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“She’s imperfect, but she tries. She is good, but she lies,” Jenna, the character at the center of Waitress, sings of herself in the musical’s second act. In that moment, composer and lyricist Sara Bareilles sums up the feelings of inadequacy many people encounter as they try to make sense of what their lives have become and tells us it’s OK to be two things at the same time. The assessment lands like a punch in the gut, and yet the musical is a celebration of the ability to roll with the punches and subsequently rise. Based on Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 film of the same name, the musical—Broadway’s first with an all-female creative team—follows Jenna, a big-dreaming waitress in a small-town diner coping with an emotionally abusive husband, an unplanned pregnancy, and a surprising new romance. She gets by with help from reliable and kind friends and, of course, plenty of pie. The touring production pulls into the National Theatre this week with Broadway vet Desi Oakley in the role of Jenna and two young locals, Alexa Lueck and Eva Pieja, alternating the role of her daughter, Lulu. Grab your best gals and prepare for a night as sweet as a slice of lemon meringue. Read more>>> The musical runs May 15 to June 3 at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $48–$108. (202) 628-6161. thenationaldc.org. (Caroline Jones)


Stand-up comedian Lane Moore brings her monthly comedy show, Tinder Live, to Union Stage. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $29–$39. 

Author Kevin Powers stops by Politics and Prose to chat about his latest book, A Shout in the Ruins, a history of violence in America from the Civil War era to the 1980s. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

MahoganyBooks hosts the Pieces of Eight Poetry Series, featuring members of the Black Ladies Brunch Collective. 7 p.m. at 1231 Good Hope Road SE. Free. 

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