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When the great French satirist Molière wrote Tartuffe, about a con artist who disguises himself as a religious man, in 1664, he so outraged the Catholic Church that the Archbishop of Paris threatened anyone who watched or performed the play with excommunication. Molière had to rewrite the play twice before he came up with a version that remained uncensored and could be published. Because his themes of religious hypocrisy and powerful idiots endure, that version remains a popular production to this day. To ring in the summer, Shakespeare Theatre Company presents the play with a Tartuffe who appears in black leather. The action should be accordingly steamy. Read more >>> The play runs June 2 to July 5 at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. $20–$110. (202) 547-1122. shakespearetheatre.org. (Anya van Wagtendonk)
Beer events continue at bars and restaurants across the city this week in the lead up to the annual SAVOR festival this weekend. Tonight from 6 to 9 p.m., stop by Jack Rose Dining Saloon for a whiskey/sour barrel happy hour with New Belgium Brewing Company. Try three of the brewery’s wood-aged sour beers conditioned in fruit-whiskey barrels from Leopold Bros. Distillery. There will also be cocktails made with New Belgium’s pear ginger beer. Scope out other beer events going on tonight and the rest of the week on Young & Hungry. Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th St. NW. (202) 588-7388. jackrosediningsaloon.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Judy Blume, the author who got many of us through the trials of adolescence, discusses her latest novel for adults, In the Unlikely Event, with NPR’s Linda Holmes at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. Read more in our Summer Entertainment Guide. 7 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $30–$45.
Head to the Black Cat for rock performer Spoonboy‘s final show ever. He’s joined on stage by Nana Grizol and Art Sorority for Girls. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.
Rainbow Theatre Company kicks off Pride celebrations at Flashpoint with a production of Paula Vogel’s The Oldest Profession, the story of a group of older women who turn to prostitution in order to make money for retirement. 8 p.m. at 916 G St. NW. $35.
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