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The phrase “punk theater” inspires a Linda Richman moment: Punk theater is neither punk nor theater. Discuss. After all, isn’t punk about stripping away all the theater? Still, the Taffety Punk Theatre Company takes its best shot at melding the punk ethos to the thespian arts. The company is the brainchild of Marcus Kyd, whose background is both credibly punk—he spent seven years as Marc M100, the Most Secret Method’s vocalist/guitarist—and credibly theatrical—he holds an MFA in classical acting from George Washington University and recently received kudos for roles in productions by MetroStage and Arena Stage. Taffety Punk, which swiped its name from a line in All’s Well That Ends Well referring to a dapper prostitute, made its debut at last year’s Artomatic and has since staged a pair of events at the Black Cat. Most recently, the company offered live-band-accompanied readings from Sam Shepard, Adam Rapp, and, yes, the Bard. Now, continuing its ambitious schedule, Taffety Punk returns to the venue with And Then It Faster Rock’d, which is billed as “Shakespeare’s collected noise.” Bring your period earplugs at 9 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $7. (202) 667-7960. (Mike DeBonis)