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- Nir Erez, Boaz Gaon; dir: Joseph Megel.
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next to normal in Broadway NEXT TO NORMAL
McLean Community Players, Alden Theatre
"Rock is alive and rolling like thunder in next to normal. It's the best musical of the season by a emotional powerhouse with a fire in its soul and a wicked wit that burns just as fiercely."—Rolling Stone "No show on Broadway right now makes as a direct grab for the heart—or wrings it as thoroughly—as next to normal does. ... [It] focuses squarely on the pain that cripples the members of a suburban family, and never for a minute does it let you escape the anguish at the core of their lives. next to normal does not, in other words, qualify as your standard feel-good musical. Instead this portrait of a manic-depressive mother and the people she loves and damages is something much more: a feel-everything musical, which asks you, with operatic force, to discover the liberation in knowing where it hurts."—Ben Brantley, The New York Times Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics). It was named Best Musical of the Season by Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times
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Ford's Theatre
Ford's Theatre: - Thornton Wilder; dir: Stephen Rayne.
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Shakespeare's R&J in Broadway SHAKESPEARE'S R&J
Signature Theater
The Acclaimed Play Four young men. One scarf. Shakespeare's transcendent saga of forbidden love reimagined in a brave and bold in-the-round setting. A repressive all-male Catholic boarding school bans Romeo and Juliet in favor of Latin conjugations and the Ten Commandments. Four students unearth a secret copy and steal into the night to recite the prohibited tale of adolescent passion. While it begins as a lark, the story gradually draws the boys into a discovery of universal truth that parallels their own coming-of-age. A riveting drama within a drama, Shakespeare's R&J transcends the boundaries between play and player.
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Folger Theatre
Folger Theatre: - William Shakespeare; dir: Robert Richmond.
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Good People in Broadway GOOD PEOPLE
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
Good People By David Lindsay-Abaire Directed by Jackie Maxwell In the Kreeger Theater February 1 – March 10, 2013 Enter South Boston's Lower End, where minimum wage is the maximum wage and hard work and sacrifice don't ensure success. Facing eviction, single mother and mouthy "Southie" native Margaret Walsh reunites with an old flame who "made good," hoping that his fortune can somehow improve her own. But not every man wants to relive his past, and with each surprising twist of their meeting they discover the dire costs the truth can hold. From Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) and named the Best Play by the New York Drama Critics' Circle during its Broadway run, Good People is a "poignant, brave and almost subversive" (New York Post) drama about life in a broke and broken American town.
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Arena Stage
The Kreeger Theater: - David Lindsay-Abaire; dir: Jackie Maxwell.
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The Studio Theatre
The Metheny Theatre: - Stephen Adly Guirgis; dir: Serge Seiden.
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Hughie in Broadway HUGHIE
Shakespeare Theatre Company, Lansburgh Theatre
Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Schiff (The West Wing) will make his Shakespeare Theatre Company mainstage debut when he stars in Eugene O'Neill's Hughie during STC's 2012-2013 Season. This new offering will replace the previously announced production of George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman. One of Eugene O'Neill's later works, Hughie is a commanding study of Erie Smith, a man whose illusions of a grand lifestyle are wavering after the death of the stranger who quietly validated his larger-than-life confidence. Erie is searching for a new person to affirm his transparent fantasies or else be forced to face his own crushing self-pity. Hughie stands to transfix its audience with the raw force wrought by one of O'Neill's most stirring characters.
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