Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: Woolly Mammoth’s Detroit and Blondie


Lisa D’Amour’s Pulitzer finalist play Detroit isn’t actually set in Detroit, but its vision of a crumbling suburbia does seem comparable to a city where homes are sold for close to the cost of a few six-packs. One couple, Mary and Ben, invites their new, recovering junkie neighbors, Sharon and Kenny, over for a cookout, and anxiety and booze make things as precarious as their membership in the middle class. Ben’s just lost his job as a bank loan officer, Sharon and Kenny’s house lacks furniture, and like the suburban experience, the whole show teeters on the verge of hilarious collapse. Read more >>> Pay-what-you-can preview tonight at 8 p.m. at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. (202) 393-3939. Sommer)


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'80s rock group Blondie is back and touring in support of their ninth studio album. Late '70s punk group X opens the show at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $43.

Canadian performance group Majical Cloudz plays DC9 tonight with fellow Canadians Moon King and local psychedelic pop group Paperhaus. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.

The Goethe-Institut kicks off its series of works by director Margarethe von Trotta tonight with a screening of Marianne and Juliane, a film about sisters growing up in Germany in the decades following World War II. 6:30 p.m. at 812 7th St. NW. $4–$7.

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  • Steve Davies

    Hard to believe that in Washington, D.C., no one would have written about the X/Blondie show at 9:30 last night.

    Mini-review: It was a great show.