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Arena Stage - Fichandler
1101 Sixth Street, SW Washington, DC 20024
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"The Arabian Nights"
50 ratings
4.2 average rating
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32 reviews
21 stars
attended Jan 21 2011

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

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64 reviews
29 stars
attended Jan 18 2011

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

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8 reviews
5 stars
attended Jan 18 2011

I enjoyed this production very much - loved the portrayal of the ancient story of Scheherezade and her 1001 tales of love, seduction, betrayal and wisdom. The ending brought tears to my eyes as it evoked the mortality and vulnerability of the...continued

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“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  


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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