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WEDNESDAY

Lost among the voluptuous curves, collectible memorabilia, and conspiracy theories is the fact that Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe was a legitimate actress. To some, her stereotype-setting portrayals of dumb blondes in comedies such as Some Like It Hot and The Seven Year Itch were simply the result of authenticity. In reality, Monroe was a talented artist who had studied her craft at both the Actor’s Lab and the Actors Studio. The pinup-girl-turned-cultural-icon offers the most dramatic performance of her career in Joshua Logan’s 1956 adaptation of William Inge’s play Bus Stop. As Cherie, an L.A.-bound nightclub floozy who unwittingly captures the heart of bullheaded rodeo stud Bo Decker (Don Murray), Monroe borders on overacting in her gushing delivery—but Murray’s yee-haw exuberance and Inge’s hokey script make it all the more appropriate. See Marilyn Monroe as you’ve never seen her before (no, not like that) when Bus Stop screens at 9 p.m. at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 244-1949. (MB)