Holiday evenings out in DC — a quick year end guide

UPDATED:  Check it out, though as of Jan. 8th most of these shows have closed, the super-popular engine-that-could BAD JEWS has extended AGAIN until Jan. 17th through Jan. 31st.  Strongly recommended, this show makes for a sarcastic-fun night out!

We’ve had a chance to see some of the year-end shows, most of them holiday-themed, that will make for a great night out.

In town to visit your relatives, or still stuck in town to finish work on the budget bill?  We’ve got you covered for some evening entertainment.

A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular.  Mead Theatre Lab in Gallery Place.  We’ll let them tell you about it: “It’s Christmas eve at the North Pole, and Santa’s elves are off the clock and ready to cut loose! Pointless Theatre presents a winter cabaret for adults; an irreverent celebration of the holidays featuring puppetry, improv, and a funky reindeer band.”  We saw the show, it matches the description.  Playing most nights through Jan. 3rd and the top ticket price is only twenty-seven bucks. Buy tix at their website.  While you’re going, you might try dinner beforehand at Zaytinya and a drink afterwards at Proof, all within one block of the theater.

Bad Jews.  Studio Theatre in 14th Street Corridor.  We saw this show last year; it was so popular that it has returned.  A biting and uproarious look at the family ties of some twentysomethings in New York, thrown together after their grandfather’s funeral.  Funny in a very savage way — only those with a sarcastic sense of humor will love this.  Playing most nights, and afternoon weekends, through Jan. 3rd.  EXTENDED THROUGH Jan. 17th 31st, so tickets are still available! Buy tix at their website.  I think these characters would LOVE 14th Street, and might likely begin and end the evening at Churchkey.

An Irish Carol.  The Keegan Theatre in Dupont Circle.  This show is a perennial for this company, so expect a high quality production.  We love Keegan for using an intimate space to explore popular theatre conventions, this show is right in that line.  We haven’t seen this one yet, and we’ll update this post if we have a chance to get over to Keegan this weekend [EDIT:  we made it to the Sunday evening show, would definitely recommend it for tonight!].  Four performances left, Dec. 26-31 (Sat-Sun-Wed-Thu).  Buy tix at their website.  Stay Irish with dinner at James Hoban’s, a few blocks away and south of Dupont Circle, or skip continents to Asia with nearby Bua Thai on P Street.  Head over to Dupont afterwards for a beer or cocktail at Kramer Books & Afterwords, open all night.

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.  Woolly Mammoth in Gallery Place.  A high-octane and high-concept show with lots of guilty and straightforward laughs.  In just over 60 minutes the spirited cast runs through roughly 30 skits, from 15 seconds to four minutes long.  They’ll explain the rest to you as the show gets rolling.  Lots of audience participation.  The audience when we saw it were particularly enamored of the God skit, though I liked the ramen-sumo bit best.  Wed-Sun through Jan. 3rd; special NYE performance and post-show party.  Buy tix at their website.  I’d do pizza or a burger at Matchbox, and try to get to the theater early for some people-watching from the catwalk.  Wrap up with drinks at Oyamel next door!

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