We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.


This juxtaposition of stories and spirituals—some from ’60s Mississippi, others from ’70s Soweto—does a bang-up job of connecting the resilience and strength of black women subjected to apartheids half a globe apart. The fact that Thursday is the traditional maid’s day off in both societies (hence the title) is one obvious parallel. Others include the music and the humor with which six South African and six African-American women confront the indignities that face them daily. A collaboration between writer Duma Ndlovu and director Mbongeni Ngema, the show was mounted five years ago at Ford’s Theater by this same troupe, Crossroads Theater Company, (which is also responsible for bringing an exemplary Flyin’ West to the Kennedy Center last year). The new performers are every bit as adept as their predecessors, and the show hasn’t lost any of its moving or roof-raising qualities in the ensuing years. At 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday; matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday & Sunday at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. $28. (202) 467-4600. (Bob Mondello)