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Adapted from a William Congreve play, this Folger Theatreproduction asks if true love can overcome the immense importance of wealth and status in a place like the Hamptons. Mae has inherited $600 million, but her boyfriend Henry’s dalliance with her aunt inspires her to withdraw from the community. However, Henry has a plan to win Mae back. Filled with physical comedy and witty commentary on the upper class, The Way of the World is satire you won’t want to miss.
Dive into the spellbinding world of winter indoor soccer in this new play from Studio Theatre. Meet the Wolves, a team of 16-year old girls who are undefeated on the field but deal with plenty of life’s pressures and conflicts off it. The struggles of adolescence, the importance of friendship and the fears of transitioning into adulthood are all central themes in this production penned by Sarah DeLappe, another can’t-miss play of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival.
Hilarious confusion reigns in this crime caper/comedy at The Keegan Theatre. Two cops have set up a sting operation on a crooked mayor, observing a cheap motel room where his female accountant awaits his arrival. However, a mix-up ensues, as no one is sure who’s in which room, who’s on videotape, where the money is, where that hit man came from and so on. Expect lots of laughs during this production, which is making its DC debut.
Responsible for one of modern art’s most famous paintings, Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter with strong ties to German Expressionism. The National Gallery of Art opens an exhibit containing 21 of his works on Sunday, Sept. 3, showcasing how Munch used color to invoke psychology and the spiritual world.
On loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Jackson Pollock’s largest work will reside in the National Gallery of Art’s East Buildingthrough October of next year. Mural is nearly 20 feet long, a work originally commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim for her New York City home. The piece represents a dynamic shift in Pollock’s style, making it one of the most important compositions in the painter’s storied career.
Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) curates two Restaurant Week promotions per year, and you’re in luck: one is right around the corner. More than 100 DC-area restaurants will participate, offering up multiple-course and prix fixe meals ($22 for lunch and brunch, $35 for dinner). Sign up for RAMW’s Restaurant Week mailing list to stay in-the-know on participants, deals, booking a table and chances to win special diner rewards.
Following the success of the inaugural festival in 2015, DC’s theater community comes together again to mount a citywide festival in celebration of female playwrights. This month-long festival will celebrate the incredible impact that women have on theater, from behind-the-scenes roles to starring on stage. More than 20 theaters in the metro area will stage a new play by a woman, including Folger Theatre, Ford’s Theatre and Shakespeare Theatre Company. There are so many reasons to attend this great cultural event – so get your tickets today! And while you’re visiting DC, make sure to celebrate the contributions of women at these must-see museums, theaters and more.
The Library of Congress dug into its vaults to present this enlightening and in-depth exhibit on the immense contributions made by North American women to the art forms of illustration and cartooning. Drawn to Purpose stretches all the way back to the late 19th century, showing how women’s roles in the private and public sphere gradually increased, allowing for incredible self-expression and creativity.
The National Postal Museum highlights the role of the flowering plant on U.S. postage stamps over the last 50 years in this new exhibit. See developmental and final artwork that shows how important design artwork is to the completion and production of a postage stamp. Common artistic themes, like the relationship between flowering plants and bees, will also be explored in the exhibit.
More than two hundred pieces of Buddhist art comprise this new exhibit from the Freer | Sackler Galleries. Spread across two millennia, the works show Asia’s powerful Buddhist heritage. You’ll learn how the art is perceived to have sacred power, how Buddhists have engaged with the works, how the religious understanding of the pieces differs from the practical one and the contexts within which said art was created.