by Tim Regan July 6, 2015 at 11:45 am 0

Photo courtesy of Washington Improv Theater

Move over, Ira.

Washington Improv Theater will stage a live “This American Life” parody later this month.

The show, titled “That American Life,” and described as an “improvised podcast,” will debut at 8 p.m. on July 18 at Source, located at 1835 14th Street NW.

According to event organizers, the faux podcast takes aim at This American Life’s brand of “breathy, pedantic and unironic audio storytelling.”

Naturally, the theater has officially invited Ira Glass is to every performance.

“He hasn’t RSVP’ed yet,” reads the show’s event listing. “But the devoted players of Commonwealth just know he will.”

The show is part of Washington Improv Theater’s new WIT Attacks! programming series.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

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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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"Borderstan""Keegan" An Irish Carol

“An Irish Carol” runs through December 31 at the Keegan Theatre at Church Street. (Courtesy Keegan Theatre).

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

Nothing to do this weekend? All your holiday party invites got stuck in your spam filter? The dog ate them after you brought the mail into the house? Take in a show at a local theater before last-minute Christmas shopping or heading out of town.

Another option: The Santaland Diaries runs at Fort Fringe, 607 New York Avenue NW, through December 24. Go to City Artistic Partnerships for show times and tickets. Look for Kate Hays’ review on Monday.

If you are in the mood for a holiday-related theme the Washington Improv Theater’s Seasonal Disaster runs through December 31 at the Source: “We’re putting together a hot mess of improv comedy just in time for the holidays. We know it’ll be improvised and will NOT exploit an injured orphan to invoke the spirit of holitimes charity and togetherness. Cuz that’s wrong.” (Source)

At the Lincoln, you can catch the Holiday Comedy Jam on Saturday, December 10.

Closing: This is your final chance to see The Golden Dragon at Studio Theatre; it closes this Sunday, December 11.

Full details below.

Keegan Theatre at Church Street at 1742 Church Street NW

  • An Irish Carol runs through December 31. “Set in a Dublin pub, this world premiere by Matthew Keenan is a homage to Dickens’ classic — told as only the Irish can. An Irish Carol follows one evening in the life of David, a wealthy pub owner who has distanced himself from others and lost touch with his own humanity in the interest of self protection and material success. But on this Christmas Eve — challenged by a voice from the past, provoked by those in this present, and faced with the reality of lonely future – David’s life may change forever.  An Irish Carol is a modern fable, told with the biting humor and incisive candor of its Irish playwright – a new holiday tradition for Keegan audiences.” (Keegan Theatre)

Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW

Source at 1835 14th Street NW

  • Seasonal Disaster runs through December 31. From the Washington Improv Theater: “We’re putting together a hot mess of improv comedy just in time for the holidays. We know it’ll be improvised and will NOT exploit an injured orphan to invoke the spirit of holitimes charity and togetherness. Cuz that’s wrong. Also: No dancing mice. Cuz that’s scary… and sort of gross.” (Source) Check back for times.
  • 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 closes Sunday, December 11. “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)
  • Bust runs through December 18. “With one foot in Hollywood and the other in jail, the former Daily Show correspondent careens wildly between the two worlds, taking us on a hilarious, poignant, and completely unforgettable ride.” (Studio Theatre)

Theater J at 1529 16th Street NW

  • The Kinsey Sicks in Oy Vey in a Manger, December 24-26. “America’s favorite Dragapella Beauty-Shop Quartet brings its irreverent humor and harmonies back to DC just in time for the holidays. With gut-busting parodies and raucous schtick, The Kinsey Sicks offers wholesome favorites like “I Had a Little Facial,” “Harried Little Christmas,” and “‘Tis the Season to Drink Stoli”! (Theater J)
  • The Religion Thing runs January 4-29: “”Mo and Brian are a picture-perfect DC couple: they’re smart, they’re witty, and they have a beautifully remodeled kitchen. But when Mo’s best friend Patti announces she’s found Jesus and is putting her own career on hold, Mo must take a closer look at the harder truths surrounding her own marriage. A brand new comedy about relationships, faith and the fine line between compromise and regret.” (Theater J)

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