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Too much semiotics in college can really ruin children’s literature. No longer is The Wizard of Oz a fantastic story about wicked witches and yellow brick roads—it’s a parable about populism, William Jennings Bryan, and the gold standard. My beloved Babar is not a beautiful tale of royal elephants but a commentary on European imperialism. And now Snow White is all about gender, sex, and power. So what would Foucault or Derrida say about Jack and the Beanstalk? I’ll quickly recount major plot points: poverty, magic beans, menacing giants. I’ll throw out a few suggestions: Drugs? The lottery? Casino gambling? But hey, at least it all works out for Jack and his mom in the end. Figures of Speech Theater will offer up its own interpretation at 7 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Theater Lab. $12. (202) 467-4600 (Elissa Silverman)