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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. Generally, you show up an hour or so before curtain and ask. (B) They’re offered on a space-available basis, so have a backup plan. (C) Click each theater name for details and contact info.

Here’s what I know about:

  • Richard II, Washington Shakespeare Company. Weak king, with many “young favorites” (read: possible ’mo action). Critics don’t see it until April 19. Pay-What previews tonight, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., and Tuesday at 8 p.m.  At Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington.
  • Manicures & Monuments, Journeymen Theater. The best new play of the 1995-1996 Dallas season. Really, that’s what it says. Critics don’t see it until tomorrow night. Pay-What performances Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., and next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE.
  • Silent Partners, SCENA Theatre. German theater titan Bertold Brecht comes to America, meets translator Eric Bentley, and…sparks fly. A world premiere from writer-director Charles Marowitz (Sherlock’s Last Case). Critics see it next Wednesday. Pay-What previews Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. At the Warehouse Theatre, 1021 7th St. NW.
  • Becoming George, Metro Stage. George Sand sings. I shit you not. It’s a new musical about the cross-dressing French author. With a cameo by Sarah Bernhardt. Critics don’t see it until April 29. Pay-What previews next Wednesday, April 19, and Thursday, April 20, at 8 p.m. At MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria.