Playwright Steven A. Butler, Jr., author of acclaimed play Chocolate Covered Ants, returns to the Anacostia Playhouse in Washington, D.C. with a Helen Hayes-recommended new musical 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 1920s vaudeville-inspired performances, musical direction by Broadway veteran Wilkie Ferguson and new songs by director Courtney Baker-Oliver and Christopher Burnett, this moving production pays tribute to a group of brave actors seeking the freedom to pursue their craft.
A legend returns home as NBA great and Georgetown alum Patrick Ewing takes over as head coach for the Hoyas men's team. After a disappointing finish last season, the Hoyas under coach Ewing are going to be coming out of the gates strong as they look to battle their way back to the top of the Big East and return to March Madness glory. With the pep band blasting and the students whooping it up, there's nothing more exciting than college basketball, and the Hoyas are one of the sport's most consistently fierce teams. So lock in your tickets now and cheer them on at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 / 8:30pm (vs. DePaul Blue Demons)Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 / 4:00pm (vs. Seton Hall Pirates)
Since the early '90s, laid-back Chicago comic Damon Williams has been a BET staple, popping up on Comic View and appearing on the BET Live lineup. Along the way, Williams has also hosted Showtime at the Apollo, held down his own Comedy Central special, opened for the Kings of Comedy, worked the college crowd on the Black Comedy Tour and even tried his hand at musical comedy productions. Now, Williams brings his take-no-prisoners musings ("I know I'm going to hell, but I'm taking some of y'all with me!") on everything from hair weaves, courtroom behavior, strip clubs and bedroom tips to the Baltimore Comedy Factory.
From real-life spy gadgets to the stories behind the coolest secret agents in movies, the International Spy Museum is the first and only public museum in the United States dedicated solely to the world of espionage. Upon arrival, you'll be given a secret identity, which you'll use to test your spy skills throughout the experience. Then, you'll explore a series of themed rooms, where you'll hear historic tales, examine artifacts and participate in activities. Get ready for exhibits like Spies Among Us, which focuses on WWII-era German and Russian spy rings, and Exquisitely Evil, a tribute to the villains of cinema's most famous spy -- James Bond. Exquisitely Evil features more than 100 film artifacts from both old and new Bond movies, plus interactive exhibits that allow you to take over the controls of a villain's lair, brave the depths of a virtual shark tank, play spy vs. spy with other visitors, disarm a missile before time runs out and more.
Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)
Junie B. Jones The Musical is a delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park's best-selling books, brought to life in a genuinely comical (and not strictly-for-kids) musical developed by TheatreworksUSA. Awaken a young person's desire to read with the sassy little diva Junie B. Jones and her adventures in first grade. The musical is preceded by a snack lunch featuring your choice of a slice of oven-baked cheese pizza or an all-beef hotdog. Don't miss this fun show at The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater.
Prepare to be shocked by uncanny mental feats and otherworldly occurrences at Willard & Wood: An Evening of Impossibilities, hosted by two of the Washington, DC area's top magicians. In this intended-for-adults show at The Grand, Willard Royal and Peter Wood blend magic, mentalism and a healthy dose of clean comedy for an intimate and up-close performance that harkens back to the private parlor magic shows that dazzled high society crowds more than a century ago. Come dressed in your finest cocktail attire for this extraordinarily enchanting performance, now in its third year.
Best known as a correspondent on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, Roy Wood Jr. specializes in a comedic style that's been dubbed "charismatic crankiness." He's taken his quick quips and abrasive side eye from morning radio (The Bob and Tom Show) to sitcoms (Sullivan & Son) to late-night appearances to international stand-up stages. Catch Wood's thought-provoking set when he headlines at Magooby's in Lutherville.
Described as "Mrs. Doubtfire goes to the convent," Nunsense A-Men! takes the original hit show and plays it just as it was written--but with all male performers. It's the same audience favorite comedy, Nunsense, in which 52 of the members of Little Sisters of Hoboken have been accidentally poisoned by the cook, leaving the remaining few to oversee their burial. The show portrays the madcap variety show they put on to pay for the funeral, featuring crazy dance routines, solo star turns, an audience quiz and comic surprises. A whole new layer of dragnificent comedy surfaces with lines like "The guys in the old neighborhood still can't believe I became a nun!" The Broadway-style show at the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater in Hagerstown is preceded by a buffet dinner with a cash bar available.
