Melissa James Gibson's "This" at Round House Theatre on October 23–November 3 (Up to Half Off)

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The Deal

  • $25 for one ticket to see This (up to a $50 value)
  • When: select dates, October 23–November 3
  • Where: Round House Theatre
  • Seating: center balcony or center orchestra
  • Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
  • Ticket values include all fees.
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This

Jane is a teacher and poet who has been suffering from writer's block since her husband's death a year ago. Her college friends Tom and Marrell just had their first child, and eager for a break from parenthood, they invite Jane over for a party. They begin a guessing game where one person leaves the room and the others devise a story that the missing player must piece together through yes-or-no questions. But when Jane starts guessing, it seems the story involves a recently widowed woman getting romantically entangled. Offended, Jane leaves the party—but soon the vaguely sketched-out scenario starts to manifest itself in real life.

Obie-winning playwright Melissa James Gibson takes a compassionate, honest look at follows a group of friends as they navigate their way through parenthood, death, adultery, and middle age in This, weaving moments of heartfelt humor into rampant betrayal and confusion. Throughout, her dialogue makes use of rhythm and texture, prompting Charles Isherwood of the New York Times to say, "the play's delicate pace, richly patterned wordplay and undercurrent of rue combine to cast a moving spell that lingers in the memory, like a sad-sweet pop song whose chorus you can't shake."

Round House Theatre

When it was founded in 1970, the theatre company Street ’70 didn’t have a home, instead serving as a nomadic outreach program for schools and community spaces. It would be seven years before they’d find their own space in the Round House Theatre, which would eventually become the company’s moniker. Since those early days, the ensemble has produced more than 200 performances per year out of their home theater in Bethesda and a black box theater in Silver Springs. Round House Theatre also spreads the drama bug through classes, workshops, and not washing their hands after handling freshly penned manuscripts.


Reviews

"Smart, urbane…five engaging actors…a trove of funny observations about the things that vex us about one another"

Peter Marks, Washington Post

Gibson’s lively, witty, unpretentiously intellectual drama is exactly the sort of thing that’ll get me to Bethesda more often.

Trey Graham, Washington City Paper
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A comedy about approaching middle-age from Obie-winning playwright Melissa James Gibson

The Fine Print

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