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Party: Friday Night Frights

What “The Twilight Zone” was to the baby boomers, “Tales From the Crypt” - which ran on HBO between 1989 and 1996 - was to Generation X. As befitting the generation that grew up with Bret Easton Ellis, as opposed to Ralph Ellison, “Tales” was campier, sexier and weirder, and provided a springboard for B-list actors. On Friday, the Black Cat will screen two episodes of the show. “Top Billing” features comic Jon Lovitz as an out-of-work actor who has to murder his competition in order to land a spot in an, um, unorthodox production of “Hamlet.” The episode “Dead Wait” stars James Remar (the ghostly father on “Dexter”) as a treasure hunter who attempts to steal a powerful artifact from a Caribbean plantation. Did we mention there will be drink specials? There will be drink specials.

Friday at the Black Cat. 1811 14th St. NW

Phone: 202/667-7960


Play: ‘A Second Chance’

While the ubiquity of online dating has effectively automated the process, we sometimes hear stories of people finding love the old-fashioned way: At parties, the country’s few remaining bookstores, on the Metro. “A Second Chance,” showing at Signature, supports the idea that there is love to be found IRL - Internet code for “in real life. Brian Sutherland plays a recently widowed man. Diane Sutherland, his real-life wife, plays a recent divorcee. The two meet at a New York dinner party and - you guessed it! - find love.

Through Dec. 11 at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.

Phone: 703/820-9771