Venue Details

Arena Stage - Fichandler
1101 Sixth Street, SW Washington, DC 20024
202-488-3300
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4.2 / 5 Rated by 50 members
Review from Jesse
Red Velvet 70 events 18 reviews

We went with excitement and high expectations, but this adaptation disappointed as it somehow often managed to lose or trivialize/modernize the most magical, surprising and lyrical aspects of the written Arabian nights. So, whether you do or do...continued

reviewed Jan 18 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from spdavis5
86 events 64 reviews

The Arena Stage's Arabian Nights is a spectacular production and should be seen by all lovers of theater. Written and directed by Mary Zimmerman, who just enriched Washington with her production of Candide, she gives us an updated version of...continued

reviewed Jan 18 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Marianne Harding
87 events 33 reviews

After seeing Zimmerman's take on CANDIDE last month, I was all over this opportunity to see another work she directed. And I was not disappointed. I had a hard time dragging myself to Arena Stage after working all day to make an 8 pm curtain on a...continued

reviewed Jan 21 2011 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

“Enchantment… Zimmerman has a genius for building stage spectaculars from the most basic, old-fashioned materials [and] the actors transform themselves into an exhilarating panoply of expertly etched characters.” —Variety
“Feast for the eyes and ears” —Chicago Magazine  

Description

Written and directed by Mary Zimmerman

Adapted from _The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night

_In association with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre and Lookingglass Theatre Company

In ancient Baghdad, a courageous young girl postpones her execution by weaving magical tales for the troubled king. Genies and jesters, lovers and thieves spring to life from Scheherazade’s imagination – allowing her to win the king’s heart even as she secures her freedom. Tony Award-winning director and playwright Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses) celebrates the wonder of storytelling and the redemptive power of love.

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