City Paper is not for tourists
On the night the Berlin Wall fell, actor and soft-rock performer David Hasselhoff—hoisted above the Brandenberg Gate by a crane—serenaded thousands of residents gathered on both sides with his hit song “Looking for Freedom.” Surviving video of the performance looks cheesy as hell (Hasselhoff sports a light-up leather jacket and modified Jheri curl) but decades later, Germans still credit him with helping alleviate tensions and bring down the Wall. Scena Theater’s latest production looks at another musical moment that coincides with the reunification of Germany. In Lady Lay, we meet disaffected government clerk MariAnne who discovers the music of Bob Dylan right around the time the Wall collapses. By exploring Dylan’s catalog, MariAnne is not only able to shake off the political fatigue that has settled on the nation but also connect with the emotional aspects of the music for the first time. The result is a subtle play about the power of music, so don’t expect to find the characters lazing about on a large brass bed. The play runs Oct. 6 to Oct. 10 at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $25–$45. (202) 399-7993. atlasarts.org.