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When it comes to casting Othello, one of the few characters for whom Shakespeare specified a race, directors have relied on actors of a multitude of racial identities to play the Moorish general. In Shakespeare Theatre Company’s latest presentation of the great tragedy, director Ron Daniels emphasizes the play’s religious themes, presenting Othello as a Muslim living in a restrictive Christian society. Pakistani-American actor Faran Tahir, seen widely in Iron Man and on American Crime, portrays the man driven mad by jealousy. At 400 years old, that the tension between Iago, Desdemona, and Othello can be represented in so many different ways speaks both to Shakespeare’s enduring legacy as well as the evolving nature of race relations around the world. Read more >>> The play runs Feb. 23 to March 27 at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. $20–$118. (202) 547-1122. shakespearetheatre.org. (Caroline Jones)
Did you know that Leap Day is traditionally the one day when women can propose? Yes, it’s antiquated and silly, but Macon Bistro & Larder is encouraging ladies to pop the questions in its Chevy Chase dining room. The person behind the “cleverest proposal” that takes place at the restaurant—shared on social media, of course (#getupthenerve)—will win a cocktail party for six in Macon’s new Magnolia Room private event space. If you’re not into declaring your love for a restaurant gimmick, you can also just drink the “Get Up The Nerve” cocktail ($13) with Blackwell’s Rum, date syrup, and Angostura bitters. It’s topped with sparkling wine and served in a Champagne flute with a Pernod-soaked and burned orange peel. Macon Bistro & Larder, 5520 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 248-7807. maconbistro.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Folk rock duo Johnnyswim takes the stage at 9:30 Club with opening act Sunbears. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Portland-based rock act Radiation City and Seattle-based trio Deep Sea Diver perform an intimate show at DC9. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.
At the Austrian Cultural Forum, German-language authors Christopher Kloeble, Xaver Bayer, and Pedro Lenz read from their work and discuss trends in contemporary literature. 6:30 p.m. at 3524 International Court NW. Free; registration required.
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