On Stage in September
After the summer dry spell, this month promises a great mix of comedy and drama with a few musicals mixed in. Here's a sampling.
First up is "POTUS Among Us" performed by Washington Improv Theater at Source starting tomorrow. Having seen a sneak preview, I can say that it's the perfect antidote to any election burnout you may be feeling. The quick-witted cast members pose as presidential candidates and the audience decides which of the two contenders should duke it out. From there it's anybody's guess (even the cast's) what will happen.
Having already reveled in the absurd with "Jerry Springer: The Opera," Studio Theatre moves onto more serious fare with "The Road to Mecca," which opened Sept. 3. Athol Fugard's play follows an elderly widow's relationship with both the church that she abandoned and a young teacher.
Warner Theatre has a packed schedule this month, not the least of which is a play starting Tuesday, Sept. 16 by script-factory and erstwhile Medea, Tyler Perry. Much like other Perry plays and movies, "The Marriage Counselor" is all about family, which provides significant opportunities for both comedy and drama.
For some female empowerment, Sandra Bernhard will be at Theater J starting Tuesday, Sept. 9. Resurrecting her hit play "Without You I'm Nothing" for its 20th anniversary, Bernhard mixes cabaret and rock and roll to satirize modern culture.
Another high-profile one-woman show is Carrie Fisher's "Wishful Drinking" presented by Arena Stage at Lincoln Theatre starting Friday, Sept. 5. Fisher offers her own wry perspective on donning a metal bikini for "Return of the Jedi" and having Elizabeth Taylor as a stepmother.
In other solo performance news "Blanche and Beyond," starring Richard Thomas, comes to the Kennedy Center on Wednesday, Sept. 24. The play is based on letters written by Tennessee Williams between 1945 and 1957 that communicate his rise to fame after penning such plays as "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
Meanwhile star-crossed lovers make their way to Shakespeare Theatre on Tuesday, Sept. 9. The most noteworthy aspect of this iteration of "Romeo and Juliet" is James Davis's role as the lovely yet doomed Juliet. That's right; it's an all-male cast, true to the days of the Bard himself.
For a bona fide girly girl, "Legally Blonde" will be playing at Hippodrome starting Tuesday, Sept. 30. This musical version of the popular movie follows the same storyline with a sorority girl, perpetually decked out in head-to-toe pink, following her ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School in an attempt to win him back.
What play tops your can't-miss list this month? Let us know in the comments.
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