Theater Pay-what-you-can performances

Madcap Players present the world premiere of
Madcap Players present the world premiere of "Constant State of Panic," about a man with extreme paranoia. (Isaac Liu)
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Theater Pay-what-you-can performances

Restaurant Week meals aren't your only option for savings this week. Make a budget-friendly night of it and catch two new plays that kick off Wednesday with pay-what-you-can previews.

Theater troupe Madcap Players hits the stage with the world premiere of "Constant State of Panic." The surreal dark comedy examines love in a post-Homeland Security world through the story of a man who is paranoid about everything. His less alarmist half is played by Carleen Troy, who garnered accolades for her work in Theater Alliance's "The Bluest Eye" a few years back.

8 p.m. Wednesday. H Street Theater, 1365 H St. NE. 800-494-8497. http://www.madcapplayers.com.

American Century Theater, known for resurrecting forgotten productions, is starting the new year with a new play, "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" The production, which premiered on Broadway in 1955, was written by George Axelrod, who also penned the "Breakfast at Tiffany's" screenplay. A lighter take on Faust, the show follows a middling journalist and aspiring Hollywood screenwriter who must face the consequences after making a deal with the devil.

8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. 703-998-4555. http://www.americancentury.org.

-- Stephanie Merry


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