A Theatre Lover's Guide to DC/Capital Area Theatres - March 2011 Offerings

With over 30 new productions opening on DC area stages, 4 large festivals, and 2 world premiere musicals, it may still be chilly outside, but DC area stages are sizzling and bursting with great theatre. So come visit the Nation's Capital and visit our vibrant theatre scene.

MARCH 2011 MUST-SEES:

FROM MARCH 2ND TO THE 20TH, DIZZY MISS LIZZIE'S ROADSIDE REVUE'S FINN McCOOL AT WOOLLY MAMMOTH THEATRE COMPANY'S MELTON REHEARSAL HALL, IN WASHINGTON, DC. 

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For the past three seasons, Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue has been packin' 'em in at the Capital Fringe Festival. This month, they are remounting their big hit Finn McCool. "A brave hero fights a bad ass fairy. Rock and Roll, baby! Complete with a brave hero, a one eyed henchman, a crazy guy who talks to canned goods, Druids and a drinking song!"

Finn McCool is a new, original, rock and roll experience from the writers of The Oresteia and The Saints: composers and lyricists and guitar pickers extraordinaire Debra Buonaccorsi (who also penned the book) and Steve McWilliams. The rockin' cast are Debra Buonaccorsi (The Morrigan), John Kenna (Finn McCool), Laura Kenna (Druidess Bodhmal), Maria Egler (Luatha Lugann), Mike Kozemchak (Finneces), Steve McWilliams (Goll MacMorna), Judith Ingber (Murna), and Rich Nagel (Musician). Don't miss this toe-tappin', guitar strumming, hand clappin' time!

FROM MARCH 3RD TO THE 27TH, DR. HORRIBLE'S SING-ALONG BLOG, AT LANDLESS THEATRE COMPANY, AT DC ARTS CENTER ('DCAC'), IN WASHINGTON, DC. 

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'Dr. Horrible shuts down Washington, DC in March, 2011' - so says the Landless crew and I actually believe them! Look, when you see a Landless Theatre production you know you're gonna have a zany, off-the-wall time, so bring on Dr. Horrible!

"The play is a direct (what does that mean?) adaptation of the cult internet sensation by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Zack Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen; Billy May seem like a nerdy blogger by day... but he moonlights as Dr. Horrible, the aspiring Super-Villain hell bent upon dominating the world and earning his place alongside Bad Horse ("the thoroughbred of Evil") in the Evil League of Evil. Will his maniacal dreams be thwarted by the dashingly cheesy Captain Hammer, or an

unexpected romance with that special girl at the Laundromat?

I'm sure the eccentric director Andrew Lloyd Baughman, (who is also the Producing Artistic Director of Landless Theatre Company), will put his cast and audience 'through the ringer'.

The cast includes Landless regulars CharLes Johnson as Dr. Horrible, Clay Comer as Captain Hammer, and Stefanie Garcia as Penny. The production also incorporates cabaretstyle performances from Dr. Horrible's Commentary- The Musical, including tributes to the creators and deleted songs. How horrible could it be?

FROM MARCH 3RD TO THE 27TH, Red Herring, AT WASHINGTON STAGE GUILD, AT THE UNDERCROFT THEATRE OF MOUNT VERNON PLACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, IN WASHINGTON, DC. 

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I love farce and Red Herring sounds like my kind of show. Hollinger's play is described as, "A madcap, irreverent farce of spy versus counter-spy, set in the cold war and involving everything from the H-bomb to the FBI to Joseph McCarthy's daughter! Three of Steven's other plays have been produced by the Guild: Incorruptible, An Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Boeuf, and Opus", and they did them very well, so I am expecting great things here.




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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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