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The D.C. native who landed the most influential job in all of theater criticism—chief drama critic at the New York Times—and who then gave up the job because he found it stifling will be back in town tonight…and no, we’re not talking about Dave Richards. Frank Rich, whose erudite approach to contemporary playwrights, musical classics, stagecraft, and acting have probably affected American theatrical trends more than that of any of his Times predecessors except Brooks Atkinson, will himself be under the lights in an interview format. His sojourn to Washington is especially appropriate, since he left the Times‘ theater page for its editorial page, where he offers his opinions on matters political. Rich is interviewed by biographical historian Marc Pachter at 7 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Hammer Auditorium, 17th & New York Ave. NW. $16. (202) 347-3601. (Bob Mondello)