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Part soap opera, part love story, Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing is the kind of classic coming-of-age tale that resonates with audiences decades after it was first published and performed. The play follows the emerging relationship between Jamie and Ste, two young men living in Southeast London in the early ’90s and finding different ways to deal with their emerging sexuality. First introduced as neighbors, their relationship turns intimate when Ste’s brother kicks him out of the house and he spends the night recovering with Jamie. Throw in the stigma the men encounter from their family members, their own questions about what they mean to each other, and some drug-addled hangers on, and you’ve got the makings of a great melodrama. Rainbow Theatre Project presents a reading directed by Jeanette Buck, who will heighten the play’s humanity while emphasizing its humor. The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. at Source, 1835 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 315-1305. rainbowtheatreproject.org.