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Alani Kravitz as Lizzie (Ryan Maxwell)

Theater Tuesday: January roundup of discounts, deals and dates

As we start off 2017, consider making one of your resolutions to visit at least five new theaters this year. Just. Five. It’s really easy, I promise.

There are plenty of shows right in your backyard and a few on the outskirts for a quick getaway from inside the Beltway. So many options and possibilities.

Let’s get theatrical in 2017!


  • Playing at the Compass Rose Theatre, Annapolis, Md. until January 22.
  • Written by Alan J. Lerner and Frederick Loewe and directed by Lucinda Merry-Browne
  • Seniors (65 and older) and Military, $33; Students (with ID) and Children, $23

Long, long ago, in a magical time, life was simple. Dragons were real, innocent boys pulled swords from stones. Right was right and wrong was wrong and no one questioned the difference. The legend of King Arthur and his young bride Guinevere tells the story of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table. The breaking of the spell of Camelot reveals the complexity and the struggle when ideas meet reality. One of the knights, Lancelot, falls in love and the kingdom crumbles.


  • Playing at Imagination Stage, Bethesda, Md. from January 3 - February 12.
  • Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer and Nick Vargas
  • Tickets – Adults and children $14

Imagine living in a world where the only color is blue. Blue flowers, blue grass, even blue cereal! Inky and Pale live in such a world until they discover something RED! In this interactive show, two friends find fun in every color of the rainbow!


  • Playing at the Mosaic Theatre Company at Atlas Performing Arts Theatre, Washington, D.C. from January 5 - January 29.
  • Written by Phillip Dawkins and directed by Natsu Onoda Power
  • Mosaic Rush - $25 tickets, thirty minutes prior to curtain, NE & SE Neighbors - $30 tickets, any day of the week (Zip code restrictions), Students and Patrons Under 30 - $20 tickets, any day of the week.

Meet Mama Darleena Andrews, a 67-year-old transgender woman and the inimitable etiquette instructor at “The Center,” an organization for Chicago’s homeless and LGTBQ youth. Her students are united by a feeling of other-ness in the heart of a city that’s left them behind. But for “Mama Darlin,” triumph over poverty and prejudice begins with lacing up and fitting in—playing the part with class and with charm.


  • Playing at Theater J. Washington D.C. from January 5- January 29.
  • Written by Michael Frayn and directed by Eleanor Holdridge
  • $30 Previews: January 6-7, PWYC Previews January 5 and 8.

In 1941, the German physicist Werner Heisenberg traveled to Copenhagen to meet his Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr. Old friends and colleagues, now they find themselves on opposite sides in a world war and embroiled in a race to create the atom bomb. Why Heisenberg went to Copenhagen, and what he wanted to say to Bohr, are questions that have intrigued and divided historians and scientists ever since.


  • Playing at the Scena Theatre at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, D.C. from January 9 - February 5.
  • By Jon Fosse and directed by Robert MacNamara
  • $10 Previews January 6-8

A couple moves into an isolated, run-down house to be alone. Yet, they grow increasingly anxious that "someone is going to come."


  • Playing at Pinky Swear Productions at Anacostia Playhouse, Washington, D.C. from January 11 - February 5.
  • Created by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer, Tim Maner, and Alan Stevens Hewitt and directed by Marie Byrd Sproul.
  • Tickets, $35.

On an August morning in 1892, in a small town in Massachusetts, Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally murdered in their home with an ax. Their daughter, Lizzie, was acquitted of the crime and in the process captured the morbid fascination of the entire nation. LIZZIE is a tale of sex, rage, and murder told by Lizzie, her sister Emma, her friend Alice Russell, and her maid Bridget Sullivan — all set to a pounding riot grrrl beat.


  • Playing at the Studio Theatre, Washington, D.C. from January 11 - February 19.
  • Written by Tom Stoppard and directed by Matt Toney.
  • College or High School Student: All student tickets are $20, Senior citizens (62+) with ID: $5.00 discount, $30 tickets on sale 30 minutes before curtain.

This play follows Hilary, a young psychology researcher at the prestigious Krohl Institute for Brain Science. As she and her colleagues grapple with the ‘hard problem’ of defining consciousness, a thorny decision from Hilary’s past fuels her controversial stances—and a few suspect choices.