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33 Star Starred
Undercroft Theatre
Located on the ground floor of the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church 900 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
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Many great dining locations nearby, so make an evening of it in the Mount Vernon/Penn Quarter neighborhood.
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"Back to Methuselah: In the Beginning & The Gospel of the Brothers Barnabas"
23 ratings
4.1 average rating
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Amy T Red Velvet
259 events
67 reviews
36 stars
attended Mar 06 2014

Although there were some thought-provoking moments, overall it was a very tedious evening. At least two people sitting near us actually fell asleep.

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18 reviews
0 stars
attended Mar 01 2014

I was expecting more of a comedy. There were a few amusing moments, but overall it was not only serious, but a rather simplistic treatment of serious subject matter. In addition, the script takes the bible as a valid scientific resource, which...continued

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58 reviews
4 stars
attended Mar 01 2014

These two plays, parts of a set of five done by Shaw after WWI are, in one sense, typical Shaw, who always seems to me to be more interested in advancing a polemical diatribe than in writing an actual play. That puts a special burden on the...continued

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“The project is a big push for the troupe and pure protein for a niche audience with long attention spans … A lot of the discussion sounds current, even without director Bill Largess deploying much in the small Undercroft Theatre besides good clean speech to coax Shaw’s ideas our way.” -_The Washington Post _
“For anyone fond of Shaw, or, for that matter, anyone who delights in the witty and thoughtful interplay of words and ideas on stage, this is an opportunity not to be missed.”
“Washington Stage Guild’s _Back to Methuselah _is fascinating. There is a myriad of reasons to see it, and here is a unique and rare opportunity to experience this hidden Shavian gem.” -DC Metro Theater Arts (five stars)
“The set is appealingly minimal, the blocking clear and simple, the plot both minimal and simple. All the better to leave plenty of room for more ideas and personalities … the play’s fascinating topics are nowhere near exhausted by night’s end.” (staff pick)