Saturday: In the mid-’90s, you couldn’t escape comedian Paul Reiser. Though he’s not as ubiquitous as he was two decades ago, Reiser continues to appear in select works, including Behind the Candelabra and Curb Your Enthusiasm, causing audiences to remark, “Hey, I always liked that guy.” Because everything old is apparently new again, Reiser is returning to his stand-up roots and performing shows around the country. Read more >>> Paul Reiser performs at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $35–$45. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com. (Caroline Jones)
Saturday: Mosaic Theater Company presents Eretz Chadasha, a documentary-style play about Sudanese immigrants to Israel, at Woolly Mammoth Theatre’s Melton Rehearsal Hall. 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. 641 D St. NW. $20–$50.
Saturday: Folk duo Deer Creek performs an intimate set at the Black Cat Backstage with Uptown Boys Choir and The Junior League Band. 9 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.
Sunday: A haughty St. Petersburg dandy, weary of vacuous parties and frivolous balls, descends into ennui in Alexander Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin. Written in iambic tetrameter, Pushkin’s “novel in verse” lends itself to musical adaptations. Tchaikovsky’s 1879 opera closely adhered to the poetry of the original. When Dmitri Tcherniakov deviated from the classic in a 2006 restaging, filled with plot adjustments and reinvented scenes, he caused a stir in the opera world. Despite his unconventional approach, many have lauded Tcherniakov’s Onegin as a truthful rendition that brings existential turmoil to the story’s surface. Read more >>> The film (of an Opera Garnier performance) shows at 4 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. nga.gov. (Victoria Gaffney)
Sunday: Close out the weekend with an Americana double bill at The Hamilton, featuring The Steel Wheels and Mipso. 7:30 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $17–$25.50.
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