Sep
18
Tue
Heisenberg @ Signature Theatre
Sep 18 – Nov 11 all-day
Heisenberg @ Signature Theatre | Arlington | Virginia | United States

When 75-year-old Alex gets a surprise smooch from a comparatively younger stranger named Georgie, it’s not exactly what he expected when boarding the train on this average day. Even less expected was her finding him at his butcher shop sometime after the encounter. Georgie is confusing. Alex is confused. And so is the audience – left in suspense as the play’s runtime begins to unravel her true intentions. This unlikely duo with romantic relations is just another experiment conducted by Tony Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens. He’s just letting the audience in on his conclusive results.

Sep
21
Fri
Born Yesterday @ Ford’s Theatre
Sep 21 – Oct 21 all-day
Born Yesterday @ Ford’s Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

For DC natives, Born Yesterday may seem like an all-too-familiar story about gaining political power in the hub of the power hungry. But this satire set in the 1940s is more of a comedic retreat from the current stressful affairs, and the winnings don’t go to a who but to a what: the truth. Ford’s Theatre calls this production directed by Aaron Posner “political satire meets romantic comedy,” but all good stories are grounded in reality. Watch this for an entertaining mashup of unlikely allies and girl power to fight corruption.

Oct
18
Thu
Illyria @ Gunston Arts Center’s Theatre Two
Oct 18 – Nov 18 all-day

This WSC Avant Bard production set in the 1980s is a colorful and music-heavy tale where gender is an afterthought. Illyria is freely adapted from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, a story in which seemingly straight characters fall in love with someone despite their projected gender identity and not because of it. Ezra Tozian will be playing Viola in her crossdressing performance as Cesario, taking the act to another level as a performance within a performance. What are the subtle mannerisms that she’ll take from gender to gender? What is it about Viola and Cesario that their admirers will fall in love with? The titular Illyria dive bar in Manhattan will intertwine the lives of multiple identities, all while bumping the music of love.

Oct
19
Fri
Trevor Noah @ DAR Constitution Hall
Oct 19 – Oct 27 all-day


Trevor Noah

You have no excuse to miss one of the fiercest names in comedy this fall. The South African comedian and The Daily Show host will make multiple appearances at DAR Constitution Hall in October, where he’ll continue to use his platform to discuss race and social justice in his home country and here in the U.S. We can’t think of a better way to round out your weekend than with Noah’s wit and wisdom.

Oct
25
Thu
Hitchcocktober at Angelika Pop-Up Union Market @ Union Market
Oct 25 all-day
Hitchcocktober at Angelika Pop-Up Union Market @ Union Market | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

What better way to celebrate Halloween than by spending the entire month with Hitchcock’s horror classics? Featuring Rear Window, Shadow of a Doubt, Strangers on a Train, The 39 Steps and Psycho. The shows open throughout the month, so you’ll have plenty of time to get your fix before spooky season ends. Ticket prices and show times vary.

Oct
30
Tue
Billy Elliot @ Signature Theatre
Oct 30 2018 – Jan 9 2019 all-day

Ballet. Coal mining. Labor strikes. Following your dreams. An infectious soundtrack, courtesy of Sir Elton John himself. What do all of these things have in common? They’re all part of the iconic tale of the boy who loved to dance, coming to Arlington’s award-winning, intimate space at Signature Theatre. The singalong tale will run through the holidays, providing the perfect opportunity to show DC’s magnificent productions of classic theatre to your houseguests. Or sneak out and enjoy this feel-good, toe-tapping tale on your own.

Oct
31
Wed
Hitchcocktober at Angelika Pop-Up Union Market @ Union Market
Oct 31 all-day
Hitchcocktober at Angelika Pop-Up Union Market @ Union Market | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

What better way to celebrate Halloween than by spending the entire month with Hitchcock’s horror classics? Featuring Rear Window, Shadow of a Doubt, Strangers on a Train, The 39 Steps and Psycho. The shows open throughout the month, so you’ll have plenty of time to get your fix before spooky season ends. Ticket prices and show times vary.

Nov
2
Fri
Anything Goes @ Arena Stage’s Fichandler Stage
Nov 2 – Dec 23 all-day

As the SS American carries away its passengers from London to New York, it also sails a little secret across the ocean. There’s a passionate love stowed away between Billy and the countess Hope Harcourt. She’s meant to get married to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (please pronounce in your snootiest voice – it’s probably an accurate descriptor of the character). Of course, Billy doesn’t have the riches, but he does have determination and that has to count for something, right? He manages to get some fellow passengers on board (ha) with his mission, and the rest is for you to find out. I’ll be rooting for Billy mostly because he’s played by a familiar face, Disney Channel’s own Corbin Bleu.

Nov
5
Mon
Inside Netflix’s Making a Murderer @ The Lincoln Theatre
Nov 5 @ 6:30 pm

The documentary series centered on Steven Avery’s wrongful conviction of sexual assault and attempted murder at the age of 23 offers a deeper dive into the stories from the lawyers in the courtroom with him. Avery spent 18 years in prison before his exoneration, only to be convicted of another murder two years after his release. Anyone that gets a thrill from cold cases will love this discussion, with time for audience questions. Attorneys David Rudolf and Jerry Buting will share the ins and outs of their work on the cases, reminding us all that true crime stories aren’t just tales for our entertainment. These cases are the culmination of investigation, interviews, anxiety and a search for truth spanning decades. The in-depth event will be moderated by NPR Justice Correspondent Carrie Johnson.

Dec
10
Mon
The Reapers on Woodbrook Avenue @ Signature Theatre
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm
The Reapers on Woodbrook Avenue @ Signature Theatre | Arlington | Virginia | United States

Baltimore, 1976: matriarch Loretta Reaper is forced to consider how far she’ll go to protect her property. Charleston, 2008: Corey, Loretta’s great-grandson, must reclaim the land that was promised to—and stolen from—his ancestors.