There are two major misconceptions plaguing Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The first is that the monster’s name is Frankenstein. The second is that the story can’t be funny—even Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein had to retell the story with a new cast of characters. But Faction of Fools, the District’s resident commedia dell’arte ensemble, finds plenty of humor in the original work, which is why the group has adapted the classic tale of horror into a stage play that incorporates physical comedy, acrobatics, and original music. Though this week’s performances are only a preview of the production, you’ll be able to see how five actors in grotesque masks transform into Victorian poets, sailors, and angry, torch-wielding mobs. Read more >>> The workshop runs Feb. 25 to March 1 at the Eastman Studio Theatre at Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE. $5 suggested donation. factionoffools.org. (Tim Regan)
Oval Room has a new happy hour at its bar and lounge. Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., the restaurant offers select cocktails for $8 and glasses of wine for $7. The drinks include a Manhattan, the “Jalisco Mule” with ginger beer, tequila, and sage, and “The Lady Michelle” with sparkling wine, vodka, lemon-lavender syrup, and Creme Yvette. Newly appointed chef John Melfi is serving bar snacks ($9 to $12) like duck tots with fig, jumbo lump crab balls with Sriracha aioli, and chicken liver mousse with red wine apple butter. Oval Room, 800 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 463-8700. ovalroom.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Local soul musician George Smallwood, whose records are coveted by collectors around the world, performs an intimate show at the Anacostia Library sponsored by Capital Fringe. Find more details on Facebook. 6:30 p.m. at 1800 Good Hope Road SE. Free.
Nickel Creek guitarist Sean Watkins takes the stage at Gypsy Sally’s for a night of folk and Americana tunes. Pop singer Jill Andrews opens the show. 8:30 p.m. at 3401 K St. NW. $15–$18.
Celebrated metal band Helmet marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Betty by playing the album in its entirety at the Black Cat. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $16.
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