Philadelphia Theatre Weekend on Fri November 25-Sunday November 27th

You are invited to a Philadelphia Theatre Weekend on Friday, November 25th, Saturday, November 26th and November 27th – leaving back to DC on Sunday night – or you can stay over Sunday night. It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and a great way to work off all that turkey and stuffing. Our April Philly trip was a blast, so it’s time for another one! 

On Friday the 25th, we can take AMTRAK (they have a $35 deal for Fridays), or the Eastern Bus at 7th and H Streets – one block from The Gallery Place Metro Stop – at 9 AM, Arriving in Philly at Noon, and get some lunch and check in.You can also make your own transportation arrangements on AMTAK, or drive up and meet us there.

We will come back on Sunday the 27th at 6:30 PM on the Eastern Bus, or take Greyhound at 7:15 PM or 8:15 PM, or take AMTRAK at 7:33 PM. 

Eastern is $28 for a roundtrip.  

Greyhound is $64 for a roundtrip.

AMTRAK is $127 for a roundtrip.

AMTRAK SCHEDULE Friday, November 25th $35.00 174 Northeast Regional Departs Union Station 10:20 AM Arrives 12:12 PM  30th Street Station (Philly) OR 11:02 AM Arrives 12:51 PM  30th Street Station (Philly) OR 12:02 PM Arrives 01:51 PM 30th Street Station (Philly) OR 01:02 PM   Arrives 02:51 PM 30th Street Station (Philly) 
Duration: 1 hr, 52 min


Departs: 7:33 PM Philadelphia, PA – 30th Street Station (PHL

Arrives: 9:35 PM
135 Northeast Regional  Washington, DC – Union Station 


I have rooms at Club Quarters -1627 Chestnut Street – for $115 a night including taxes, and the deposit I have to put down per room to allow us to get my membership rate for everyone. It’s a great deal and we have stayed there before. and we know how nice it is and convenient. It’s right in the heart of Center City and is a 10-15 minute walk to the theatres (except to he Arden which is in the Historic Area – and is a 25 minute walk).

Friday, November 25th at 8 PM
Philadelphia Orchestra
Eschenbach Conducts Beethoven 
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Jennifer Koh, violin

Ticket prices TBA 9/12

(1)  The King and I at Walnut Street Theatre
November 8, 2011 – January 8, 2012
$85 with taxes and fees.

(2)  The Whipping Man AT THE ARDEN
October 27 – December 18, 2011
$55.00 with fees.

NOVEMBER 25th – DECEMBER 18th, 2011
Directed by Joe Calarco Skybox @ the Adrienne-2030 Sansom Street, 3rd floor
$25 with taxes.

(4)  Billy Elliot The Musical
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 – Sunday, November 27, 2011
Kimmel Center, Inc. $80 for Orchestra Seats (Estimate-won’t know until 9/12)

There other options. Jazz, Food Walking Tour of Little Italy. Trolley Tour of Historical Sites, A Flyers or 76er game.

We will have three dinners together so we can talk about our shows one at Positano Coast, one in Chinatown, and one in Little Italy. We’ll get a bite at The Reading Terminal.

There’s lots of nice boutique shops and a mall across the street and the surrounding streets where we are staying. 

Let me know if you are interested. I need to know by September 15th, so we don’t lose our rooms at that great rate and get great seats, which I will purchase for the group.

I will add a $35 fee to organize your trip.

Any questions? Feel free to call me at (703) 447-8805
My email is

Joel Markowitz, Assistant Organizer with Darlene Olsen
Founder, The Ushers Theatre Going Social group-our 22nd season
Editor, Maryland Theatre Guide

Macbeth at Synetic Theater on Saturday, September 24th

Join us on Saturday, September 24th for Synetic Theater’s Wordless Macbeth at The Crystal City Metro at 5:30 PM for dinner (TBA) and 8:00 p.m. for the show. Price: $28 by check or $31 by paypal for members and $34 for non-members. 

at the Crystal City Metro (in the old Arena Stage space).
Come see why Synetic Theater keeps winning lots of Helen Hayes Awards as they present another ‘Wordless” production of Macbeth at their Crystal City  Location (right at the Crystal City Metro.)
I am a huge fan of Synetic Theater because their productions are visually stunning, with incredible dance, movement, athleticism, costumes, and score. 
Look at a preview video from their 2007 production of Macbeth:

We have gotten an amazing deal: $28.00 for tickets.
but we need to get 20 people to do it, so please RSVP now.

