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Find A Show.  Scroll down to Quick Search (right hand corner). Click on calendar. Highlight the day you want to go, and click Go.


I want to see what theatres are in my neighborhood.

Find A Show. Click on Theatre Map.  Find your neighbood and double click to enlarge the map.


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But why stop there?  Read what all the other reviewers are saying about the current shows by clicking Their Reviews.


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Type the show name in our Search box. (Enclose the title in ” ” for a better search experience.)You’ll find the box in the chocolate brown header. When you find our review for your show, scroll all the way down to the bottom, for the title ‘Other Reviews’.


I’m coming to the DC area. What should I see?

Welcome!  Tell us more (when, how many of you, interests, etc) and we’ll be happy to make recommendations. Email us here.

I’m going to New York. What do you recommend?

No one knows New York like Richard Seff.  Click on NY Theatre Buzz to read his recommendations.


What else can I do?

Plenty!  We take a look at movies based on stage plays here.

Brad Hathaway introduces you to the best books and music in his Theatre Shelf column.

You can fill out your theatre calendar for the year with our Seasons-at-a-Glance.



Lorraine Treanor About Lorraine Treanor

Lorraine Treanor has been editor of DC Theatre Scene since 2006. She has produced plays and concerts in her hometown of Chicago, and twice in the Capital Fringe festival. Her daughter Nina Norris is an artist working in Chicago. Life's a blast because she shares it with writer Tim Treanor.


  1. Lucia Pollock says:

    Despite all the recommendations cited for Lonely Planet, when I attended last night I learned that attendance has been undeservedly  low.

    The production runs two more weeks and should not be missed by anyone who appreciates originality, extremely high level and creative dialogue and distinctive performances.  The play is stunning in its subtlety  and low-key approach to the  AIDS  epidemic.  This piece bears no resemblance to other plays on the subject.

    In addition to veteran DC actor Russoto, the play features Mary Goldwater winner Eric Sutton, who now lives in NYC and has not been seen on a DC-area stage in several years.

  2. N.F. Collins says:

    I’m considering buying tickets for the 2012-2013 season, but don’t want to see them all.  How many is the minimum to buy for season tickets?  When will they be available?

  3. Hello!

    My girlfriend and I are actors in South Florida, and we are looking to move to DC this summer. We will be looking for an apartment, preferably no more than $1000/month. Any advice on what neighborhoods to look at? Any resources available to aid in the transition? Heard great things about the DC theatre market and we are very excited about the move.

    Any info would help. Thanks!

  4. Lindsey Cameron says:

    I’d like to attend a site specific play… are there any playing in DC and how do I find out when opens?

  5. Tim Treanor Slammo the Whale says:

    Sorry, Mary. If a character is supposed to be living on the coast of Norway and he sounds like a Spanish toreador for no reason, it’s distracting.

    It’s perfectly o.k. to do a play without dialect, as long as all the actors are on the same page. But if you’re going to do it, do it right.

  6. mary suib says:

    What is the obsession of your critics with ‘accents’?   All that are needed are a few words to set the ‘location of action’.  Focusing on accents is rather like commenting on much material the actor ‘memorized’.  Too much of an ‘accent’ leads to difficulty in audience’s ability to follow the dialogue.  And not everyone from the same place has the same ‘accent’ or ‘speech patterns’.

  7. I agree With Chris. This site would be a wonderful place to be able to post and find DC theatre job listings.

  8. Is there an “auditions” page? If so, where is it? Haha I can never find it. If not, you should definitely add it to the site!

  9. If you hurry, you can still catch A Wrinkle in Time at Round House Theatre in Bethesda (ends this weekend, Jan 2.)

    What about a musical?  South Pacific at Kennedy Center, and Annie at Olney both run thru Jan 16, and Cinderella not only comes with dinner at Toby’s in Columbia but is here until Jan 23rd.  Everyone is dazzled by Synetic Theatre – you might think about their reprise of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Arlington, VA, beginning Jan 25th, and speaking of dazzling, director Mary Zimmerman’s take on Arabian Nights opens Jan 14th at Arena Stage.  You can find all of them in Find A Show. Use the search box.

  10. Tom Solitario says:

    What shows could we take our family of two girls ages 12 and 15, and Grandma – ageless 🙂 ?

  11. Hi, Michael –

    You are in luck.  When you visit, we will have 5 musicals running: Candide and South Pacific are in downtown Washington, Sunset Boulevard is an easy cab ride away, at Signature Theatre in nearby Arlington, VA.  If you are driving, you might enjoy a trip to Olney, MD to see Annie, or to Columbia, MD for the dinner-theatre show of Cinderella.  All are popular, so we suggest you get your tickets soon.  Click on Find A Show for details and ticket links. Or read each review on our site.

  12. Michael Martin says:

    Hello! I will be in DC on Jan 5th with my wife and would love to take her to a musical (they are her favorites!) any recomendations?

  13. Hi, Del –

    This year, we’ve received more questions like yours than anytime over the last 5 years. Hoping there are more people out there like you, we’ve put together some suggestions to help you share the love. Here it is.

  14. I would like to buy gift certificates for theater tickets in the DC area, which gift certificate give the person the most flexibility of use as to time and what to see?



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