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last update: Saturday, 17 June 2006

last link check: Monday 31 March 2003

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.

Nicky Silver's darkly comic works often receive their world premieres here.

Woolly Mammoth has just opened its new theatre in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of downtown DC, at 7th & D Streets, NW.

A word of caution: Woolly's material is often unsuitable for family audiences.

Remaining productions for the 2005-06 season:

  • The Faculty Room, by Bridget Carpenter

The company holds staged readings of plays in development, and offers pay-what-you-can discount previews.


Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
641 D St., N.W. (at 7th Street)
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Reviews of Woolly Mammoth shows by me:

I also recommend Round House Theatre, which has improved greatly since it was spun off from Montgomery County's sponsorship several years ago. The RHT repertory is likewise contemporary, with the spice of the occasional classic (say, a Richard Wilbur adaptation of Molière or Ibsen), as befits this suburban company's subscriber base.

In May, 2002, the company moved to new space in Bethesda, much closer to Metrorail. The new auditorium is just as intimate as the old Bushey Drive space, but the stage is a three-sided thrust rather than the shallow half-round. Orchestra seats are ten rows deep, and there is a cozy three-rowed balcony upstairs.

Even more recently, the company opened second-stage performance space in Silver Spring, next to the refurbished Silver Theater.

Remaining Bethesda productions for the 2005-06 season:

  • A Murder, a Mystery, & a Marriage: A Mark Twain Musical Melodrama, Book and Lyrics by Aaron Posner, Music by James Sugg


Round House Theatre
7501 Wisconsin Avenue
(theatre entrance is on East-West Highway at Waverly)
Bethesda, MD

and 8641 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD
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Reviews of Round House shows by me:

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