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"The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus"
Anacostia Playhouse

"The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus"

Anacostia Playhouse
2020 Shannon Place, SE Washington DC 20020

Black Circus Actors Fight to Perform in Jim Crow America

Buy Tickets $22.50 - $27.50 $45 - $55

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 / 8:00pm Friday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pm Saturday October 28, 2017 / 3:00pm Saturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pm Sunday October 29, 2017 / 3:00pm Thursday November 2, 2017 / 8:00pm Friday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pm Saturday November 4, 2017 / 3:00pm

"Our Town"
Olney Theatre Center - Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab

"Our Town"

Olney Theatre Center - Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab
2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd. Olney MD 20832

Our Town: Pulitzer-Winning Drama With Puppet Townsfolk

Buy Tickets $25 - $37 $64 - $74

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 / 1:45pm Wednesday October 25, 2017 / 7:45pm Thursday October 26, 2017 / 7:45pm Friday October 27, 2017 / 7:45pm Saturday October 28, 2017 / 1:45pm Saturday October 28, 2017 / 7:45pm Sunday October 29, 2017 / 1:45pm Wednesday November 1, 2017 / 7:45pm

"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"
The Highwood Theatre

"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

The Highwood Theatre
914 Silver Spring Avenue Silver Spring MD 20910

Sibling Rivalry Turns Hilarious in Satire Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Buy Tickets $14 $25

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 / 8:00pm Saturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pm Sunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pm

"Poe"
Annapolis Shakespeare Company's  Main Stage

"Poe"

Annapolis Shakespeare Company's Main Stage
1804 West Street Annapolis Maryland 21401

Poe: An Original Play

Buy Tickets $38 $48

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 / 7:30pm Monday October 30, 2017 / 7:30pm Wednesday November 1, 2017 / 7:30pm

"Much Ado About Nothing"
Annapolis Shakespeare Company's  Main Stage

"Much Ado About Nothing"

Annapolis Shakespeare Company's Main Stage
1804 West Street Annapolis Maryland 21401

Much Ado About Nothing -- Shakespeare's Rom-Com

Buy Tickets $38 $48

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 / 8:00pm Saturday October 28, 2017 / 2:00pm Saturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pm Sunday October 29, 2017 / 3:00pm

"The Rocky Horror Show"
Motor House

"The Rocky Horror Show"

The Rocky Horror Show

Motor House
120 West North Avenue Baltimore MD 21201

The Rocky Horror Show: Cult Classic Stage Musical

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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 / 8:00pm Friday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pm Friday October 27, 2017 / 11:59pm Saturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pm Saturday October 28, 2017 / 11:59pm Sunday October 29, 2017 / 5:30pm Monday October 30, 2017 / 8:00pm Tuesday October 31, 2017 / 8:00pm

"A Christmas Carol -- A Ghost Story of Christmas"
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater

"A Christmas Carol -- A Ghost Story of Christmas"

A Christmas Carol

The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater
44 North Potomac Street Hagerstown MD 21740

A Christmas Carol -- A Ghost Story of Christmas: A Twist on the Holiday Favorite

Buy Tickets $22 - $24.75 $44 - $49.50

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 / 6:00pm Saturday November 18, 2017 / 6:00pm Friday November 24, 2017 / 6:00pm Saturday November 25, 2017 / 6:00pm Friday December 1, 2017 / 6:00pm Saturday December 2, 2017 / 6:00pm Sunday December 3, 2017 / 1:00pm Friday December 8, 2017 / 6:00pm

"Cinderella"
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater

"Cinderella"

The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater
44 North Potomac Street Hagerstown MD 21740

Cinderella: A Musical for Young Audiences

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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.

Saturday November 4, 2017 / 11:30am

"The Addams Family"
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater

"The Addams Family"

The Addams Family: Musical

The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater
44 North Potomac Street Hagerstown MD 21740

Dinner Theater With the Creepy, Kooky Addams Family

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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)

"Into the Woods"
Rice Auditorium

"Into the Woods"

Rice Auditorium
55 Wade Avenue Catonsville MD 21228

Into the Woods: Sondheim's Musical Fairy-Tale Mashup

Buy Tickets $6.50 - $7.50 $13 - $15

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 / 8:00pm Saturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pm Friday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pm Saturday November 11, 2017 / 8:00pm Sunday November 12, 2017 / 2:00pm Friday November 17, 2017 / 8:00pm Saturday November 18, 2017 / 8:00pm Sunday November 19, 2017 / 2:00pm

"Shakespeare in Love"
Center Stage - Head Theater

"Shakespeare in Love"

Center Stage - Head Theater
700 North Calvert Street Baltimore MD 21202

Shakespeare in Love: Play Based on the Hit Film

Buy Tickets $20 - $39 $49 - $74

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 / 8:00pm Wednesday November 15, 2017 / 8:00pm Thursday November 16, 2017 / 7:00pm Friday November 17, 2017 / 8:00pm Saturday November 18, 2017 / 2:00pm Saturday November 18, 2017 / 8:00pm Sunday November 19, 2017 / 2:00pm Sunday November 19, 2017 / 7:30pm

"A Tuna Christmas"
Bowie Playhouse

"A Tuna Christmas"

Bowie Playhouse
16500 White Marsh Park Drive Bowie MD 20715

Merry Mayhem Abounds in Holiday Comedy A Tuna Christmas

Buy Tickets $11 $22

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 / 8:00pm Saturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pm Sunday November 5, 2017 / 2:00pm Friday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pm Saturday November 11, 2017 / 2:00pm Saturday November 11, 2017 / 8:00pm Sunday November 12, 2017 / 2:00pm Friday November 17, 2017 / 8:00pm

"1984"
Maryland Ensemble Theatre

"1984"

Maryland Ensemble Theatre
31 West Patrick Street Frederick MD 21701

1984: A Dystopian Classic

Buy Tickets $11 $22

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 / 8:00pm Thursday November 9, 2017 / 8:00pm Sunday November 12, 2017 / 3:00pm

"Disney's The Little Mermaid"
Carl Freeman Auditorium

"Disney's The Little Mermaid"

Carl Freeman Auditorium
2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd. Olney MD 20832

Disney's The Little Mermaid: A Fun Family Musical

Buy Tickets $10 - $12.50 $20

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 / 8:00pm Saturday November 11, 2017 / 2:00pm Thursday November 16, 2017 / 8:00pm

"Almost, Maine"
Children's Playhouse of Maryland

"Almost, Maine"

Children's Playhouse of Maryland
7201 Rossville Boulevard Baltimore MD 21237

Almost, Maine: Whimsical Love Story by Youth Actors

Buy Tickets $5 $10

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 / 1:00pm Sunday October 29, 2017 / 1:00pm Saturday November 4, 2017 / 1:00pm Sunday November 5, 2017 / 1:00pm