On stage in March
Travel around the world in March without leaving the comfort of your theater seat: Fall in love with Tuscany at Arena Stage, take a magical tour of the Middle East with Happenstance Theater, and head to a haunted Ireland with Olney Theatre.
But before starting that tour, you can enjoy the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, which is performing two mixed-repertory programs at the Kennedy Center, including choreography by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins set to Debussy and Mendelssohn. (Wednesday through March 7)
Arena Stage is unveiling a chamber version of the musical "The Light in the Piazza," about a girl who falls in love during a trip to Italy, prompting her mother to unveil an old secret. (March 5-April 11)
In conjunction with an exhibition of Andy Warhol's portraits, monologuist Josh Kornbluth returns to Washington with "Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?," which considers the pop artist's renderings of such Jewish notables Golda Meir and Groucho Marx. (March 6-21)
Husband-and-wife actors Christopher Kale Jones and Jenna Coker-Jones take the leads in Ford's Theatre's "Little Shop of Horrors," the musical that proves the only thing stranger than a singing plant is a man-eating one. (March 12-May 22)
The Kennedy Center launches a celebration of Terrence McNally's plays with three productions about opera. "Golden Age" goes behind the scenes of Bellini's "I Puritani"; "Lisbon Traviata" looks at the mysterious draw of the diva; and "Master Class" stars Tyne Daly as Maria Callas reflecting on her life. (March 12-April 18)
Woolly Mammoth Theatre is getting another visit from satirist Bruce Norris with "Clybourne Park." The play is a twist on "A Raisin in the Sun," contrasting the 1950s (a black family moves into an all-white neighborhood) with the present day (a white family moves into the same house, which is now in a predominantly black area) to consider how far we have -- or haven't -- progressed. (March 15-April 11)
Art and religion are at odds at Round House Theatre with "My Name Is Asher Lev," which follows a Hasidic Jew whose urge to paint alienates him from his community. (March 17-April 11)
A successful author returns to his childhood home in Ireland to find his dead father still hanging around in Hugh Leonard's "Da" at Olney Theatre Center. (March 24-April 25)
Studio Theatre is staging another play by Neil LaBute, the connoisseur of awkward moments. "Reasons to Be Pretty" is the last in a trilogy, including "Fat Pig" and "The Shape of Things," that focuses on our obsession with beauty. (March 24-May 2)
-- Stephanie Merry
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