Spring Arts Guide 2012

Spring Arts Guide: Must-See Theater

Feb 15–March 11
Astro Boy and the God of Comics
Natsu Onoda Power—the director of last season’s batshit-manic, stereotype-exploding Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven—returns to Studio Theatre’s top-floor black box for a sweeter story with as great a possibility of mixed-media restlessness. Astro Boy and the God of Comics tells three tales: of a pioneering manga character, of how he came to be, and how his creator, the visionary artist Tezuka, came to be so visionary. Studio 2ndStage, $30.

March 9–May 6
The Eugene O’Neill Festival

March 9–April 8:
Ah, Wilderness!

March 27–April 29
Strange Interlude

March 30–May 6
Long Day’s Journey Into Night
D.C. theatergoers will lack for Eugene O’Neill this spring the way they lack for Shakespeare the rest of the time, thanks to Arena Stage’s exhaustive two-month festival celebrating the American playwright. The slate includes readings, lectures, and new works inspired by O’Neill’s life—including the experimental New York Neo-Futurists’ physical-theater performance of O’Neill’s stage directions (hey, why not?). The main events are three fully staged plays: at Shakespeare Theatre Company, the formally adventurous self-sabotage drama Strange Interlude, and at Arena, O’Neill characters on downers (the semi-autobiographical addiction epic Long Day’s Journey Into Night) and O’Neill characters practically on uppers—one of the rare comedies in his oeuvre, Ah, Happiness! At Arena Stage and Shakespeare Theatre Company.

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