Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Week (January 16-17): Franz Kafka’s The Trial, Strangerer Things, and a French Comedy

Synetic’s production of Franz Kafka’s The Trial runs from January 17 through February 18. Art by Zana Gankhuyag.


THEATRE DC playwright Annalisa Dias’s 4,380 nights opens on Tuesday at Signature Theatre as part of the 2018 Women’s Voices Theater Festival. The play presents a look at the American worldview created in the wake of September 11th as a man has been held without charge at Guantanamo Bay for 12 years, or 4,380 days. As the man languishes in prison, the play offers a critique of power, humanity, and what it means to be American. Through February 18. $40-$65.

MUSIC DC musicians will present a night called “Strangerer Things” at Union Stage, where three different bands will perform live soundtracking to television shows in real time. Members of bands Tomato Dodgers, Nag Champa, Cartoon Weapons, and more will perform music to accompany episodes of The Twilight Zone, Dr. Who, and Twin Peaks. $12-20, 8 PM.


THEATRE Synetic Theater’s production of Franz Kafka’s The Trial follows an adult who is arrested without cause or warning as he struggles with the invisible Law and the untouchable Court. While most productions at Synetic are wordless, this production will have dialogue and is recommended for ages 17 and up for mature content. Through February 18. $20-$89.

FILM The 2015 French comedy film The Sweet Escape (Comme un avion) will screen on Wednesday at the Avalon. Written by and starring Bruno Podalydès, the film is about a man who turns his obsession with airplanes into an adventure in a kayak. $12.50, 8 PM.