Danai Gurira is more than a warrior and fierce protector of Wakanda in Black Panther. She’s also a fierce protector and promoter of black women’s stories as a playwright. Her Broadway play Eclipsed, which starred fellow Wakandan Lupita Nyong’o, was a 2016 Tony nominee for Best Play. In her latest work, Familiar, Gurira presents a story from her own perspective focused on a Zimbabwean immigrant family in America. As the family prepares for their eldest daughter’s wedding, she makes a decision to observe a bride-price ceremony that causes a deep rift in the house. A tale of tradition versus assimilation, it’s a warm and witty African narrative treated with the realism and authenticity only Gurira, of Zimbabwean descent herself, could write. Above all, Familiar represents the telling of one’s own story, a charge Gurira is dedicated to leading. Read more>>> The play runs through March 11 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. $20–$84. (202) 393-3939. woollymammoth.net. (Kayla Randall)
Spark at 12 in Bloomingdale has a new personality thanks to Chef Peter Prime who hails from Trinidad. He’s infused a whole lot of flavor into the restaurant’s Caribbean barbecue menu. Don’t miss the avocado beignets with coconut chutney ($8), guava rum grilled oxtails ($16), jerk brisket ($16), and coconut braised collard greens ($9). Spark at 12, 1626 North Capitol St. NW. (202) 299-9128. sparkat12.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Celtic music supergroup Cherish The Ladies performs at the Barns at Wolf Trap. 8 p.m. at 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $25–$30.
Jeanne Sakata‘s Hold These Truths, based on a true story about the American son of Japanese immigrants who defies an unjust court order, plays at Arena Stage. 7:30 p.m. at 1101 Sixth St. SW. $81.
The Anacostia Community Museum continues its run of the exhibit Your Community, Your Story, which highlights and celebrates five decades of the Anacostia Community Museum, from 1967 to 2017. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1901 Fort Place SE. Free.
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