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It’s a paradox of local theater that in recent years, the Shakespeare Theatre Company has become the area’s best importer of world drama. Two of last year’s highlights were the fanciful Brief Encounter, brought to the States by England’s Kneehigh Theatre, and the searing Strindberg adaptation Mies Julie, delivered by South Africa’s Baxter Theatre Centre. Now comes another South African troupe, also dedicated to revising the classics. Cape Town’s Isango Ensemble begins its two-month American tour in D.C. with a rotating run of two shows: a de-operaed Magic Flute and Venus & Adonis, based on Shakespeare’s epic poem. Read more >>> The play runs Sept. 13–20 at the Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. $20–$80. (202) 547-1122. shakespearetheatre.org. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)
In honor of Turkish Restaurant Week, Agora offers a special menu to showcase the nation’s rich cuisine. Executive Chef Ghassan Jarrouj invites guests to try a three-course lunch ($18 per person) and a three-course dinner ($30 per person). Menu highlights include a swordfish kebab with grilled peppers and grapefruit relish; lamb loin with butternut squash puree, fresh mint, toasted hazelnuts, and sour cherry sauce; and for dessert, kadyif, a phyllo dough and milk pudding creation, topped with orange-blossom honey and pistachios. The promotion goes through Sept. 24. Agora, 1527 17th St NW. (202) 332-6767. agoradc.net. (Daniel White)
OH AND ALSO
The Constitution Project celebrates Constitution Day by honoring the creators of Orange is the New Black. Author Piper Kerman, a prison-reform advocate on whose memoir the series is based, accepts the award and discusses the the realities of life within the criminal justice system at the offices of Arent Fox LLP. Noon at 1717 K St. NW. Free; reservations required.
Author David Mitchell, best known for his enormous tome Cloud Atlas, reads from his new novel, The Bone Clocks, at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 7 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $35.
The U Street Movie Series wraps up for the season with a screening of The Bayou: D.C.’s Killer Joint, a documentary that follows the rise and fall of the Georgetown music club. Find more details on Facebook. 7 p.m. at 1330 V St. NW. Free.
New York rock acts the Drums and Beverly play an early double bill at the 9:30 Club. 6 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $20.
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