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Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced, an examination of Muslim-American identity issues in a post-9/11 America, continues to remain just as urgent and relevant in its D.C. debut at Arena Stage as it did when it premiered off-Broadway in 2012. In Disgraced, Amir (an assimilated and conflicted Muslim American lawyer) and his wife Emily (a WASPy artist whose passion for Islamic themes is seen in her work) invite colleagues over for dinner. Before the party, Emily and Amir debate whether Amir should defend an Islamic leader charged with providing financial support to terrorist organizations. Amir has, so far, kept his Muslim background out of his professional life, but when this decision seeps into their once-polite dinner party conversation, all guests find a stake in the argument. Read more >>> The play runs April 22 to May 29 at Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. $40–$110. (202) 554-9066. arenastage.org. (Diana Metzger)
Check out seafood dishes from local chefs, a raw bar, beer garden, and more at Charity Off The Hook’s annual fundraiser tonight at The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse. Charity Off The Hook was founded by seafood distributor ProFish, which donates a portion of its blue catfish proceeds each month to different nonprofits. Mandu‘s Danny Lee, Del Campo‘s Victor Albisu, and Mike Isabella will be among the chefs preparing dishes for the event tonight from 6 to 10 p.m. There will also be oyster shucking stations, smoke seafood stations, passed appetizers, beer, and wine. Tickets, $65, are available here. The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse, 1356 Okie St. NE. charityoffthehook.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Minnesota-based rock act Polica brings its percussion-heavy songs to 9:30 Club, alongside opening act MOTHXR. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $20.
Emerging folk artist Parker Millsap takes the stage at the Black Cat with Caroline Rose, a guitarist and songwriter out of Vermont. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $15.
Mothers, the solo project headed by Georgia-based artist Kristine Leschper, performs at DC9 with Palm and Brother M., two indie rock outfits out of Brooklyn and Northern Virginia, respectively. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.
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