- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 29, 2002

OPENING

• Anthems: Culture Clash in the District Arena Stage. A look at how District residents reacted to the September 11 attacks. Opens tomorrow. 202/488-3300.

• Pacific Overtures Eisenhower Theater at Kennedy Center. Stephen Sondheim's musical tale of Japan's westernization, produced by the New National Theatre of Tokyo. Part of the Prelude Festival and Sondheim Celebration. Opens Tuesday. 202/467-4600.

• What the Butler Saw Signature Theatre. Farcical tale of mistaken identity, plot twists and high libidos, revolving around a hospital psychiatrist. Opens Tuesday. 800/955-5566.


NOW PLAYING

Crazy Love Old Town Theater **1/2. Mark Anderson thinks comedy today is too raunchy. His antidote is this humorous celebration of the differences between men and women that illustrates the value of long-term commitment. Mr. Anderson, who plays a psychologist, and co-producer John Branyan, who plays his patient, share the stage for most of the production. Gilly Conklin plays the nurse. The whole show is essentially musical banter and a couple of monologues. But these guys are good at it. Through Saturday. 703/535-8022. Reviewed by Jon Ward.

Shear Madness Kennedy Center Theater Lab **. This corny, hokey tourist trap now in its second decade is doubly maddening because the Kennedy Center displays it as art to the cultural center's unsuspecting pilgrims. The audience-participation murder-mystery farce (set in a Georgetown hair salon) is well-played, though, when the actors refrain from mugging and cracking up one another. Continues indefinitely. 202/467-4600. File review by Nelson Pressley.MAXIMUM RATING: FOUR STARS


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