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“…I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion,” says Tom at the beginning of Tennessee WilliamsThe Glass Menagerie, the playwright’s semi-autobiographical tale of the Wingfield family: Amanda, the faded Southern matriarch clinging desperately to her past in the face of an uncertain future; Laura, the debilitatingly shy daughter who suffers from a disability; and Tom, the unhappy son who drifts between his present escape and hazy memories of their St. Louis apartment. Mark Ramont’s production at Ford’s Theatre is simply staged, perfectly lit, and passionately acted. The play’s tragic end won’t be a surprise to most patrons, but the path is still as painful as it was when I first read it in 10th grade. Read more >>> The play runs Jan. 22 to Feb. 21 at Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. $20–$62. (202) 347-4833. fords.org. (Sarah Anne Hughes)

EAT THIS

Get a preview of forthcoming Truxton Circle cidery and pintxos bar, Anxo, tonight at Sally’s Middle Name. Chef Brad Walker is taking over the kitchen and preparing a menu that includes pintxos (small Spanish bites) like serrano croissants and roasted quail with grapes plus entrees for two including a ciderhouse steak with duck fat-roasted shallots or a whole winter flounder with mussels, clams, and saffron potatoes. Beverage Director Tim Prendergast has assembled 12 different ciders to pour. No reservations needed; seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Anxo at Sally’s Middle Name, 1320 H St. NE. anxodc.com. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

New York-based vocalist Emily Wells performs at the Black Cat Backstage with opening acts Lorna Dune and Overcoats. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.

Head out to Wolf Trap and hear legendary folk artist Richard Thompson play your favorite songs when he takes the stage for an all-requests show. 8 p.m. at 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $60–$75.

Hip-hop artist Mike Stud brings his Back 2 You tour to the Fillmore along with fellow hip-hop acts Jett Jetchubetcha, Futuristic, and Arizona Zervas. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $17.50.

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