Nominally, The Cripple of Inishmaan is about an Irish orphan with a physical disability who dreams of catching a break in the movie industry as a way to escape a dull and often cruel existence in his backwater town. The village’s grim-but-wacky cast of characters nicknamed “Cripple Billy” for his uneven gait and crooked hand. If that’s a depressing premise, it says lot about playwright Martin McDonagh’s craft that the story actually takes off in hilarious directions—it’s a pitch-black comedy. Read more >>> The play runs Oct. 24 through Nov. 29 at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $25–$45. (202) 399-7993. atlasarts.org. (Emily Q. Hazzard)
Sushiko in Chevy Chase introduces a new vegan omakase menu today. For $80, diners can get an nine-course all-vegan dinner exclusively at the sushi bar. Sample dishes include bamboo shoots, wakame, and kombu dashi jelly as well as Brussels sprouts, ichimi togarashi, and ginger caramel. The meal must be reserved at least 48 hours in advance. Sushiko, 5455 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (301) 961-1644. sushikorestaurants.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Indie folk act Hodera performs at Comet Ping Pong tonight with two bands whose names don’t match their locations: Virginia-based pop punk band Oklahoma Car Crash and D.C.’s Our Kansas. 9 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10.
Award-winning jazz drummer Terri Lyne Carrington brings her Mosaic Project to the Howard Theatre, along with special guests Valerie Simpson and Jaguar Wright. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $35–$70.
For a dose of funk and soul, head south to the Barns at Wolf Trap, where Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds perform with Smooth Hound Smith. 8 p.m. at 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $20–$25.
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