Every Thursday, we round up Pay-Whats and other cheap seats at local theaters. Just so’s your weekend is a little easier.

Before we start, remember the general rules: (A) Reservations for these? Not so much. (B) They’re offered on a space-available basis, so have a backup plan. (C) Click each theater name for details and contact info. Oh, and you might tell ‘em City Paper sent you.

Remember there are (or were) $10 seats, limited availability, for the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Enemy of the People—tonight, Thursday, at 8. Offer good by phone only (at 202.547.1122, option 3; mention promotion code 3437).

Also: The local edition of the global Samuel Beckett Centenary Festival continues. If you missed the “listening party” this past Monday (they staged four of the radio plays), you can download podcasts of the Warehouse Theatre performances here—but only through Oct. 15, so get ’em now. A free festival-style screening of excerpts from the superb “Beckett on Film” collection continues through tomorrow, Friday. Meanwhile Solas Nua and Forum Theater collaborate on stagings of Rough for Theatre II and other short plays and poems at the Warehouse Second Stage this weekend; tickets are $15.

And the best deal in town right now is the always-$10-a-seat Catalyst Theatre, making a zoot-suit riot out of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Bertolt Brecht‘s cautionary black comedy about the Hitler-style rise of a Chicago gangster.

Otherwise, here’s what I know about:

  • The Insect Play, SCENA Theatre. He gave us the word “robot” (or maybe his brother did), not to mention a body of work that dazzled no less dazzling a figure than Arthur Miller. Here, Czech playwright Karel Čapek sets the beetles, the butterflies, and the ants to debating philosophy in a blistering satire on totalitarian politics. Critics see it next week. Pay-What previews Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m and Sunday at 3 p.m. At the Warehouse Theatre Mainstage, 1021 7th St. NW.
  • iMusical, the Improvised Musical, Washington Improv Theater. Ummm, it’s improv, so your guess is as good as mine. Travis Ploeger of Chicago City Limits directs. Pay-What preview next Wed., Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. At Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW.

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