On Stage in November
I'm still eating Halloween candy, but in local theater, the focus is onto Christmas with three different choices for "A Christmas Carol." If you're still enjoying non-Christmas revelry, take a look behind the scenes of the professional dance world or catch a haunting play about a widower that is debuting in D.C. after an acclaimed run on Broadway. It's a busy month, so there should be something for everyone.
Signature Theatre sashays into November with the local premiere of "The Studio," a dance-play written, directed and choreographed by Christopher d'Amboise. This play opens the door to the rehearsals and backstage life in the dancing world. It centers around a reclusive choreographer struggling to produce his opus with two dancers. All three cast members have recently performed on Broadway. (Nov. 6-Dec. 2)
Ford's Theatre may be closed for renovations, but the annual presentation of "A Christmas Carol" lives on at Shakespeare Theatre's Lansburgh performance space. You'll find Scrooge, Tiny Tim, a few ghosts and the other characters of the classic. It may not be new, but it's annually hailed as the perfect holiday show. (Nov. 6-Dec. 29)
Studio Theater produces the local premiere of Conor McPherson's "Shining City." The play, which garnered critical acclaim on Broadway last year, peers in on a grieving widower plagued by his wife's ghost as he talks to his therapist who was formerly a priest. The drama uses richly drawn characters and powerful storytelling to weave a tale of love, loss and faith. Studio's artistic director Joy Zinoman takes charge with the aid of the company's venerable long-time resident designers for lights, costumes, sets and sound. (Nov. 7-Dec. 16)
Scena Theatre commemorates its 20th anniversary season with a series of productions from Nouvelle Vague theater at the Warehouse. This month features "The Maids," which is produced in association with Alliance Francaise and La Maison Francaise. The absurdist show by Jean Genet follows two sisters -- the titular housekeepers -- who scheme about overthrowing their employer. (Nov. 9-Dec. 16)
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If you're entertaining family over the holidays, consider a trip to Olney Theatre Center for a visit with Tevye's family in "Fiddler on the Roof." The epic, set in pre-revolutionary Russia, follows a Jewish man coming to terms with traditions (as the song declares) of arranged marriages and established ways. The music is catchy enough to engage pretty much every age of theater-goer. Yes, this includes the pre-teen girls who will think that "If I Were a Rich Man" rips off Gwen Stefani. (Nov. 14-Dec. 30)
Keegan Theatre tackles November with two productions debuting on the same day, but at different venues.
The ambitious "Alone it Stands" at Theatre on the Run follows the classic victory of Munster Rugby Team over the All Blacks of New Zealand in 1978. In a feat as impressive as the rugby win, six actors will take on 62 roles. They will play both teams, the coaches, referee, crowd and even a canine spectator. (Nov. 15-Dec. 15)
Meanwhile, Keegan re-stages "Mojo Mickybo," which critic Nelson Pressley found "engaging," if unsurprising. The play, staged at Church Street Theater, follows two friends as they envision themselves emulating "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." (Nov. 15-Dec. 1)
Kids ages nine and up can travel into "The Phantom Tollbooth" at the Kennedy Center. The whimsical story follows a bored boy as he discovers a mysterious portal into a world of creativity where kingdoms of words and numbers feud. (Nov. 16-Dec. 16)
If you are looking for a new take on the classic "Carol," Arena Stage gives the show a semi-modern spin with "Christmas Carol 1941." Set during the first Christmas after Pearl Harbor, the story follows a Washington, D.C. family and the father's curmudgeonly boss. The show features a USO dance and plenty of music. (Nov. 16-Dec. 30)
Synetic Theatre offers its take on "A Christmas Carol" at the Rosslyn Spectrum. Paata Tsikurishvili and Dan Istrate direct and Irina Tsikurishvili choreographs just five actors in the dozens of roles, which should be mighty entertaining. (Nov. 24-Dec. 24; pay-what-you-can previews 8 p.m. Nov. 22 and 23)
"Avenue Q," the Tony Award-winner for Best Musical debuts in D.C. for a brief run at National Theatre. With puppets addressing poverty, drugs and sexuality, this is definitely "Sesame Street" for the "Rent" set. It's funny, outrageous, smart and has catchy music, so make a point to see it during its short stay. (Nov. 27-Dec. 9)
Round House Theatre draws its sword for "Treasure Island." This new adaptation follows the legendary Long John Silver on the hunt for buried treasure. All teenagers and children get into the show for $20. (Nov. 28-Dec. 30)
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