Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer for the DC region. In these waning days of May, it finally seems safe to pack away coats and sweaters for the season, and for locals we are beyond delighted that the weather, which has been wet for weeks, promises to be balmy and dry. Will you be visiting our city for the long weekend, or looking for new ways to explore Washington as a local? Here we highlight the opportunities for some delight-filled Great Evenings Out this weekend.
Looking back at our ebook, Just the Ticket: An Insider’s Guide to Great Evenings Out in Washington, DC , we found four great evenings that will be on offer this weekend.
Derring-do Below Ground can stimulate you with sangria and swordplay on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights in Crystal City, just outside the Nation’s Capital. Nelson Pressley of the Washington Post says of The Man in the Iron Mask , the very physical play at the center of the evening:
“The always-superb fights are accompanied by unexpectedly gripping scenes of high melodrama and even flickers of camp; as much as anything yet from Synetic, this has the texture of a good old-fashioned movie.”
A Playful Evening challenges your team to free a captive actor Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Happy Hour performs at 7 or 9 PM each of these evenings, giving you and your friends plenty of dining-time options. The roof deck is open for the season at El Centro DF, a taste of one capital city, Mexico City, in another. Specialty tacos include lamb skirt steak and squash blossom. As for the show: Team work is everything as you race against both the clock and the opposing team. Insider tip, as we’ve had a chance to see and enjoy this show now: work out a system around your table of fellow interactive audience members to choose ideas to and agree on them. Err quickly and learn from your errors rather than debating till you think you have the perfect solution. Success is sweet, but you will also enjoy watching your less effective ideas fail in this fun video-game-brought-to-life. [And the photo accompanying this article is of Stephanie Tomiko and Robert Bowen Smith in the show. (Photo: Tony Hitchcock)]
Drink, Drink, and Be Merry will make you laugh, sing, choke up, and dodge fight scenes happening inches from you on Thursday and Saturday nights, and take you into one of DC’s truly local-flavor neighborhoods, Petworth. Merry Death of Robin Hood performs at 9 PM, so plenty of time for a delicious meal beforehand. We shared this evening with friends last Thursday and it is an excellent chance to hang out as well as enjoy some silly, and also moving, theater. Chez Billy is in fine form for your French-bistro dinner. DC Reynolds has some great craft beers on draft. Get your reservation and tickets right now if you’re shooting for Thursday!
French Bistro and Pakistani-American Drama, the final Great Evening of our Spring edition, is new to the round-up as the show at Round House is just opening this weekend. It is yours to discover on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday evening. Here is the video teaser:
Any one of these would be a memorable addition to your Memorial Day Weekend. As ever, please let us know what you get up to by commenting on this post or writing to us at email@example.com.
Great Evening in Crystal City, Va.: Derring-do below ground
Dinner: Jaleo 2250 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202 (703) 413-8181 jaleo.com
Show: Synetic Theater’s The Man in the Iron Mask plays Wed-Sat, May 11 – Jun 19. Top ticket price $50. 1800 South Bell Street, Crystal City, VA 22202. Box office: 866-811-4111, synetictheater.org
Drinks: Bell 20 Tavern 1999 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202
Great Evening in the U St Corridor: A playful evening
Dinner: El Centro 1819 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (202) 328-3131 richardsandoval.com/elcentrodf/
Show: Spooky Action Theatre’s Happy Hour 1810 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 [yes, it is in a church]. Box office: 202-248-0301, spookyaction.org
Drinks: Tico 1926 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 ticodc.com
Great Evening in Petworth: Drink, Drink and be merry
Dinner: Chez Billy 3815 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011. (202) 506-2080 chezbilly.com
Show: LIVEartDC’s The Merry Death of Robin Hood performs Thurs and Sat, May 19 – June 11. Top ticket price $20. LIVEartDC at DC Reynolds 3628 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010 Box office: liveartdc.com
Drinks: Stay at DC Reynolds for drinks after.
Great Evening in Bethesda: French Bistro and Pakistani-American Drama
Dinner: Mon Ami Gabi Bethesda Row, 7239 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814 (301) 654-1234 monamigabi.com
Show: Round House Theatre’s The Who and The What 4545 East-West Highway Bethesda, MD. Box office 240.644.1100. Web: roundhousetheatre.org
Drinks: The Barking Dog 4723 Elm St, Bethesda, MD 20814 barkingdogbar.com