Yesterday we decided to go to the Shakespeare Company's Free for All performances of the Taming of the Shrew. They start giving tickets out two hours before a performance until they run out, but people had been lining up four hours before already! They had their dinners and lawn chairs and blankets, like people who line up for UCLA basketball the night before.
We got there at 5pm and waited until 6:15 to get our tickets. Since we then had two hours to kill, we went to a Thai restaurant nearby that is by far the best Thai place we've tried in DC (and we've tried quite a few). It's called Kandalay and both the pad thai and the tom kha (the units of measurement I've chosen for Thai restaurants) are phenomenal.
The Taming of the Shrew was outstanding! If anyone reading this is in DC, you need to go. They are running through the end of the month and out of the three times I've seen this play, this was hands down the best interpretation. As many of you know, I'm a feminist, so there are fundamental issues with the ending monologue that drive me crazy every time I see it, but that's Shakespeare and no fault of the players. I guarantee this will be one of the funniest and most entertaining presentations of a Shakespeare play you'll ever see.
I highly recommend the dinner and a play combination, since the Thai place is literally a block away from the theater and you will have two hours to kill after getting your FREE tickets. Here's the website for more info about performance dates and times: