by Borderstan.com November 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

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See what’s playing at Borderstan -area 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

  • All My Sons opens November 3 and runs through December 1: “Joe Keller and Herbert Deever, partners in a machine shop during the war, turned out defective airplane parts, causing the deaths of many men. Deever was sent to prison while Keller escaped punishment and went on to make a lot of money. In a work of tremendous power, a love affair between Keller’s son, Chris, and Ann Deever, Herbert’s daughter, the bitterness of George Keller, who returns from the war to find his father in prison and his father’s partner free, and the reaction of a son to his father’s guilt escalate toward a climax of electrifying intensity.” (Keegan Theatre)

Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW

Source at 1835 14th Street NW

  • Check the website for upcoming events.

Studio Theatre at 1501 14th Street NW

  • Dirt opened October 17. “This world premiere from the author of Frozen is a stylish, sexy, and unnervingly funny exploration of the mess people make of themselves and their relationships.” (Studio Theater)

Theater J at 1529 16th Street NW

  • Our Class runs through November 4: “Starting in 1926 and spanning 80 years, moving between Poland and America, this epic play has profoundly affected audiences and critics since its premiere at London’s National Theatre. As ten Polish classmates – five Catholic, five Jewish – grow up, their lives take dramatically unexpected turns as their country is torn apart by invading armies, first Soviet, then German, then Soviet again. Friend betrays friend and violence quickly escalates, reaching a crescendo that will forever haunt the survivors.” (Theater J)

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by Borderstan.com October 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

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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

  • All My Sons opens November 3 and runs through December 1: “Joe Keller and Herbert Deever, partners in a machine shop during the war, turned out defective airplane parts, causing the deaths of many men. Deever was sent to prison while Keller escaped punishment and went on to make a lot of money. In a work of tremendous power, a love affair between Keller’s son, Chris, and Ann Deever, Herbert’s daughter, the bitterness of George Keller, who returns from the war to find his father in prison and his father’s partner free, and the reaction of a son to his father’s guilt escalate toward a climax of electrifying intensity.” (Keegan Theatre)

Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW

Source at 1835 14th Street NW

  • Check the website for upcoming events.

Studio Theatre at 1501 14th Street NW

  • Invisible Man plays through October 28; “This savage, hypnotic, and impassioned adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s 1952 masterpiece explores bigotry and its effects on the minds of both victims and perpetrators.” (Studio Theater)
  • Dirt starts October 17. “This world premiere from the author of Frozen is a stylish, sexy, and unnervingly funny exploration of the mess people make of themselves and their relationships.” (Studio Theater)

Theater J at 1529 16th Street NW

  • Our Class runs through November 4: “Starting in 1926 and spanning 80 years, moving between Poland and America, this epic play has profoundly affected audiences and critics since its premiere at London’s National Theatre. As ten Polish classmates – five Catholic, five Jewish – grow up, their lives take dramatically unexpected turns as their country is torn apart by invading armies, first Soviet, then German, then Soviet again. Friend betrays friend and violence quickly escalates, reaching a crescendo that will forever haunt the survivors.” (Theater J)

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by Borderstan.com October 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

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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 about performances at six neighborhood theaters.

Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW

Keegan Theatre at Church Street, 1742 Church Street NW

  • A Couple Of Blaguards opens September 21 and runs through October 14;  “Blaguards follows the trials of the young McCourts from their childhood in poverty-stricken Limerick through their journey to Brooklyn, New York, where the young men learned to apply the day-to-day lessons from their hardscrabble Irish past to their new lives in America. A story of immigration, triumph over hardship, and the love among family, A Couple of Blaguards is a delightful and heartwarming introduction to the McCourts beloved storytelling.” (Keegan Theatre)

Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW

Source at 1835 14th Street NW

  • Check the website for upcoming events.

