Three performances Gary Tischler recommends -- and a sneak peak of many more to come
“Richard III” at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre is a never before re-configuration of the Elizabethan Theatre, murder most foul all around, tense direction by Robert Richmond and a frightening and sly Drew Cortese as the murderous king, through March 16.
“We are Proud to Present….,” like nothing you’ll ever see on stage, as six actors take on the subject of race and genocide. A new play by Jackie Sibblies Drury at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre through March 9.
“Moby-Dick”--- by the Washington National Opera Company in the Kennedy Center’s Opera House. Even if you don’t like opera, this is the one that will get you into the game. Spectacular, beautifully sung with grand music by Jake Higgie. Through March 8.
“World Stages: International Theater Festival 2014,”on Kennedy Center Stages March 10-30. A feast at multiple venues of the best theater from elsewhere. Check out “The Suit,” from the Theatre des Bouffes du Nord, legendary director Peter Brooks adaptation of a South African short story; “Savannah Bay,” starring Emmanuelle Riva, from the Theatre de ‘Ateleir; and “Rupert,” about, you guessed it, media mogul Rupert Murdoch, making its U.S. premiere, by the Melbourne Theater Company. Go to kennedy-center.org/worldstages for more information.
“Water by the Spoonful,” a Pulitzer Prize winner by Quiara Alegria Hudes. is at the Studio Theater, March 5-April 23.
Schubert’s “Winterreise,” a great song cycle for voice and piano, performed by bass-baritone Ryan McKinny and pianist Kim Pensinger comes to the Barns at Wolf Trap, March 7.
“Hamlet, the rest is silence,” Synetic Theatre’s, wordless rendering of Shakespeare’s tale of the Danish prince, March 13-April 6.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a play that will sneak up on you like a friend you didn’t know you had. At Ford’s Theatre March 14-May 17.
“Camp David," a new play, about Carter, Begin, Sadat and a peace treaty, directed by Molly Smith, at Arena Stage, Mar 21-May 4.
Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival. Theater J presents its annual festival, featuring “The Admission,” in collaboration with the Cameri Theatre and the Arab-Hebrew Theatre of Jaffa, by Motti Lerner, March 20-April 6 and “Golda’s Balcony”, April 10-27, with Tovah Feldshu portraying Golda Meir in a play by William Gibson (“The Miracle Worker”). Plus readings and other events.
The British Invasion: The Beatles & The Rolling Stones—The Washington Ballet presents two rock ballets, “Trey McIntire’s ‘A Day in the Life’” and Christopher Bruce’s “Rooster,” March 6-8 at the Kennedy Center
Some Musical Highlights:
Kathy Mattea at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, a Washington Performing Arts Society concert.
“Sweet Honey in the Rock” at Music Center at Strathmore.
The Minetti Quartet at the Embassy of Austria, Embassy Series.
Johnny Clegg at Lisner Auditorium.
“The Romantics: Schubert and Goethe,” In Series at Heurich House Museum.
“Of Thee We Sing: The Marian Anderson 75th Anniversary Celebration (Washington Performing Arts Society), with Jessye Norman and Soloman Howard at DAR Constitution Hall.
Hilary Hahn, Music Center at Strathmore (WPAS)
Blue Note at 75; jazz celebration concerts at the Kennedy Center.