We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.
Fingerprints, snowflakes, memories, tax returns: No two are alike. In Charlie Varon’s one-man show The People’s Violin, Sol Shank, a Boulder-based filmmaker (and the play’s narrator), climbs his family tree for a better view of his father, a renowned Manhattan psychotherapist to Holocaust victims. Varon shape-shifts between 20 characters, among the best of which is Sol’s Israeli wife, Nirit Kidron. The sphinxlike Kidron describes her peak sexual experience as having been with Itai, an Israeli soldier. “He tasted like metal,” Varon slithers, capturing Kidron’s commanding and exotic sexuality with an otherness so unlike Sol, it’s startling. Varon brings such a winning candor to Sol’s predictably neurotic Woody Allen-meets-Ben Stiller persona that you’ll find yourself salivating at the thought of Kidron’s seductive chicken-with-olives-and-tomatoes recipe. The final performances of this run are this afternoon and evening at 3 and 7:30 p.m. at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center’s Goldman Theater, 1529 16th St. NW. $18-$26. (800) 494-8497. (Amanda Fazzone)