Little Theatre of Alexandria is presenting A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, thru February 8, with book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak. The Tony Award-winning musical comedy is based on the novel by Roy Horniman and directed by Frank D. Shutts II, with music direction by Christopher A. Tomasino. It’s the tale of “a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to speed up the line of succession by using a great deal of charm…and a dash of murder.”
Images below, from left: Drew Goins as Monty and Kristen Jepperson as Miss Shingle; Katie Weigl as Sibella Hallward & Chuck Dluhy as Eighth Earl of Highhurst. Photographer: Matt Liptak
The Little Theatre of Alexandria will present Moonlight and Magnolias, directed by Juli Tarabek Blackere, February 29-March 21. The comic romp is set in Hollywood in 1939, when legendary film producer, David O. Selznick, who is five weeks into shooting “Gone with the Wind,” realizes that the script is awful and “the director doesn’t have a clue. He has a few short days to replace them and restart shooting or the production will shut down.”
Avant Bard Theatre will present their Spring Repertoryfeaturing Tennessee Williams’s Suddenly Last Summer and Lauren Gunderson’s Ada and the Engine, directed by Megan Behm, in Gunston Arts Center, February 27-April 5. Suddenly Last Summer will be directed by Christopher Henley. Set in the New Orleans Garden District, it’s the story of an elderly socialite who mourns the death of her poet son, who died under mysterious circumstances while vacationing at an island resort. She hires a doctor to silence the only witness to the tragic event. Ada and the Engine is about Lord Byron’s only legitimate child, who loved mathematics….and polymath-inventor, Charles Babbage, who became famous as “the father of the computer.” But Ada “invented the language, the song, the soul of the thing - the programming.
NextStop Theatre Company is presenting The Mountaintop by Katori Hall, in Herndon, Virginia, thru February 2. “In his hotel room on the night before his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. meets a young maid who forces him to consider exactly who and what he is fighting for. “This drama takes us to the summit of a man’s historic life and offers a stunning new view of his dream for our nation.”
NextStop Theatre in Herndon, VA will present an "intimate" musical titled Ordinary Days by Adam Gwon, February 20-March 15. It’s “a simple yet heartfelt story about how we as humans search for and make connections in an increasingly chaotic world.” The play “tells the story of four young New Yorkers, whose lives intersect in strange and unexpected ways as they search for love, beauty, and purpose in this big and unforgiving world. The play asks, is it possible that the smallest acts can have the most profound effects on your life?”
Signature Theatre will present the World Premiere Musical titled Gun & Powder, directed by Robert O’Hara, in the Max, January 28-February 23. The show is based on the true story of theClarke sisters and about notorious outlaws who ruled the Wild West. Solea Pfeiffer and Emmy Raver-Lampman, pictured below, are set to star as the Clarke sisters, Mary and Martha. The story “examines race, family and identity with two electrifying women who went from farm girls to legends with gun and powder.” The presenter advises that the production “containsgunshots and offers detailed information about content."
Signature Theatre will present the world premiere of a comedy titled Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes by DC area playwright Dani Stoller, February 18-March 29. It’s the story of the matriarch of a far-flung Jewish family. She had happily settled into retirement life with her new husband when a pregnant niece, the troubled boy next door and a distressed daughter with a secret show up at her door. Dani Stoller is said to “take the dysfunction, put it back in the family, then give it a hilarious—and subversive—stir.”
Signature Theatre will present a world premiere musical – Camille Claudel - March 24-April 19. French sculptor Camille Claudel was a groundbreaking artist and a revolutionary free-thinker at the turn of the century. But “her entire life was determined by the men around her, from her passionate and tumultuous love affair with Auguste Rodin to her unsupportive brother to the gender-based censorship of her work. However, by combining her artistic genius with a fierce independence, she defied society’s limitations to create captivating masterpieces that pushed the art world to new heights.” The MAX Theatre “will be transformed into famed sculptor Rodin’s studio to bring their creative and lovers’ duel to life in a stunning and gorgeous new musical of an irrepressible visionary who broke the mold.”
Synetic Theatre will present Phantom of the Opera - The Tsikurishvili's Take on a Gothic Classic - February 5-March 1. Paata Tsikurishvili “applies Synetic’s signature gothic storytelling to one of the most famous supernatural novels of all time with a physical adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera.”