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Despite Mila Kunis’ Best Efforts Luckiest Girl Alive Leaves Us Feeling Queasy

From Jessica Knoll’s screenplay to Mike Barker’s direction, the film fails its actors and audience, delving more into trauma porn than a sensitively handled mystery.

Gillian Flynn, the author and screenwriter of Gone Girl, is a huge influence on Jessica Knoll, who just adapted her bestselling novel Luckiest Girl Alive into a film—one that also features a strong woman lead who looks like a model of success outside, and harbors bitter resentments inside. While Flynn’s story deliciously explores the ongoing…

A World Premiere From Dance Theatre of Harlem and More Best Bets for Oct. 6–12

Not to miss: Washington Performing Arts hosts Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Garden and Tina Karol at the Howard, feminist art by Mary Kelly, and Capital Jewish Food Festival

Thursday: The Garden at Howard Theatre Looking for a high-energy, intense live show where you can live out your crowd surfing, stage diving dreams? Look no further. Twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears make up the Garden, known for their vaudeville-esque jesters-in-leather-jackets aesthetic that revived originality in Orange County. While their music is classified as…

Spooky Action’s Richard Henrich Retired After Allegations He Created a Toxic Work Environment

But Henrich will keep his position as president and treasurer on the theater’s board until his term ends in January 2023.

Richard Henrich, Spooky Action Theater’s embattled artistic director, has retired several months after the theater’s board of directors placed him on a leave of absence in response to allegations of a toxic work environment under his leadership. The theater announced Henrich’s departure on its website on Sept. 23, three weeks after Henrich’s retirement went into…

Inspired by the Pandemic, Signature Theatre’s No Place to Go Is a Heartfelt Lament About Capitalism

Ethan Lipton’s mournful, tuneful, and appealingly bizarre cabaret-style musical gets fresh life with star Bobby Smith and director Matthew Gardiner.

“Facts is another department,” the put-upon, vaguely Winston Smith-like narrator of Ethan Lipton’s mournful, tuneful, and appealingly bizarre cabaret-style musical No Place to Go tells us. His job is to refine information, not ascertain its veracity. His name is George, though that matters little, and he’s an aspiring playwright, which matters less. He has held…

Remembering Prolific Reporter Julia Reed Through Her Essays

From covering the Madeira murder to Madeleine Albright and Willie Nelson, Reed’s Dispatches from the Gilded Age, published posthumously, captures her legacy.

When southern journalist and raconteur Julia Reed (New York Times Magazine, Vogue, Garden & Gun) lost her battle with cancer in 2020 at the age of 59, scores of people mourned her death. Not only because she was an engaging and witty writer, but because Reed was a selfless friend. Her essays in Dispatches from…

Remembering Joe Bussard

The self-proclaimed “king of record collectors” died on Sept. 26 at age 86.

Joe Bussard, the self-proclaimed “king of record collectors” who City Paper first wrote about in 1999, died on Sept. 26 at age 86.

Divino Niño, Celebrating Dance and Tech, and More Best Bets for Sept. 29–Oct. 6

Stay dry this weekend with art exhibits, immersive displays of dance on the edge, AMARU at Pie Shop, and more

Thursday: AMARU at Pie Shop Uber talented vocalist and songwriter AMARU will perform at Pie Shop tonight. The event, titled The Warm Up, is a pop-up concert and open mic series featuring the local songwriter and friends. Born and raised in D.C., AMARU attended the SEED Public Charter High School, where he performed in musical theater…

The Till Trilogy Does Not Glorify Emmett Till’s Death But Celebrates His Life, History, and Community

Opening at Mosaic Theatre Company on Oct. 4, the trilogy’s director, “We know the end at the beginning, so the point of Ballad is to give him that joy back.”

“What if we think about Till’s legacy rather than his death?” This is the question that animates Mosaic Theatre Company’s The Till Trilogy, an ambitious mounting of playwright Ifa Bayeza’s three-part opus chronicling the life, death, and enduring influence of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old Black boy whose brutal murder in 1955 helped fire the civil…

The Greatest Beer Run Ever Is a Story for a Country That No Longer Exists

Peter Farrelly’s first film since Green Book starts with comedy and ends with empty messages and Zac Efron’s empty gaze.

It’s always nice when a movie turns out not to be reactionary garbage. That was my fear about The Greatest Beer Run Ever, the true story of a Vietnam-era schlub who, concerned his enlisted friends are being demoralized by antiwar protests back home, travels as a civilian to the war zone to bring them each…


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