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On the cover of this week’s Washington City Paper is Mark Andersen‘s very personal look into the fraught inner politics—-and at the troubled, mercurial frontman—-of D.C. hardcore pioneers Bad Brains as they attempt to remain a living, breathing musical force. Chris Klimek dissents on the widely praised The Normal Heart at Arena Stage—-arguing that this 1985 play about the AIDS crisis may have resonated in an all-caps era but feels wooden now. He also reviews—-and loves—-Theater J’s The History of Invulnerability, a tragic glimpse at the life of Superman creator Jerry Siegel. Rebecca J. Ritzel reviews Shakespeare Theatre Company’s The Merry Wives of Windor, which she finds to be a problematic treatment of a very problematic play. Tricia Olszewski reviews the film Elena, an austere drama about a deadly domestic dispute by the Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev. Lindsay Zoladz listens to the debut album from D.C. prog-folkies Frau Eva. And in One Track Mind, Ritzel talks to NoVa roots-rockers The Distillers about the romantic possibilities of the banjo.