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The sad-eyed flea-market proprietor (Matthew Maher) of the experimental theater project Race of the Ark Tattoo seems intent on selling things when you first enter his Church Street establishment, but what he’s really selling is stories. Pick up an item and he’ll be at your side in a flash to haggle over prices. But soon things become more communal: “I’m gonna fill this up,” he announces, holding up a toy Winnebago, “and we’re gonna play.” Audience suggestions then guide the selection of items that go into the Winnebago, and audience choices later dictate the order in which he recounts their tragical/comical/historical stories. Every item tells a tale, with outlines logged into a shell-and-button-encrusted book at the front of the room and details lodged firmly in the proprietor’s head. Though everything’s been scripted and painstakingly designed for this Foundry Theatre production, Maher’s affectless manner gives the evening an entirely impromptu, decidedly weird air. Tonight’s performances is at 8:30 p.m. at the Studio Theatre, 1333 P St. NW. $29.50-$39.50. (202) 332-3300. (Bob Mondello)