Make plans to see Highwood's Improv Comedy Night and get ready to laugh your tush off. Named one of the top ten comedy shows in the D.C. area by DC Thrillist, the show gathers Washington, D.C.'s best improv groups for a night of spontaneous fun at Silver Spring's The Highwood Theatre. You never know what these comedians will throw at you when they transform audience suggestions into hilarious and original sketches. Whether you're an improv newbie or veteran, these funny folks will have everything to suit your comedy palate, including political humor, pop reference jabs and silly songs.
Taking an insightful and witty look at gender politics and sexual oppression through the ages, Caryl Churchill's Cloud 9 takes you from the corsets of colonial Africa to the sexual liberation of 1970's England. If you're looking for an explanation as to why Churchill, at nearly 80 years old, remains such an iconic feminist hero to this day, you really don't have to look any further than this gender-bending comedy of manners. As the show's characters form a tangled web of relationships, they wrestle with the many roles society has imposed on them -- and though 25 years pass over the course of the play, you quickly realize ... things haven't changed all that much. Ascend to Cloud 9 with this Iron Crow Theatre production at the Baltimore Theatre Project.
What happens when life on Earth is no longer sustainable? The provocative new drama The Dog Must Die, by The Highwood Theatre's own Madison Middleton, transports you to a world that is uninhabitable -- where concrete columns have formed above ground to house and save society. The conflict that ensues not only challenges the conceptions of humanity and humans' ties to the environment, but forces you to examine the dark, primordial nature within all of us.
If a full day of walking the National Mall and visiting the D.C. monuments sounds exhausting, skip the crowded sidewalks and cruise around in a slick electric roadster. You'll get to visit all the sites on your list while getting first-class treatment as your Urban Adventures tour guide shuttles you between the Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Lincoln memorials, while providing the inside scoop on the White House, Capitol Building and Smithsonian Museum. During your guided tour of just over two hours, you'll also get great tips on other things to see in D.C., plus suggestions for the best places to eat and drink in the capital.
You likely heard the "melodic" voice of comedian J Anthony Brown wake you with tears of laughter on the Tom Joyner Morning Show for years before he left for the Steve Harvey Morning Show, where he was proclaimed by the comic as "living legend." He's also the first black headlining comic Harvey had ever come across in 1986 when he was just 27. Brown's been in the game for awhile, practically an industry staple thanks to his work on countless programs like the Arsenio Hall Show, Comic View, Like Family and plenty more. Now you can catch this living legend at the Baltimore Comedy Factory.
The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory presents The Tempest, Shakespeare's final solo-authored play. A story of shipwreck and magic, this romantic comedy is a meditation on forgiveness, power and love. Get swept away at the Great Hall Theater at St. Mary's Community Center.
Stand-up Kevin Brennan began his comedy career with a simple mathematical equation: Being one of ten kids in an Irish-Catholic family + not getting enough attention. He even taped a pilot for NBC called Number One Son, a sitcom based on his own crazy upbringing. A former writer and performer on Saturday Night Live, Brennan is best known for his no-holds-barred jokes, sharp insight and straight-faced delivery. His credits include numerous appearances on the late-night circuit, including Late Show with David Letterman, Last Call with Carson Daly and more, as well as the title for "Best Comedian" in the 2005 Aspen Comedy Festival. He has also written for Comedy Central's Sports Show with Norm Macdonald as well as the Latin Grammys hosted by George Lopez. Now you can see him perform live at Magooby's Joke House in Lutherville.
One of the most memorable characters on the offbeat TV show The Office, Creed Bratton has established a nice career as a character actor. But he also has an incredible backstory as one of the members of the 1960s folk-rock band the Grass Roots, which had hits with "Midnight Confessions" and "Let's Live For Today." Now, after a long and winding career in Hollywood, Bratton has returned to music and put together a one-man show that'll have your feet tapping and your belly laughing. Join Bratton for a evening of story and song at the Baltimore Soundstage.
Millions of Americans first got to know Ralph Harris when he battled it out with Amy Schumer as a finalist on Last Comic Standing. But comedy aficionados have long loved the actor-comedian -- whose acting career actually took off before Schumer's with a starring role in '90s TGIF sitcom On Our Own and guest spots on Seinfeld and Living Single. Harris has taken his comedy to the big screen with appearances in Dreamgirls and Evan Almighty, but he's never lost sight of his stand-up roots, appearing in specials on Comedy Central, HBO and late night TV. His act pulls from his real life and often finds Harris slipping in and out of hilarious characters (including his 100-year-old grandfather "Pops"). Catch his hysterical act live at Baltimore Comedy Factory.