Please RSVP here on this site and answer all 5 questions. We need to know your full name, a cell phone number where I can reach you, an email where I can send you info about the show, a menu, directions, a carpool list and attendees list. This information will not be shared with anyone. It is there to help me organize this event efficiently.

*** Please RSVP ASAP. We need 20 people to get this price.


You can send a check for $28.00, made out to Joel Markowitz and send it to:
Joel Markowitz
5750 Bou Avenue
Unit 1606
North Bethesda, MD 20852 
You can pay $31.00 by Paypal to (they charge me a fee).

Speak No More: The Silent Shakespeare Festival
If the first installment  Hamlet…the rest is silence surprised Washington audiences with its silence, Synetic’s second Silent Shakespeare production took the area by storm with a “titanic clash of blood and thunder.” One of the most successful Synetic productions of all time,  Macbeth returns with its dark tale of ambition, bloodlust and the supernatural. In 2008,  Macbeth was the recipient of five Helen Hayes Awards after being nominated for 11. Set in a dark, impressionistic, military world,  Macbeth is a swirl of murder, madness and self-destruction, exploring the outsized ambitions of a husband and wife.

Macbeth stars Irakli Kavsadze (2008 Helen Hayes Nominee Outstanding Lead Actor) as the doomed king, Irina Tsikurishvili (2008 Helen Hayes Nominee Outstanding Lead Actress) as Lady Macbeth, Philip Fletcher (2008 Helen Hayes Recipient Outstanding Supporting Actor), Mary Werntz, and Sarah Taurchini as the infamous three witches, Ben Cunis, veteran Synetic Theater Company Member, as Macduff, and Salma Shaw (2008 Helen Hayes Nominee Outstanding Supporting Actress) as Lady Macduff. The production also features Alex Mills, Ryan Sellers, JB Tadena, Dallas Tolentino, Ryan Tumulty, Vato Tsikurishvili and Matt Ward.

irected by Paata Tsikurishvili

Choreographed by Irina Tsikurishvili
Set and Costume Design by Anastasia R. Simes
Lighting Design by Colin K. Bills
Original Music by Konstantine Lortkipanidze
Sound Design by Irakli Kavsadze and Konstantine Lortkipanidze
Starring Irina Tsikurishvili and Irakli Kavsadze.

Ain’t Misbehavin’ — Saturday, August 20

Join us on Saturday, August 20 at 8:00 p.m. at Elden Street Players to see Ain’t Misbehavin’.
Price: $26 by check or $28 by paypal for members and $29/$32 for non-members

It’s closing night of The snazzy, jazzy, finger-snapping, toe-tapping Ain’t Misbehavin’ in the intimate Elden Street Players’ Industrial Strength Theatre in Herndon, VA.

For 20 years, my other social group The Ushers has ended its season watching ESP’s summer musical and our own Vonda McCrae reviewed the show for my website Maryland Theatre Guide and raved:

“For two hours, I really felt like I was in 1930’s Harem. I was disappointed when the show ended and I had to come back to the reality. ESP’s Ain’t Misbehavin’ is a ‘Must See’ theatrical event. So don’t forget to ‘Grab a jug an’ cut the rug, because that joint was really jumpin’’.

We’ll also be having dinner at 5:30 PM at Taste of the World if you wish to attend.

RSVP to Joel by email ( or phone (703.447.8805).

The Importance of Being Earnest — Sunday, July 31

Join us on Sunday, July 31 at 3:00 p.m. at Scena Theatre @ H Street Playhouse to see The Importance of Being Earnest.
Price: $22 by using the code ‘LGBT’ here.

RSVP to Joel by email ( or phone (703.447.8805).

Tony Awards Potluck — Sunday, June 12

Join us on Sunday, June 12 at 5:30 p.m. at Joel’s building for a potluck and the Tony Awards.
Price: Bring a dish + $18 by check or $21 by Paypal.

Come celebrate the 2011 Broadway Season by attending our Annual Tony Awards Potluck and viewing of the awards ceremony. Cheer for your favorite Broadway shows and performers!

RSVP to Joel by email ( or phone (703.447.8805).

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