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.

This week D.C. stages go all Reader’s Digest-y, what with a Drama in Real Life over at Studio Theatre, and two, count ’em two, scandalous lesbian romps at the Washington Shakespeare Company. (OK, maybe the second one’s not outright lesbian, but it sure sounds like it.) Here’s what I know about:

  • Charlie Victor Romeo, Studio Theatre. Much-buzzed-about show built on real transcripts of airline emergencies captured on various (C)ockpit (V)oice (R)ecorders. Critics see it Sunday. Pay-What preview Saturday at 2:30. At Studio, 14th and P Streets NW.
  • The Children’s Hour, Washington Shakespeare Company. Lee Gable directs Lillian Hellman‘s classic tragic-lesbians melodrama, with a classically WSC twist: company artistic director Christopher Henley in the Shirley MacLaine role. CP reviews it next week. Pay-What performance each Saturday at 2 p.m through July 2. At Clark Street Playhouse, 601 South Clark Street in Crystal City.
  • Two-Headed, Washington Shakespeare Company. Mormons! Massacres! Two women “coming to terms with the intense nature of their relationship!” Gregg Henry directs a new play from Julie Jensen, starring Melissa Flaim and Lee Mikeska Gardner. Critics see it next week. Pay-What previews Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. At Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark Street in Crystal City.

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