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There was once a time when parents settled the marriage agreement and women didn’t have a chance to decide on their potential spouses. That’s the case in Washington Stage Guild’s production of Frederick Lonsdale’s On Approval, a comedy of manners about a widow who whisks her lover off to Scotland in order to investigate whether he’ll be an acceptable husband. Circumstances lead to them getting stranded with two friends and, predictably, things go south. The very polite manners the characters once displayed turn bad, partners get swapped, and marriage seems almost entirely out of the question, but hilarity still ensues. Read more >>> The play runs April 23 to May 17 at the Undercroft Theatre, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $20–$50. (202) 582-0050. stageguild.org.
In Catalonia, Spain, April 23 is Sant Jordi Day, in which couples exchange gifts: books for men and roses for women. Jaleo is celebrating this holiday by offering special regional dishes from head chef Ramon Martinez, who’s a native of Catalonia. Guests are also invited to donate paperback books all day at the restaurant. The donations will go to the Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, which works with incarcerated young people. Jaleo DC, 480 7th St. NW. (202) 628-7949. jaleo.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Cuban singer Ernesto “Gato” Gatell performs with his own group, Gato’s Sin Frontera, at Atlas Performing Arts Center. Head to the venue early for an all-vinyl set from DJ Crown Vic. 8 p.m. at 1333 H St. NE. $22–$28.
Local pop outfit Footwerk plays U Street Music Hall with DJ Heat and Twinkdrumz, Trevor Young, and Alfred the MC. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15.
Constellation Theatre begins performances of The Fire and the Rain, a play inspired by the Indian epic The Mahabharata, at Source. 8:30 p.m. at 1835 14th St. NW. $15.
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