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There’s an uneasiness to Mom Baby God, the new solo show by local actor Madeline Joey Rose. It’s a similar kind of uneasiness I felt when I first saw Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing’s 2006 documentary Jesus Camp, which traces the indoctrination of evangelical values into kids at a Christian summer camp. It’s that intersection between teenage innocence with far-right religious values that’s at the center of Mom Baby God. But let me be clear: Mom Baby God is a funny, sharp satire. Written and performed by Rose, one of D.C.’s most reliable and talented actors, the show’s setting is a not-too-distant future in which the anti-abortion movement is mobilizing its youth for a big political battle. Fourteen-year-old Destinee (Rose) is something of a poster child for the movement: a chatty, bubbly teen who’s anti-abortion video blogging has gained a big following in far-right circles. But Destinee’s values are challenged as she struggles to confront her crush on another rising Christian vlogger, John Paul. Rose’s sharp writing and indelible charisma, along with direction from Taffety Punk company member Lise Bruneau, makes Mom Baby God a necessary show for our times. Read more>>> The show runs through March 10 at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. $15. (202) 415-4838. taffetypunk.com. (Matt Cohen)
Lucky Buns in Adams Morgan is now open Saturdays and Sundays during the day serving a brunch menu starting at 11:30 a.m. You can get a full English breakfast complete with bangers and blood sausage for $17 or a sausage, egg, and cheese bun dripping with “lucky sauce” ($9). Vegetarian options include an meatless take on the full English breakfast ($16) and a lentil, egg, and cheese bun ($9). It’s a perfect place for sports fans, as the bar will show rugby and lacrosse games all spring long on a 120-inch projector screen. Check this page to see which games will be on. Lucky Buns, 2000 18th St. NW. (202) 506-1713. luckybunsdc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: The Howard Theatre welcomes salsa orchestra EL Gran Combo de Puerto Rico. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $59.50–$100.
Friday: Star D.C. pianist John Eaton brings the music of Indiana composers Cole Porter and Hoagy Carmichael to The Barns at Wolf Trap. 8 p.m. at 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $25–$27.
Saturday: If you have never seen this movie you are less a “Betty” and much more of a “virgin who can’t drive.” Clueless is Amy Heckerling’s 1995 spin on Jane Austen’s Emma, and though it feels wildly trendy, Austen historians give it props for being one of the most accurate adaptations of any of her novels. It’s the story of wealthy Beverly Hills teen queen Cher (played endearingly by Alicia Silverstone) who loves to meddle in her friends’ and teachers’ romantic entanglements (she loves a good makeover) while being utterly, well, clueless about her own heart. Clueless is a delightful time capsule of the best parts of the ’90s, and still relatable to anyone who’s ever navigated the cliques and confusion of high school. Read more>>> The screening begins at 8 p.m. at Suns Cinema, 3107 Mt. Pleasant St. NW. $5. sunscinema.com. (Diana Metzger)
Saturday: Massachusetts Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys, of “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” fame, performs at The Anthem. 7:30 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $35–$55.
Saturday: Jomny Sun, a humorist and author, discusses Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too, the story of a lonely alien who comes to observe Earth, at Politics and Prose. 6 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Sunday: Not many string quartets can get their calls returned by Hollywood stars, but in the chamber music world, the Emerson String Quartet is as Hollywood as it gets. The celebrated, Grammy-winning New York ensemble has been around for four decades, pushing the envelope in what you can do with a cello, viola, and a couple violins way beyond Brandenburg Concerto fare, all while—per their signature—standing up. So when they pitched to actors a crazy sounding mixed media project, an exploration of Dmitri Shostakovich’s obsession with The Black Monk, a nightmarish short story by Anton Chekhov that the Soviet composer tried and failed to turn into an opera, they actually got some takers. Playing Shostakovich will be David Strathairn, the masterful world-weary, laconic character actor and frequent collaborator with world-weary, laconic director John Sayles. But the bigger surprise will be a more counterintuitive choice of casting: Sean Astin, aka Lord of the Rings’ Samwise and Stranger Things’ Bob, as Stalin. Read more>>> The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $60. (703) 255-1868. wolftrap.org. (Mike Paarlberg)
Sunday: Catch the last day of Familiar‘s run at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, a tale of tradition versus assimilation from playwright and actor Danai Gurira. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at 641 D St. NW. $20–$84.
Sunday: The Anacostia Arts Center presents The Tarot Reading, a collaborative theater show in which performers give the audience tarot readings. 6:30 p.m. at 1231 Good Hope Road SE. $5.
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