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In 1995, playwright August Wilson wrote Seven Guitars, a play that captured the economic and racial injustices of postwar Pittsburgh circa 1948. The production begins with the funeral of almost-famous blues musician Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton. Nearly 20 years since Wilson first conceived the tragic comedy, little has changed; America continues to struggle with complex issues around race and ethnicity that saw the spotlight last month with the killing of Michael Brown and subsequent brutal police crackdown in Ferguson, Mo. No Rules Theatre Company’s production debuts at Signature Theatre under the direction of original Seven Guitars cast member Michele Shay, who was nominated for a Tony Award for her portrayal of Louise in the 1996 Broadway production. Read more >>> The play runs Sept. 10 to 28 at No Rules Theatre Co. at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $30–$50. (571) 527-2159. norulestheatre.org. (Tim Regan)
Amsterdam Falafelshop’s Adams Morgan location turns 10 today with a pirate-themed celebration. Stop in throughout the day for various prizes and discounts—or what the restaurant is calling “random acts of kindness” to show appreciation for its fans. Amsterdam Falafelshop, 2425 18th St. NW. (202) 234-1969. falafelshop.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Local favorite Soccer Team plays DC9 with Chicago math-pop act Wedding Dress and D.C. noise-punk outfit Puff Pieces. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10.
Montreal-based Hindi-rock group Elephant Stone performs at the Black Cat Backstage with local guitar rock quartet Light Arms. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.
The In Series begins performances of Fatal Song: The Great Opera Murders, an evening of tragic pieces by opera heroines, at Source. 7:30 p.m. at 1835 14th St. NW. $20–$40.
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