MetroStage

1/25 - 3/15

Bessie's Blues

The musical history of the blues is told through the eyes of Bessie Smith, known as the "Empress of the Blues."
4/1 - 4/26

The Island

The play-within-a-play follows South African political prisoners as they rehearse a performance of "Antigone."
5/6 - 6/7

The Letters

Set in 1930's Soviet Union, John W. Lowell's play explores how artists were censored during Stalin's reign.
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Editorial Review

Alexandria theatergoers have fond memories of the old MetroStage on Duke Street. The theater lost the space a few years ago, and Carolyn Griffin, the producing artistic director, has spent most of her energies raising the funds for a new house. The company kept in the limelight by staging readings of new works, like "Water on the Moon," and a series of cabarets in the Alexandria Lyceum. Eventually, Griffin's fundraising and construction efforts succeeded and, in 2001, a new MetroStage was created out of the old Smoot Lumber warehouse, just off the water at the northern end of Old Town. With a design by architect Skip Maginniss, the space has been transformed into a 150-seat theater with a modern look.

--Brad Hathaway