Theater is hot in Washington this week

Ford's Theatre. | Photo: Gee K./Yelp

If you're a theater fan, mark your calendar: there's plenty to see when it comes to stage performances in Washington this week, from "Into the Woods" to "Gypsy."

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'Into the Woods'

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Before Lin-Manuel Miranda came along, Stephen Sondheim was Broadway's rapping-est wordsmith. "Into the Woods" works its considerable magic through his exhilarating rhymes and occasional grim wisdom. The story follows a baker and his wife who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them with disastrous results.

When: Friday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW
Price: $61
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'Gypsy'

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The classic 1959 musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents is loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and focuses on her mother Rose, whose name has become synonymous with “the ultimate show business mother.” It follows the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters to perform onstage and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of show business life. The character of Louise is based on Lee, and the character of June is based on Lee’s sister, the actress June Havoc. "Gypsy" is frequently considered one of the crowning achievements of the mid-20th century’s conventional musical theater art form, often called the “book musical.” 

When: Friday, May 17, 8 p.m.
Where: St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 301 A St. SE
Price: $10
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'Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven'

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Annie Jump is a teenage science genius living in a small town. As if that's not dorky enough, her dad is obsessed with aliens. One night, a meteor falls and Annie meets Althea. Althea seems like your everyday mean girl, but she's actually an intergalactic supercomputer, here to help Annie take humanity from Earth to the stars. But being the Chosen One isn't all glory.

When: Friday, May 17, 8 p.m.
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE
Price: $14.99
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'The Children'

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In their remote cottage on the British coast, a long-married pair of retired nuclear physicists live a modest life in the aftermath of a natural disaster, giving scrupulous care to energy rationing, their garden and their yoga practice. When former colleague Rose reappears after 38 years, her presence upends the couple’s equilibrium and trust. As the fallout from long-ago decisions comes hurtling into view, Rose unveils a proposal that threatens more than their marriage. A hit in London and New York, Lucy Kirkwood’s latest is a taut and disquieting thriller about responsibility and reparation — about what one generation owes the next. 

When: Saturday, May 18, 2 p.m.
Where: Studio Theatre - Metheny Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW
Price: $52
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'Shear Madness'

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Set in a local hair salon and with lines as up-to-date as the morning's news, "Shear Madness" is a hilarious whodunit with "you" as a central character. When the salon's landlady is murdered at the outset, a blend of mystery and improvisational theater ensues. Audience members are called upon to match wits with the suspects and try to catch the killer at this wildly popular comedy.

When: Saturday, May 18, 9 p.m.
Where: The Kennedy Center - Theater Lab, 2700 F St., NW
Price: $39.20
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