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November Theater Openings and Closings in Washington

News, reviews, and other highlights.

Ines Nassara in Crossing, playing at Signature Theatre through November 24.


Through November 24, Signature Theatre presents The Crossing, the world premiere of a new musical by Matt Conner (The Hollow) and Grace Barnes, who also collaborated on 2006’s Nevermore. Eric Schaeffer directs.

Also through November 24, Washington Stage Guild presents Inventing Van Gogh, a fusion of theater and art by Steven Dietz that imagines a painter asked to forge a work by van Gogh who’s then confronted by the artist himself.

November 4 through December 1, Woolly Mammoth stages the local premiere of Appropriate, Washington-born playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkin’s acclaimed play about a family returning to a dusty plantation in Arkansas.

November 5 through December 8, the National Theatre hosts the pre-Broadway premiere of If/Then, a musical by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt starring Idina Menzel (Wicked) as a 40-year-old woman who moves to New York for a fresh start.

November 7 through 23, Pinky Swear Productions presents Bondage, David Henry Hwang’s play about the relationship between a Los Angeles dominatrix and her client.

November 9 through 24, Shakespeare Theatre hosts Mies Julie, Yael Farber’s 2012 adaptation of the Strindberg play set in post-apartheid South Africa. Farber directs.

November 13 through December 29, Studio Theatre stages the first two plays in Richard Nelson’s quartet about the Apples: That Hopey Changey Thing, set on the eve of the midterm election during Obama’s first term, and Sweet and Sad, about the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

November 14 through December 29, Olney Theatre stages The King and I, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical about the King of Siam and his relationship with a British schoolteacher.

November 15 through December 29, Maurice Hines returns to Arena Stage in Tappin’ Thru Life, a show recounting his and his brother Gregory’s life in dance. The show features the Manzari Brothers, whom Hines discovered while he was auditioning for his last Arena Show, Sophisticated Ladies.

Opening November 21 at Shakespeare Theatre is A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Stephen Sondheim’s Tony-winning 1966 musical farce set in ancient Rome.

Through December 15, Theater Alliance stages White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, an experimental play featuring a different actor for each performance.


This closes at Round House Theatre November 3. Read our review.

The Picture of Dorian Gray also closes November 3 at Synetic Theater. Read our review.

Sister Act is at the Kennedy Center through November 10. Read our review.

Love in Afghanistan is at Arena Stage through November 17. Read our review.

The Night Watcher is at Studio Theatre through November 17. Read our review.

The Argument is at Theater J through November 24. Read our review.

36 Views is at Constellation Theatre through November 24.

Romeo and Juliet is at the Folger Theatre through December 1. Read our review.

Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill is at Signature Theatre through December 8. Read our review.