by Borderstan.com December 22, 2011 at 12:30 pm 0

Oy Vey In A Manager, Theater J, DCJCC, Kinsey Sicks

They’re back! The Kinsey Sicks perform “Oy Vey In A Manager” at Theater J, December 24-26. (Image courtesy Theater J)

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

Staying in DC over Christmas weekend? It’s a nice time to be around as many people leave — it means table at a favorite (and popular) restaurant or hot show at a local theater.

For those still wanting to keep with the holiday spirit, we have two neighborhood options for you:

Check the listings below for full details. Some theaters are closed this Saturday, and others  closed Saturday and Sunday.

Keegan Theatre at Church Street at 1742 Church Street NW

  • Christmas Weekend Schedule: Friday night show with next performance on Thursday, December 29 (no performances on December 24-25).
  • 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

  • Christmas Weekend Schedule: No show on December 25.
  • 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

  • Christmas Weekend Schedule: No shows December 24-25.
  • Bust has been extended through December 31. “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)
  • Time Stands Still opens January 4: “This searing drama from Pulitzer-Prize winner Donald Margulies follows an injured photojournalist who returns home from the battlefields of Iraq only to learn that some images can never be erased.” (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)

by Borderstan.com October 27, 2011 at 8:00 am 0

See what’s playing at the five theaters in the Borderstan area. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

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)

by Borderstan.com September 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm 0

Source Theater, Washington Improv Theater, Fall Into WIT

“Fall Into WIT” runs through October 8 at the Source on 14th Street NW. (Image courtesy Washington Improv Theater)

You can catch shows at three of the five Borderstan-area theaters. If you want to catch Imagining Madoff, you have only a few days left — the Theater J show closes this Sunday, September 25.

On 14th Street, Fall Into WIT is running through October 8 at the Source — a great opportunity to see the Washington Improv Theater in action.

Full details for these two theaters plus the Keegan Theatre, Lincoln Theatre and the Studio Theatre below.

Keegan Theatre at Church Street at 1742 Church Street NW

  • The Crucible opens 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.” (Keegan)

Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW

Source at 1835 14th Street NW

  • The Washington Improv Theater presents Fall Into WIT through October 8. Shows are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm; second shows Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30 pm. Overview: “The sky is falling! Or is it the Dow? …Average earnings? Let’s see the bright side, folks: falling is fun! Wind in your hair, adrenaline pumping, and screaming like you just don’t care. In that same spirit we present Fall Into WIT, our autumn show series.” (WIT)
  • 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 Habit of Art runs through October 16. 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)
  • Lungs opens Wednesday, September 28. Overview: “A couple negotiates sex, parenthood, and responsibilities large and small in Duncan Macmillan’s intimate drama about chance, change, and consequence.” (Studio Theatre)

Theater J at 1529 16th Street NW

  • Imagining Madoff closes Sunday, September 25. Overview: “Unrepentant Ponzi-schemer Bernard Madoff sets the record straight from his prison cell, recounting an all-night study session with Holocaust survivor, poet and investment client, Solomon Galkin.” (Theater J)

by Borderstan.com August 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm 1,084 0

Theater J, Imagining Madoff, Borderstan

“Imagining Madoff” opens Wednesday night at Theater J, 16th and Q Streets NW. (Image courtesy Theater J)

The fall theater season in Borderstan kicks off Wednesday night at Theater J with Imagining Madoff. On Wednesday and Thursday night, the box office opens at 6 pm for a “Pay What You Can” preview of the show; limit of two tickets per person.

Theater J says of their first show of the 2011-2012 season:

“The much anticipated premiere by OBIE Award  winner, Deb Margolin. Unrepentant Ponzi-schemer Bernard Madoff sets the record straight from his prison cell, recounting an all-night study session with Holocaust survivor, poet and investment client, Solomon Galkin. With testimony from Madoff’s personal secretary before the Securities and Exchange Commission, we delve into the minds of two towering men, as their mutual will to confide and confess accelerates through the night.”

