A Theatre Lover's Guide to DC/Capital Area Theatres – January 2011 Offerings and My 2010 Favorite Productions

Happy New Year everyone!

As we welcome in a new year of great theatre in the nation’s capital, I thought it would be fun to do one of those “Best of 2010" lists as well as preview what’s opening in January on DC area stages. So let’s raise our glasses and offer a toast to all those theatre companies who gave us great productions in 2010, and to the upcoming 2011 theatre season!



There were hundreds of productions mounted on DC area stages in 2010. Here are my personal favorites (in alphabetical order):

A Christmas Carol at Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Baltimore

A Man of No Importance at Keegan Theatre

Antony and Cleopatra at Synetic Theater

Candide at Shakespeare Theatre Company

Chess at Signature Theatre

Hairspray at Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia

High Fidelity at Landless Theatre Company

Into The Woods at The Theatre Lab - School of Dramatic Arts

Les Miserables at Act Two @ Levine

Master and Margarita at Synetic Theater

My Name is Asher Lev at Round House Theatre

Oklahoma! at Arena Stage

Othello at Synetic Theater

Passing Strange at The Studio Theatre

Perez Hilton Saves The Universe at Landless Theatre Company

RENT at Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia

Side Show at Teatro 101

Sophisticated Ladies at Arena Stage.

Sycamore Trees at Signature Theatre

South Pacific at The Kennedy Center In Washington, DC.

The Dancing Princesses at Imagination Stage

The Happy Elf at Adventure Theatre and Montgomery College

The Odd Couple at Theater J

The Stephen Schwartz Project at Musical Theater Center

Violet at Teatro 101

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at No Rules Theatre Company




Tony Award-winning Director Mary Zimmerman (for Metamorphoses) whose production of Candide is packing them in at Sidney Harman Hall at The Shakespeare Theatre Company – has adapted the “Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night" and is bringing The Arabian Nights to Arena Stage’s Fichandler where the popular Oklahoma! played to sold out audiences and received rave reviews. I know the show will be visually stunning, because every show I’ve seen that Mary has directed has been beautifully designed.

“In ancient Baghdad, a courageous young girl postpones her execution by weaving magical tales for the troubled king. Genies and jesters, lovers and thieves spring to life from Scheherazade's imagination – allowing her to win the king's heart even as she secures her freedom."

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Joel Markowitz Joel Markowitz grew up in Buffalo, NY. At a young age, between shoveling snow and eating hot Buffalo wings, he fell in love with theatre, particularly musical theatre. Moving to the DC area after graduating from Syracuse University, Joel founded The Ushers Theatre Going Social Group, where he leads groups to performances in the DC area, and theatre weekends in NYC and Philadelphia. This year, The Ushers is celebrating its 21st anniversary. Joel also coordinates Broadway Bound Meetup groups in the DC, Baltimore, and VA areas.

In May 2011, Joel became the Editor and Senior Columnist for Maryland Theatre Guide, after writing his popular column Theatre Schmooze, and recording interviews with DC, Philadelphia, and New York actors, directors, and composers for DC Theatre Scene for 5 years. Joel is also a regular contributor on the weekly NYC radio program ‘The Lunch and Judy Show’ where he talks with host Judy Stadt about theatre in NYC and the DC area. Joel is a fan of Stephen Sondheim, William Finn, Jason Robert Brown and Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. His favorite musicals include Ragtime, The Secret Garden, Spring Awakening, Gypsy, The Light in the Piazza, Sweeney Todd, The Last Five Years, and In The Heights. He is a huge supporter of children's theatre. Joel is also a Buffalo Sabres fan, so you may see him at hockey rinks, as well as at stage doors, where he schmoozes with the stars.

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