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Can’t-Miss Plays, Musicals, and World Premieres in April
See “Other Desert Cities” at Arena, “Twelfth Night” at the Folger, and three new plays in repertory in Bethesda. By Sophie Gilbert
Monty Python’s Spamalot runs at the National Theatre April 10 through 14. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Comments () | Published April 3, 2013

Opening This Month

Two performances run in repertory at Shakespeare Theatre this month: Artistic director Michael Kahn directs Friedrich Schiller’s Wallenstein, about the infamous 17th-century general; and Studio Theatre artistic director David Muse helms Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, about the tragic war hero. Through June 2.

Aaron Posner directs The Last Five Years at Signature, the last-minute fill-in for Crimes of the Heart. The two-person musical stars James Gardiner and Posner’s real-life wife, Erin Weaver, as a couple pondering their relationship. April 2 through 28.

Andy and the Shadows, a world premiere play by Theater J artistic director Ari Roth, opens at the DC Jewish Community Center in a production directed by Daniella Topol. Alexander Strain stars as Andy Glickstein, the son of two Holocaust refugees exploring his heritage. April 3 through May 5.

Olney Theatre revives Neville’s Island: A Comedy in Thick Fog by Tim Firth, writer of the movies Calendar Girls and Kinky Boots. In the play, four Englishmen are shipwrecked on a minute island in the Lake District, ensuring mishaps and adventures during their quest to get home. April 4 through 28.

Taffety Punk stages Oxygen, Ivan Vyrypaev’s music-themed play set in contemporary Russia to a soundtrack by E.D. Sedgwick, the Caribbean, and more. April 5 through 26.

The Hub Theatre presents A Man, His Wife, and His Hat, the local premiere of Lauren Yee’s magical realism story about a man who loses two very important things. Shirley Serotsky directs. April 5 through 28.

Monty Python’s Spamalot returns to the National Theatre, featuring songs riffing on the tale of King Arthur (“His Name is Lancelot”), an evil rabbit, and the Knights Who Say Ni. The musical adaptation of the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail won three Tony Awards during its Broadway run. April 10 through 14.

New Round House producing artistic director Ryan Rilette directs the East Coast premiere of Bill Cain’s How to Write a Book for the Bible. The autobiographical play explores the relationship between Cain, who is a Jesuit priest, and his elderly mother during the last year of her life. April 10 through May 5.

Georgetown University presents the world premiere of Christine Evans’s Trojan Barbie, juxtaposing ancient and modern culture in a contemporary spin on the legend of Troy. Maya E. Roth directs. April 11 through 20.

Rep Stage presents Boeing Boeing, the French farce by Marc Camoletti (translated by Beverley Cross) about a caddish architect juggling affairs with three different women. April 17 through May 5.

Faction of Fools presents The Lady Becomes Him, an original devised piece based on a 16th-century commedia dell’arte document. Toby Mulford directs. April 18 through May 12.

GALA Hispanic Theatre stages DC-7: The Roberto Clemente Story, a musical written and directed by Luis Caballero about baseball player and humanitarian Roberto Clemente. April 18 through May 26.

No Rules Theatre Company presents the world premiere of The Personal(s), a drama by Theo van Gogh based on the 1996 movie Blind Date (adapted into an American film in 2007 by Stanley Tucci). April 24 through May 18.

Studio Theatre explores love in Pas de Deux, a double bill of Gary Henderson’s Skin Tight and Daniel McIvor’s 2-2 Tango. Skin Tight looks at the violent, intense alliance between a man and a woman; 2-2 Tango features a couple, James and Jim, re-creating the dynamics of their relationship through dance. April 24 through May 19.

Washington Stage Guild presents The Elder Statesman, T.S. Eliot’s final play about a politician confronted with a scandal from his past. April 25 through May 19.

Spooky Action Theatre stages Optimism! Or Voltaire’s Candide, a new adaptation of the classic by T.J. Edwards and directed by Michael Chamberlin. April 25 through May 19.

Other Desert Cities, Jon Robin Baitz’s Pulitzer finalist—a drama about a woman returning home to her family after writing a memoir about them—opens at Arena Stage in a production by Kyle Donnelly. The show became a hit during its off-Broadway premiere in 2011 and was later nominated for five Tony Awards for the Broadway run. April 26 to May 26.

WSC Avant Bard stages No Man’s Land, Harold Pinter’s 1974 play about four men holed up in a London house for a night of heavy drinking and nebulous truths. April 26 through May 25.

Pinky Swear Productions presents three plays at once—the world premieres of Allyson Currin’s Benched and Renee Calarco’s Bleed, as well as Rachel Axler’s Smudge. All three explore motherhood through the prism of strength and independence. April 26 through May 19.

Robert Richmond directs the Folger Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night, with Michael Brusasco as Orsino and Emily Trask as Viola. April 30 through June 9.


Last Chance/Ongoing

Keegan Theatre’s A Behanding in Spokane closes April 7. Read our review.

Washington Improv Theater’s FIST (Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament) closes April 13.

American Century Theater’s Voodoo Macbeth closes April 13. Read our review.

Quotidian Theatre’s A Walk in the Woods closes April 14.

Happenstance Theater’s production of Vanitas also closes April 14.

Never the Sinner at 1st Stage also closes April 14.

Mike Daisey’s American Utopias closes at Woolly Mammoth April 21. Read our review.

Studio Theatre’s 4,000 Miles closes April 28. Read our review.

Mary T. & Lizzy K. closes at Arena Stage April 28. Read our review.

The Mountaintop closes at Arena Stage May 12.

Hello, Dolly! at Ford’s Theatre closes May 18. Read our review.

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