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  The White Snake at Source

The White Snake

1835 14th Street, NW Washington

In this radiant adaptation of an ancient Chinese legend, an enlightened snake spirit turns herself into a woman in order to experience the human world. There, she falls in love with a humble pharmacist's assistant, but an intolerant monk soon threatens their happiness. Evoking classic folktales like The Little Mermaid, The White Snake is a timeless romance that celebrates the values of loyalty, compassion, and forgiveness.

Thru - May 26, 2019

Price: $19 - $45

Box Office: 202-315-1305

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Washington Post - Somewhat Recommended

"...The battle is a highlight of Constellation Theatre Company's warm, often tangy, occasionally uneven "The White Snake" at Source, directed by Allison Arkell Stockman from Mary Zimmerman's script. In the scene, fighting staffs jab, kicks lunge and fabrics billow as the ensemble throws itself into martial-arts-flavored choreography by Jennifer J. Hopkins. Glittery blue garb for the aquatic creatures adds gleam to Frank Labovitz's ancient China-inspired costumes, and colorful lighting by Max Doolittle imparts a dreamlike vibe."
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Celia Wren

MetroWeekly - Recommended

"...Constellation Theatre conjures a fitting tale for ushering in springtime with Allison Arkell Stockman's elegant and playful production of the classic Chinese fable The White Snake. Written by Mary Zimmerman and based on ancient folklore, The White Snake evokes history, romance, and fantasy in a story that pits the arrogance of man against the forces of nature. The learned White Snake (Eunice Bae), a serpent who has studied the ways of the universe for more than a thousand years, takes human form in order to seek further enlightenment. As wise as she is old, she might someday transcend her earthly form, and join the immortals, if she can repay a kindness to a humble man, Xu Xian (Jacob Yeh), who perhaps once saved her life."

Andre Hereford

BroadwayWorld - Recommended

"...Constellation Theatre is closing its season of love stories with a big one from the East. Thankfully "The White Snake" is not about the 80s English metal band. Instead, it's an ancient, oft-told Chinese folk tale, which was breezily interpreted by Mary Zimmerman originally for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2014. It's brought to lyrical life in a production directed by Allison Arkell Stockman that combines puppetry, movement and a beguiling, underlying musical performance."
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Roger Catlin

DC Metro Theater Arts - Recommended

"...Ultimately, Nakamura's Greenie is the stage presence that cuts through the lulling sounds of Teasley and Tian's Chinese musical fusions, the wisened omniscience of the play's sober narrators, and the dreamy-eyed hopelessness of its two lovers. A fast-acting realist armed with wit and dedication to her mistress, Nakamura's Greenie is loud, fiery, and lovable, effectively shifting the play away from full-throttle romance, and into the friendship between the two snakes - indubitably the most entertaining thread of director Allison Stockman's production."
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Beatrice Loayza

MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...This is a magical story brought to glorious life on Constellation's stage. It has power and charm and sorrow and so much glorious love that it spills from the characters and warms the entire theatre."
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Mary Ann Johnson

DCTheatreScene - Recommended

"...The work proves to be a fine testament to female friendship, with the two spirit friends adventuring together, joking with each other (Nakamura in particular gets the chance to show off her comic timing), and doing the heavy lifting required to save Xu Xian each time he finds himself in danger. The pharmacist-turned-business-owner love interest is a rather bumbling figure, but Yeh awards him a sweet naivety; his character's persistent Doubt takes on ominous physical form, courtesy of Linda Bard. As Hai, Sellers is a looming, threatening presence that keeps the audience uneasy as he meddles in the snakes' deceptive, if ultimately harmless, machinations."
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Missy Frederick

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