Studio Theatre at 1501 14th Street NW

  • Invisible Man plays through October 14; “This savage, hypnotic, and impassioned adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s 1952 masterpiece explores bigotry and its effects on the minds of both victims and perpetrators.” (Studio Theater)

Theater J at 1529 16th Street NW

  • Our Class runs October 10 through November 4: “Starting in 1926 and spanning 80 years, moving between Poland and America, this epic play has profoundly affected audiences and critics since its premiere at London’s National Theatre. As ten Polish classmates – five Catholic, five Jewish – grow up, their lives take dramatically unexpected turns as their country is torn apart by invading armies, first Soviet, then German, then Soviet again. Friend betrays friend and violence quickly escalates, reaching a crescendo that will forever haunt the survivors.” (Theater J)

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by Borderstan.com September 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm 0

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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 about performances at six neighborhood theaters.

Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW

Keegan Theatre at Church Street, 1742 Church Street NW

  • A Couple Of Blaguards opens September 21 and runs through October 14;  “Blaguards follows the trials of the young McCourts from their childhood in poverty-stricken Limerick through their journey to Brooklyn, New York, where the young men learned to apply the day-to-day lessons from their hardscrabble Irish past to their new lives in America. A story of immigration, triumph over hardship, and the love among family, A Couple of Blaguards is a delightful and heartwarming introduction to the McCourts beloved storytelling.” (Keegan Theatre)

Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW

Source at 1835 14th Street NW

  • Check the website for upcoming events.

Studio Theatre at 1501 14th Street NW

  • Invisible Man plays through October 14; “This savage, hypnotic, and impassioned adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s 1952 masterpiece explores bigotry and its effects on the minds of both victims and perpetrators.” (Studio Theater)

Theater J at 1529 16th Street NW

  • Body Awareness runs through September 23; “A touching comedy from the Obie Award-winning author of Circle Mirror Transformation.  It’s Body Awareness Week at Shirley College, and the non-traditional Vermont family members Phyllis, Joyce and their possibly autistic son Jared are rocked by a visiting photographer and his ‘male gaze.’  As sexuality, identity, role modeling and political-correctness get stirred up, the results are both touching and hilarious.” (Theater J)

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by Borderstan.com August 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

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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 about performances at six neighborhood theaters.

Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW

Keegan Theatre at Church Street, 1742 Church Street NW

  • Osage County has been extended through September 8: “Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Mix in Violet, the drugged-up, scathingly acidic matriarch, and you’ve got a major new play that unflinchingly — and uproariously — exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family.” (Keegan Theatre)

Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW

Source at 1835 14th Street NW

  • Check the website for upcoming events.

Studio Theatre at 1501 14th Street NW

  • Invisible Man opens September 5: “This savage, hypnotic, and impassioned adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s 1952 masterpiece explores bigotry and its effects on the minds of both victims and perpetrators.” (Studio Theater)

Theater J at 1529 16th Street NW

  • Body Awareness runs through September 23; “A touching comedy from the Obie Award-winning author of Circle Mirror Transformation.  It’s Body Awareness Week at Shirley College, and the non-traditional Vermont family members Phyllis, Joyce and their possibly autistic son Jared are rocked by a visiting photographer and his ‘male gaze.’  As sexuality, identity, role modeling and political-correctness get stirred up, the results are both touching and hilarious.” (Theater J)

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by Borderstan.com August 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

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Six options for live theater in the neighborhood. (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 about performances at six neighborhood theaters.

Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW

Keegan Theatre at Church Street, 1742 Church Street NW

  • Osage County opened August 3 and runs through September 2: “Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Mix in Violet, the drugged-up, scathingly acidic matriarch, and you’ve got a major new play that unflinchingly — and uproariously — exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family.” (Keegan Theatre)

Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW

Source at 1835 14th Street NW

  • Check the website for upcoming events.

Studio Theatre at 1501 14th Street NW

  • Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson  is doing an extended run through August 26: “This rowdy and irreverent musical imagines President Andrew “Old Hickory” Jackson as a rock star. American history has never been this sexy!” (Studio Theater)

Theater J at 1529 16th Street NW

  • Body Awareness opens August 25 and runs through September 23; “A touching comedy from the Obie Award-winning author of Circle Mirror Transformation.  It’s Body Awareness Week at Shirley College, and the non-traditional Vermont family members Phyllis, Joyce and their possibly autistic son Jared are rocked by a visiting photographer and his ‘male gaze.’  As sexuality, identity, role modeling and political-correctness get stirred up, the results are both touching and hilarious.” (Theater J)

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by Borderstan.com June 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm 0

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What’s playing at Borderstan-area 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 about performances at six neighborhood theaters.

Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW

Keegan Theatre at Church Street at 1742 Church Street NW

  • “Spring Awakening” runs through July 8: “Winner of 8 TONY Awards, including BEST MUSICAL, SPRING AWAKENING celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget.” (Keegan Theatre)
  • Cuchullain” runs through July 1: “Cuchullain is a dark and comic street-tripping ride. He reunites the artistic team from last year’s smash BASRA BOY, with Abigail Isaac once again directing Joshua Sticklin in this one-man show.” (Keegan Theatre)

Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW

Source at 1835 14th Street NW

  • The Source Festival runs through July 1: “Each summer Source Festival employs more than 200 artists to present 25 new works over 3 weeks in June and July. The Festival incorporates theatre artists, visual artists, dancers, musicians and more.” (Source)

Studio Theatre at 1501 14th Street NW

  • Bachelorette” runs through July 1: “Ten years out of high school, three unhappy friends celebrate a classmate’s wedding with a purse full of pills, acid wit, and a few eager men. A comic and lacerating look at toxic friendships and other lifelong commitments.” (Studio Theatre)
  • The Animals and Children Took to the Streets” runs through June 30: “Part Charles Dickens, part Tim Burton, the Bayou is a dystopian metropolis squirming with cockroaches and unrest. With live music, witty performances, and stunning interaction between animation and live actors, acclaimed London company 1927’s show is a graphic novel burst into life.”

Theater J at 1529 16th Street NW

  • The History of Invulnerability runs through July 8: “Behind every great superhero is a determined creator. In 1930s America, that creator was usually a young Jewish man with an active imagination. Katz’s play illuminates the story of Jerry Siegel–the brains behind Superman’s brawn — and the imagined struggle between the creative father and his uber-mensch son. Siegel wrestles to retain control of his famous comic book sensation as America is drawn into WWII.” (Theater J)

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by Borderstan.com June 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

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Borderstan-area tTheaters. (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 about performances at six neighborhood theaters, including the newly reopened Howard Theatre.

Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW

Keegan Theatre at Church Street at 1742 Church Street NW

  • Spring Awakening – Runs through July 08: “Winner of 8 TONY Awards, including BEST MUSICAL, SPRING AWAKENING celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget.” (Keegan Theatre)
  • Cuchullain opens June 9: “Cuchullain is a dark and comic street-tripping ride. He reunites the artistic team from last year’s smash BASRA BOY, with Abigail Isaac once again directing Joshua Sticklin in this one-man show.” (Keegan Theatre)

Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW

Source at 1835 14th Street NW

  • The Source Festival openning night June 8 to July 1: “Each summer Source Festival employs more than 200 artists to present 25 new works over 3 weeks in June and July. The Festival incorporates theatre artists, visual artists, dancers, musicians and more.” (Source)

Studio Theatre at 1501 14th Street NW

  • Bachelorette runs through July 1: “Ten years out of high school, three unhappy friends celebrate a classmate’s wedding with a purse full of pills, acid wit, and a few eager men. A comic and lacerating look at toxic friendships and other lifelong commitments.” (Studio Theatre)
  • The Animals and Children Took to the Streets starts June 8: “Part Charles Dickens, part Tim Burton, the Bayou is a dystopian metropolis squirming with cockroaches and unrest. With live music, witty performances, and stunning interaction between animation and live actors, acclaimed London company 1927’s show is a graphic novel burst into life.”

Theater J at 1529 16th Street NW

  • The History of Invulnerability runs through July 8: “Behind every great superhero is a determined creator. In 1930s America, that creator was usually a young Jewish man with an active imagination. Katz’s play illuminates the story of Jerry Siegel–the brains behind Superman’s brawn–and the imagined struggle between the creative father and his uber-mensch son. Siegel wrestles to retain control of his famous comic book sensation as America is drawn into WWII.” (Theater J)

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by Borderstan.com May 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm 0

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"Spring Awakening" opens June 2 at the Keegan Theatre at Church Street. (Cameron Whitman)

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

Check the listings below for full details about performances at six neighborhood theaters, including the newly reopened Howard Theatre.

Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW

Keegan Theatre at Church Street at 1742 Church Street NW

  • Spring Awakening – Starts June 02: “Winner of 8 TONY Awards, including BEST MUSICAL, SPRING AWAKENING celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget.” (Keegan Theatre)

Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW

Source at 1835 14th Street NW

  • Every Tuesday night at the Source is Harold Night! with the Washington Improv Theater: “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)
  • The Source Festival is coming June 8 to July 1: “Each summer Source Festival employs more than 200 artists to present 25 new works over 3 weeks in June and July. The Festival incorporates theatre artists, visual artists, dancers, musicians and more.” (Source)

Studio Theatre at 1501 14th Street NW

  • Bachelorette opened May 23: “Ten years out of high school, three unhappy friends celebrate a classmate’s wedding with a purse full of pills, acid wit, and a few eager men. A comic and lacerating look at toxic friendships and other lifelong commitments.” (Studio Theatre)

Theater J at 1529 16th Street NW

  • The History of Invulnerability opens June 6 and runs through July 8: “Behind every great superhero is a determined creator. In 1930s America, that creator was usually a young Jewish man with an active imagination. Katz’s play illuminates the story of Jerry Siegel–the brains behind Superman’s brawn–and the imagined struggle between the creative father and his uber-mensch son. Siegel wrestles to retain control of his famous comic book sensation as America is drawn into WWII.” (Theater J)

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by Borderstan.com May 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm 0

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Borderstan Theaters (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Check the listings below for full details about performances at six neighborhood theaters, including the newly reopened Howard Theatre.

Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW

Keegan Theatre at Church Street at 1742 Church Street NW

  • Working – A Musical, runs through May 13: “The hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of the average working American are the focus of this unique, extraordinary musical. That the everyday lives of “common” men and women should be so compelling and moving will surprise and inspire anyone who has punched a time clock.” (Keegan Theatre)

Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW

Source at 1835 14th Street NW

  • Every Tuesday night at the Source is Harold Night! with the Washington Improv Theater: “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)
  • The Source Festival is coming: June 8 to July 1: “Each summer Source Festival employs more than 200 artists to present 25 new works over 3 weeks in June and July. The Festival incorporates theatre artists, visual artists, dancers, musicians and more.” (Source)

Studio Theatre at 1501 14th Street NW

  • The Big Meal closes May 20: “From the vantage point of a single restaurant table, five generations share the moments, both epic and intimate, that make a life. Called “one of the more emotionally consuming experiences of recent decades” (Chicago Sun Times), The Big Meal explodes from the mind of one of the country’s most intriguing playwrights.” (Studio Theatre)
  • Bachelorette opens May 23: “Ten years out of high school, three unhappy friends celebrate a classmate’s wedding with a purse full of pills, acid wit, and a few eager men. A comic and lacerating look at toxic friendships and other lifelong commitments.” (Studio Theatre)

Theater J at 1529 16th Street NW

  • The Whipping Man opened April 18 and runs through May 20: “1865; Richmond, Virginia: Two newly freed slaves and the son of their former master–a Jewish Confederate soldier who has retreated to the burnt remains of his home — inhabit the disordered aftermath of the just-concluded War between the States. As the three men celebrate a most unconventional Passover Seder, they uncover a snarl of secrets and examine what it really means to be free.” (Theater J)

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by Borderstan.com April 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm 0

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There are shows at five Borderstan theaters this weekend. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Check the listings below for full details at six neighborhood theaters, including the newly reopened Howard Theatre. And Chuck Berry in the neighborhood? Is that bigger than the Veep Joe Biden at the Howard? BTW, Berry turns 86 later this year.

Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW

Keegan Theatre at Church Street at 1742 Church Street NW

  • Working – A Musical, runs through May 13: “The hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of the average working American are the focus of this unique, extraordinary musical. That the everyday lives of “common” men and women should be so compelling and moving will surprise and inspire anyone who has punched a time clock.” (Keegan Theatre)

Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW

Source at 1835 14th Street NW

  • Every Tuesday night at the Source is Harold Night! with the Washington Improv Theater: “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)
  • The Source Festival is coming: June 8 to July 1: “Each summer Source Festival employs more than 200 artists to present 25 new works over 3 weeks in June and July. The Festival incorporates theatre artists, visual artists, dancers, musicians and more.” (Source)

Studio Theatre at 1501 14th Street NW

  • Dogugaeshi opened April 11: “Twist unfolds an intimate, abstract, contemporary journey of images and emotions influenced by the rarefied tradition of Japanese dogugaeshi stage mechanism technique and his own encounters with the remaining rural caretakers of this once popular art form. This hour-long performance features original shamisen compositions created and performed live by authorized master musician Yumiko Tanaka. The multidisciplinary production blends Twist’s signature puppetry with video projection design by Peter Flaherty, Lighting design by Andrew Hill and sound design by Greg Duffin.” (Studio Theatre)
  • The Big Meal opened April 25: “From the vantage point of a single restaurant table, five generations share the moments, both epic and intimate, that make a life. Called “one of the more emotionally consuming experiences of recent decades” (Chicago Sun Times), The Big Meal explodes from the mind of one of the country’s most intriguing playwrights.” (Studio Theatre)

Theater J at 1529 16th Street NW

  • The Whipping Man opened April 18 runs through May 20: “1865; Richmond, Virginia: Two newly freed slaves and the son of their former master–a Jewish Confederate soldier who has retreated to the burnt remains of his home — inhabit the disordered aftermath of the just-concluded War between the States. As the three men celebrate a most unconventional Passover Seder, they uncover a snarl of secrets and examine what it really means to be free.” (Theater J)

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by Borderstan.com April 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

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Working – A Musical opens Saturday, April 14 at the Keegan Theater at Church Street. (Cameron Whitman)

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

It’s opening time for new shows at most Borderstan Theaters:

  • Dogugaeshi opened at Studio Theatre on April 11.
  • Working – A Musical, opens Saturday, April 14 at the Keegan Theatre at Church Street.
  • Great Latin-American songs at the Source: De Mi Corazon Latino (From My Latin Heart) opens Friday, April 13.
  • The Whipping Man at Theater J opens Wednesday, April 18.

Check the listings below for full details at six neighborhood theaters, including the newly reopened Howard Theatre.

Howard Theatre at 620 T Street NW

  • Robert Randolph & The Family Band, April 13, showtime 11:30 pm: “A virtuoso on the pedal steel guitar, Robert Randolph set the music world on fire in 2000 when he began playing his first club dates in New York City.  Randolph learned to play by watching other steel players during church services; years later, he updated that sacred basis with a secular mix of funk and soul, giving a new multicultural facelift to an instrument that had often been associated with country music.” (Howard Theatre)

Keegan Theatre at Church Street at 1742 Church Street NW

  • Working – A Musical, opens April 14 and runs through May 13: “The hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of the average working American are the focus of this unique, extraordinary musical. That the everyday lives of “common” men and women should be so compelling and moving will surprise and inspire anyone who has punched a time clock.” (Keegan Theatre)

Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW

Source at 1835 14th Street NW

  • Every Tuesday night at the Source is Harold Night! with the Washington Improv Theater: “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)
  • De Mi Corazon Latino (From My Latin Heart) runs April 13-21, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: A “Great Latin-American Songbook” celebration featuring Mexican tenor Jesús Daniel Hernández. Emulating his mentor, Plácido Domingo, the young star sings the classic songs that live in the soul of Latin America.El día que me quieras, El reloj, Dos gardenias, Preciosa, and many more, with DC’s own Mari Paz at the piano.” (Source)

Studio Theatre at 1501 14th Street NW

  • Dogugaeshi opened April 11:”Twist unfolds an intimate, abstract, contemporary journey of images and emotions influenced by the rarefied tradition of Japanese dogugaeshi stage mechanism technique and his own encounters with the remaining rural caretakers of this once popular art form. This hour-long performance features original shamisen compositions created and performed live by authorized master musician Yumiko Tanaka. The multidisciplinary production blends Twist’s signature puppetry with video projection design by Peter Flaherty, Lighting design by Andrew Hill and sound design by Greg Duffin.” (Studio Theatre)
  • The Big Meal starts April 25: “From the vantage point of a single restaurant table, five generations share the moments, both epic and intimate, that make a life. Called “one of the more emotionally consuming experiences of recent decades” (Chicago Sun Times), The Big Meal explodes from the mind of one of the country’s most intriguing playwrights.” (Studio Theatre)

