- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 15, 2005

The National Gallery of Art’s Jan de Bray and the Classical Tradition is a focus exhibition of five of De Bray’s finest paintings. One of the most important painters during the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age of Painting, the artist was noted for his portraits — especially those that contained his family. At the National Gallery, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 10 am. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 14. Free.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Edward Albee’s latest play, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, is a shocking comedy with a cunning premise: Renowned architect falls in love with a goat named Sylvia, provoking his family to furious resentment. It is mercilessly funny. You’ll find yourself roaring over its absurdity and the razored elegance of its dialogue. Wendy C. Goldberg directs with bristling intelligence, and the acting is magnificent. Mr. Albee asks us to consider whether love is indeed boundless, and how willing society is to tolerate those who love in the shadows — and he does not go for easy answers. Arena Stage Fichandler Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. Through April 17. $45-$59. 202/488-3300.

— Jayne Blanchard

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