There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Washington City Paper contributing writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, like lots of kids who grew up in the D.C. area in the early ’80s, endured years of nightmares induced by Count Gore De Vol’s horror-movie show on Channel 20. Tonight, Gorilla Theatre Productions presents the result of Aguirre-Sacasa’s troubled nights: “The Weird,” a collection of one-acts with a title loosely pinched from Conor McPherson’s Irish ghost-story cornucopia The Weir. The evening’s three love ‘n’ horror playlets, Insect Love, Swamp Gothic, and Say You Love Satan, are graced by such spooky campers as entomologist Dr. DeLambre, a bayou-dwelling voodoo priestess, and the Son of the Beast. (Yes, that Beast.) Pushing pulp-culture hot buttons like Curse of the Demon, Vincent Price, and Tennessee Williams, Aguirre-Sacasa turns horror Stoppardian by dropping the same kitsch into all three plays. But don’t be too scared, he says: “They’re all about getting dumped.” At 8 p.m. at the District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. $10 (proceeds benefit the Human Rights Campaign). (202) 265-9318. (Amanda Fazzone)