Theater J at 1529 16th Street NW

  • The Whipping Man starts April 18 runs through May 20: “1865; Richmond, Virginia: Two newly freed slaves and the son of their former master–a Jewish Confederate soldier who has retreated to the burnt remains of his home — inhabit the disordered aftermath of the just-concluded War between the States. As the three men celebrate a most unconventional Passover Seder, they uncover a snarl of secrets and examine what it really means to be free.” (Theater J)

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by Borderstan.com April 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm 1,698 0

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Tuesday night: The Howard Theatre had is second grand opening, 102 years after the first one. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and email him at luis[AT]borderstan.com. Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day.

The Howard Theatre on 620 T Street, reopened with a bang on Tuesday night! It was a great party, with wonderful music, to celebrate the new state of the historic century-old venue. The Howard has a magical feeling to it. Moreover, what it is helping bring to the surrounding streets and blocks in terms of new businesses gives it an extra touch of magic.

On the outside, the building has regained its historical value. The renovations retained the original look of the building — the columns, marquee and signage seem appropriate in keeping with the 1910 design. A new plaza with the Duke Ellington’s statue, “Encore,” adds a wonderful touch to the streetscape outside.

What did the Howard Theatre look like inside before renovations? I was able to photograph the interior at the time of the groundbreaking in 2010. And be sure to check out the photos at Ghosts of DC of the 1910 opening night at the Howard Theatre.

As soon as you step into the foyer you can see how the transformation of the inside of the Howard was done with great care and attention to detail. The building had to be completely gutted and the interior is sleek, simple, modern and elegant. Light wood and comfortable seating areas abound. There are two bars; one in the first level and one on the mezzanine.

The attention carried over to the lighting and technology as well. In addition, two side screens give patrons a closer look at what is happening on stage. The upper galleries are accessible by elevator. (I was also able to view the interior space during daylight hours on Community Day on Monday.)

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by Borderstan.com March 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm 1,002 0

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What’s on stage at five neighborhood theaters? (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

It’s closing time this weekend for Twelve Angry Men at the Keegan Theater at Church Street… and New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch De Spinoza at the JCC’s Theater J.

Check the listings below for full details at five neighborhood theaters.

Keegan Theatre at Church Street at 1742 Church Street NW

  • Twelve Angry Men runs through March 31: “The gripping examination of twelve jurors as they deliberate after hearing the arguments in a seemingly open-and-shut case. As prejudices are tested and evidence weighed, the entire jury is forced to look past the show of the courtroom to unearth the shocking truth. Faced with playing the hangmen, these dozen men must first face themselves.” (Keegan Theatre)
  • WORKING a musical, opens April 14 through May 13. “The hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of the average working American are the focus of this unique, extraordinary musical. That the everyday lives of “common” men and women should be so compelling and moving will surprise and inspire anyone who has punched a time clock.”

Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW

Source at 1835 14th Street NW

  • Every Tuesday night at the Source is Harold Night! with the Washington Improv Theater: “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)
  • Fighting Improv SMACKDOWN TOURNAMENT (FIST), starts April 7 and runs on  Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. “FIST: an elimination-style bracketed improv tournament, featuring 58 three-person teams fiercely competing for audience favor. These never-seen-before combinations of improvisers play in new, daring, and hilarious ways over five weeks and six rounds. In the end, only one team can win! The prize for them? Become the reigning improv-smackdown champs. The prize for you? On-the edge-of-your-seat improv shows where anything is possible and you decide who advances to the next round. Every show also features an ensemble performance.” (WIT)
  • iMusical Time Machine, Fridays, runs through April 6. “Travel across the space-time continuum with your favorite musical-theater improvisers in the iMusical Time Machine. Each completely improvised performance takes place in an era randomly determined by that evening’s audience. Will we find ourselves in the Roaring 20s, the Wild West, or the Fab 50s? Whenever the destination, you are guaranteed the musical hilarity that only iMusical can bring.” (Source)
  • …De Mi Corazon Latino (FROM MY LATIN HEART)  Runs April 13-21, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. A “Great Latin-American Songbook” celebration featuring Mexican tenor Jesús Daniel Hernández. Emulating his mentor, Plácido Domingo, the young star sings the classic songs that live in the soul of Latin America. El día que me quieras, El reloj, Dos gardenias, Preciosa, and many more, with DC’s own Mari Paz at the piano.” (Source)

