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For Geoff Sobelle, an absurdist theater artist fascinated with the “sublime ridiculous” and the illusory nature of theater itself, our interactions with objects and the pervasive, dysfunctional ways in which we use them to understand and define ourselves is tragic, but also unrelentingly funny. At Studio Theatre’s Stage 4, Sobelle has created a labyrinthine storage facility filled with heaps of towering boxes entrapping the audience members who are welcome to comb through the cardboard vessels that surround them. In his surreal play, objects have lives of their own, just as they do in our personal realities. Our attachment to them stems from the intrinsic, almost mystical correspondence between their solid forms and our intangible memories. Read more >>> The play runs May 18 to June 15 at Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $20–$55. (202) 332-3300. studiotheatre.org. (Victoria Gaffney)


Beuchert’s Saloon begins serving lunch today. The new menu includes a handful of salads plus sandwiches, including one with fried chicken, apple butter, and pecan butter stuffed between waffles. There’s also a take on the Primanti Brothers’ sandwich with French fries and fried egg as well as a PLT—a twist on a BLT that subs pate for bacon. Lunch hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Beuchert’s Salon, 623 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, (202) 733-1384, beuchertssaloon.com. (Jessica Sidman)


Australian folk rock artist Missy Higgins comes stateside to perform at the Birchmere. She’s joined by opening act Billy Raffoul. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $22.50.

The Summer Set, a pop ensemble out of Arizona, brings its cheerful and upbeat songs to U Street Music Hall for a show featuring Handsome Ghost, Royal Teeth, and Call Me Karizma. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $20.

Head to Rock & Roll Hotel for an intimate performance by Islands, the Canadian indie rock ensemble touring in support of two new albums. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $15.

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