In the modern quest to “have it all,” can women avoid coveting what they lack? Please, please, let someone other than rich tech executives weigh in on this eternal question. Playwright Gina Gionfriddo immerses herself in the quandary in Rapture, Blister, Burn, a 2013 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. When two graduate school friends encounter each other after post-collegiate life took them in divergent directions, they feel they must each defend their choices while staring off into the other’s seemingly greener grass. She tells the story of two modern women whose frustrations feel extremely familiar. Just don’t lean in too close to Round House’s intimate stage. Read more >>> The play runs Jan. 28 to Feb. 22 at Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. $10–$50. (240) 644-1100. roundhousetheatre.org. (Diana Metzger)
Jack Rose Dining Saloon—home of the largest whiskey collection in the western hemisphere—is hosting a party to celebrate the launch of an apple brandy barrel-aged anniversary peach farmhouse ale brewed in collaboration with Atlas Brew Works. The Ivy City brewery borrowed an old apple brandy barrel from Jack Rose to age the brew for four and a half months. Draft specials are $5—for the farmhouse ale and several of Atlas’ other latest beers. Apple brandies from Laird & Company will also be discounted, and the staff has whipped up a new peach Jack Rose cocktail for the occasion. The event is free and goes from 6 to 9 p.m. Jack Rose Dining Saloon. 2007 18th Street NW. (202) 588-7388. jackrosediningsaloon.com. (James Constant)
OH AND ALSO
Guitarist and songwriter Kevin Devine performs at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue with Chicago solo act Into It. Over It. and Laura Stevenson. 8 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $18.
Experimental pop artist Natalie Prass plays DC9 with Americana act Lady Lady. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $15.
U.S. Rep. John Lewis discusses his second graphic novel, March: Book 2, which chronicles the actions of the Freedom Riders and sit-in organizers during the Civil Rights Movement, with his collaborators Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell at Busboys and Poets Brookland. 7 p.m. at 625 Monroe St. NE. Free.
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