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  Describe the Night at Woolly Mammoth Theatre

Describe the Night

Woolly Mammoth Theatre
641 D St NW Washington

In 1920, Russian Jewish writer Isaac Babel starts a diary while wandering the countryside with the Red Cavalry. In 2010, after the crash of an aircraft carrying the Polish president, his diary is discovered among the wreckage. What did Babel write, and why does it matter so much to one ruthless KGB agent destined to become one of the most powerful figures in the world? Describe the Night uncovers the mystery by tracing the stories of seven lost souls connected across decades by history, fiction, lies and blood. Pulitzer Prize-finalist Rajiv Joseph returns to Woolly after hit productions of Guards at the Taj and Gruesome Playground Injuries. This new piece has been described as a "work of major ambition" (The New York Times) that will feel both timeless and tuned in to the age of #FakeNews.

Thru - Jun 23, 2019

Wednesdays: 7:30pm
Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm & 7:00pm

Box Office: 202-393-3939

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Washington Post - Recommended

"...At Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, John Vreeke's fervently acted production gives Joseph's drama a suitably paranoid, suspenseful air, even if the ambitious script is sometimes overloaded. Misha Kachman's set design traps the characters on a gash of a stage bisecting the audience. One bank of spectators eyes the other, with the actors playing out power struggles in the middle. For good measure, Dmitri Shostakovich's compositions sometimes blare in, adding scale and tension."
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Amanda N. Gunther

BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...Notable for being the final selection of Woolly's incomparable Founding Artistic Director Howard Shalwitz, Rajiv Joseph's Describe the Night is a must-see for any serious DC area theatergoer. Despite some baffling staging decisions by John Vreeke (at least for some members of the audience), the show features some of the season's strongest ensemble acting and an epic story that will keep you interested for close to three hours."
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Jennifer Perry

Talkin Broadway - Highly Recommended

"...Describe the Night, now at Washington's Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, is a complex and fascinating work that, despite its title, defies description. Playwright Rajiv Joseph has taken as his theme the definition of truth and falsehood, how this distinction can be manipulated and what happens when it is, and director John Vreeke ably guides his seven actors through a labyrinth of language."
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Susan Berlin

DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"...Like Marcel Proust's famous "madeleine moment," Rajiv Joseph's ambitious new play Describe the Night, in an exciting, Kafkaesque rendering by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, finds philosophical potency in the memory of objects and moments in the past -how they continue to haunt and harass, stimulate and enrapture us. But memory is a tricky thing, fallible, prone to manipulation. Before the firing squad, in any case, the difference between true and false blurs into whatever pleases the executioner."
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Beatrice Loayza

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