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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 29

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The ever-optimistic Candide travels by sea with Martin, his pessimistic companion.
Spooky Action Theater
The ever-optimistic Candide travels by sea with Martin, his pessimistic companion.

Apr. 29-May 19: Candide
Is the glass half empty, or half full? If a man is an optimist, does that make him a fool? Spooky Action Theater presents OPTIMISM!, a modern adaptation of Voltaire's Candide by Helen Hayes Award-winning playwright TJ Edwards. In 30 acts and just over two hours, the spirited cast performs a rhyming tale of love, death, misfortune, and good, though possibly misplaced, faith. The irreverent story has been banned many times over, but you can check it out through May 19.

Apr. 29-May 19: The Elder Statesman
The Washington Stage Guild presents the D.C. premiere of T.S. Eliot's final play, The Elder Statesman. Just when a respected politician is gearing up for retirement, his past misdeeds threaten to sully his good reputation. Is admitting the truth more painful than upholding a legacy of lies? You can find out through May 19.

Music: "Everything's Gonna Be Alright (Instrumental)" by Sweetbox

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