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  Everybody at Lansburgh Theatre


Lansburgh Theatre
450 7th Street NW Washington

"One of this country's most original and illuminating writers" (The New York Times) shines his light on the 15th-century play Everyman with startling results. Everybody - a role assigned each night from a small cast of actors by lottery live on stage - is a happy person, a free person, a person who believes nothing but the best lies ahead. Then Death comes calling and Everybody must go on the journey of a lifetime. Obie Award winner and MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (An Octoroon_) has created an irreverent, rollicking ride that asks deep questions of all who see it. Remixing the archetypal medieval morality play into an explosive experiment of wit and emotion, Everybody "fills the heart in a new and unexpected way" (The New Yorker).

Thru - Nov 17, 2019

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

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  Everybody Reviews
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  • Somewhat Recommended
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Washington Post - Somewhat Recommended

"...“Everybody,” the piece that christens the tenure of the only artistic director other than Michael Kahn to have presided over the 33-year-old classical company, is a modern reimagining of “Everyman,” a 15th-century morality play. You’ll find it on the syllabus of every college dramatic literature survey class. Unfortunately, this piece inspired by it demonstrates only that limited level of academic appeal."
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Peter Marks

MetroWeekly - Recommended

"...Be it race, family, or the human condition, Jacobs-Jenkins is turning over ideas, lifting conceptual rocks, and usually employing an entertaining narrative while he's at it. But - and it's a crucial but - he also assumes a savvy audience; people who are up for an unfettered but always artful examination, those who won't be rocked by an unsettling challenge provided that it's delivered with warmth, intelligence, and humor. Put simply, Jacobs-Jenkins is a thinking person's playwright."

Kate Wingfield

Talkin Broadway - Not Recommended

"...Balloons serve as a visual and spiritual touchstone for the performance as ephemeral objects, easily burst, thus analogous to human lives. Still, despite a cast admirably prepared to appear in 120 different configurations of roles and a run time of only 90 minutes, the play slogs rather than soaring."
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Susan Berlin

DC Metro Theater Arts - Recommended

"...On the production side of things, the execution of these nebulous concepts on stage is a marvel to behold, but the effort translates into something much more heartwarming and endearing than the sting of the real deal. While the production's vision is impressive, there remains a nagging "so-what" feeling to the whole thing, in part instilled by Jacob-Jenkins himself."
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Beatrice Loayza

MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...I highly recommend “Everybody” at Shakespeare Theatre Company, directed by Will Davis, as a stunning example of the power of live theatre to draw us in, shake us up, and send us home differently than we arrived."
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Liz Ruth-Brinegar

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"...Who knew that death could be so fun? And absurdly funny. Jacobs-Jenkins employs snippets and echoes of the original play along with original speech that point out the paradoxes between a modern world ruled by the individualistic, the "you do you" ethos and the more cosmic idea that we are more than our bodies and behaviors, something transient and hard to pin down-a spirit or life force borrowing flesh and bones for our brief time on earth."
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Jayne Blanchard

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