THIS WEEKEND: Theatre in Borderstan
Looking for something to do this weekend that is close to home? Here is live entertainment at four venues, all but one in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.
Joy Of Motion presents “Winter Performance Class Showcase,” studio to stage: “Latin Fusion, Bollywood, Vegas Jazz, Modern, Aaliyah Tribute, Intersecting Bollywood and Flamenco! Join Joy of Motion Dance Center for a weekend of explosive performances in an array of dance styles – something for everyone!” Joy of Motion is at the The Jack Guidone Theatre, JOMDC in Friendship Heights at 5207 Wisconsin Avenue NW in DC’s Friendship Heights neighborhood (Metro accessible).
“Reasons To Be Pretty” is running at The Studio Theater, 1501 14th Street NW: “Neil LaBute once again takes no prisoners, tackling the taboos and unspoken truths of contemporary American life. This play concludes LaBute’s trilogy exploring America’s obsession with physical beauty, a trilogy he began with two Studio Theatre favorites, runaway hits The Shape of Things and Fat Pig. In this fiercely dark comedy, the “bad boy of American theatre” returns with a play sure to scintillate and enflame audiences as he takes us on a wild ride through the national obsession with what it means to be pretty.”
“Dancing At Lughnasa” is playing at The Church Street Theater, 1742 Church Street NW. The New York Times says, “This play does exactly what theater was born to do, carrying both its characters and audience aloft on those waves of distant music and ecstatic release that, in defiance of all language and logic, let us dance and dream just before night must fall.”
“F.I.S.T.!: Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament” featuring Washington Improv Theater is showing at the Source Theater, 1835 14th Street NW: “Three-person improv teams compete head-to-head in a single-elimination tournament. Through comedy and artfulness, teams win audiences over in their quest to take home the title. It’s like March Madness in college hoops, but with laughs instead of corrupt scholarship programs. F.I.S.T. matches run in rotation with shows by WIT’s dazzlingly creative company ensembles, including iMusical: the improvised musical.”