(January 30) Impressive Impressionists
If you've spent the past few years wondering when the National Gallery of Art would reopen its renowned French galleries, your wait is over. A two-year renovation has been completed and the expansive collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist painters is once again on public view...including works by Manet, Monet, Renoir, and Cézanne.
(January 30-March 4) Gaming and Guffaws
The eighteenth-century comedy The Gaming Table isn't exactly new, but the Folger Theatre is unveiling a new-to-Washington interpretation of the work by playwright Susanna Centlivre. A widow with a taste for risk hosts a nightly card game and finds humor in shared vices through early March.
(February 1-March 11) Pinocchio, Reimagined
And you may think you know the tale of the boy whose nose grew every time he told a lie, but on Wednesday Imagination Stage unveils a reworking of that classic story in P. Nokio, A Hip Hop Musical. This version features a game designer named G. Petto who discovers that his new character, P. Nokio, can escape from the computer...and, who knows, become a real boy?
Music: "Les Jours Heureux," by Yann Tiersen from Le Phare