Imagining Madoff runs through September 25 with shows on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday nights, plus Sunday matinees (and two performances next week on Monday and Tuesday). Tickets are $45 — $15 if you are age 35 or under (based on availability) and $41 for people over age 65.

At the Source, 1835 14th Street NW: Every Tuesday night at the Source is Harold Night! with the Washington Improv Theater. Shows are at 10 pm and are free.

Studio Theatre. At 14th Street’s Studio Theatre, The Habit of Art opens Wednedsay, September 7 and runs through October 16. It’s the latest play from the author of The History Boys and it “examines creativity, desire and the tenacity of the artistic spirit.”

Keegan Theatre at Church Street. Arthur Miller’s famous play, The Crucible opens October 22 and runs through November 19. It is set in the context of the witch trials of 17th Century Salem, Massachusetts.

Source. Every Tuesday night at the Source is Harold Night! with the Washington Improv Theater. Shows are at 10 pm and are free. “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.” (Source)

Find out what is going on at other theaters in the area below the fold:

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by Borderstan.com July 14, 2011 at 10:30 am 1,362 0

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What’s playing at Borderstan area theaters? (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Jana Petersen

This past Wednesday evening POP! opened at The Studio Theater. A musical murder-mystery extravaganza, POP! takes a peek inside the artistic revelry of Andy Warhol’s infamous Factory. More specifically, its function outside of the artistic whims and manifestations of post-modernism (odds and ends collected from the street, interior covered entirely in silver paint): in other words, the Factory’s alternate role as home to orgies, parties and excessive drug use.

Tickets for POP! average about $40, and the show will run through August 7. Have you seen POP! Are you planning on it? Tell us what you think!

What else to look forward to?

  • At the Keegan Theatre on Church Street, Steel Magnolias opens July 23 and runs through August 21.
  • Theatre J is taking a breather, but the 2011-2012 season begins with Imagining Madoff on August 31.

Find out what is going on at other theaters in the area below the fold:

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by Borderstan.com June 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm 1,085 0

Borderstan,

From Jana Petersen

Saturday, June 10: The Source Theater kicks off the Source Festival this Saturday. “Every creative journey begins with one bold step. In the spirit of adventure, Source Festival combines the forces of rising talents with established artists.

Driven by creativity, collaboration and invention, Source Festival artists from across the nation present 25 new works over three weeks. The relationships built here lay the path for the next generation of outstanding performing artists.” (Source).

The festival runs through July 3, and will feature 18, 10-minute plays, three full-length plays and four artistic blind dates: that is, the collaboration and convergence of twelve artists to produce four art pieces (with audience feedback at the end of each installation).

The Source begins the first leg of the Festival with 10-Minute Plays, a series of 18 plays split into three categories among established and rising artists. $20 per ticket, “these 10-Minute Plays are for the ambitious theatre fan with a hunger for something new.

Travel to upstate New York in search of Sasquatch, follow two forces of nature in love, or play a deadly game of chance with Eric the Red.” (Source) The 10-minute plays are split into three categories, Lost & Found, Lovers & Friends and Heroes & Villains.

  1. Lost & Found: Finding yourself or missing a long lost love. These plays ask, “Just what are you looking for?”
  2. Lovers & Friends: BFFs or star-crossed lovers? These plays take a closer look at the complexities we all face in building relationships.
  3. Heroes & Villains: The good, bad and ugly. These plays explore humanity’s best and worst players.

What else is going on in the area? The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opened this past Monday and runs through July 3 at the Keegan Theater. Read the full review here.

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by Borderstan.com May 20, 2011 at 11:00 am 0

Theater J, "Moscows of Nantucket," Borderstan

“The Moscows of Nantucket” runs through June 12 at Theater J, 16th and Q NW. (Image courtesy Theater J)

From Jana Petersen

Disclaimer: This is not your cliched love story; enter the seasonally-named title character from 500 Days of Summer. Boy meets girl. Boy falls for girl. Boy quickly finds himself at whim of girl. Now what? Bring it to the stage.

