June Theater Preview

A “Simpsons”-themed apocalypse drama, rioting children and animals, and the man who created Superman are on Washington stages this month.
June is your last chance to catch Eric Bryant and Dylan Moore in Bachelorette, closing July 1 at Studio Theatre. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
June is your last chance to catch Eric Bryant and Dylan Moore in Bachelorette, closing July 1 at Studio Theatre. Photograph by Scott Suchman.


Woolly Mammoth continues its apocalypse-themed season with
Anne Washburn’s Simpsons-inspired

Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play
, which runs through July 1. The show imagines a group
of humans left to survive Armageddon without their electronic

Through June 24, Round House has
David Pichette and
R. Hamilton Wright’s new adaptation of the James M. Cain novel

Double Indemnity
—well known from the 1944 film noir starring Fred
MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck—about a wealthy woman who persuades an
agent to help her murder her husband.

Through July 31, Synetic Theater presents

Home of the Soldier
, a show exploring the impact of war. A young soldier enlists in the army to help find his missing-in-action father but is
drawn into conflict himself.

The acclaimed 2008 Lincoln Center production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s

South Pacific
—called “perfection” by the
New York Times—comes to Wolf Trap’s Filene Center May 31 through June 3.

Keegan Theatre has two shows opening this month.

Spring Awakening
, running June 2 through July 8, is the Tony-sweeping rock musical about love and sexuality by
Duncan Sheik and
Steven Sater.

, which runs June 9 through July 1, is the world premiere of a new work by Irish playwright
Rosemary Jenkinson (Basra Boy, Stella Morgan).

American Century Theater presents

Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You
Christopher Durang’s satirical comedy about a
nun who traumatizes young students with her stern Catholic dogma. June 8
through July 7.

At Theater J,
David Bar Katz’s
The History of Invulnerability
looks at Jerry Siegel, the young Jewish man who first
conjured up the character of Superman. June 6 through July

Experimental British theater company 1927 presents its lauded production of

The Animals and Children Took to the Streets
, June 8 through July 1. The show combines acting, animation, cabaret, and mime to depict a gritty London neighborhood overtaken
by riots.

The final show in Arena’s season is

The Normal Heart
Larry Kramer’s semi-autobiographical drama about the early impact of AIDS in New York City, directed by
George C. Wolfe. A version of this production with different actors in some roles won a Tony Award for best revival of a play when it ran
on Broadway last year. June 8 through July 29.

June 12 through July 1, the Kennedy Center Opera House hosts

, the Tony-winning musical featuring a pioneering white deejay in the ’50s who stirs up controversy by playing black music
on the radio.


Beauty and the Beast
, the musical based on the 1991 animated movie, comes to the National Theatre June 12 through 24. The show debuted in 1994
and became one of Broadway’s longest-running musicals, closing in 2007.

June 13 through July 8, Olney Theatre revives

Anthony Shaffer’s 1970 play about a mystery writer who sets up an elaborate con involving his unfaithful wife.

June 12 through July 15, Shakespeare Theatre takes on

The Merry Wives of Windsor
for the first time in more than ten years. The ribald comedy, directed by
Stephen Rayne, revolves around Falstaff’s attempts to find a wealthy lover, and is supposedly inspired by the hit TV show
Downton Abbey.

The Source Festival returns to U Street this year from June 8 through July 1. The festival has its usual format, presenting three full-length plays, 18 ten-minute plays, and three “artistic blind dates,” or collaborations between diverse performing and visual artists. There’s also a talent show, open to artists and the general public, which offers a $100 prize. For details on this year’s slate of plays, visit sourcefestival.org.

Opening June 8 in the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater is First You Dream: The Music of Kander and Ebb. The musical revue, which first ran at Signature Theatre, is directed by Eric Schaeffer and stars Heidi Blickenstaff, James Clow, Alan H. Green, and more singing hits from Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and Zorba. Through July 1.


No Rules Theatre Company presents

Suicide Incorporated
, a black comedy about a business in the line of
crafting the perfect suicide note. Through June 23 at the H Street

GALA Hispanic Theatre presents
Puerto Rico . . . ¡fuá! June 7 through July 1. The satirical musical explores the history of the “enchanted island.”


The Taming of the Shrew
closes June 10 at the Folger. Read our review

The Illusion
by Forum Theatre closes June 16. Read our review

Playing Sinatra
at MetroStage closes June 17.

God of Carnage
closes at Signature Theatre June
24. Read our review here.

WSC Avant Bard’s

The Bacchae
closes July 1 at Artisphere. Read our review

at Studio Theatre also closes July 1. Our review is


at Signature also closes July 1. Read our review


Imagination Stage and the Washington Ballet have collaborated on

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
, which uses dancers, actors, and puppets to tell C.S. Lewis’s classic story. June 20 through August 12.

Adventure Theatre stages

If You Give a Moose a Muffin
, its latest adaptation of the book from the popular
Laura Numeroff series. The show stars
Michael Russotto (Art, Bright New Boise) as the titular Moose. June 22 through September 2.


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