Sense and Sensibility performs Tuesdays – Saturdays, September 13 – November 13. Top Ticket Price: $82.
Culinary and theatrical fireworks will propel you through the transition from summer to fall in the shadow of the capitol dome. As you approach and leave the theater, you’re just steps from the Supreme Court and some stunning close-up views of the Capitol Building. If the weather is nice post-show, take a stroll through Washington’s most powerful power corridor at night. (Metro: Capitol South or Union Station)
Start with dinner at Sonoma. The food is exceptional for freshness and care of preparation. Fill a table with small plates to eat your way around the animal and vegetable kingdoms. Even their green salad is something quite special. The bar is wine-forward and can be counted on for a few good craft beers. For dessert, the ricotta beignets are little pillows of wonder. A reservation is a good idea, although you can also try for seats at the bar. (223 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003. 202-544-8088. sonomadc.com)
A few blocks along Pennsylvania Ave, Mr. Henry’s is a stalwart neighborhood institution with comfortable atmosphere, great burgers, and frequent food and drink specials. They’ll probably have draft beers from Atlas and Jailbreak, two of DC’s more recently emerged brewers. A bowl of their Chili would get you to breakfast, and many couples could split one of the large plates. (601 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003. mrhenrysdc.com)
The script for Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility bursting on to the Folger stage this fall was adapted by Kate Hamill and Eric Tucker of New York’s Bedlam Theatre that continues to go strong since January 2016. That same artistic team will create this parallel production in DC. Audiences and reviewers have raved about Bedlam’s production, praising it for wild energy and imagination that manages to remain faithful enough to the source material to keep Austen fans happy while opening the story up enough for anyone who might usually find Jane a little fusty. There is no news yet about casting or design for the DC run, but we already know that the kind of kinetic and physical theatre this production represents works well on the beautiful and intimate Elizabethan theater at the Folger. (201 E Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003. 202-544-7077. folger.edu/folger-theatre)
Have a nightcap at the Hawk and Dove. This venerable Capitol Hill dive bar got a big renovation in 2013. You can still find tables of congressional staffers from opposite sides of the aisle looking daggers at each other while you sip a drink and talk about how much of Jane Austen’s world still persists. Women certainly have more nominal freedom to seek their own way today, but what barriers remain? (329 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003)