August is the hottest month for ticket sales too.
DC audiences are showing they like seeing their favorite shows the second time around. Yesterday morning, Constellation Theatre had only 30 seats left for its return run of The Ramayana at Source. They’re gone now, guaranteeing busy nights for the 14th Street venue through August 21st.
Woolly Mammoth, too, took a chance in bringing back its critically acclaimed Clybourne Park for a post-Fringe four week run. It sold out more than a week ago.
There are still tickets available to see the rerun of Scena Theatre’s gender bending The Importance of Being Earnest, which has earned an extension at H Street Playhouse through August 21st. Washington does love seeing a man in a dress and a woman in a tux, and the cast of Earnest doesn’t disappoint. Scena could also win an award for most innovative pricing structure. With a top ticket of $40, it’s $20 for staff of nonprofits (with a business card to prove it), $16 for students, $18 if you’re under 30 or, if it’s Thursday and you’re under 30, they throw in a free drink.
And, of course, in what could have been the biggest role of the dice of all time, the return of last October’s Oklahoma! to Arena Stage is drawing huge crowds to the new Mead Center for the Performing Arts. Jane Horowitz, in Wednesday’s Backstage column for the Washington Post reported: “Theater staffers say they’ve sold 35,000 tickets for the reprise run, with most performances selling at “near capacity.” Though they don’t release financial figures for individual shows, a spokesperson for the company says the revival will probably outpace the original fall production and become the best-selling show in Arena’s history.” The blockbuster musical, which opened July 8th, closes October 2nd. Tickets are still available.