The National Theatre Corporation cordially invites you and your children to continue celebrating the 40th Anniversary Season of Saturday Morning Live! At The National by tuning in for our second series of free virtual programs, Gonzo’s Multiverse, beginning this Saturday.
Gonzo’s Multiverse is a funhouse ride for children and their families through the wild imagination of storyteller, poet, and musician David Gonzalez. Each episode features a mix of digital and live-action storytelling, interviews with amazing artists, and explorations of miniature marvels in the natural world. New content will premiere each week along with regular segments that include: The Dynamic Mr. Dull, Rockin’ with Donny and Daryl, The Carnival of the Animals, Grassy’s Microverse, and more.
Episode One: THE TALE OF VOVO
Saturday, November 21st at 9:30 AM on Facebook
In this episode, viewers will hear The Tale of Vovo, have a conversation with a Vegan Shark, visit with calligraphic artist Barbara Bash, jam to music with The Good Boat Trio, and more!
Episode Two: THE TALE OF THE THREE DOLLS
Saturday, Dec 5th at 9:30 AM on Facebook
In this episode, viewers will meet the eccentric characters Toasty and Sammy the Sloth, hear the stories The Hummingbird and the Tree and The Tale of the Three Dolls, and visit with Afro-Cuban percussionist Pablo Shine.
Episode Three: THE LOUDEST SOUND IN THE WORLD
Saturday, Dec 19th at 9:30 AM on Facebook
In this episode, viewers will visit with hip hop poet YOH, listen to the music The Swan performed by Frederic Chiu, and discover why The Grass Isn’t Always Greener.
While this programming is best suited for children aged 4-10, siblings and friends of other ages are always welcome to join the fun. Presented by the National Theatre Corporation, Saturday Morning Live! At The National is made possible through the generosity of The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation.
It’s a giveaway for MLK Day! I have a pair of tickets up for grabs for The King’s Speech, coming to National Theatre February 11-16.
The King’s Speech is based on the true story of King George VI’s struggle with a speech impediment and the friendship he formed with his unconventional speech therapist, Lionel Logue. With the Nazi threat looming and civil unrest at home, royal secrets explode around the King as he’s thrust onto the world stage. David Seidler’s original play — which inspired the 2010 Oscar-winning film starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush – will make its long-awaited U.S. debut in a production The Mail proclaims “A right royal treat.”
This stage production is recommended for ages 13 and up. Tickets are $54-114, and you can look for a discount here. Of course, you can try to win them through the giveaway below.
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Giveaway: For a chance to win a pair of tickets to see The King’s Speech at National Theatre on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7:30pm, simply leave a comment below letting me know which activity from the latest Weekend Round-Up (January 17-20) you enjoyed most. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too. This giveaway will run through Sunday, February 2, 2020 then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!
One of Broadway’s most time-honored musicals is coming to National Theatre this holiday season, and you have a chance to win a pair of tickets to see it!
Fiddler on the Roof, from Tony winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, is running December 10-15. The original production won 10 Tony Awards, including a special Tony for becoming the longest-running Broadway musical of all time. Now, Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific, The King and I, and 2017 Tony-winning Best Play Oslo, bring a fresh and authentic vision to the beloved theatrical masterpiece.
You’ll be there when the sun rises on this new production, with stunning movement and dance from acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins. A wonderful cast and lavish orchestra tell this heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family. Featuring the Broadway classics “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life,” Fiddler on the Roof will introduce a new generation to this uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!
Fiddler on the Roof is running at National Theatre from December 10 through December 15. Recommended for ages 8 and up, run time is approximately 2 hours and 55 minutes, including one intermission. Tickets are $54-144, and you can try winning a pair through the giveaway below!
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Giveaway: For a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Fiddler on the Roof at National Theatre on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 7:30pm, simply leave a comment below letting me know which activity from the latest Weekend Round-Up you’re looking forward to (or already enjoyed) the most. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too. This giveaway is a quick one and will only run through Sunday, December 8, 2019, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!
There’s something magical about the holiday season, but this holiday show literally brings the magic. Even better, KFDC readers have a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to see it!
Ring in the holidays with the mind-blowing spectacular The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays, showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. This nonstop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.
The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays is running at National Theatre December 3-8. Tickets are $54-114 (look for a discount here). Run time is approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes with intermission. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
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Giveaway: For a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of Tickets to see The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays at National Theatre on December 3, 2019 at 7:30pm, simply leave a comment below letting me know which activity from latest Weekend Round-Up you’re looking forward to (or already enjoyed if entering after the weekend) the most. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too. This giveaway will run through Friday, November 29, 2019, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!
Last night, Levi and I went to Mike Birbiglia’s The New One at National Theatre. I was invited to see the show in exchange for doing a review, so here we are.
I wasn’t very familiar with Mike Birbiglia before this, but when I learned more about him and his comedy, it seemed like it would make for a fun date night. The show was mostly a story about his parenting journey, from his pre-kids perspective to becoming a dad. From the get-go, it was evident that Mike is a talented storyteller. In fact, much of the audience was laughing for the entire show.
However, Levi and I were not among them. I’m not sure exactly what it was (though reading this over, it seems that maybe I do), but I just wasn’t super into it. Perhaps it’s that I’m a more seasoned parent and my head is in a totally different phase of parenthood. Hearing the pre-kids view of how children take away all the joy bothered me, even if he was being facetious; I was especially annoyed at younger people in the audience who clapped vigorously at that part. And the jokes about how the house becomes such a mess, and there’s so much baby stuff everywhere are kind of tired and cliché. As was the stereotype that dads don’t help at all…a bit about his wife wanting to have sex with him because he did the dishes once was like a meme that keeps popping up, but wasn’t even funny the first time.
As Levi said afterward, “Louis CK did all that years ago, but it was funnier and raunchier.” [And here I must be clear that by mentioning LCK, I in no way condone his “Me Too” actions, I’m just relaying what Levi said.] Hey, maybe Levi and I are just old and boring. (I don’t think we are, but I could be too old and boring to be a good judge of that.)
But as I mentioned, Mike Birbiglia is a good storyteller, and I appreciated the structure of his show. Loads of audience members seemed to love it. This is just my review.
Mike Birbiglia’s The New One is running at National Theatre through September 29. Tickets are $39-114, and run time is approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes with no intermission. The official description says it’s recommended for ages 13 and up, but I’d recommend this for adults.
Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to see the show, but all views expressed here are quite obviously my own.