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Posted at 5:06 PM ET, 07/ 6/2007

On Stage in July

By Erin

During the sticky summer months, many local theaters go dark for a small break between seasons. This respite does not mean that July will be a slow month. Around town, the gospel takes center stage and marijuana receives a musical revue. Oh, and if that's not enough, the Capital Fringe Festival should liven up your calendar with about 500 performances between July 19 and 29.

"Godspell" shakes up the stage at Olney. (Stan Barouh)

The saints will come marching -- or at least clowning and tumbling -- in when Olney Theatre Center presents "Godspell," the rocking gospel according to Matthew. In this vaudevillian bonanza, many of the lyrics are taken from the Episcopal Hymnal, with songs like "Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord: and "Learn Your Lessons Well." (July 5-Aug. 5)

Studio Theatre invites audiences to take in, but not inhale "Reefer Madness." This musical adaptation of the legendary propaganda film takes audiences back to 1936 to learn about the treacherous outcomes of using cannabis. (July 11-Aug. 5)

Solas Nua takes aim at the Irish with "The Drunkard." Performed at Georgetown University's Davis Arts Center, the play is adapted from an American temperance play to a story about rural Ireland. Tom Murphy douses it with plenty of Irish stereotypes for a witty and raucous look at Irish justice. (July 12-Aug. 5)

American Century Theatre spent a year planning its staging of the zany "Hellzapoppin." With a cast of 26, the show features two comics trying to control a musical peanut gallery bent on causing mayhem at Gunston Arts Center. (July 14-Aug. 18)

Olney Theatre Center takes a hard look at politics with "Democracy," set in Germany during the '60s. With downtrodden morale, feuding factions and political unrest, this show dreams up exchanges between West German Chancellor Willy Brandt and his assistant, who was a spy. (July 18-Aug. 12)

The 2nd Capital Fringe Festival descends with hundreds of performances taking place at over a dozen District venues. The lineup includes "Ninja Motorcycle Babes," a woman who loves her baked goods, a bit of Edgar Allan Poe and plenty in between. We'll have more details, including some of our top picks, as the festival draws closer.

A trio of soulful women croon about sisterly ties, love and loss when "Three Sistahs" returns to MetroStage. This play tells the tale of three women who return to bury their brother, a soldier killed in Vietnam, and is set to bluesy pop songs. (July 26-Sept. 9)

There's still time to see the lights come crashing down with "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Kennedy Center (through Aug. 12) and see a slam poetry take on modern black life with Arena Stage's "Emergence-See!" (through July 22).


By Erin  | July 6, 2007; 5:06 PM ET
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I have two questions I would love to see answered by the WP/Exp.

1. Where can a couple in the 50's who love to dance to 70's/80's music find a talented cover band to dance to on weekends?

2. Of all the entertainers/groups who performed at Wolf Trap and Merriweather this summer, who was so good they should not be missed if they return next summer?

Posted by: Jim Bullard | July 13, 2007 9:31 AM | Report abuse

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