Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: Trojan Barbie! Filmfest DC Begins! Le Diplomate!

According to the Greek tragedians, women are, for the most part, hysterical nutjobs. This insanity is particularly resonant in Euripedes’ The Trojan Women, which features the women of Troy in agony after watching their city burn. With Trojan Barbie, playwright and new Georgetown faculty member Christine Evans has adapted the play for the 21st century. Her protagonist, Lotte Jones, winds up in a prison camp with the original Trojan women, including an angry Hecuba, who follows her back to present-day England in search of what she believes are the bodies of her murdered children. The premise may bite off a little too much, but if Trojan Barbie is any indication, Evans' work may inspire us to rethink the Greeks for a while to come. Read more >>> The play runs April 11 to April 20 at the Gonda Theatre at Georgetown University, 3700 O St. NW. $8–$18. 202-687-2787.  performingarts.georgetown.edu.

EAT THIS

Le Diplomate is finally open in Logan Circle, and now through Sunday, the French brasserie is offering 10 percent off all food. The restaurant is first D.C. locale for Philadelphia-based restaurateur Stephen Starr and it has 200 seats inside and 60 more on an umbrella-covered terrace. Expect many traditional French dishes like steak frites, escargots, onion soup gratine, and trout amandine. Y&H is an early fan of the Pamplemousse Presse cocktail ($10) with sparkling wine, Compier Pamplemousse (a grapefruit liqueur), and lemon—perfect for a hot day like today. Le Diplomate, 1601 14th St. NW. (202) 332-3333. lediplomatedc.com. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

Filmfest DC begins today with a screening of the Julian Assange biopic Underground. For reviews of the films and an overview of the festival, check out City Paper's guide. 7 p.m. at Regal Cinemas Gallery Place, 701 7th St. NW. $30.

Oppression.org sponsors a benefit concert called "Viva la Revolucion" tonight. Scheduled performers include The Cornel West Theory, Radio Rahim, Esseljay, and Leftist. 7 p.m. at Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. $5.

Brooklyn space rockers Chappo perform at the Black Cat Backstage tonight along with electro-pop duo Dynasty Electric. 8 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $10.

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