Three new shows opened in the past week in Dupont-Logan theaters:
- Arms and the Man at the Source. A production of the Constellation Theatre Company.
- The Crucible is at the Keegan Theatre at Church Street.
- After the Fall is at Theater J.
Closing this weekend: The Art of Habit closes this Sunday, October 30, at The Studio Theatre.
Opening next week: The Golden Dragon opens Wednesday, November 2, at The Studio Theatre.
Full details below.
Keegan Theatre at Church Street at 1742 Church Street NW
- The Crucible opened October 22, and runs through November 19. Overview: “Arthur Miller’s classic portrait of one man’s struggle toward grace is set in the scorching context of the 17th-Century Salem witch trials. A community galvanized by fear and suspicion, a wife betrayed by lust, an orphan girl blind with passion and possessed with revenge, ruthless prosecutors, deluded holy men and covetous neighbors.” (Keegan)
Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW
- The Global Fairness Awards are November 8.
- Turaath: Celebrating Arab Culture in America is November 10.
- Joy All Over the World is December 3: “Presented by the Music Ministry at The Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC. The concert features a mix of traditional Holiday classics, hand clapping, toe-tapping Gospel and heart-warming seasonal favorites. Special guest soloists and the Gay Men’s Chorus of DC will perform.”
Source at 1835 14th Street NW
- Arms and the Man opened Friday, October 21 and runs through November 20. Overview: The play is a comedy by George Bernard Shaw and a production of the Constellation Theatre Company: “A young lady fantasizes about the bravery of her heroic fiancé when the reality of war bursts into her bedroom in the form of a fugitive enemy soldier. Enjoy this witty comedy by famed playwright George Bernard Shaw and its revealing truths about romanticism, class and the idealization of war.” (Constellation)
- Every Tuesday night at the Source is Harold Night! with the Washington Improv Theater. Overview: “Each week is a demonstration, celebration and experiment in the world-famous improv longform, Harold. It starts with an audience suggestion and explores whatever themes emerge through a series of scenes. All of the action is brought to life by WIT’s own Harold Teams right before your eyes.” (WIT)
Studio Theatre at 1501 14th Street NW
- The Golden Dragon opens Wednesday, November 2. Overview: “A kaleidoscopic look at a globalized world, this play by one of Germany’s most innovative and adventurous writers unfolds in brief and fierce comic scenes. Five actors cross age, race, and gender to play fifteen characters in this vicious, poetic, and surprisingly moving investigation of how intertwined our lives really are.” (Studio Theatre)
- The Habit of Art closes Sunday, October 30. Overview: “Wistful and filthily funny, the latest play from the award-winning writer of The History Boys examines creativity, desire, and the tenacity of the artistic spirit.” (Studio Theatre)
Theater J at 1529 16th Street NW
- After the Fall opened Wednesday, October 26 and runs through November 27. Overview: “Arthur Miller’s most personal play explores one man’s quest to make peace with history; his own and the tumultuous world around him. In the wake of the tragic death of his famous second wife, Quentin desperately tries to move forward in his life. Yet he is compelled to relive his childhood losses, failed marriages and the controversial politics of the 1950’s Blacklist which turned allies against each other and leaves Quentin, in the end, as both noble hero and complicit bystander.” (Theater J)
It’s the closing weekend for Sanctified at The Lincoln Theatre and Women Beware Women at the Source. If you haven’t already read it, check out Cecile Oreste’s Q&A with Constellation Theatre Company Artistic Director Allison Stockman about Women Beware Women.
Below the fold, see what’s playing at Studio Theatre and Theater J.
From Cecile Oreste at danceDC
Constellation Theatre Company presents Women Beware Women at Source Theater, 1835 14th St. NW. The production opened last weekend and runs through Nov. 14. Founding Artistic Director Allison Stockman took some time to share details about Women Beware Women.
Constellation is offering 50%-off tickets to Borderstan readers Thursday, Oct. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 31. Use the code “Borderstan” online or at the door.
Borderstan: If you like… you’ll like Women Beware Women?
Stockman: If you enjoy the sensational stories of romance, lust, deception and violence that Quentin Tarantino creates, Women Beware Women will satisfy the same desires.
From Cecile Oreste
The Ramayana, playing at the Source theatre on 14th Street NW, has catalyzed a conversation about race and religion among those who have seen it. Instead of shying away from criticism about the production of the great Sanskrit epic, Allison Stockman, director of Constellation Theatre Company, has opened the forum for discussion through its blog, as well as post-show conversations with the actors.
Responses on the Constellation Theatre blog come from all areas of the spectrum with some audience viewers of Indian descent expressing outrage and others appreciating the company’s interpretation of the classic. One comment shows a mixed reaction as the commenter notes the cast’s lack of diversity, but applauds the overall production:
With all of the nuances of skin color and racism, it really stood out to me that the most non-Indian looking person was playing the goddess Sita. That said, I really enjoyed the play.