• Far and away, my favorite professional theatre in the area is Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Woolly presents cutting-edge contemporary plays with a social bite and a gloves-off, high-energy, mercurial performance style. The company seems to be dedicated to the principle that if you show the audience a pair of fur-lined handcuffs in Act I, then the handcuffs have to be used by the end of Act III.

    The company holds staged readings of plays in development, and offers pay-what-you-can discount previews. Nicky Silver’s darkly comic works often receive their world premieres here. A word of caution: Woolly’s material is often unsuitable for family audiences.

    Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
    641 D St., N.W. (at 7th Street)
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