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.
It ain’t much of Pay-What week—though I hear you can see Psycho Beach Party, the Charles Busch drag parody of Gidget, for $12 tonight at 1409 Playbill (and the cast is threatening karaoke at the bar afterward).
Otherwise, here’s what I know about:
- The Memorandum, Forum Theatre + Dance. Apparently things were ever thus: Vaclav Havel (yes, that Vaclav Havel; he was a playwright before he was the Czech president) foresees modern-day Washington-style shenanigans with this 1965 play about bureaucratic attempts to manage the meaning of words. Michael Dove directs a romp “blessed with antic, uproariously physical performances,” sez Bob Mondello in this week’s City Paper. “Think The Office writ Orwellian, and you’ve about got the picture.” Pay-what performance tonight, Thursday, at 8 p.m. At H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE.
- Two-Headed, Washington Shakespeare Company. Mormons! Massacres! Two women “coming to terms with the intense nature of their relationship!” (I joke, but it’s one of the most satisfying productions I’ve seen in a while.) Gregg Henry directs Julie Jensen’s script, starring Melissa Flaim and Lee Mikeska Gardner. The very last Pay-What performance is Saturday at 2 p.m. At Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark Street in Arlington.