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The Adventures of Peter Pan at Synetic Theatre. Alex Mills (Peter Pan) and Ryan Sellers (Captain Hook). (Photo by Johnny Shryock)

Theater Tuesday: October roundup of theater discounts, deals and dates

There are classic stories that are in the common theater vernacular. Some stories because they were written by William Shakespeare, even though we may not understand what he's saying. Some shows because they won many musical awards and we remember the catchy tunes. Others because they were children's stories that we can never forget. Here are a few "classics" in my opinion that can be found throughout the DMV this month.

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA

  • Written by William Shakespeare and directed by Robert Richmond
  • Folger Theater -- Washington, DC
  • Runs October 10 - November 19, 2017
  • Discounts available to students, seniors, educators, military, and groups; $30 rush tickets available one-hour prior to each performance (subject to availability)

Julius Caesar is no more and Mark Antony, at the peak of his political power, is lustily ensconced in Egypt at the side of the irresistible Cleopatra. Torn between his military duties to Rome and his passionate love affair with Cleopatra, Antony finds himself between two countries waging war and a war of romance in Egypt when he is summoned home to Rome. Shakespeare’s saga of politics and passion, love and jealousy, alliance and war features Shirine Babb (Julius Caesar) and Cody Nickell (The Taming of the Shrew).

DREAMGIRLS

  • Directed by Kevin McAllister
  • Toby's Dinner Theater -- Columbia, MD
  • Tickets range from $40 - $62 (Includes all you can eat buffet breakfast or dinner)
  • Runs now - November 12, 2017

It's the 1960's, rhythm and blues blended with other styles of popular music to create a new American sound popular with black and white audiences alike. DREAMGIRLS follows the rise and fall of "The Dreams," an all-female, black singing group who learn the reality of show "business." This groundbreaking musical features the classic hits 'And I am Telling You,' 'I am Changing' and One Night Only.'

THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW

  • Bright Star Theatre by Saturday Morning at the National Theatre, Washington, DC
  • October 28, 2017 - Free 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
  • Once reserved tickets have sold out, a limited amount of walk-up tickets will be available on-site on the day of the show.
  • Best for children ages 4-10

Celebrate Halloween at the National Theatre with this interactive production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Join bumbling Ichabod Crane, beautiful Katrina Van Tassel and bullying Brom Bones as they bring to life this Washington Irving classic. The most exciting part is the anticipated arrival of our (not-so-scary) Headless Horseman!

THE ADVENTURES OF PETER PAN

  • Book by J. M. Barrie, Adapted by Ed Monk and directed by Paata Tsikurishvili and Vato Tsikurishvili
  • Synetic Theater at Crystal City, Arlington, VA
  • Runs October 18-November 19

Take flight to Neverland with Peter Pan, his Lost Boys and the Darling children! In this magical place filled with fairies, pirates, and mermaids, Peter Pan and crew will battle the delightfully sinister Captain Hook with acrobatics that will leave you on the edge of your seat! This production is recommended for ages 7+ for moments younger viewers may find frightening.

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