City Paper is not for tourists
It’s a law of the publishing industry: Stay moderately famous for long enough, and eventually, some deep-pocketed imprint will pay you to write your life story—and sometimes, the results are pretty damn unintentionally funny. (Marcia Brady freebasing? Yep, it’s in Maureen McCormick’s memoir.) D-list celebrity tell-alls have kept actors and comedians busy for years now—see YouTube for examples, like Sherri Shephard reading from the autobiography of Destiny’s Child—and now, the act is coming to Sidney Harman Hall. Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch, the author of her own celebrity memoir, leads a cast of local and national performers (including Steve Schirripa from The Sopranos) as they read from the surely scintillating autobiographies of fallen Hollywood stars. But while Melissa Gilbert and Rob Lowe’s books make for great material, this show won’t truly take off until Marion Barry’s forthcoming autobiography is ready for the stage.
The show begins at 8 p.m. at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. $50–$65. (202) 547-1122. shakespearetheatre.org.