The Little Theatre of Alexandria will present You Can't Take It With You, written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman and directed by Stephen Jarrett, February 23-March 16.The Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy follows two families whose lives are thrown together when their children become engaged. The theme is that "you can only live life to the fullest by doing whatever makes you happy."
Avant Bard will have their signature play-reading series, the Scripts in Play Festival, February 8-24 at Gunston Arts Center Theatre Two.The focus will be on a slate of scripts and projects now being curated. A special feature this year is the Capital Fringe hit A Two Woman Hamlet by William Shakespeare, directed by Mara Sherman and starring Hannah Sweet & Nicola Collett.
Avant Bard will present Topdog/Underdog, written by Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by DeMone, at Gunston Arts Center Theatre Two, March 14-April 14. The tragicomedy has been called “a Cain-and-Abel fable for Black America” in which two brothers - named Lincoln and Booth – “struggle over how best to play the tough hand America dealt them.”
MetroStage is presenting the musical Three Sistahs, with music by William Hubbard, thru February 24.The story about three strong women is inspired by Chekhov'sRussianmasterpiece but is set amid the social turbulence of 1969. The music includes gospel, rhythm & blues, bebop and funk.
NextStop Theatre in Herndon, VA will present The Wolves, a new dramatic comedy written by Sarah DeLappe & directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer, February 7-24.The Pulitzer Prize-nominated play is about the lives of suburban high school girls. “The play takes you inside a world inhabited by girls at their daily soccer warm-ups.” The play “contains adult language and themes that may not be appropriate for all audiences.”
NextStop Theatre in Herndon, Virginia will present Noel Coward's Fallen Angels, directed by Abigail Isaac Fine, March 14-April 7.The comedy is about the rivalry between two housewives awaiting the arrival of their exotic former lover – when their husbands are out of town for a golf trip the same weekend. When the play premiered in 1925 outraged critics labeled it “shocking and obscene.”
Signature Theatre is presenting ain’t misbehavin - The Fats Waller Musical Show, thru March 10. The cast stars Signature favorites, including Iyona Blake, Kevin McAllister, Solomon Parker III, Nova Payton & Korinn Walfall. Pianist Mark G. Meadows will tickle the ivories. The show features beloved "Fats Waller" tunes including “The Joint is Jumpin’,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Handful of Keys” and more.
Image below: Iyona Blake, Kevin McAllister, Solomon Parker III, Nova Payton & Korinn Walfall - Photo by Christopher Mueller
Signature Theatre will present Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, February 26-April 7. The play is about three women—"an art restorer, her nurse and their military captor— who are trapped in a ravaged museum during a catastrophic hundred years war. Tasked with restoring a damaged Rembrandt painting, the women find common shreds of humanity as they try to save a small symbol of beauty in their broken world.”
Holly Twyford, Felicia Curry & star in “a brutal and elegant exploration of the unifying virtue of art and what things are most worth saving when the world is collapsing.”
Production Artwork Credit: Holly Twyford. Photo by Christopher Mueller.
Synetic Theatre is presenting a wordless production of Cyrano de Bergerac, directed by Vato Tsikurishvili, thru March 10. It’s the story of Cyrano, who has it all except the confidence to win the heart of his beloved Roxane. Lacking traditional good looks and the ability to truly “fit in,” Cyrano partners with his handsome friend Christian, also in love with Roxane but lacking Cyrano’s way with words. Together, the two make a formidable suitor as Cyrano expresses his true feelings for Roxane in the only way he feels he can—through love letters apparently written by Christian.”