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Christopher Michael Richardson (Lion), Issa Nassara (Dorothy), Hasani Allen (Scarecrow) and Kevin McAllister (TinMan) at Ford Theatre's production of THE WIZ directed by Kent Gash. (Image: Carol Rosegg)
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Theater Tuesday: Four must-see shows in April

Ok, who scored HAMILTON tickets last week?? Even if you didn't, don't despair yet -- there is still hope! The Kennedy Center will be offering up to 40 tickets at $10 on the day of each performance when it comes to D.C. They haven't announced how they will distribute these seats yet, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, check out some great shows happening in D.C. theatre this month that you won't have to pay Broadway prices to see.

TRANSLATIONS

  • Written by Brian Friel and directed by Matt Torney
  • Studio Theatre’s Metheny Theatre, 1501 14th St NW
  • Runs now through April 29
  • Tickets range from $20 - $69

It's 1833, and change is coming to rural County Donegal. While a hodgepodge group gather at an Irish-language hedge school to study classics of Greek and Latin literature, British army engineers arrive to map the country, draw new borders and translate local place names into the King’s English. Languages and histories collide, kindling romance and inciting violence. A modern classic from an Irish master, directed by Studio’s Belfast-born Associate Artistic Director, Translations reminds us how personal the political can be.

THE WINTER'S TALE

  • Written by William Shakespeare and directed by Aaron Posner
  • Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol Street, SE
  • Runs now through April 22
  • Tickets range from $30-$79

A tribute to the magic of storytelling, Shakespeare’s late, great romance is an exhilarating journey that brings us to Sicilia and Bohemia and returns us safely home once more. Convinced of his queen’s unfaithfulness, King Leontes of Sicilia imprisons her, exiles his newborn daughter and schemes to have his closest friend, King Polixenes, murdered. With the passage of time comes realization, revelation and redemption, as well as the growing romance between the children of both kings. Incorporating a variety of inspired theatrical techniques, this production of The Winter’s Tale presents a rich and emotional story of human folly, hope and resurrection filled with unexpected surprises.

Discounts available to students, seniors, educators, military, and groups; $30 rush tickets available one-hour prior to each performance (subject to availability).

THE WIZ

  • By William F. Brown; Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
  • Based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • Directed by Kent Gash; Choreographed by Dell Howlett
  • Ford's Theatre, 511 Tenth Street, NW
  • Runs now through May 12
  • Tickets range from $20-$73

Ease on down the road with Dorothy and her friends Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion on their quest to meet The Wiz. In this adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s magical novel, Dorothy is whisked away by a tornado to the fanciful land of Oz. There, she and her sidekicks encounter Munchkins, flying monkeys and a power-hungry witch named Evillene who vows to destroy them. Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score, The Wiz is a musical feast featuring soul, gospel, R&B and pop.

USE ALL AVAILABLE DOORS

  • Written by Brittany Alyse Willise and directed by Toni Rae Salmi
  • Pinky Swear Productions at Dupont Underground, 1500 19th Street NW, , Washington, D.C.
  • Runs April 12 - May 6
  • Tickets are $35

Use All Available Doors follows a soon-to-be-decommissioned WMATA train car, a grieving operator re-evaluating her life’s path, and a revolving door of passengers as they travel the length of the Red Line, with vignettes performed between each stop. The production will be performed on Dupont Underground’s real train tracks and feature seats made from WMATA-donated cushions from a scrapped 4000-series car.


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