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If you want to resolve the tension between two characters, put them in a confined space and cut off the power. In her new play, The Gulf, playwright Audrey Cefaly chooses to stick her characters, Betty and Kendra, in a fishing boat on the Alabama Delta. The original purpose of their trip is a search for redfish but it soon turns into an analysis of their dying relationship. Read more >>> The play runs Sept. 13 to Nov. 6 at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $40–$89. (703) 820-9771. sigtheatre.org. (Caroline Jones)
Swing by Hank’s Oyster Bar in Dupont Circle tonight to get your very first taste of Marble Alley cocktails. The forthcoming Adams Morgan bar from Trevor Frye (formerly of Jack Rose and Dram & Grain) is testing out its drinks at Hank’s during research and development nights, and you get to the be the booze test bunnies. Cocktails cost $8 each, and the event runs from 8 p.m. to midnight. Hank’s Oyster Bar, 1624 Q St. NW. (202) 462-4265. hanksoysterbar.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Wright reads from his latest book, The Terror Years: From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State, at Politics & Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
The Black Cat hosts an evening of folk rock featuring sets from Haley Bonar, a Minnesota-based vocalist, and Luray, a banjo-led rock group based in Richmond. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.
Hip-hop artist Schoolboy Q takes the stage at the Fillmore along with opening act Joey Bada$$. 7 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $50.
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