Aviv Quartet The Israeli ensemble performs Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Schubert. 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $30.
“9 Circles” Forum Theatre mounts the area premiere of Bill Cain’s play in which a soldier returns from Iraq and finds himself on trial for war crimes. Continues Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Monday at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at 8 p.m. Through March 2. Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 240-644-1100. www.roundhousetheatre.org. $25, seniors $20, students $15.
“The Real Thing” A wife and wannabe actress’s support of a political prisoner complicates her marriage in Tom Stoppard’s comedy. Opens Friday at 8 p.m., continues Saturday at 8 p.m. Through March 16. Silver Spring Stage, 10145 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-593-6036. www.ssstage.org. $20, seniors and youth $18.
Victorian Lyric Opera Company Alan Paul directs “Iolanthe,” a satire of Britain’s aristocracy and one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most popular operettas. Opens Friday at 8 p.m., continues Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Through March 3. Sunday’s performance is a special community outreach matinee, with pre-show backstage tours and activities starting at 12:45 p.m. Rockville Civic Center Park, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. 240-314-8690. www.vloc.org. $24, seniors $20, students $16.
Drop Electric Strathmore’s Friday Night Eclectic series continues with the D.C.-N.Y.C. experimental band. 9 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $10 online, $12 at the door.
“Small Gems Show Featuring the Work of Werner Drewes” An exhibit of small works by nine artists highlighting the Bauhaus artist closes Friday. Marin-Price Galleries, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-718-0622. www.marin-pricegalleries.com. Free.
Rocknoceros The local children’s band performs. 11 a.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. www.fillmoresilverspring.com. $5.
The Dirty Jacks The progressive rock band from the District performs. With Chris Reynolds and His Fantastic Steam Powered Orchestra, Harmonic Blue, Rich Mahogany, the Relics and Watermelon. 7 p.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. www.fillmoresilverspring.com. $10.
NIH Philharmonia The program “Homages and Images” includes Borodin’s “In the Steppes of Central Asia,” Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin” and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” 7:30 p.m. St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 917 Montrose Rd., Rockville. 240-888-6781. www.nihphil.org. Free.