- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Who can escape the art of Andy Warhol — the pop images of Campbell’s soup cans, celebrity portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Jane Fonda and Jacqueline Kennedy, and the “Death and Disaster” series that flooded the art market from the 1950s to his death in 1987? But there’s much more, as the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Warhol Legacy: Selections from the Andy Warhol Museum shows. Opening Saturday, it’s an unusual opportunity to view the best works from the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and includes more than 150 examples of the versatile artist’s paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures, works on paper and films. 17th Street and New York Avenue NW. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays and holiday Mondays; until 9 p.m. Thursdays. Through Feb. 20. $3 to $8. Free to members and children under 12. “Pay as you wish” Thursdays after 5 p.m. 202/639-1700 or www.corcoran.org.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Take a playwright (Britain’s Caryl Churchill) adept at making the familiar frightening. Add a director (Joy Zinoman) who can give her work ferocity. Drop in two virtuoso actors (Ted van Griethuysen and Tom Story) and a chilling premise (that a quest for the perfect child is the first step toward Petri-dish clones). The result is A Number, a gripping story of a seedy Englishman who cooks up not one, but many, copies of himself and seeks them out years later out of a perverted curiosity. It’s treacherous ground, trod nimbly and compellingly, and it’s at Studio Theatre through Oct. 16. 202/332-3300.

— Jayne Blanchard

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