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If you visit the theater to escape the drudgery of life, a play in which characters struggle to accept their unhappiness probably won’t help. But Round House Theatre’s new production of This, Melissa James Gibson’s incisive and darkly comic play about impending middle age, could bring a little perspective at least. The action revolves around Jane, a recently widowed poet who’s trying to reassemble her life. This might not transport you, but it could help you realize that your life might not be so sucky after all. Read more >>> The play runs Oct. 9 to Nov. 3 at Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. $15–$45. (240) 644-1100. roundhousetheatre.org(Caroline Jones)


Goodbye, summer. Make up for the fact that you have to start wearing socks again by heading to Pitango Gelato for some hot sipping chocolate. The rich drink ($3.25), which is back on the menu as of Monday, is made with organic Costa Rican cocoa and grass-fed organic milk from SpringWood Organic Farm in Pennsylvania. Other cold-weather treats include hot chocolate affogato (with a scoop of gelato) and marocchino (hot chocolate with a double shot of espresso). Pitango has locations in Penn Quarter, Capitol Hill, Logan Circle, and Reston Town Center. pitangogelato.com. (Jessica Sidman)


Relive the glory days of late ’90s and early-aughts rock when Fountains of Wayne, Soul Asylum, and Evan Dando perform at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $35.

Ambient music duo Mount Kimbie plays the Black Cat with Jonwayne and D33J. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $18.

Austin-based punk legends Meat Puppets take the stage at Rock & Roll Hotel with Enemy Planes. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $16.

Jazz saxophonist Tim Berne brings his Snakeoil Quartet to Atlas Performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. at 1333 H St. NE. $20–$33.50.

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