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9 Award-Winning Shows to See During DC Theatre Week

August 13, 2019 by Noa Spero
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DC Theatre Week is one of the best times of the year to see theater because some of the biggest shows will be in DC and ticket prices start at just $15. Tickets are on sale now for performances Sept. 10-29.

From Sondheim to Shakespeare to world premieres, this year’s lineup is better than ever, chock full of both classic oldies and sexy new pieces. You won’t want to miss out on this exciting and once-in-a-lifetime (or really once-in-a-year?) opportunity. Check out these award-winning plays and musicals you can catch at a theatre near you this September.

Set in the seedy Kit Kat Club in Nazi Germany, “Cabaret” has taken audiences on a ride through satire, music, and politics for over 50 years. Since its inception in 1966, the musical has won multiple Oscars, Golden Globes, and Tony awards. So leave all your troubles behind, join the emcee, and see a world where “life is beautiful” Aug. 28-Oct. 6 at the Olney Theatre with tickets for $35.

From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, nine would-be and successful presidential assassins inspire each other to pull the trigger and change their worlds in this perverse, wry, and thrillingly entertaining vaudeville-esque show. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and Tony and Drama Desk Awards to its credit, “Assassins” is playing at Signature Theatre Aug. 11-Sept. 29 with Theatre Week tickets for just $30.

Part of August Wilson’s 10-play Century Cycle, “Fences” explores the walls we build around ourselves and our loved ones, while also illuminating one family’s struggles. Whether you know “Fences” from the Academy Award-winning film starring Viola Davis and Denzel Washington or the Pulitzer Prize/Tony/Drama Desk Award-winning play, you will not want to skip this incredible play at Ford’s Theatre Sept. 27-Oct. 27 with tickets for $17.

“Fairview” at Woolly Mammoth

Jackie Sibblies Drury returns to DC with “Fairview,” boldly confronting our perceptions of racism in America by ripping the conventional family drama to shreds. The play won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for drama and will be at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company Sept. 9-Oct. 6. For just $15, see “Fairview” during Theatre Week.

Doubt: A Parable
Set in the Bronx in 1964, “Doubt” addresses religion, sexuality, and, as its title suggests, doubt. This play won the Pulitzer Prize with a host of other awards and nominations as well (including Academy, Tony, and Drama Desks), and is playing at Studio Theatre Sept. 4-Oct. 6. Theatre Week tickets are $35.

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur Genius Award recipient Lynn Nottage’s Obie Award-winning satirical tale follows successful publicist Undine, as she stumbles down the social ladder after her husband steals her hard-earned fortune. Get tickets for “Fabulation” at Mosaic Theater Company Aug. 21-Sept. 22 for just $12.

School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play
Jocelyn Bioh’s Lucille Lortel, Dramatist Guild, and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning and Drama Desk-nominated play comes to the Round House Theatre fresh from two sold out runs off Broadway. Catch “School Girls” Sept. 18-Oct. 13 with tickets for just $35 during Theatre Week. 

The Royale
Inspired by the true story of Jack Johnson, “The Royale” breaks new ground by taking us inside the fighter’s mind where the disciplined brutality of boxing reveals itself in theatrically-unforgettable bouts. At stake is more than wins or losses, but equality and survival. Catch this Drama Desk-nominated play Sept. 25-Oct. 27 for just $35 during Theatre Week.

Love Sick
From an extraordinary collaboration of international artists comes “Love Sick,” the critically-acclaimed new musical that fuses a thrilling original score, dazzling choreography, and an inspired story of passion and awakening. With Olivier and Tony nominations for the creators and a Will Glickman Award for Best Play, “Love Sick” will be at Theater J Sept. 4-29 for $35 during Theatre Week.