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She’s 81, highly quotable, beloved by women and gays on social media, and has powers endowed by the highest court in the land: Ruth Bader Ginsburg has, essentially, usurped Betty White. Now RBG is infringing on White’s theatrical territory too. The lace-collared justice appears in Our War, a “theatrical event” from the National Civil War Project at Arena Stage that features a series of short monologues exploring the Civil War and its echoes in modern life. Ginsburg is far from the only notable name reading at Arena—she’s joined by a brigade of local politicos including Vince Gray, David Grosso, and Yvette Alexander and journos Tom Sherwood, Sally Quinn, Diane Rehm, and Judy Woodruff, as well as an ensemble of six professional actors—but RBG is the only one with a cottage industry devoted to recasting her in the image of Biggie Smalls. The play runs Oct. 21 to Nov. 9 at Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. $40. (202) 544-9066. arenastage.org.