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(From left:) Billie Krishawn (Soubrette), Steve Lebens (Gentleman), Lisa Hodsoll (Madam), Brit Herring (Voltaire)Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelait Defends Her Life Tonight at WSC Avant Bard. (Photo: DJ Corey Photography){ }

Theatre Tuesday: November roundup of discounts, deals and dates

The holiday season is upon us, but before we get into jingle bells, mistletoe and the many Christmas Carols that will be playing this season, there are a few shows this month that feature strong lady leads. #GirlPower.

Two of these shows are a one-woman show so kudos to those actors that can hold an audience's attention for 90 minutes or more. Another show on the list is a musical world premiere before it goes to Broadway next spring. The DC theatre community has a good track record with launching shows that are currently on Broadway like Dear Evan Hansen that started at Arena Stage and Come From Away that had a stint at Ford's theatre. So check out a show or consider giving a theatre date as a holiday gift.

MEAN GIRLS

  • National Theatre, Washington, DC (World Premiere Prior to Broadway)
  • Directed by Casey Nicholaw, book by Tina Fey, music by Jeff Richmond and lyrics by Nell Benjamin
  • Running now until December 3, 2017.
  • Deals: $25 Lottery
  • After years of living with her zoologist parents in Africa, Cady moves to Illinois and must find where she fits in the social hierarchy. A sweet, naive newbie, Cady quickly attracts the attention of The Plastics, a trio of popular frenemies led by the vicious and calculating Regina George. When Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.

LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL

  • Rep Stage, Columbia, Md.
  • Written by Lanie Robertson and directed by Danielle Drakes. Musical Direction by Wil Lewis III.
  • November 2–19, 2017
  • Deals: $10 Thursdays
  • The time is 1959. The place is Emerson’s Bar and Grill, a seedy little jazz club in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday's final performances, given four months before her death. More than a dozen musical numbers including “God Bless the Child”, “My Man” and “Strange Fruit” are interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music.

EMILIE: LA MARQUISE DU CHATELAIT DEFENDS HER LIFE TONIGHT

  • WSC Avant Bard at Gunston Arts Center - Theater 2, Arlington, Va.
  • Written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Rick Hammerly
  • Running now until November 19, 2017
  • Pay What You Will performances every Thursday and Saturday matinee.
  • Tickets: -$10-$35
  • Brilliant. Passionate. Defiant. Tonight the 18th-century scientific genius Emilie du Châtelet is back and determined to answer the question she died with: love or philosophy, head or heart? In this seductively theatrical rediscovery of one of history's most intriguing women, Emilie defends her life and loves, and in the process creates a legacy that alters the course of physics.

MYSTERY SCHOOL

  • Presented by The Edge of the Universe Players 2 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington, DC
  • Written by Paul Selig and directed by Aly B. Etman
  • Running now until November 19, 2017
  • Tickets: $20-$25
  • Mystery School is a one-woman show entailing five very different, colorful onstage characters. All of them are concerned with religion or spirituality, in ways that vary from egotism to hard striving to hope and love. (A historical footnote: Tyne Daly played the roles at Long Wharf Theater in 1998 and again in New York City.)
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