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.
Monty Python’s Spamalot runs at the National Theatre April 10 through 14. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Monty Python’s Spamalot runs at the National Theatre April 10 through 14. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Opening This Month

Two performances run in repertory at
Shakespeare Theatre this month: Artistic director Michael Kahn directs Friedrich Schiller’s

, about the infamous 17th-century general; and Studio Theatre artistic director David
Muse helms Shakespeare’s

, about the tragic war hero. Through June 2.

Aaron Posner directs

The Last Five Years
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

, 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.

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.

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

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

and Renee Calarco’s

, as well as Rachel Axler’s

. 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

Last Chance/Ongoing

Keegan Theatre’s

A Behanding in Spokane
closes April 7. Read our

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

American Century Theater’s

Voodoo Macbeth
closes April 13. Read our

Quotidian Theatre’s

A Walk in the Woods
closes April 14.

Happenstance Theater’s production of

also closes April 14.

Never the Sinner
1st Stage also closes April 14.

Mike Daisey’s

American Utopias
closes at Woolly Mammoth April 21. Read our

Studio Theatre’s

4,000 Miles
closes April 28. Read our

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

The Mountaintop
closes at
Arena Stage May 12.

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

More from Things to Do