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The funeral of Marion Barry was plenty theatrical, with characters including the Rev. Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan, and the Rev. Willie Wilson shepherding the Mayor-for-Life’s spirit into the afterlife. But the ever-dramatic Barry inspired another staged tribute in his lifetime: local historian John Muller’s play Mayor for Life: The Untold Story. Originally presented as part of the Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage Festival in 2007, actor Elliot C. Moffitt and director Renee L. Charlow reunite with Muller to perform the one-man play twice more, this time at the Anacostia Playhouse. Moffitt plays Ezekiel, a Street Sense newspaper seller who recounts his up-close interactions with Barry over the years, through his highs and lows, and laments the void that Barry’s death has left in D.C. politics to a group of downtown passersby. He’s only been gone for three weeks, but Barry’s transformation from flawed public servant to celebrated folk hero has already begun. The play shows at 6:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. at Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place SE. Pay what you can. (202) 290-2328. anacostiaplayhouse.com.