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  Spring Awakening at Round House Theatre

Spring Awakening

Round House Theatre
4545 East-West Highway Bethesda

For a repressed group of teenagers, the road to adulthood is fraught with suffocating confusion in Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's Tony-winning adaptation of Frank Wedekind's prescient 19th-century drama. As the adults in their lives exert control but withhold guidance, Melchior, Wendla, Moritz, Ilse, and their friends navigate blindly through the enigma of their burgeoning sexuality. Both haunting and high-octane, the score bristles with anthems to adolescence like "Mama Who Bore Me" and "The Bitch of Living," and is infused with a blend of folk, pop, and rock that gives this tale unexpected soul. With generational gaps growing wider than ever, the angst and defiance at the heart of this boundary-pushing musical act as a bridge between our deeply personal yet wholly universal experiences.

Thru - Feb 23, 2020

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

Box Office: 240-644-1100

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  Spring Awakening Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

BroadwayWorld - Somewhat Recommended

"...Overall, I did enjoy the performances of the show, but I feel there were themes or thoughts that would begin to develop, but never fully come to fruition. And even though I enjoyed it, I wouldn't say that this show is for everyone. If any of the content in this review makes you uneasy, it might not be the show for you."
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Sophie Williams

Talkin Broadway - Recommended

"...The Tony Award-winning musical by Steven Sater (book and lyrics) and Duncan Sheik (music) adapts Frank Wedekind's notorious play from 1891, which laid out the truth about adolescent behavior constrained by repressive adult authority. Paul's staging is deliberately non-realistic, while Paul McGill's choreography shifts between extremes: at times cast members lie in a heap, rising up to life, crawling across the floor or posing on the central turntable on Adam Rigg's scenic design; at other times they posture in aggressive attitudes that reveal their angst and frustration. The central focus of Rigg's set is a mural of the Garden of Eden that covers the entire rear wall; a few chairs, mirrored side walls, and a few doors represent all the settings."
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Susan Berlin

DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"...Director Paul's approach is to shatter taboos and, perhaps, shock staid sensibilities. There's nudity, simulated masturbation, S&M scenarios, simulated sex, and, perhaps most disturbing, simulated suicide. It's easy to picture these characters listening to Billie Eilish. Parents of teens may want to view this one in advance, before buying tickets. The advisory at the theater entrance notes: "Contains adult language, sexuality, explicit content, brief nudity, physical violence, death by suicide." And that's beside the flashing lights, theatrical haze, and gunshots. So the faint of heart or those with staid sensibilities, take heed."
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Lisa Traiger

DCTheatreScene - Recommended

"...Spring Awakening, despite its young cast and “rock musical” billing, is not one to be taken lightly. Set in late-19th century Germany, it tells the stories of young men and women raised by prudishness parents in a culture of strict religious chastity as they begin to experience the first stirrings (and aching, fervent lust) of their own sexuality, with equal parts horror and delight. When young Wendla (Cristina Sastre) begs her mother (Tonya Beckman) to explain her sister’s pregnancy in as much graphic detail as she is willing, Wendla’s questions are met with mortified misdirection that children are the result of “marriage and love.”"
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Meaghan Hannan Davant

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