Plays, Musicals, and Cabaret Shows in November

“My Fair Lady,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Dreamgirls,” and more open in Washington this month.

By: Sophie Gilbert

Opening This Month

November 1 through 18, Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Revue revives its production of The Brontes, which had an acclaimed run earlier this year at the Capital Fringe Festival.

Arena Stage’s production of My Fair Lady, directed by Molly Smith and starring Manna Nichols and Benedict Campbell, opens November 3 after a one-day Sandy delay. The show was a hit when it debuted at Canada’s prestigious Shaw Festival.

November 3 through 25 at Woolly Mammoth, new company the Edge of the Universe 2 presents Atheist’s Paradise, a play exploring questions of philosophy, religion, and more.

Keegan Theatre presents All My Sons, the drama that helped launch playwright Arthur Miller’s career. The post-World War II play is about two families destroyed by their patriarch’s guilt. November 3 through December 1.

November 5 through December 2, Woolly Mammoth presents Mia Chung’s You for Me for You, a drama about two sisters fleeing North Korea who get separated when one is too weak to make the journey.

November 8 through December 2, Theater J stages Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie. The musical celebrates the 100th birthday of the folk legend.

Signature’s holiday season production is Dreamgirls, the Henry Krieger/Tom Eyen musical loosely based on Diana Ross and the Supremes. Helen Hayes Award winner Nova Y. Payton stars as Effie. November 13 through January 6.

Washington gets its third Annie Baker play in the past couple of years, following Circle Mirror Transformation at Studio Theatre and Body Awareness at Theater J. Studio stages The Aliens, about two townies in a small Vermont college town who recruit a teen for their crew. November 14 through December 23.

The National Theatre of Scotland, whose Black Watch received raves here and across the US, presents The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe. The comedy, staged in DC’s Bier Baron Tavern, was described by Britain’s Daily Mail as “devilishly good.” November 14 through December 9.

Also at Shakespeare, Ethan McSweeny directs A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the bard’s romantic comedy about love and mistaken identity. Running November 15 through December 30, the cast includes Ted van Griethuysen as Peter Quince.

Ford’s Theatre’s annual production of A Christmas Carol returns November 16 through December 30. Edward Gero (Red) stars as Scrooge.

American Idol alum Constantine Maroulis, seen most recently here in the ’80s musical Rock of Ages, is now in Jekyll & Hyde, which comes to the Kennedy Center’s Opera House November 20 through 25. R&B singer Deborah Cox co-stars.

Special Events

Storytelling group Speakeasy DC invites audience members to contribute their own autobiographical tales at Dance Place November 2 and 3.

November 4 for one night only, LA Theatre Works presents Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. British film and TV veteran Jane Carr plays Mrs. Bennet.

November 7 at H Street’s Sova, Scena Theatre presents a staged reading of Mark Ravenhill’s Some Explicit Polaroids.

Linda Lavin, who starred in the Kennedy Center’s production of Follies last year, returns to perform in Barbara Cook’s Spotlight series November 16.

Arena Stage's Kogod Cradle presents the inaugural performances in its new Cradle Series. Banished? productions stages Into the Dollhouse, an original piece of physical theater that first premiered at Flashpoint's Mead Theatre Lab. Dog & Pony DC also stages A Killing Game, a devised work about the onset of an apocalyptic plague. November 8 through 11.

November 23 and 24, Smash star Megan Hilty joins the NSO Pops for an evening of songs by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, and more.


Aaron Posner directs Peter Brook and Jean-Claude Carrière’s The Conference of the Birds at the Folger Theatre through November 25. Stay tuned for our review coming soon.

Dying City, Christopher Shinn’s 2006 play about a woman visited by her dead husband’s twin brother, closes at Signature Theatre November 25. Read our earlier review.

Last Chance

Theater J’s production of Our Class closes November 4. Read our earlier review.

James Still’s I Love to Eat, based on the life of food writer and chef James Beard, runs through November 4. Read our earlier review.

Arena Stage’s One Night With Janis Joplin also closes November 4. Read our earlier review.

Washington Improv Theater’s POTUS Among Us closes November 5.

Tony-winning hit War Horse gallops out of the Kennedy Center November 11. Read our earlier review.

Bryony Lavery’s Dirt, a world premiere production directed by David Muse at Studio Theatre, runs through November 11. Read our earlier review.

Happenstance Theatre’s Cabaret Macabre closes at Round House Silver Spring November 11.

Scena Theatre’s production of Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange closes at the H Street Playhouse November 18.

Washington Stage Guild’s production of Pygmalion also closes November 18.