As Hamlet famously monologued to poor Yorrick’s skull, “Be all my sins remembered.” That may be what Shakespeare wrote, but that’s not what you’ll hear in Synetic Theater’s wordless performance of Hamlet…The Rest is Silence. Ten years ago, Synetic founders Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili shredded all the pages from Shakespeare’s most famous play and instead performed it without speech. Now, to celebrate a decade of performance and the completion of nine more silent Shakespeare productions, the Tsikurishvilis have resurrected the play that put the Crystal City theater on the map. Read more >>> The play runs March 13 to April 6 at Synetic Theater, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. $15–$35. (703) 824-8060. Regan)


Alba Osteria’s launches its 10-seat Chef Bar tasting menu tonight at an elevated table overlooking the restaurant’s kitchen. For $80 per person, guests get six courses plus cocktail, wine, and beer pairings. The changing menu is inspired by Italian cuisine and street food, and will include items like crunchy anchovy spines, sea urchin tagliolini, and octopus piadini with pork belly. The menu will be available every Thursday at 7 p.m., and reservations are required. Alba Osteria. 425 I St. NW. (202) 733-4454. Kelley)


Washington Improv Theatre begins its March Madness–style Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament tonight at Source Theatre. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. at 1835 14th St. NW. $12–$14.

Short story author and former Marine Phil Klay reads from his collection, Redeployment, at Politics & Prose. Read more in our Spring Arts Guide. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

Country-punk band RIPS performs at the Black Cat Backstage with local rockers Soccer Team. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.

Help kick off fundraising efforts for D.C.’s Funk Parade with a celebration at LIV Nightclub. Members of Elikeh, Lucky Dub, and Eme & Heteru perform. 8 p.m. at 2001 11th St. NW. $15–$50.

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