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Theater Tuesday: September's must-see theater

It's the most wonderful time of the year! TheatreWeek celebrates the launch of the D.C. theater season in the DMV with low ticket prices from theaters in your backyard. Like Restaurant Week, TheatreWeek offers tickets to shows at about 30 local theaters for either $15 or $35 between September 12 - October 7.

There will be a free kickoff party open to the public on Saturday, September 8th at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company -- yours truly will be the emcee! There will be performances, demonstrations, conversations and giveaways. Talk to a designer or director, learn about your favorite company’s upcoming offerings and maybe even discover a new theater. Local restaurants and vendors will be there to share food and drinks too.

Theater Alliance is also in the last week of their "Word Becomes Action Festival" this week. After each performance/reading, community partners will participate in conversations that connect audience members to resources and opportunities that incite action towards community change. Here are a few of our September picks from TheatreWeek and Theatre Alliance's festival.

GLORIA

  • Written by Branden Jacob-Jenkins and directed by Kip Fagan
  • Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 461 D Street, NW
  • Runs now through September 30, 2018
  • Tickets: $15 (during TheatreWeek period)

The squabbling editorial assistants at one of New York's most prestigious magazines are all chasing the same dream: a starry life of letters and a book deal before they turn 30. When an ordinary day at the office suddenly becomes a living nightmare, two survivors transform the experience into career-making stories. Which one of them will get to own the truth?

SWEENEY TODD

  • Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler and directed by Joseph W. Ritsch
  • Rep Stage (Howard Community College), 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD
  • September 6-23, 2018
  • Tickets: $15 (during TheatreWeek period)

Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Tony Award-winning musical thriller about the infamous demon barber of Fleet Street is coming to Maryland. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up for more. The Rep Stage production features an ensemble of eight in an intimate setting laced with brilliant wit, diabolical humor and extraordinary music.

SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS

  • Written by Bess Wohl and directed by Ryan Rilette
  • Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda, M.D.
  • Runs now through September 23, 2018
  • Tickets: $15 (during TheatreWeek period)

A weeklong silent retreat in the woods proves to be anything but tranquil for six restless souls in search of enlightenment. Guided by the disembodied voice of an increasingly unhinged guru, the group struggles to find relevance in their own intentions. As the week progresses, they discover inner peace isn’t all that peaceful, especially when you’re spending most of your time trying to relate to the people around you, or avoiding bears. Played with equal parts humor and tenderness, "Small Mouth Sounds" examines all the aching, awkward and awesome ways humans break barriers in order to connect with each other. Content Advisory: This production contains full-frontal male nudity.

THE GUN SHOW

  • Written by E. M. Lewis and directed by Anita Maynard-Losh
  • Theater Alliance, 2020 Shannon Place, SE
  • September 6-8, 2018
  • Tickets: $20

From a farming community in rural Oregon to the big cities of Los Angeles and New York, playwright EM Lewis takes aim at her own relationship with firearms in “The Gun Show.” An actor shares Ms. Lewis’s unique perspective and true stories about America’s most dangerous pastime as if they were his own, with brutal honesty and poignant humor. Leaning neither right nor left, “The Gun Show” jumps into the middle of the gun control debate, and asks “Can we have a conversation about this?”

THE EVENTS

  • Written by David Greig and directed by Colin Hovde
  • Theater Alliance, 2020 Shannon Place, SE
  • Runs Sept 13 – Oct 7, 2018
  • Tickets: $20-$50

In the wake of a mass shooting, lone survivor Claire yearns to find the compassion, understanding, and peace she needs to overcome her trauma, but thoughts and visions of the shooter haunt her every step. A timely exploration of violence, obsession and our desire to fathom the unfathomable, The Events excavates the humanity found even in circumstances of extraordinary evil, examining the actors on both sides of an unimaginable tragedy.


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