The fall theater season ramps up this month at theaters in the Dupont-Logan area, with three new shows slated to open.
- First up is Arms and the Man at the Source. A production of the Constellation Theatre Company, its opening date is Friday, October 21.
- The following night, Saturday, October 22, you can catch opening night for The Crucible at the Keegan Theatre at Church Street.
- At Theater J, After the Fall opens on Wednesday, October 26.
Details for these shows plus the Lincoln Theatre and the Studio Theatre are below.
Keegan Theatre at Church Street at 1742 Church Street NW
- The Crucible opens Saturday, 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 Civil Wars perform on October 23.
Source at 1835 14th Street NW
- Arms and the Man opens 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
- Lungs runs through Sunday, October 16. Overview: “A couple negotiates sex, parenthood, and responsibilities large and small in Duncan Macmillan’s intimate drama about chance, change, and consequence.” (Studio Theatre)
- The Habit of Art runs through Sunday, October 23. 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 opens 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)
From Jana Petersen
Can you spell F.I.N.A.L.L.Y.? Starting June 4 (for a limited five-week season), the Keegan Theater at Church Street will be running the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a six-time nominated Tony Award winning musical.
Directed by Keegan’s Cristina Coakley, Elisa Rosman and Melissa Douglas Bustamante, the musical is the story of five Putnam County kids vying for 1st place, bragging rights, and ultimately a trip to the National Spelling Bee competition. (Overalls, braces, frizzy hair, and tattoo chokers are not part of the admission fee.)
Venus in Fur opened at the the Studio Theater on May 25 and is a David Ives adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s 1870s novella. The play is the story of a seemingly eager-to-please woman who is able to manipulate her casting director to take her audition though she is late, and ultimately batter that casting director into submission.
Venus in Fur not only inverts the stereotypical gender roles and dispositions in a relationship, man versus woman, but also, beyond gender, flips the roles of two character types, director versus actress — an outcome that Ives says, “would delight any actor.” Buy your tickets here.
Find out what is going on at other theaters in the area below the fold: (more…)