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  Flood City at Anacostia Arts Center

Flood City

Anacostia Arts Center
1231 Good Hope Road, SE Washington

In Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1889, the Great Flood has decimated the vibrant steel town, leaving behind a ragtag crew of survivors, aid workers, and surveyors to assess the damage and speculate what, or who, could be responsible. A century later, at a bar in Johnstown, recently laid off steelworkers ponder their uncertain futures in a town when industry, and the world, seems to have left them behind. Traversing time and space, Flood City is a hopeful dark comedy about disasters, corporate (ir)responsibility, and a community's resilience in the wake of the unimaginable.

Thru - Jun 17, 2018

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

Box Office: 202-631-6291

  Flood City Reviews
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BroadwayWorld - Somewhat Recommended

"...The first five minutes of Theater Alliance's new production of Flood City are some of the most gripping that have graced a D.C. stage in the past year. As two women wrestle the torrential disaster which laid waste to Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1889, the ensemble creates an immensely satisfying flood across the stage at the Anacostia Playhouse. Just when the dramatic storm is reaching a natural conclusion, the action is cut short by an announcement for the audience to turn off their phones. It's admittedly a humorous turn to the scene but it sets up a dangerous precedent for the remainder of the production: almost every scene is cut short just as it starts to settle into a groove. The result is two hours of wading through a black comedy that can't settle on a pace, tonality, or even a central theme."
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Sam Abney

DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"...I would not have thought that a play about dreadful disaster could be done as a droll and delightfully dark comedy, but Playwright Gabrielle Reisman did. Having lived through Hurricane Katrina in 2005 in New Orleans, she sought to find theatrical form for what she witnessed there about survivors' resilience in the face of mass catastrophe. She did not want the work to be a glum bummer, as she told me (in so many words) when we chatted on opening night. It had to be good-humored and funny and hopeful. And by golly that's exactly what's now on stage at Anacostia Playhouse in Theater Alliance's regional premiere of Reisman's Flood City."
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John Stoltenberg

MD Theatre Guide - Recommended

"...Jenna Duncan's direction and Jonathan David Martin's movement direction brought this strong ensemble together in a thought-provoking piece of theatre that flows between time and space. They made these shifts clear and effortless."
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Elle Marie Sullivan

DCTheatreScene - Somewhat Recommended

"...This failure of storytelling is all the more frustrating because of the real art that goes into it. This is a first-rate cast, and Ginsburg, Tumulty and Lolita Marie are particularly effective; the dialogue is often rich and sharp and funny; and the technical is out of this world. I particularly liked Matthew M. Neilson's sound design, which brought the sloshy world of Johnstown before the flood to front of mind in the moments before the play, and who nailed the jukebox sound with such precision that we could hear the switching of records before each play."
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Tim Treanor

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