Studio Theatre at 1501 14th Street NW

  • Sucker Punch has been extended through April 8: “Two black teenagers step into the boxing ring and must face who they are–champions or sell outs? Kinetic, comedic, and emotionally bruising, Williams’s masterwork blasts open the experience of being young, black, and ambitious in 1980s London..” (Studio Theatre)
  • Dogugaeshi starts April 11.”Twist unfolds an intimate, abstract, contemporary journey of images and emotions influenced by the rarefied tradition of Japanese dogugaeshi stage mechanism technique and his own encounters with the remaining rural caretakers of this once popular art form. This hour-long performance features original shamisen compositions created and performed live by authorized master musician Yumiko Tanaka. The multidisciplinary production blends Twist’s signature puppetry with video projection design by Peter Flaherty, Lighting design by Andrew Hill and sound design by Greg Duffin.” (Studio Theatre)
  • The Big Meal starts April 25. “From the vantage point of a single restaurant table, five generations share the moments, both epic and intimate, that make a life. Called “one of the more emotionally consuming experiences of recent decades” (Chicago Sun Times), The Big Meal explodes from the mind of one of the country’s most intriguing playwrights.” (Studio Theatre)

Theater J at 1529 16th Street NW

  • New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch De Spinoza runs through April 1: “A literate, suspenseful retelling of the story of the 1656 interrogation of philosopher Baruch De Spinoza, New Jerusalem examines the clash between religion and modernity, faith and philosophy–questions that human beings continue to grapple with.” (Theater J)

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by Borderstan.com March 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

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Walk to five theaters in the neighborhood. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Here’s our pick for this week’s listings: New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch De Spinoza at Theater J at the DC Jewish Community Center:

“As the culmination of Theater J’s revival of New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza, the Washington DC Jewish Community Center will host theSpinozium a day-long symposium including lectures, interviews, panels and a mock trial presided over by retired chief judge for U.S. Court of Appeals Patricia Wald. Others participating include, Leon Wieseltier, Rebecca Goldstein, Marc Saperstein, Steven Nadler, Nat Lewin and Alyza Lewin. Attendees of the play, which is running now through April 1, will have the chance to cast their ballots at the end of each performance and will be encouraged to return for the trial on April 1 as members of the jury.” (Theater J) Get full details at the Theater J website.

Check the listings below for full details at five neighborhood theaters.

Keegan Theatre at Church Street at 1742 Church Street NW

  • Twelve Angry Men runs through March 25: “The gripping examination of twelve jurors as they deliberate after hearing the arguments in a seemingly open-and-shut case. As prejudices are tested and evidence weighed, the entire jury is forced to look past the show of the courtroom to unearth the shocking truth. Faced with playing the hangmen, these dozen men must first face themselves.” (Keegan Theatre)

Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW

Source at 1835 14th Street NW

  • Every Tuesday night at the Source is Harold Night! with the Washington Improv Theater: “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

  • Astro Boy and the God of Comics Extended through March 18: “Onstage drawing meets the ’60s dream of the future in this story of Japanese cartoonist Osamu Tezuka and his most famous creation: Astro Boy, a crime-fighting robot.” (Studio Theatre)

Theater J at 1529 16th Street NW

  • New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch De Spinoza runs through April 1: “A literate, suspenseful retelling of the story of the 1656 interrogation of philosopher Baruch De Spinoza, New Jerusalem examines the clash between religion and modernity, faith and philosophy–questions that human beings continue to grapple with.” (Theater J)

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