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The District’s theater scene is hardly so crowded that there’s no room for fresh entrants. Idly Bent Theatre Company, a D.C. newcomer, appears to be shooting for the moon with its first production in town. The company hails from the University of Virginia, where it previously staged a play written by a troupe member. Since graduating, many members scattered, but two of the founding Idly Benters, company member Paul Thomas Truitt and artistic director Anne Haney, return for the company’s inaugural D.C. production. Idly Bent has decided to go for broke with Harold Pinter’s menacing The Birthday Party—a classic that is not only widely known in any theater scene but also features characters ranging in age from 20-ish to 60-ish. As Idly Bent’s members fall on the younger side of that range, the company might have stacked the cards against itself. But give Idly Bent this much: It’s a gutsy proposition.

The play begins at 7:30 p.m. and runs through Jan. 13 at the D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. $10–$12. (202) 462-7833. idlybenttheatre.com