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When producers of Miss Saigon cast a white British actor in the role of the Engineer, the Eurasian owner of a Saigon nightclub, playwright David Henry Hwang spoke out against the choice. But the same criticism fell on Hwang after he mistakenly cast a white actor in an Asian role in his play Face Value, then tried to convince audiences that the actor actually was partly Asian. Hwang used the experience as fuel for Yellow Face. In the play, showing now at Theater J, both Hwang the playwright and Hwang the character realize that fighting to defend their wrong assumptions benefits no one. Read more >>> The play runs Jan. 29 to Feb. 23 at Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. $15–$65. (202) 518-9400. theaterj.org. (Caroline Jones)


New Mount Vernon Triangle restaurant Silo is now serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m, Tuesday through Friday. The menu features an eclectic array of salads and sandwiches, including a mixed nut-fried lobster hoagie with spicy basil mayonnaise and avocados and a salad of anchovies, hard-boiled egg, beets, apples, and veal tongue. Silo, 919 5th St. NW. (202) 290-2233. silodc.com. (Raphaella Baek)


The Washington Ballet presents The Jazz/Blues Project, a celebration of dance and Americana music featuring the Howard University Jazz Ensemble, at Sidney Harman Hall. 7:30 p.m. at 610 F St. NW. $50–$73.

Dubstep artist 12th Planet takes over 9:30 Club with Protohype, Flinch, Two Fresh, and Steady. 9 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $20.

Local rock band Bluebeard plays DC9 with opening acts James Walker and Cartoon Weapons. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $8.

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