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At the center of Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful sits Elliot, an Iraq combat veteran struggling to acclimate to life back at home in Philadelphia while working as a Subway sandwich artist. His emotional challenges collide with a group of drug addicts leaning on each other for support in an online chat room. As the characters adapt to their new realities, their families, both biological and chosen, sustain them. Serious, funny, and full of heart, the play won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Hudes is no stranger to imaginative, inspirational stage stories: She also wrote the book for the award-winning 2008 musical In the Heights. Elliot’s story continues in two more of Hudes’ plays and while Studio has no current plans to revive the other segments of the trilogy, should this production resonate with D.C. audiences as it has in other cities, the rest of this saga may soon appear on local stages. The play runs March 5 to April 13 at Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $39–$75. (202) 332-3300. studiotheatre.org.