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Old December 3rd, 2011, 12:17 AM
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You know that I've bragged before about the theatre scene here in Washington. I believe we can slug it out with New York or London any day. We're full season subcribers to a couple theatres, go to others on an ad hoc basis, generally average a play or a musical a week. Can't live without them. Our beloved and newly rebuilt Arena Stage (three stunning performance spaces) sends around an e-mail before each performance to remind us about the performance date and to give us a little precis of what we'll be seeing. This is what we have coming up in a few days, written by one of three of Arena's resident playwrights. (Ever hear of a theatre that has resident playwrights? We've got 'em). Anyway, given the state of the nation that we've been discussing on other strings, I'm looking forward to this one. . .

You, Nero

By resident playwright Amy Freed
Directed by Nicholas Martin
in the Fichandler

Subversive Comedy

As Rome collapses beneath Emperor Nero's outrageous narcissism, a forgotten playwright tries to restore order through the art of theater in this "gloriously funny" (New York Times) farce. Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Freed's wild romp questions whether well-crafted drama and intellect are any match for decadence and good old-fashioned bloodshed.

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Old December 3rd, 2011, 12:34 AM
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Well AR, it depends on what theatre you like?

I was in DC earlier this year - and apart from the Kennedy Centre - there was not much on esp in repertory - I was so disappointed.

But generally I am more of a repertory girl than musicals - that is not to say I don't like musicals - I do.

In Glasgow we have always had a strong repertory tradition - except at this time of the year - it is Pantomine season.

In our family we start taking them to the theatre young - maybe 2 or 3 and by the time they are 4 or 5 - a full length musical is well within their stamina.

I do love a good night out at the theatre.


PS Boston theatre scene is OK - not as good as I hoped but OK.
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 07:42 AM
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 08:15 AM
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Sounds like a GREAT show AR! I'd join you for this performance in a heartbeat! ENJOY!

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Old December 3rd, 2011, 10:47 AM
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Washington has a history of great theatre. Many years ago when I was a second lieutenant in the USAF working at the NSA, I was given the opportunity to usher at the Shubert theatre (long since closed) on weekends. The head usher was a civilian lady in our office and she gave a couple of us the opportunity to work for a small stipend and to bring our dates to the theatre to see the shows. I was able to see dozens of broadway and pre-Broadway musicals and plays. I only wish I had kept all the Playbills.
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I love theater .In my opinion theatrical actors are the only "true" actors .

As I've posted numerous times before . I have 2 friends who act in regional theater and one who directs (NY ,NJ) .

I have several friends residing in Arlington who have told me how wonderful theater is there . I hope to find out for myself next year .
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I too understand that DC has a very good theater representation. Fran and I had planned to go to DC because I haven't been there since I was a teenager and the Air and Space Museum didn't even exist.
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