Steve Martin & Martin Short, THE COLOR PURPLE, AMERICAN PROPHET & More Lead Washington DC’s Hot Picks of August

Washington, D.C. has no shortage of great theaters, whether it’s epic Broadway shows, captivating plays or bold fringe productions. BroadwayWorld rounds up our most recommended theaters every month. Check out our picks for August, including Steve Martin and Martin Short, Purple American Prophet, Nowhere to Go, and more!

wolf trap – August 20, 2022 to August 21, 2022

Steve Martin and Martin Short are two comedy masters whose goal is to make each other laugh as much as the audience. From the small screen (most recently Hulus Only Murders in the building) to the stage, this famous comedy of friends really soars as they bake affectionately (and relentlessly) with each other.

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Steve Martin & Martin Short, THE COLOR PURPLE, AMERICAN PROPHET & More Lead Washington DC's Hot Picks of August

Purple

Signature Theater – August 16, 2022 to October 9, 2022

Felicia Curry (The Scottsboro Boys) stars in the musical adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Human Fortitude, Redemption and Love” directed by Timothy Douglas (Spunk). A teenage Celie is separated from her beloved sister and forced into an abusive marriage. Over the next four decades, Celie finds hope in a group of friends while experiencing depression, despair, and heartbreak , these friends inspire her to find her voice, discover her beauty, and change her life. Nominated for 11 Tony Awards and topping jazz, gospel, blues, and ragtime, The Color Purple brilliantly illuminates the lives of black women in the South with astonishing perspectives.

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Steve Martin & Martin Short, THE COLOR PURPLE, AMERICAN PROPHET & More Lead Washington DC's Hot Picks of August

tell me something good

Theater Lab – August 12, 2022 to August 12, 2022

The Summer Youth Acting Academy presents Audrey Cefali’s “Tell Me Something Good,” directed by Randy Baker. An astonishing exploration of loneliness, love, and redemption, the show traces the lives of multiple characters struggling to connect in a chaotic world. *One night only* Location: The Theatre Lab, 900 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington , DC 20001

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Steve Martin & Martin Short, THE COLOR PURPLE, AMERICAN PROPHET & More Lead Washington DC's Hot Picks of August

urine town

Mammoth Theatre Company – August 11, 2022 to August 13, 2022

Youth Musical Theatre Academy presents “UrinetownMusic” by Mark Hollmann; Lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis; Book by Greg Kotis Directed by Aidan Quartana Music Lucia LaNave director Sarah Frances Williams’ choreography Urinetown is a sinister comedy about corruption and greed, just as it was when it premiered two decades ago. In a city suffering from a 20-year drought, officials have banned private toilets to save water. Citizens are forced to use public toilets overseen by an evil corporation that fulfills one of humanity’s most basic needs by charging an entry fee. From the impoverished masses emerged an infatuated hero who instigated the revolution. Hailed by The New York Times as a wonderfully self-conscious satire on the social conscience of musical theatre, Urinetown was nominated for an impressive ten Tony Awards in 2001, winning Best Book, Best Score and Best Score Director’s Award.

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Steve Martin & Martin Short, THE COLOR PURPLE, AMERICAN PROPHET & More Lead Washington DC's Hot Picks of August

Washington Ballet spends an evening with the Wolf Trap Orchestra

wolf trap – September 14, 2022 to September 14, 2022

Washington Ballet celebrates one of choreographer George Balanchine’s most popular works, along with three original works, including the Werner Sonata, commissioned by choreographer Silas Fallis, and the Washington Ballet-owned Ann. Dill Ndeloff, it’s a warm celebration of the creative process and the company’s showcase of diverse talent.

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Steve Martin & Martin Short, THE COLOR PURPLE, AMERICAN PROPHET & More Lead Washington DC's Hot Picks of August

nowhere to go

Signature Theater – August 16, 2022 to October 9, 2022

Bobby Smith’s enterprising ode to the unemployed in this musical. A dedicated enterprise information distiller learned that his company was moving to a cheaper but very (very) remote location, and with it came work. Backed by a jazz band, the permanent part-timer must decide whether to uproot his family life or embark on an unknown adventure. Ironic wit fused with clever jazz, blues, and bluegrass for an offensive capitalist critique of the personal costs of doing business.Captivating music, jokes and personal narratives [are] Tightly woven into a consistent human wrap.New York Times

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American Prophet

arena stage – July 15, 2022 to August 28, 2022

Charles Randolph-Wright (Arena’s “Born For This: The Story of BeBe Winans,” Broadway’s “Motor City the Musical”) returns to Arena Stage with a seminal musical about Frederick Douglass, directed by Cornelius Smith Jr. ( ABC’s “Scandal” “All My Children”). Douglas’ own words power Grammy winner Marcus Hummon’s new melody. This bold and exciting new work portrays Douglas as a fiery abolitionist and brilliant orator, who joined forces including President Abraham Lincoln, activist John Brown and Douglas’s wife, Anna Murray Douglas. He interacts with key characters within, without whom his resistance to escape from slavery would not be possible. This world premiere celebrates the revolutionary legacy of history’s first freedom fighter.

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crap!

Alexander Little Theater – 23 July 2022 to 13 August 2022

Welcome to the Renaissance and the outrageous, delightful musical farce, Rotten Thing! Written by Grammy winner Wayne Kirkpatrick and successful screenwriters Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell ! It has been nominated for multiple best musicals and has been called “the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years” by Time Out New York.

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