Belleville at Studio Theatre Thursday, Sept. 4

Studio Theatre starts its season with a familiar voice: Amy Herzog. Subscribers and drama nuts may recognize her as the author of 4000 Miles, which Studio produced to great acclaim in 2013 and earned Herzog a Pulitzer Prize nomination. Her latest work, Belleville, is an equally intimate, character-driven production with a bit of French flair but unlike 4000 Miles, which focused on the relationship between a feisty, 91-year-old grandmother and her grandson, Belleville focuses on the connection between spouses. The play follows Abby and Zack, a seemingly happy, young American couple who pack up their lives to follow career opportunities and become expats in the chic Paris neighborhood of Belleville. The action begins innocently enough: Abby arrives home at the end of the day to find her husband in the apartment instead of at work. Soon, as more secrets are revealed, the play spirals into a taut relationship drama with a thrilling edge. Directed by Studio’s artistic director David Muse, this production explores culture and coupledom norms with a severity meant to shock the systems of audiences. The play runs Sept. 3 to Oct. 12. at Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $20–$78. (202) 332-3300. studiotheatre.org.

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