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"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Tuesday, October 20, 2008

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(October 21-Nov 29) LOST IN YONKERS Theater J near Dupont Circle in D.C. presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lost in Yonkers, opening tomorrow and running through November 29th. Playwright Neil Simon's comic and poignant coming-of-age story portrays two brothers, fending for themselves in a dysfunctional household, with a formidable grandmother, a sweet but simple-minded aunt and a hoodlum uncle.

(October 23-August , 2010) COMPETING PORTRAITS The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in downtown D.C. presents the winners of the gallery's 2009 Portrait Competition. Opening Friday, the exhibit runs through August of next year, displaying 49 finalists winnowed down from 3,300 entries. The show features new, cutting-edge techniques that artists are applying to their work in portraiture, from digital animation to large-scale drawings.

(October 21-27 previews; October 28-Nov 29 show) The Folger Theatre on Capitol Hill opens Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing with a new twist: setting the play in Washington, D.C. The show opens tomorrow and runs through November 29th with a colorful, contemporary staging. The Bard's Beatrice and Benedick are thrown into the Northeast D.C. neighborhood of Trinidad during the annual Caribbean Festival, as the reluctant lovers conceal their attraction behind a merry war of wit.

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