- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 6, 2006

William Friedkin, in town to direct the opening production of the Washington National Opera, will divert to the American Film Institute Silver Theatre on Sunday at 3 p.m. to participate in a discussion of his Academy Award-winning police thriller of 1971, The French Connection, which will be screened following the talk. Mr. Friedkin will be joined by Washington?s pre-eminent crime novelist, George Pelecanos, who held down a day job for many years as the manager of Circle Films’ distribution company. Mr. Friedkin, of course, followed “Connection” with the most conspicuous Washington-based film of the early 1970s, “The Exorcist.” Tickets are $7.50 to $9.25. 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. 301/495-6700.

— Gary Arnold

The theater world is rife with plays dealing with AIDS — from such playwrights as Tony Kushner, Larry Kramer, Paula Vogel and Harry Kondoleon — and most of them portray the devastation the virus has visited upon homosexuals. The stories of heterosexual women have been, for the most part, neglected. Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter’s In the Continuum — an embracing, perceptive and funny work directed by Robert O’Hara for the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company — seeks to redress this neglect without being an overbearing message play. It’s a soaring and grave look at how AIDS affects two very different young and heterosexual black women in Los Angeles and Zimbabwe, and it quietly shatters as it eschews the contrived, upbeat ending. Through Sept. 24 at 641 D St. NW. Tickets are $30 to $46. 202/393-3939.

— Jayne Blanchard

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