And voila, Venus in Fur at the Studio Theater, a David Ives adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s 1870s novella: a 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 batter that casting director into submission.

Though Ives’ production might be an exaggeration of the Deschanel / Gordon-Levitt love story, the theme at its base rings true. 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.” Venus in Fur opens May 25 at the Studio Theater.

Over at Theater J, The Moscows of Nantucket is running through June 12. Moscows is a fast-paced, new American comedy with “its heart in Chekhov country” (Theater J). Find out what happens when a weekend of unusual family bonding turns into confrontation between two brothers who have avoided each other for years.

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by Borderstan.com May 13, 2011 at 10:30 am 0

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See what’s playing at five area theaters. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Jana Petersen

This Saturday marks the second to last Saturday to catch National Pastime at Keegan Theatre. Co-directed by Mark Rhea and Susan Marie Rhea and music directed by Jake Null, National Pastime tells the story of WZBQ, a radio station in 1933 Iowa that invents an unbeatable baseball team and broadcasts phony baseball games in order to boost its ratings. Attend the musical to find out what happens when the media catches on to the scandal.

The Moscows of Nantucket at Theater J opened last weekend and will be running through June 12. Moscows is a fast-paced, new American comedy with “its heart in Chekhov country” (Theater J). Find out what happens when a weekend of unusual family bonding turns into confrontation between two brothers who have avoided each other for years.

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by Borderstan.com April 22, 2011 at 11:00 am 0

From Jana Petersen

See what’s playing at five area theaters. (Luis Gomez Photos)

F.I.S.T. is over, yes — but that does not mean that the competitive spirit has waned on U Street. Mark your calendars, Borderstanis. Next Thursday and Friday, April 28 and 29, 53 semifinalists from across the country descend upon the Lincoln Theater to compete in the National Finals of Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, the nation’s largest youth poetry recitation competition.

Guest judges for the final competition — to take place on Friday night the 29th at 7 pm — include poets Valerie Martinez, Thomas Sayers Ellis, and Brian Turner, actress and author Amber Tamblyn, playwright/actress/director Aditi Brennan Kapil, and Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Michael Kahn.

Admission to “Poetry Out Loud” is free and open to the public.

This Friday and Saturday at the Source. This Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23, at 8 pm, The Source, in conjunction with the Alliance Francaise de Washington and Trap Door Theater, will be putting on Me Too, I am Catherine Deneuve. Be you French or lover of French things and/or drama, Me Too, I am Catherine Deneuve is a “witty,  imaginative and grotesque family drama that reveals the liberating and destructive elements that occur as each member suffers the varying effects of an identity crisis.”

Sunday is last day for Photograph 51. The last day for Photograph 51 is this Sunday. The show is at Theater J, which is located at the DC Jewish Community Center, 16th and Q Streets NW.

Full details on live theater in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area are below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com April 15, 2011 at 10:00 am 0

From Jana Petersen

See what’s playing at five area theaters. (Luis Gomez Photos)

On April 16 finalists of F.I.S.T. go head-to-head at The Source to determine who will take home the 2011 crown (and bragging rights) in the Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament.

Start your night at 8 pm with a reunion show featuring the 2010 champs, Meanwhile Back at the Ranch, with Jackie as a special guest. The competition heats up at 9 PM with the bronze level contenders (candidates pending this week’s round-up) with special guest onesixtyone. The final match is set to occur at 11 pm with highly revered guest Commonwealth .

Each show is $10. If you’ve yet to attend a F.I.S.T. “smackdown,” I would not pass up one of the final chances to see old talent and/or have a stake in determining 2011’s funniest improv troupe — nevermind laugh hard along the way.

