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If you like theater but only have so much tolerance for the DIY aesthetic and close quarters of the Capital Fringe Festival, take a night off from Fringe and catch a show in the rarefied environs of the Phillips Collection instead. In conjunction with the exhibit Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, the museum presents a staged reading of Noël Coward’s 1936 play, Still Life. The link is titular rather than thematic: The play is about Alec and Laura, lovers who meet at a train station café and plot their trysts within earshot of Myrtle and Albert, a couple that works at the station. The professional, high-caliber cast includes Hannah Yelland, Danny Gavigan, and Tonya Beckman Ross, as directed by Shakespeare Theatre’s Jenny Lord, making this $20 ticket—which includes entry to the museum—a total steal.
The performance begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. $20. (202) 387-2151. phillipscollection.org.