The nation’s psychological and economic slump have thrown the local theater community into a cycle of surreal highs and profound lows. From the fanciful world of Alice in Wonderland to the very real struggles of families dealing with mental illness, we explore the quirky and demanding offerings on local stages this holiday season.


  • Peter Marks Chief Theater Critic, Washington Post
  • Jayne Blanchard Theater Critic, The Washington Times
  • Tom Kitt Composer, "Next to Normal"
  • Alex Bernstein President of The Bernstein Family Foundation and Founding Chairman of The Leonard Bernstein Center For Learning

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