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Plays, Musicals, and Theater Must-Sees in February
More than 30 productions open this month, including Mary Zimmerman’s Tony-winning “Metamorphoses” and David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross.” By Sophie Gilbert
Catch Hedda Gabler as part of the Nordic Cool festival at the Kennedy Center. Photograph by Erik Aavatsmark.
Comments () | Published January 31, 2013

January 30 through March 10 at Studio Theatre, Serge Seiden directs The Motherf***cker With the Hat, Stephen Adley Guirgis’s black comedy about a recovering alcoholic torn between the girlfriend he suspects is cheating on him and his parole counselor.

At Shakespeare Theatre, Bethesda native Richard Schiff (The West Wing) starts in Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie, a two-man drama about an aging hustler in New York City. January 31 through March 17.

Spooky Action Theatre stages Kafka on the Shore, an adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s novel by Frank Galati. January 31 through February 24.

February 1 through 23, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night gets the Taffety Punk treatment.

February 1 through March 10, Arena Stage presents Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire (author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Hole). Set in South Boston, the show concerns a single mother who forges a plan to escape her debt.

Toby’s Dinner Theatre, which recently swept the Helen Hayes nominations with its production of The Color Purple, presents Fiddler on the Roof. February 2 through April 28.

Writer/director Joe Calarco returns to Washington with Shakespeare’s R&J, his riff on Romeo and Juliet set at an all-male Catholic boarding school. At Signature Theatre February 5 through March 3.

No Rules Theatre Company, currently in residence at Signature, presents Peter Shaffer’s Black Comedy, a farce with the lights turned out. February 6 through March 2.

February 6 through 10 at Arena Stage, Massachusetts-based Double Edge Theatre has a five-night run of The Grand Parade, a world premiere physical theater work exploring Marc Chagall’s paintings.

Mitchell Hébert directs Round House Bethesda’s production of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, a Pulitzer-winning comedy about four less-than-ethical Chicago real estate agents. February 6 through March 3.

Another Mamet play, Race, comes to Theater J. The drama features three attorneys asked to defend a wealthy white man against charges of assaulting a young black woman. February 6 through March 17.

Forum Theatre stages Bill Cain’s 9 Circles, a psychological drama about war and its aftermath. February 7 through March 3.

February 7 through March 10, Gala Hispanic Theatre presents La casa de los espíritus (The House of the Spirits), an adaptation of the Isabel Allende novel about the Chilean Trueba family.

Mary Zimmerman returns to DC, staging her Tony-winning adaptation of Metamorphoses at Arena Stage. February 8 through March 17.

Olney Theatre stages Spring Awakening, the Tony-winning rock musical about kids coming of age in 19th-century Germany. February 9 through March 10.

Woolly Mammoth presents Danai Gurira’s The Convert, a drama about a teenage girl in 1980s Africa who escapes a forced marriage by running away to the home of a missionary. February 13 through March 10.

Pointless Theatre Company presents a puppet adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. February 15 through March 9.

The Kennedy Center’s Nordic Cool festival kicks off February 20, bringing National Theatre of Norway’s production of Hedda Gabler and Royal Dramatic Theatre, Sweden’s Fanny and Alexander, among others. Find full details at the Kennedy Center’s website. Through March 10.

February 21 through March 17, Washington Stage Guild offers Inferno, a one-man adaptation of Dante’s epic adapted and performed by WSG’s Bill Largess.

Opening at Synetic Theater February 21 is The Tempest, the mostly wordless company’s latest installment in its Silent Shakespeare series. Through March 23.

The Intersections festival returns to Atlas Performing Arts Center February 23 through March 10. Faction of Fools participates by staging its Plays on the American Mask, February 23 through 25.

At Rep Stage February 27 through March 17 is Home, Samm-Art Williams’s Tony-nominated play about a young man growing up in North Carolina.


Ongoing/Last Chance

Theater J’s Boged: An Enemy of the People closes February 3. Read our review.

Studio Theatre’s Contractions also closes February 3. Read our review.

Washington Stage Guild’s production of Karoline Leach’s Tryst closes February 10.

Constellation Theatre’s world premiere production of Zorro closes February 17. Read our review.

Rorschach Theatre’s The Minotaur also closes February 17. Read our review.

Ford’s Theatre’s production of Our Town closes February 24. Read our preview.

Keegan Theatre’s production of Cabaret closes March 2. Read our review.

The Folger’s Henry V closes March 3. Read our review.

MetroStage’s Ladies Swing the Blues closes March 17.


For Kids

Imagination Stage presents Anime Momotaro, a Japanese folktale about a boy found inside a giant peach. The production is by Hawaii’s Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Through March 10.

February 14 through March 10, the Puppet Co. stages Little Red Riding Hood and the 3 Little Pigs.

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