City Paper is not for tourists
When Miguel de Cervantes published Don Quixote in 1605, readers didn’t know what to make of it. Though it seems relatively straightforward by modern standards, the book’s plot-within-a-plot narration style was a creative innovation that had never been seen before. The novel became a pillar of Spanish literature but remained relatively untouched for centuries until another iteration of the story came along: Man of La Mancha, Dale Wasserman, Joe Darion, and Mitch Leigh’s musical adaptation of Cervantes’ work. Now, it’s the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s turn to chase after windmills. Led by Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul, this rendition stars Anthony Warlow as the confused, old knight and includes classic showtunes like “Dulcinea” and “The Impossible Dream” in a familiar tale of troubled maidens, loyal friends, and a very tired horse. The musical runs March 17 to April 26 at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. $20–$115. (202) 547-1122. shakespearetheatre.org.