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A proven master of the soliloquy, Washington essayist-cum-wonk Andrew Sullivan has finally taken up his true calling: the dramatic arts. Declaring on his Web site that he will play Benedick in the Washington Shakespeare Company’s upcoming production of Much Ado About Nothing, he writes, “On a personal note, I’ve taken a short leave from the New Republic and my free-lance gigs to do something that might seem a little crazy.” Chosen for the role by director Michael Comlish, Sullivan writes, “My only condition for doing it was not wearing tights.” Asked about the transition from talking head to thespian, Sullivan said, “One of the fun things about the Benedick and Beatrice scenes is that they are a bit like Crossfire.” Comlish didn’t respond to calls for comment. —Jason Cherkis