Still Life at Phillips Collection Thursday, July 18

If you like theater but only have so much tolerance for the DIY aesthetic and close quarters of the Capital Fringe Festival, take a night off from Fringe and catch a show in the rarefied environs of the Phillips Collection instead. In conjunction with the exhibit Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, the museum presents a staged reading of Noël Coward’s 1936 play, Still Life. The link is titular rather than thematic: The play is about Alec and Laura, lovers who meet at a train station café and plot their trysts within earshot of Myrtle and Albert, a couple that works at the station. The professional, high-caliber cast includes Hannah Yelland, Danny Gavigan, and Tonya Beckman Ross, as directed by Shakespeare Theatre’s Jenny Lord, making this $20 ticket—which includes entry to the museum—a total steal.

The performance begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. $20. (202) 387-2151. phillipscollection.org.

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