor's daughter. They will soon be wed ... if the treacherous Don John doesn't ruin everything first. Passionate and blindingly funny, Much Ado About Nothing is filled with some of the most brilliant comedic repartee ever written, and now you can see it at the Annapolis Shakespeare Company's Main Stage.
Friday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 3:00pm
Has there ever been a show that more perfectly captures the verve and vitality of queer theatre than The Rocky Horror Show? What started as a cult film with an obsessive fanbase has since blossomed into this live stage musical, which invites you into the mysterious old castle of transvestite scientist Dr. Frank N Furter, alongside way-out-of-their-element sweethearts Brad and Janet, for a ridiculously fun series of elaborate dances and rock songs. There's already something inherently spellbinding about the communal experience of live entertainment, but throw in call-and-response, cascading toilet paper and a slew of audience participation props and you know you're in for an unforgettable experience. "Time Warp" over to the Motor House and lose yourself to the gothic, kinky sci-fi thrills of The Rocky Horror Show -- a beloved Baltimore Halloween season tradition that raises money for Baltimore's Moveable Feast and the Iron Crow Theatre Sustainability Fund.
Thursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 11:59pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 11:59pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 5:30pmMonday October 30, 2017 / 8:00pmTuesday October 31, 2017 / 8:00pm
An original adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale of redemption and holiday cheer comes to the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater for the first time. A Christmas Carol -- A Ghost Story of Christmas is a haunting yet heartwarming -- and frequently very funny -- reimagining of the journey of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and the three ghostly spirits that visit him on Christmas Eve. This adaptation of the classic tale puts the story's supernatural elements front and center for a high spirited and spooky production that prompted a critic for the Hartford Advocate to opine, "If Alfred Hitchcock had done A Christmas Carol, he'd have done it exactly like this."
Friday November 17, 2017 / 6:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 6:00pmFriday November 24, 2017 / 6:00pmSaturday November 25, 2017 / 6:00pmFriday December 1, 2017 / 6:00pmSaturday December 2, 2017 / 6:00pmSunday December 3, 2017 / 1:00pmFriday December 8, 2017 / 6:00pm
The classic fairy tale Cinderella comes to life in an hour-long, kid-friendly musical. This Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater production will be signed, spoken and sung for people of all hearing abilities to enjoy. Before the show, you'll be treated to a light lunch of -- choose between an all-beef hot dog and potato chips or a slice of oven-baked cheese pizza.
Everyone's favorite creepy clan The Addams Family hits the stage with a macabre musical that's so hilarious it's scary. Gather around the family mansion and watch Morticia and Gomez wrestle with a nightmarish turn of events. Their daughter, the ever-precocious Wednesday, has done the scariest thing imaginable -- she's fallen in love with an average, run-of-the-mill boy. What's worse, she wants her freaky family to pretend to be "normal" for one night to impress her new boyfriend's parents. Watch what happens when Pugsley, Grandmama, Uncle Fester and Lurch put their own horrific spin on hospitality. Inspired by Charles Addams' iconic comic strip and featuring a script written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this family-friendly production of the Tony-nominated musical lurks into the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater. Your ticket includes salad bar, hot buffet dinner and dessert.
Friday October 27, 2017 / 6:00 PM (Doors do not open until 6:00 PM)Saturday October 28, 2017 / 6:00 PM (Doors do not open until 6:00 PM)Sunday October 29, 2017 / 1:00pm (Doors do not open until 1:00pm)
What happens after "happily ever after?" Stephen Sondheim's Into The Woods answers that question, skillfully interweaving several classic fairy tales into one epic story that goes beyond the happy endings to show what happens when a fairy-tale world gets real. This modern twist on the Brothers Grimm brings together Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of beanstalk fame), a Baker, his Wife and, of course, the Witch. The beloved storybook characters take on startling complexity as they discover that wishes come with a price. Witches, wolves, giants and mysterious strangers force the heroes to face the music and their future in a world where everything doesn't always end happily. Don't miss this humorous and heartfelt chase through the woods, featuring such unforgettable songs as "No One Is Alone," "Children Will Listen" and "Giants in the Sky," when Into The Woods comes to Catonsvillie's Rice Auditorium.
Friday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 12, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday November 17, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 19, 2017 / 2:00pm
Young Will Shakespeare has writer's block, at least until he finds his muse: Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will's greatest admirer and will stop at nothing to appear in his next play. In a classic case of mistaken identity and backstage theatrics, Will's love for Viola quickly blossoms, inspiring him to write his first masterpiece. This charming adaptation of the Academy Award-winning screenplay offers a smattering of allusions that will delight anyone familiar with the Bard--or simply the English language. Enjoy Shakespeare in Love at Center Stage's Head Theater in Baltimore.
Friday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmWednesday November 15, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday November 16, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday November 17, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 19, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday November 19, 2017 / 7:30pm
Everything's bigger in Texas, and that includes Christmas. In fact, the overheated holiday spirit of one tiny Texas town is enough to melt the North Pole in A Tuna Christmas. Radio station news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report live on the holiday craziness that has gripped Tuna, Texas (population: 24), including an imperiled A Christmas Carol staging and a sabotaged yard-decorating contest. Enjoy this hilarious holiday play at the Bowie Playhouse.
Friday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 5, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 12, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday November 17, 2017 / 8:00pm
Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, this provocative adaption is not your father's 1984. Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania, is physically and mentally under the eye of Big Brother, struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. Find out why Los Angeles Downtown News says that "Orwell's messages remain as relevant as they were in 1949, perhaps even more so," with this Maryland Ensemble Theatre production of 1984.
Thursday November 2, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday November 9, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 12, 2017 / 3:00pm
Disney's The Little Mermaid invites your family on a magical journey "Under the Sea" with Ariel, a mermaid who's tired of flipping her fins in her aquatic kingdom alongside her crabby sidekick, Sebastian. Ariel dreams of living in the fascinating world on dry land and will go to great lengths to get there, trading in her tail for human legs with some "help" from a sea witch named Ursula, in order to be by the side of the handsome Prince Eric. Based on the beloved Hans Christian Andersen tale and the classic animated film, with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, this production of the fishy fable captures hearts with irresistible songs like "Kiss the Girl," "Part of Your World" and more at Olney's Carl Freeman Auditorium.
Friday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday November 16, 2017 / 8:00pm
One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky, Almost, Maine's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest of ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same. The Children's Playhouse of Maryland takes you on a magical journey to the fictional town of Almost, Maine, where a cast of talented young performers brings to life one of the most frequently produced plays of the past decade.
Saturday October 28, 2017 / 1:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 1:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 1:00pmSunday November 5, 2017 / 1:00pm