So popular are the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s productions that the company has two downtown locations (literally within a stone’s throw of each other, the 451-seat Lansburgh Theatre, at 450 7th Street NW, and the 775-seat Sidney Harman Hall, at 610 F St. NW, across the street from the Verizon Center), and both houses frequently sell out. You can count on imaginative and superb performances, though not all of them are Shakespeare’s works. The 2015 to 2016 season includes The Taming of the Shrew and Othello, but also a pairing of two comedies, The Critic, by 18th century Restoration playwright Richard Sheridan, and The Real Inspector Hound, by current master Tom Stoppard; and the musical, Kiss Me Kate, music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The Shakespeare Theater also screens live performances of London’s National Theatre productions of Shakespeare plays.
An annual plum presentation is the “Free For All,” which stages free performances of a Shakespeare play for 2 weeks in late August into September; A Midsummer Night’s Dream was the feature in 2015.
Also check out Happenings at the Harman, which stages free acts by comedy troupes, avant-garde dance companies, and community organizations, targeting the 20- to 30-somethings. Another great deal for the under-35s is the sale of $20 tickets available after noon every Tuesday, for performances taking place through the following Sunday