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211 Star Starred
Theater J at Goldman Theater
1529 Sixteenth Street, NW Washington, DC 20036
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Eat before you see the show. For a quick meal, check out Ansterdam Falafel on 14th St. super yummy and cheap!
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We had made a reservation at Kramer Books' Afterwords. Good food, seasonal menu, informal but capable service. 5:30 or 6 p.m. will give you enough time for dinner before you walk to the theater for a 7:30 curtain.
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24 reviews
3 stars
attended Apr 22 2012

This powerful drama had me on the edge of my seat. The play has an interesting historical context but it's the personal stories of the 3 characters, one white "master" and two slaves, that really grabbed me. Superb acting and great staging with...continued

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6 reviews
2 stars
attended Apr 25 2012

Definitely a play worth seeing, but not for the squeamish (there's a fairly graphic scene involving a leg amputation). More importantly, the play raises some fascinating issues about the meaning of slavery, the meaning of freedom, and the the...continued

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56 reviews
12 stars
attended May 05 2012

The three actors were outstanding and the plot line held my attention the whole time. The material was very heavy, so don't go expecting to be uplifted or have a happy ending. But it's important material and really well acted. I'd definitely...continued

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Quotes & Highlights

“A cause for celebration. Mathew Lopez has come as close as any author could to producing a microcosm of the genesis of a wide range of today’s Black American males.”  —_Talkin’ Broadway _


Written by Matthew Lopez

Directed by Jennifer Nelson

Featuring Mark Hairston, Alexander Strain and David Emerson Toney

Matthew Lopez’s play The Whipping Man was recently staged to critical acclaim at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Mr. Lopez’s work has also been developed at the McCarter Theatre, The New Group, Ars Nova and The Lark Play Development Center. Other plays include Tio Pepe (Summer Play Festival 2008), Reverberation, and Zoey’s Perfect Wedding. He is a current member of the Ars Nova Writers’ Group and an artist-in-residence at the Old Globe Theatre.

This production employs atmospheric fog and strobe lights.

About the Ticket Supplier: Theater J

Theater J has emerged as one of the most distinctive, progressive and respected Jewish theaters in North America by virtue of its ambitious range of programming and the bold, imaginative artistry of its playwrights, directors, designers and actors. A program of the Washington DC Jewish Community Center, Theater J works in frequent collaboration with other components of the Washington DCJCC’s Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts: the Washington Jewish Film Festival, and the Literary and Music Department.