Take 5 for Oct. 26 to 28

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Washington Improv Theater's 'POTUS Among Us' at Source Theater, through Nov. 5

With election day less than two weeks away, the Washington Improv Theater breaks out the satire in skewering the campaign process.

"It's basically an improvised presidential campaign," said Mark Chalfant, artistic and executive director of WIT. "It's a high-wire act."

"POTUS Among Us" starts with five candidates who have their campaign platform suggested to them by the audience. There are speeches, debates, votes and media talking heads.

"It's a whole rigmarole," said Chalfant, who directs POTUS.

The audience participation for POTUS is greater than that for a typical WIT show. From suggesting platforms to voting, the audience plays a major role in the POTUS performance. Chalfant said that success depends on trust and listening between cast and audience.

Chalfant stressed that "POTUS Among Us" doesn't take sides in the real presidential election. There are no Democrats or Republicans, no Obama or Romney.

"To be clear, we're not dealing with our current world,"Chalfant said. "It's a blank slate."

When: Friday and Saturday, 8 and 10 p.m.

Info: $15 on line; $20 at the door; washingtonimprovtheater.com

'One Night With Janis Joplin' at the Arena Stage, through Nov. 4

Janis Joplin left this planet at too young of an age, but the spirit of the woman who brought us songs like "Piece of My Heart" and "Mercedes Benz" can be found at Arena Stage. Mary Bridget Davies stars as Janis.

When: Tuesdays through Sundays

Info: Ticket range varies; arenastage.org

Super Diamond at the 9:30 Club Saturday

Super Diamond is one of the top tribute bands in the country, entertaining crowds from coast to coast with its interpretation of Neil Diamond classics such as 'Sweet Caroline," Kentucky Woman," "Song Sung Blue" and more.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Info: $22; 930.com

New Orleans Suspects at the Hamilton Saturday

New Orleans Suspects is a New Orleans super group featuring members of the Radiators, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the Neville Brothers.

When: 8:30 p.m. Saturday

Info: $25; thehamiltondc.com

Rebecca Loebe at IOTA Club & Cafe Sunday

Rebecca Loebe garnered national attention last year after her appearance on the NBC competition show "The Voice," where she sang an a capella version of Nirvana's "Come As You Are." She has a new album that dropped last month titled "Circus Heart." Hear her style of pop folk for yourself.

Info: $12; iotaclubandcafe.com.

When: 8:30 p.m. Sunday

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Robert Fulton

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