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L-R: Latia Stokes, Justin Weaks, Ryan Andrew Mitchell in The Jungle Book at Imagination Stage. (Photo Credit: Margot Shulman)

Theatre Tuesday: May shows for $30 or less

It's been a year since I published my first Theatre Tuesday post for DC Refined. I started with finding shows that were $35 or less. Now with the news of the Broadway hit HAMILTON coming to the Kennedy Center next year, and possibly a big ticket price coming with it, I thought it would be a neat challenge to find shows that are $30 or less for this month.

There are many ways to get a discount like "Pay What You Can Night's," rush tickets an hour before the show, dress rehearsals, previews, and neighborhood, age, or military service discounts. You can always check out Theatre Washington's Show Selector by putting in your price range and dates and it will give you a list of shows. There are plenty of shows in the DMV with excellent ticket prices; you just have to know where to look, that where I come in to save the day!

Below are some shows you can catch in the DMV with ticket prices that won't break the bank:


  • Written by Neil Simon and directed by Aly B. Ettman
  • Peter Alley's Theatre Productions presented at Theatre on the Run, Arlington, Va.
  • April 21 - May 21
  • Tickets; $20 - $30

Burnt out screenwriter Herb Tucker’s life is turned upside down when the daughter he abandoned 16 years earlier, suddenly appears at his doorstep. A quirky Brooklyn girl, Libby demands Herb “pay up” for the lost years by launching her career in the movies. Yet, it’s clear from the start that Libby’s real dream is to have a relationship with the father she never knew. The commitment-shy Herb is reluctant at first, but inspired by Libby’s spirit and determination, decides to give fatherhood another shot. With Simon’s signature blend of warmth and humor, I Ought to Be in Pictures is a poignant comedy reminding us that when it comes to family, it’s never too late to start again.


  • Music and Lyrics by Matt Conner; Book and Lyrics by Stephen Gregory Smith
  • Creative Cauldron, Falls Church, Va.
  • May 4-28
  • Tickets: $18- $30

During the run of a legendary Broadway performers' comeback one-woman show, the performances take unexpected turns as she tries to tell the story of her star-studded life in the theater. She frequently forgets anecdotes that she was supposed to tell, or makes up entirely new ones. Her stage manager and director try to come to her aid, but the insidious signs of Alzheimer’s disease are becoming apparent. Brimming with humor and pathos, this heart-warming Bold New Work twists and turns its way through the shadows of memory.


  • Based on story by Rudyard Kipling Written by Greg Banks and directed by Janet Stanford
  • Imagination Stage, Bethesda, Md.
  • Now - May 28
  • Tickets: $10-$35

Mowgli is a human child brought up in the jungles of India by a family of wolves. The embittered tiger Shere Kahn may be stalking him, but Mowgli is a quick learner. His friends, Baloo the goofy bear, and Bagheera, the savvy Jaguar, teach him how to gain the trust of the four-footed hunters, the birds, and the snakes so that he will never be friendless. He falls into a bad crowd of silly monkeys who lead him astray and play a mean trick on him. How will Mowgli escape from the deep, dark well? And, how will he save himself when Shere Kahn turns the wolf pack against him? Kipling’s timeless classic deals with very timely issues in this lively new version. Mowgli learns to respect his environment and the wisdom of the animals. And he realizes that, as a grown man, it’s his responsibility to protect them.


  • Written by William Shakespeare and directed by Robert Richmond
  • Folger Theatre, Washington, D.C.
  • May 9 - June 11
  • Tickets: Discounts available to seniors, students, educators, military, and groups of 10 or more; $30 rush tickets available one hour prior to each performance. Pay What You Will Night is May 9.

Fortune strains the bonds of friendship. Timon is a wealthy and popular aristocrat with but one flaw—an excess of generosity. Sparing no expense on lavish parties, expensive gifts, and charity, Timon later suffers a downturn of fortune and friendship.