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“You’re tearing me apart, Lisa!”—Tommy Wiseau’s memorable cry in The Room—may be the rawest expression of primal male anguish since Brando bellowed “Stella!” in A Streetcar Named Desire. Now, in a reverse Brando maneuver, Wiseau is bringing his sublimely terrible love-triangle epic to the stage—or, actually, a staged reading of the film’s script. The Room is famously loaded with non sequiturs—“It is the movie that an alien who has never seen a movie might make after having movies thoroughly explained to him,” Tom Bissell wrote in Harper’s last year—but a press release for tonight’s reading promises “new insights into the story and people of The Room.” (This is unlikely.) Wiseau, the director/screenwriter/producer/pockmarked ass-haver of the film—who looks like a cross between a GEICO caveman and Cher—won’t be the only cast member on hand: Greg Sestero will appear to reprise his role as the two-timing Mark, a part he played with an intensity matched only by his searing blond highlights.
Readings take place tonight at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. at AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $20.