Theaters: Optimism! or Voltaire’s Candide Closing

by May 16, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0


Borderstan Theaters (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

Check the listings below for full details on performances at six neighborhood theaters.

Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW

Keegan Theatre at Church Street, 1742 Church Street NW

  • The Full Monty” opens May 4 and runs through June 1. The  Americanized musical stage version of the 1997 British film, “The Full Monty” boasts a book by Terrence McNally and a score by David Yazbeck and was nominated for nine Tony awards, including Best Musical, when it shimmied its way onto Broadway in 2000.  Relocated to Buffalo, New York, “The Full Monty” follows group of unemployed steelworkers who are desperately seeking employment and a paycheck to support their families – until they come up with a bold way to make some quick cash. As the guys work through their fears, self-consciousness, feelings of worthlessness and anxieties, they come to discover that not only are they stronger as a group, but that the strength they find in each other gives them the individual courage to face their demons and overcome them. Keegan bares all when this Broadway smash takes the Church Street Stage. (Keegan Theatre)

Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW

Source at 1835 14th Street NW

Spooky Action Theater at 1810 16th Street NW

  • Optimism! or Voltaire’s Candide through May 19. “Propelled by the shock wave of a risky kiss, Candide sails through war, earthquake and the Spanish Inquisition, halfway around the world to the fabled City of Gold and back. Seeking the “best” in the best of all possible worlds,murder, rape and endless villainy can’t stop Candide!” (Spooky Action Theater)

Studio Theatre at 1501 14th Street NW

  • “4000 Miles” opened March 20: “A compassionate and unsentimental drama about the life-changing relationship between a grandson who can’t face his life and a grandmother who is starting to forget hers.” (Studio Theater)
  • Pas De Deux opened April 24. Skin Tight by Gary Henderson and 2-2 Tango by Daniel MacIvor.
  • The Real Thing opens May 22. “Full of wit and heart, The Real Thing explores the tensions between marriage and writing, emotional fidelity and intellectual integrity, high art and pop culture.” (Studio Theater)

Theater J at 1529 16th Street NW

  • “The Hampton Years” runs through June 30. “It explores the development of great African-American artists, John Biggers and Samella Lewis under the tutelage of Austrian Jewish refugee painter and educator, Viktor Lowenfeld. Focusing on the pivotal years at Hampton Institute, Virginia during WWII, this richly researched tapestry of African American luminaries like Elizabeth Catlett reveals the dreams and travails of young artists in a still segregated society while examining the impact of World War II on a Jewish immigrant and his wife finding shelter in the US and his controversial influence in shaping the careers of African American students.” (Theater J)

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