Full details on live theater in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area are below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com March 31, 2011 at 11:00 pm 1,385 0

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The cherry blossoms are in full bloom this weekend. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Laura Herman. Follow her on Twitter @Lmhhabs.

March Madness Final Four! Opening Day! Cricket World Cup! Like it or not, sporting events are everywhere you turn this weekend. So do it right, and head to your favorite local sports bar to catch a game. My pick is Touchdown at 1334 U Street NW, a relative newcomer that’s already made a splash through their unique take on the classic sports bar concept, complete with local art and international flair. You can read my review of their soft opening party here.

In and around your March Madness schedule (if you  still care), it’s worth it to wake up early on Saturday morning to head over to Touchdown for their Cricket World Cup viewing party as Sri Lanka and India face off in the final. Touchdown’s doors open at 6 am on Saturday in time for the game, and they’ll be offering a special breakfast menu until midnight. Alcoholic beverage service begins at 8 am and don’t worry, you are definitely allowed to disco nap after this one.

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by Borderstan.com March 24, 2011 at 9:00 am 0

See what’s playing at five area theaters. (Luis Gomez Photos)

There are performances at three of the five theaters in the neighborhood this weekend:

  • Photograph 51 opened Wednesday night at Theater J, 16th and Q NW: “A funny and moving retelling of the unrequited life of Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists of the 20th Century, and her fervid drive to map the contours of the DNA molecule.” Thursday night is Pay-What-You-Can and tickets on Saturday and Sunday are $30.
  • At the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW: “Rhythms of Azerbaijan: Natig Rhythm Group & The Rast Group” runs March 24 to 28. Showtime is 7 pm.
  • At the Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW: Penelope runs through April 3. Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 pm.
  • The Theater J performance of The Chosen is showing at Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street NW (instead of at the theater company’s regular venue at 16th and Q NW). The Chosen closes this Sunday.
  • See what’s opening next at the Keegan Theatre at Church Street and at the Source on 14th Street.

Full details on live theater in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area are below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com March 3, 2011 at 9:45 pm 0

See what’s playing at five area theaters. (Luis Gomez Photos)

This weekend is your last chance to enjoy “On the Razzle” at Source.  Next week, on March 8, at Theater J The Chosen will start its run for the season. Over at the Keegan Theatre at Church Street, The Weir has been extended through March 19.

Full details on live theater in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area are below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com February 15, 2011 at 5:30 am 1,547 1 Comment

 

Sarah Rayer, Theater J, Luis Gomez Photos, Theater J

From Cecile Oreste of danceDC. You can reach Cecile by email and follow her on Twitter (@dance_DC).

It has only been a few weeks since Sarah Rayer moved to Dupont Circle from Philadelphia, but she is already settling into the neighborhood and into her new position at Theater J. As managing director of the performing arts organization, Rayer will oversee staff and handle all contractual aspects. She will also manage the budget of Theater J among other responsibilities. Theater J is at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 16th and Q Streets NW.

Currently, Rayer and the team at Theater J are preparing for the organization’s benefit scheduled for Monday, February 28. The event includes Vaudeville-style entertainment, a reading of The Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon and a dessert reception. They are also hard at work on the theater’s upcoming production of The Chosen at Arena Stage, opening March 8.

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by Borderstan.com January 26, 2011 at 9:50 am 0

Keegan Theatre at Church Street "A Shadow of Honor"

(Courtesy of Keegan Theatre at Church Street).

There are shows at three of five theaters in the neighborhood. Two shows close on Sunday:

  • Shadow of Honor is at the Keegan Theatre at Church Street, 1742 Church Street NW. Final performance is Sunday at 3 pm.
  • Return to Haifa is at Theater J (DC Jewish Community Center), 16th and Q Streets NW. Last show is Sunday at 7:30 pm.

At the Studio Theatre, 14th and P Streets NW: Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet runs through Sunday, February 20. Showtimes are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8 pm; Sunday at 2 pm and 7 pm.

Full details on live theater in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area are below the fold.

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