Tommy, the middle-aged man at the center of Conor McPherson’s The Night Alive, is having a rough go of it: Living outside Dublin, very little occupies his time. He spends his days avoiding his estranged wife and plotting ways to get easy money instead of, you know, looking for work. When he helps a young woman flee a violent attack, Tommy gains a sense of purpose and Aimee gains a friend. Though the pair appears mismatched, their affection for one another grows as they reflect on their pasts and attempt to find hope in the future, even when other events derail their attempts. Read more >>> The play runs Oct. 21 to Nov. 13 at Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. $36–$61. (240) 644-1100. roundhousetheatre.org. (Diana Metzger)

EAT THIS

If you’re one of those people who loves pumpkin patches and scarf collections, BLT Steak has an all-fall cocktail menu for you. Head bartender James Nelson is introducing a bacon-rye spiked mole hot chocolate, a chilled version of mulled wine, and a whiskey and pumpkin butter drink, as well as a Scotch and broiled lemon syrup sipper smoked on the spot with the help of a slab of pine and a blowtorch. The full menu of cocktails, all $15, can be found here. BLT Steak, 1625 I St. NW. (202) 689-8999. e2hospitality.com/blt-steak-washington-dc. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

Sloane Crosley, the author best known for her humorous essay collections I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number, reads from her debut novel, The Clasp, at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 7 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $10–$26.

Get riled up about climate activism and enjoy music by Galactic and Dr. Dog at the Howard Theatre, which hosts a benefit concert for Protect our Winters. New Belgium Brewing and Ben & Jerry’s provide refreshments. 7 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $35.

British electronic duo Disclosure arrives at Echostage for a two-night stand. The pair is joined by opening acts Claude VonStroke and Pomo. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 8 p.m. at 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $45.

Enjoy a night of mockery at Velvet Lounge, where local comedians perform a standup set, then do another set in which they each other. Find more details on Facebook. 7:30 p.m. at 915 U St. NW. $5.

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