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Part soap opera, part love story, Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing is the kind of classic coming-of-age tale that resonates with audiences decades after it was first published and performed. The play follows the emerging relationship between Jamie and Ste, two young men living in Southeast London in the early ’90s and finding different ways to deal with their emerging sexuality. Throw in the stigma the men encounter from their family members, their own questions about what they mean to each other, and some drug-addled hangers on, and you’ve got the makings of a great melodrama. Read more >>> The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. at Source, 1835 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 315-1305. rainbowtheatreproject.org.
It’s Pi Day (3/14), which means plenty of pie and pizza specials around town. New Shaw restaurant Declaration will take $3.14 off of its pizzas all day. (Try the Samuel Chase pizza with winter butternut squash, brown butter ricotta, crispy sage, and truffle honey.) Meanwhile, pineapple hand pies go for $3.14. Declaration, 804 V St. NW. (202) 627-2277. declarationrestaurant.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
D∆WN, the new performance moniker for former Danity Kane and Diddy-Dirty Money vocalist Dawn Richard, takes the stage for an edgy, soulful set at DC9. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $20–$25.
Man Booker Prize-winning author Howard Jacobson reads from his new novel, Shylock Is My Name, adapted from The Merchant of Venice, at the Folger Elizabethan Theatre. He discusses his work with local director Aaron Posner, whose own Merchant adaptation, District Merchants, opens at the Folger in May. 7:30 p.m. at 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15.
Songwriter Rachel Platten, the voice behind the ubiquitous hit “Fight Song,” brings her Wildfire Tour to 9:30 Club with opening act Eric Hutchinson. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
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