Optimism! or Voltaire's Candide -- 9 Actors Play 70 Roles
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From the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal and starring Tony Award winner Idina Menzel (Wicked) in her much-anticipated return to the stage, If/Then is now in its final performances in DC before heading to Broadway. This engaging musical tells the story of Elizabeth, who moves back to New York in search of a fresh start. Elizabeth attempts to plan out every detail so her new life can be perfect, but unexpected choices and random events impact her world in ways she never thought possible. Menzel will be joined in the show's cast by her original Rent co-star Anthony Rapp and fellow Tony Award winner LaChanze. Learn More
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- "Spooky Action, while small, brings a grand scale of fun...(to this) thrilling, rambunctious new take on Voltaire...great cast excels at their vocal and physical conjuring spells!" -- DC Theatre Scene
- "Spooky Action Theater has created a rollicking, laugh-out-loud evening." -- Jessica Vaughan, DC Metro Theater Arts
- Voltaire's work has endured because its excesses continue to speak to our times, and the dazzingly alive Spooky Action Theater production found an exceedingly entertaining way to bring it to life." -- Roger Catlin, Maryland Theater Guide
- "A Candide adaptation twists the naïf." -- Chris Klimek, Washington City Paper
- "Spirited cast performs a rhyming tale of love, death, misfortune, and good, though possibly misplaced, faith. -- WAMU
About the Ticket Supplier: Spooky Action Theater
Spooky Action Theater (SAT) is a dynamic, young theater company in Washington, DC. We designed and built a versatile performance space that accommodates multiple seating and staging configurations. Movable walls and audience risers enable us to approach each production with a fresh perspective.
Albert Einstein coined the term spooky action at a distance to describe a bit of quantum mechanics even he found incredible: two particles can become entangled such that, forever after, a change in one is matched by instant change in the other, no matter what the distance between them. Spooky action happens when actors provide a bare framework to be fleshed out by the imagination of the audience, creating the world and action of the play.