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Actor Charles Hart (Quinn Franzen) takes center stage, as the rest of the Company looks on (l to r: Catherine Flye, Alex Michell, Caitlin Cisco, Christopher Dinolfo, Nigel Gore, Zoe Speas). (Image: Brittany Diliberto / Bee Two Sweet Photography)

Theater Tuesday: 4 must-see shows in February

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Instead of the typical flowers and chocolates, why not give the gift of theater this year? There are quite a few award-winning shows in the DMV area this month, and here are just four of our recommendations for February.


  • Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St., NW
  • Written by Joshua Harmon and directed by Mike Donahue
  • Now playing through March 3, 2019
  • Tickets: $20-$69

A no-holds-barred comedy. Bill and Sherri are the white, progressive-and-proud headmaster and dean of admissions at Hillcrest, a mid-tier New Hampshire boarding school. Over the last 15 years, they’ve worked tirelessly to diversify the school’s mostly white population. But when their high-achieving son’s Ivy League dreams are jeopardized, his reaction blasts open a deep rift between the family’s public values and private actions. From the author of "Bad Jews," Admissions examines privilege, power and the perils of whiteness. The play received an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, the 2018 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play and the 2018 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.


  • Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St., SE
  • Written by Jessica Swale and directed by Robert Richmond
  • Now playing through March 10
  • Tickets: $42-$79

A humble orange seller from the streets of Drury Lane steps onto the stage and becomes the darling of the Restoration Theater. Nell discovers one of her biggest fans is none other than Charles II. Smitten with Nell’s spirit, the king brings her to court as a favorite mistress. Commissioned by Shakespeare's Globe, this sparkling portrait of a rare woman earned accolades in London and makes its East Coast premiere at the Folger. An Olivier Award-winner for Best New Comedy, Nell Gwynn has been hailed as "gloriously funny and touching" (Telegraph) and “an absolute treat” (The Times).


  • Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St., NW
  • Written by Aziza Barnes and directed by Nataki Garrett
  • Now playing through March 3
  • Tickets: $20 - $69

After a bad health scare in her nether regions, Octavia decides to put off her troubles and blow off some serious steam with her friends June and Imani. Will one last epic night on the town—a true test of their friendship full of outrageous, absurd encounters—lead to epiphany or disaster? BLKS is a “raw, blistering, hilarious, and engaging” (Chicago Sun-Times) new work that responds to a number of cultural icons, from Lena Dunham’s Girls to Seinfeld to August Wilson. Poet and playwright Aziza Barnes’ new play paints a miraculous portrait of a day in the life of three twentysomething black women wrestling with love, uncomfortable truths and the anguish of adulting in New York City.


  • Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, MD
  • Written by John Maclay and Lee Becker and directed by Tom Story
  • February 9 - March 24
  • Tickets: $15-$35

Meet Anatole- mouse magnifique- the best cheese-taster in all of France! In this whimsical musical adventure, Anatole and his best friend Gaston set out to save the Duval cheese factory, only to discover something much scarier than moldy Brie lurking in the tasting room. Can Anatole outsmart the hungry predator and save the factory? Join Anatole, Gaston, and a chorus of dancing cheeses to find out!