Washington National Opera's intriguing production of Puccini's La Boheme requires, to borrow a recently reverberating phrase, "a willing suspension of disbelief."
Sure, all operas demand such suspension, to one degree or another, but this fresh take on the well-loved tale of Parisian bohemians moves the action so forcefully from the 19th century to our day and mindset that the result is almost a whole new work.
If You Go La Boheme is at 7:30 tonight, Tuesday and Sept. 27; 2 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 30; and 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Kennedy Center, Virginia and New Hampshire avenues Northwest, Washington. $45-$250. 202-295-2400, 800-876-7372 or dc-opera.org.