- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Robert C. Jackson’s Musings exhibit at the Zenith Gallery reveals his super-realist, humorous still-lifes through Jan. 31. In sparely composed compositions such as “The Gift” and “3 Square Meals,” he infuses the geometrically arranged pictures — a simple, shiny square box sits atop a rectilinear table in “Gift” and three sets of paper plates, cups and napkins form a kind of grid — with a religious intensity. This is not surprising, as he served as a minister at the Cedar Ridge Community Church in Spencerville, Md., before turning to painting. At the Zenith Gallery, 413 7th St. NW. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 202/783-2963.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

While it may be considered caddish to compare the Royal Shakespeare Company to some local troupes, what is immediately striking about the company — now engaged in The Taming of the Shrew at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater — is how interested and committed everyone appears to be. Even the musicians seem caught up in the proceedings. So run, quickly, to the KenCen while this cheeky battle-of-the-sexes comedy still holds the stage under the astute direction of Gregory Doran. From the first glimpse of the set, an endless series of weathered doors (the better to slam, my dear) of various architectural types, to the zesty Celtic music and the impassioned performances, this is one “Shrew” you won’t mind spending time with. Performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 4. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Tickets are $25 to $75. 202/467-4600.

— Jayne Blanchard

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