Superheroes have identity issues. The caped crusaders in Gwydion Suilebhan’s play Reals, the world premiere that launches Theater Alliance’s 10th anniversary season tonight, are no exception. But Nightlife, Belt, and Sensei differ from Superman and Wonder Woman in one critical way: They don’t have any powers. Read more>>> (Sophia Bushong)

The play runs to Sept. 16 at H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $20–$35. (202) 241-2539.


BLT Steak is saying farewell to soft shell crab season with a special menu devoted to the crustaceans. All this week, chef Jon Mathieson will serve a rotating menu of different soft shell crab dishes. Some potential entrees you might find include a soft shell crab sandwich on brioche with Sriracha aoili, smoke bacon, and roasted tomato with Old Bay French fries as well as roast soft shell crab with caramelized tranche of veal, grilled jumbo asparagus, and morel sabayonne.BLT Steak, 1625 I St. NW. (202) 689-8989. (Jessica Sidman)


Dreamy experimental popsters Dead Can Dance have spanned goth rock, post-punk, inchoate world music over a 30-year career—-and now, in 2012, they’ve released Anastasis, their 12th album. At 8 p.m. at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $30-$45. (703) 255-1900.