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SATURDAY

John Lee sits on a bare stage, tearing sheets of origami paper off a roll suspended like toilet paper from the ceiling. He’s folding cranes to coax benevolence from the gods. The TP image is apropos, because the protagonist of Chay Yew’s Porcelain is in prison for the murder of his lover, whom he shot in the same public toilet where they met for anonymous sex. The Tsunami Theatre’s elegant, spare production reiterates the isolation of a multidimensional outcast: Lee is rejected by society for being gay and by the white boys he’s attracted to for being Asian. Though a bit larded with metaphors (in addition to the cranes, there are crows and sparrows, porcelain, and a victim named Hope), the play offers powerful insights into the media—and into psychiatry’s attempts to explain and sanitize Lee’s actions. Hook up at 8 p.m. (see City List for other dates) at the Warehouse Theater, 1021 7th St. NW. $20. (202) 299-0320. (Janet Hopf)