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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, June 24

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June 24 to 29: Buyer & Cellar

Alex More’s acting career isn’t going too well, so when he gets the opportunity to work in Barbra Streisand’s basement, he takes it. The job might be the strangest he’s ever held, but he puts his retail and improv experience to good use playing shopkeeper in an underground shopping mall where nothing is really for sale because everything already belongs to his sole customer. Michael Urie stars in Buyer & Cellar, a one-man show that you can see at Shakespeare Theatre Company through Sunday.

June 24 to 29: Killer Joe

It’s not too late to see the dark comedy Killer Joe at DC Arts Center in Adams Morgan. Directed by Michael Wright, this graphic and violent play by Tracy Letts centers on the Smith family, who hire a hit man to take out a family member for her insurance money. But in lieu of a retainer fee, Killer Joe wants something other than money. You can see the play through Sunday.

Music: “Hey Joe (House Mix)” by The Majestics


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