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Since its founding in 1986, Washington Stage Guild has made its name by presenting the complete works of George Bernard Shaw and T.S. Eliot. The company rounds out the Eliot canon with its ongoing production of his final play, The Elder Statesman (shown), but it’s tossing in one more Eliot work for good measure: a staged reading of The Rock, his earliest attempt at dramatic writing. Think of it as an Eliot bootleg of sorts—or just enjoy an evening listening to the poet’s carefully crafted words. Read more >>> The performance begins at 7 p.m. at the Undercroft Theatre, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Pay what you can. (202) 582-0050. stageguild.org. (Caroline Jones)
Tired of fried chicken and doughnuts yet? If not, head to Graffiato‘s Industry Takeover Night tonight where GBD chefs Kyle Bailey and Tiffany MacIsaac will give away complimentary snacks at the pizza bar. As if you needed even more calories, Shake Shack will also be on hand with frozen custard. The event, which will also include drink specials, lasts from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Graffiato, 707 6th St. NW. (202) 289-3600. graffiatodc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
The annual GI Film Festival begins tonight with a James Bond-themed party and auction at Signature Theatre, and the films start tomorrow with a showing of The Real Inglorious Bastards. More info about the fest can be found on the GI Film Festival’s website.
Forum Theatre presents a production of Eve Ensler‘s Necessary Targets, a play about two American women who travel to Bosnia to help women confront their memories from the war. 7:30 p.m. at Round House Theatre Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $50–$75.
The Washington National Opera continues its production of Showboat, the musical about performers on a Mississippi river boat. Arrive early for Opera Insights, a discussion of how the show came together. 6:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $30–$270.
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