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Jenny Minich is a DC native, theatre reviewer and arts blogger. She has a degree in Vocal Performance from Hood College and although she no longer performs, she’s happy to have the chance to contribute to the arts scene in DC.

“Covering the Holiday Season (Now – Dec. 31st) in DC is a daunting task! In my last post, I focused on regular discounts given by the professional theaters in the DC area. From now on, I’ll focus on specific shows, discounted performances and their associated FREE events: post-show/pre-show talks, happy hours, etc. Shout-out here to Mosaic Theater Company of DC! They are offering FREE post-show discussions open to anyone, even if you didn’t attend the show. I’d also like to highlight Pointless Theatre Company, offering discounts to the unemployed!

As many of you have noted, my list is a full list but not comprehensive. For this list I’ve only included theaters with productions in late November and December. If I’ve missed your favorite theatre or production – please chime in in the Comments Section of this post.

1st Stage (McLean, VA) – Broadway Bound Nov. 10-Dec. 18

FREE Post-Show Meet the Cast (with ticket) – 2pm, Nov. 19

Student Tickets: $15

Theater Alliance (Washington, DC) – Black Nativity, Nov. 23-Dec. 21

Student Tickets: $10 off

Radical Neighboring: 10 PWYC Tickets reserved for walk-ups

Half Price Previews: Nov. 23 & 25 at 8pm; Nov. 26 at 3pm

Arena Stage (Washington, DC)

Carousel – Oct. 28-Dec. 24

FREE Post Show Discussions (with ticket): Nov. 15 &16, Dec. 14 & 21 at 12pm; Dec. 1 at 8pm

LookingGlass Theatre Company’s Moby Dick, Nov. 8-Dec. 24 (more…)

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Introducing a new monthly guest series on theatre in the District (and within driving/public transport distance)!

Jenny Minich is a DC native, theatre reviewer and arts blogger. She has a degree in Vocal Performance from Hood College and although she no longer performs, she’s happy to have the chance to contribute to the arts scene in DC.

Theatre in DC is so damn expensive. In reality, I’m broke, as are most of my 20-something friends. But I’m lucky. I’ve got a sweet gig reviewing theatre, which means that as long as I don’t mind annoying my editor ahead of time or waiting with bated breath for the monthly lists of shows to bid for, I usually get to see the theatre I want to see. But when I go to sit down in these theatres and I look around me, I am buffered on all sides by the 50+ crowd.  And while I am glad that theatres all over DC are still being patronized (of course, duh!), I am always troubled by the fact that there are so few *relatively* young people (40 years or younger) in the audience. And if they are out there, they’re the odd college student or teenager with their parents or 20-somethings out on a date. Has the cost of professional theater going in DC been relegated to the realm of the special occasion, the once a year indulgence? It doesn’t have to be! (more…)

Thanks to Billy for sending the news from Playbill:

“A stage adaptation of Tina Fey’s 2004 hit comedy film Mean Girls, which starred actress Lindsay Lohan as a high school transfer student trying to navigate teenage social cliques, will have its world premiere in fall 2017 in Washington, D.C.”

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“The Fat and Greasy Citizens Brigade’s
Fourth Annual Production:
“The Tempest” by William Shakespeare

Washington, DC, June 23, 2016- The Fat and Greasy Citizens Brigade (FGC), a Washington, DC based theatre company, is bringing back free outdoor theatre to the city for its fourth year.

This summer we will be mounting our production of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” with performances running for three weekends on June 9,10,11,16,17,18, 23, and 24, 2016. Performances will be held nightly at 8 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown (1041 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007). Audience members will be able to lay out blankets, pack a picnic and enjoy a free performance out under the stars. In case of inclement weather the show will be performed indoors in the church Sanctuary. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for picnicking and relaxing pre-performance. Some concessions and fun FGC swag will be available for sale on site. For additional information, please visit our website: http://www.fgcitizens.org. (more…)

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From a press release:

“Folger Shakespeare Library will host the CrossTalk DC Kick-Off Forum on Sunday, May 15. CrossTalk DC is a community engagement initiative to bring disparate publics together to think about race and religion thoughtfully and deeply, through the lens of literature and history. More than 14 CrossTalk DC conversations and forums will happen across the District between May and October. (more…)

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From an email:

“On Friday, April 22, Captain James T. Kirk himself, the international TV and movie star William “you can call me Bill” Shatner will be taking the stage at the Shakespeare Theatre’s Sidney Harman Hall in Washington D.C.

Shatner will talk for over an hour about Star Trek, his life and work on the 50th anniversary of the legendary TV series. PLUS, ticket holders will hear an in-depth interview with Chris Carter, the creator of The X-Files, who will tell stories about the series and its triumphant return this season AND meet the stars of SyFy’s smash hit 12 Monkeys.

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13th and L St, NW (a separate space next to Maddy’s Tap Room)

From a press release:

“The owners of the Arlington Drafthouse are thrilled to open a comedy arts theater in Downtown DC! We have chosen to be different than the typical comedy club and instead offer an arts space committed to comedy and our community. This means great sight lines, an intimate setting, and no minimum purchase requirements for patrons, tall ceilings, and shared laughter.

We will feature mostly stand-up comedy, while also dedicating time to sketch and improv. Shows will be targeted to 70 to 80 minutes in length. Each weekend will feature, on average, 8 shows (2 on Thursday, 3 on Friday, and 3 on Saturday). This schedule allows for two headliners to perform each weekend, splitting the shows between them. This will significantly increase the opportunity to feature a diverse offering of top national comics to the DC area. As we expand our offerings in the first year, we will add off-Broadway style comedy arts to the line up. (more…)

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80 T Street, NW

It’s finally here: the reception/open house for the much-anticipated release of The Unified Scene Theater.

What’s The Unified Scene Theater? It’s an actual brick-and-mortar comedy theater in the heart of Bloomingdale, one that privileges and catalyzes the highly energized, highly galvanized improvisational comedy scene here in Washington, DC. It’s a permanent home (finally) for those wayward types raised on the collaborative art of improvisational comedy, an art that’s completely transformed comedy as an art form, not just here in America but globally.

What will it do? The Unified Scene will offer improv comedy performances and shows on most nights of the week, and classes and workshops in improv (both beginning and advanced) on others.

But that’s not all: it will also a multi-use performance, rehearsal, event, and meeting space that will also provide training and classes beneficial to performers, writers, and creative thinkers of all kinds. We’re proudly an incubator to DC’s growing art and performance scene, and proudly a “comedy locavore” here in Bloomingdale. (more…)