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The theater seems like a perfect place to take a break from the constant political bickering that fills airwaves and Twitter feeds. Shakespeare Theatre Company’s latest offering, however, hits close to home in an election year. At the Lansburgh Theatre, the local troupe has partnered with British theater ensemble Headlong to present Headlong’s stage version of George Orwell’s 1984. The tale of an all-knowing government that monitors the actions of its numbered citizens is haunting enough on the page, but when presented in front of an audience, with flashing lights and loud noises, the narrative becomes even more chilling. Read more >>> The play runs March 9 to April 10 at the Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. $25–$123. (202) 547-1122. shakespearetheatre.org. (Caroline Jones)

EAT THIS

Logan Tavern is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with food and drink specials all evening. Try bangers and mash, beef and beer stew, or a stout float with vanilla ice cream, and look out for deals on Dublin Mule, Guinness, and Jameson. Each table will get a St. Patrick’s Day trivia card, and prizes will be doled out. Logan Tavern, 1423 P St. NW. (202) 332-3710. logantavern.com. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

Louisiana-based rock band Cowboy Mouth, still best known for its 1996 hit “Jenny Says,” continues to tour two decades later and stops tonight at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.

Enjoy some old school R&B and soul at the Howard Theatre, where vocalist Keith Sweat kicks off a two-night stand. 7:30 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $49.50–$92.50.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at The Hamilton with performances by Celtic rock band The Young Dubliners and Irish country act The Danny Burns Band. 7:30 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $30–$40.

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