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Posted at 2:46 PM ET, 10/ 1/2009

On Stage in October

By Stephanie Merry

This month brings a Broadway blockbuster, the musical remake of a cult classic and an eclectic festival of dance.

October kicks off on a high note with the premiere of "Jersey Boys" at National Theatre. The Tony-winning musical follows the life of Frankie Valli and his hit-making group, the Four Seasons. Some of the golden oldies on parade include "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." (Oct. 1-Dec. 12)


The Washington Ballet will perform Edwaard Liang's "Wunderland" for the VelocityDC dance festival. (Carol Pratt)

D.C. has a new dance festival that kicks off this weekend. Inspired by the Fall for Dance festival in New York, VelocityDC will include two days of performances by the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, CityDance Ensemble, Nejla Yatkin and others. Anyone who caught the Washington Ballet's performance of Edwaard Liang's moving "Wunderland" in May has something to look forward to: the company will be revisiting that performance during the festival. (Oct. 2-3)

Ready for a complicated description of an upcoming show? Meet "Hope Operas." On five consecutive Mondays, six directors unveil 15-minute episodes of a play, and the audience votes on the play they like best. It may sound like a little bit of a gimmick, but it's all for a good cause, as ticket profits will be donated to a charity chosen by the winning performance. (Oct. 5-Nov. 9)

Shakespeare Theatre Company's season is getting underway, thanks to "The Alchemist," Ben Jonson's 17th-century satire. The play follows a trio of con artists attempting to take advantage of London's affluent residents. (Oct. 6-Nov. 22)

Some people prefer the nuances of '80s-era B movies over centuries-old satire, and Landless Theater is catering to just that crowd. The ever-entertaining theater troupe will be slaying zombies for "Evil Dead: The Musical" at D.C. Arts Center. (Oct. 8-Nov. 1)

For Flight of the Conchords fans, Kristen Schaal needs no introduction, as she plays the band's hilariously creepy only fan. She'll be coming to town (without the guys this time), bringing her offbeat sense of humor with her. (Oct. 9-10) (NOTE: This performance has been postponed until April 9-10, 2010).

The follow-up to "The Laramie Project" is coming to town in not one, but two theaters. The original play, based on interviews conducted by Moisés Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project following the murder of gay 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, was a huge success and adapted into an HBO miniseries. This epilogue, based on interviews conducted 10 years after the murder (including notes from a one-on-one with one of the convicted murderers), will be simultaneously read at regional theaters across the country, including one at Lincoln Theatre (organized by Arena Stage) and at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. (8 p.m. Oct. 12)

Studio Theater will be unveiling the dark comedy Adding Machine: A Musical this month. The show looks at the terrifying byproduct of technology (lost jobs) and the even more frightening reaction of fired workers (murder). (Oct. 14-Nov. 1)

Synetic Theatre celebrates Halloween a little early with a restaging of its well-received (way back in 2005) "Dracula." As usual, you can expect the troupe to offer a dialogue-light adaptation full of gravity-defying movements. (Oct. 16-Nov. 15)

For all those still grumbling about the cancellation of "Arrested Development" (you know who you are. Isn't it time to let it go?), David Cross is coming to town with his hilarious stand-up routine. Will he be dressed as a Blue Man in jean shorts? You'll have to go to find out. (Oct. 21)

Folger Theatre's season-opener,"Much Ado About Nothing," is getting a little added zest with some Caribbean rhythms. (Oct. 21-Nov. 29)

I can't wrap up without at least mentioning the biggest show of the month -- which unfortunately also happens to be sold out. Cate Blanchett is starring in Tennessee Williams's "A Streetcar Named Desire" at the Kennedy Center. If I were you, I'd work all the connections you can to snag tickets. (Oct. 29-Nov. 21)

-- Stephanie Merry

By Stephanie Merry  | October 1, 2009; 2:46 PM ET
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all of this and nothing about forum theatre staging both parts of angels in america this month?

Posted by: IMGoph | October 1, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

FYI - Kristen Schaal has been postponed to April 2010...

Posted by: redmeansgo | October 1, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the intel, redmeansgo. I added an update to the post.

Posted by: Stephanie Merry | October 5, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

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