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Aaron Bliden and Matthew Sparacino in "Lobby Hero" at 1st Stage. The show runs through October 9, 2016 in Tysons Corner. Photo by Teresa Castracane.

1st Stage Extends Lobby Hero To Mid-October

It’s becoming repetitive to say it, but no less true, 1st Stage Theater in Tysons isn’t just garnering local praise, it is quickly achieving national attention for their high quality and thoughtful productions. This has remained true for the latest comic drama under Artistic Director Alex Levy, Lobby Hero.

The play is remarkably appropriate in the current social conversation regarding the role of police in the community. The accolades are piling up for this play, from DCMetroTheatreArts.com to Broadway World and even the Wall Street Journal. 1st Stage is a diamond in the rough that continues to outperform expectations, and then some.

1st Stage has transitioned from a relatively unknown theater to a draw for those seeking excellent live performances region wide. All of this has happened despite the inauspicious location and building it is housed in, an almost unfindable theater space built into a previously unused warehouse along Tyco Road in Tysons.

I am excited to see the city’s own theater growing and receiving much needed praise. I am very interested to see if it can achieve the level of interest to receive a future home that is worthy of its productions. It would be incredible to see a new development integrate the theater as a partner in the project from the onset, making it possible to create a truly unique theater experience, firmly anchoring Tysons as a regional arts hub.

Until then, 1st Stage will continue to impress those who come off the beaten path, and Lobby Hero will specifically do so through October 16th. Keep an eye out on special events as well, which feature cast discussions, tours, and cocktails. Tickets are absurdly well priced, half the price of theaters in DC and Arlington, so if you are looking for an unique but affordable weekend date idea try 1st Stage.

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