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Plays, Musicals, and Cabaret Shows in November

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

Manna Nichols as Eliza Doolittle and Benedict Campbell as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. Photograph by Scott Suchman

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

, 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
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

Last Chance

Theater J’s production of

Our Class
closes November 4. Read our earlier

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

Arena Stage’s

One Night With Janis Joplin
also closes November 4. Read our earlier

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

Bryony Lavery’s

, a world premiere production directed by David Muse
at Studio Theatre, runs through November 11. Read our earlier

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

also closes November 18.