The Little Theatre of Alexandria will present The Savannah Disputation, written by Evan Smith & directed by Will Jarred, April 27-May 18.The setting is the proper Southern home of two sisters, "who quickly lose their southern charm when a young door-to-door evangelist comes knocking to save their souls." This theological comedy with a twist is said to "blend the sharpness of wit with the depth of character while telling a story of a crisis of faith."
Image below: The poster for The Savannah Disputation.
Alexandria Little Theatre will present Ken Ludwig's play titled A Fox on the Fairway, directed by Scott Strasbaugh, June 8-29. It's a "charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man’s eternal love affair with … golf. Ludwig’s play is a hilarious romp that pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors and romantic missteps, this furious paced comedy recalls the best of the Marx Brothers’ classics."
Avant Bard will present A Misanthrope- a new distillation of Molière’s The Misanthrope - written by Matt Minnicino & directed by Megan Behm at the Gunston Arts Center Theatre, May 30-June 30. It'd "a brisk, biting comedy about a cynic who thinks insincerity is a sin—but the joke’s on him when he falls for an ingenue who’s more than his match."
NextStop Theatre Company in Herndon, Virginia will present Singin’ in the Rain, May 23-June 23.It's Artistic Director Evan Hoffmann's "wildly inventive re-imagining of an American mega-musical as no one has seen it before."
Signature Theatre is presenting the musical Grand Hotel, directed by Eric Schaeffer, thru May 19.The story is set in Berlin in 1928. Guests at the hotel include “a fading ballerina, a destitute baron, a wannabe-starlet typist, and an ailing bookkeeper.” The show has been called “a non-stop musical toast to the high life.” The lead roles are played by Signature Theatre favorites Bobby Smith, Natascia Diaz, Kevin McAllister & Nicki Elledge.
Image below: Bobby Smith in Grand Hotel at Signature Theatre. Photo by Christopher Mueller.
Signature Theatre will present Spunk: Three Tales by Zora Neale Hurston, April 30-June 23. In the musical fable - adapted & directed by George C. Wolfe - "an unearthly Guitar Man and Blues Speak Woman tantalizingly interweave three tales of the early 20th century African American experience, from the fierce determination of a resilient washerwoman, to the zoot suit struts of 1940s Harlem, to the bittersweet innocence of young married love." The show, with music by Chic Street Man, is said to be "glowing with wit, humor and energy, resonating with evocative staging and soulful music........three tales of survival told in the key of the blues."
Signature Theatre will present the world premiere of Blackbeard, a new musical about the most infamous pirate of all time, June 18-July 14. The "riotous, rowdy high-seas adventure" from the creators of The Witches of Eastwick, Brother Russia and The Fix was commissioned by Signature. "After learning he’s a wanted man by the British army, Blackbeard and his merry crew of maritime marauders embark on a fantastical journey across the globe to raise an undead pirate army from the depths of the sea." The fresh musical salute to the Seven Seas will be immersively-staged entirely on a pirate ship.
Signature Theatre will present Blowin' in the Wind: Folk-Rock in America, June 25-30. Robbie Schaefer and others will host "an evening of folk-flavored music with an electric rock beat." The show will feature "the lyrical storytelling and guitar melodies of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Neil Young, Tom Petty, James Taylor, Carole King, Paul Simon and some of Robbie’s original songs."
UrbanArias will present Elvis Costello's The Juliet Letters, July 11-14. The show is "a collection of musical love notes to Shakespeare’s Juliet. Multiple characters of varying ages and backgrounds present short, overlapping stories of passion, loss, death, and betrayal that stretch across space and time." The groundbreaking series of dramatic ballads by Costello and Brodsky Quartet will be presented in an immersive cabaret setting.
Synetic Theater will present Richard IIIMay 15-June 16. Paata Tsikurishvili will depict “the Machiavellian rise to power and subsequent short reign of King Richard III of England in an action-packed and cutting edge display of movement. Longtime Synetic Theater company member and fan-favorite Alex Mills will star in the wordless adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III. The production is recommended for ages 13+."