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Ayad Akhtar‘s (pictured) Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Disgraced has received positive reviews during its run at Arena Stage and starting this week, another theater will mount a production of his 2014 play, The Who and the What. Like Disgraced, The Who and the What focuses on Muslim identity but instead of looking at how Muslim-Americans assimilate, it explains how faith changes over the course of generations. The protagonist, Zarina, is a Pakistani-American writer who just finished a book about women in Islam. As she forms a connection with a new believer, Zarina’s relationship with her own family begins to suffer; they are dismayed by her controversial writing. Read more >>> The play runs May 25 to June 19 at Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. $36–$61. (240) 644-1100. roundhousetheatre.org. (Caroline Jones)
&pizza launches a refreshed menu today with three new pizzas. A “salad pizza” is topped with chopped romaine, cucumber, tomato, feta croutons, pickled red onion from Gordy’s Pickle Jar, ranch dressing, and fresh cracked pepper. Another new Hawaii-inspired pizza called The Pineapple Jack comes with pineapple rings, salami, and a “cherry bomb bbq” sauce that brings together Sloppy Mama‘s barbecue sauce and &pizza’s most popular soda flavor, Cherry Bomb. The last new pie is the Elvis, a dessert pizza with chocolate hazelnut peanut butter spread, banana, bacon, and grape jam. &pizza, multiple locations. andpizza.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Writer Moira Weigel explains how our thoughts on dating and courtship have evolved over time when she reads from her new book, Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating, at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 7 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $12–$26.
Celtic rock band Screaming Orphans plays the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage as part of its ongoing “IRELAND: 100” festival. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
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