FYIDC: Best Bets – Drama Club Edition

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This week, we’re getting theatrical.

By Anne Kim-Dannibale

Mike Daisey’s “American Utopias” at Woolly Mammoth (Photo courtesy Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company)

The nominees for this year’s Helen Hayes Awards may have come and gone, but there’s still plenty of top-notch theater to be had. Don’t miss these local productions, some of which are exiting stage left this weekend. And don’t miss theatreWashington’s 29th annual Helen Hayes Awards April 8, tickets here.

Alex Mills, Joel David Santner, Jefferson Farber, and Rex Daugherty in “Shakespeare’s R&J” (Photo by Teresa Wood)

Shakespeare’s R&J
Closing Monday, March 3
Signature Theatre
4200 Campbell Ave.
Arlington, VA 22206
$29-$75
703-573-7328 box office and online here

Teenage angst at an all-male Catholic boarding school is re-imagined against one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays in Joe Calarco’s highly acclaimed coming-of-age drama.

Nelson Landrieu, Monica Steuer, Anabel Marcano, Antonio Vargas and Manolo Santalla in “La Casa de los Espiritus” (The House of the Spirits) at GALA Hispanic Theatre (Photo by Lonnie Tague)

La Casa de los Espiritus” (The House of the Spirits)
Closing Sunday, March 10
GALA Hispanic Theatre
3333 14th St. NW
$20-$40
202-234-7174 box office and online here

Caridad Svich’s adaptation of New York Times best-seller Isabel Allende’s novel takes audiences on a magical tour through the Trueba family’s rocky and extraordinary history. In Spanish with English surtitles.

Doug Hara and Tempe Thomas in “Metamorphoses” at Arena Stage (Photo by Teresa Wood)

Metamorphoses
Closing Sunday, March 17
Arena Stage’s Fichandler Stage
1101 6th St. SW
$40-$85
202-488-3300 box office and online here

Tony Award-winner Mary Zimmerman brings her much-lauded interpretation of Ovid’s mythical stories back to the stage, this time performed “in the round” at Arena’s Fichandler to great effect with an enormous pool (prepare to get a little wet).

“Three Little Birds” at Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo (Courtesy Adventure Theatre Musical Theater Center)

Three Little Birds
March 15-April 14
Adventure Theatre Musical Theater Center
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD 20812
$19 (Ages 4 and up)
301-634-2270 box office and online here

Cedella Marley brings her famous father Bob Marley’s songs to the stage in a light-hearted musical for kids. Young Ziggy is happy to see the world from his TV, but his friend Nansi encourages him to go out and experience Jamaica for himself.

James Whalen, Michael Anthony Williams and Crashonda Edwards in David Mamet’s “Race” at Theatre J. (Photo by C. Stanley Photography)

Race
Closing March 17
Theatre J
Washington District of Columbia Jewish Center
1529 16th St. NW
$15-$60
800-494-8497 box office and online here

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet’s 2009 drama dredges up prickly issues of race and gender when two male lawyers are tasked to defend a wealthy white client accused of raping a black woman. Adult language.

Tana Hicken and Grant Harrison in “4000 Miles” at Studio Theatre (Photo by Teddy Wolff)

4000 Miles
March 20-April 28
Studio Theatre
1501 14th St. NW
$39-$82
202-332-3300 box office and online here

Amy Herzog’s Off-Broadway hit uncovers the parallels between a grandmother on the verge of forgetting her life and her young grandson who is trying to figure out his own.

Mike Daisey in “American Utopias” (Courtesy Woolly Mammoth)

American Utopias
March 25-April 21
Woolly Mammoth
641 D St. NW
$35-$67.50
202-393-3939 box office and online here

Controversial monologist Mike Daisey returns to Washington and Woolly Mammoth with his latest, “American Utopias,” a meditation on the American Dream that travels from Burning Man, to Walt Disney World and the Occupy Wall Street movement.

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