OCTOBER 23

It’s easy enough to see why actress Irene Worth would be attracted to Edith Wharton as a character. Like the famous author of The Age of Innocence and Ethan Frome, who moved from New York to Paris in 1913, the regally imposing Worth left New York for London almost as soon as she made her Broadway debut and returned only sporadically for the next 34 years. While in London, she became one of the most prized members of the Old Vic and Royal Shakespeare Companies. D.C. audiences with long memories will remember her scintillating KenCen performance in Sweet Bird of Youth with Christopher Walken, but her most recent performance here was as the dictatorial matriarch in Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers. Tonight’s Portrait of Edith Wharton marks her Smithsonian debut. At 7 p.m. at the Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, 10th & Constitution Ave. NW. $32. (202) 357-3030. (Bob Mondello)