- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Run, quick: Synetic Theater’s uninhibited, punked-out, booty-call update on Goethe’s moralistic 1775 play, Faust, closes at the Rosslyn Spectrum Sunday. Never has vice looked so alluring — and aerobic. Adaptor Nathan Weinberger and director Paata Tsikurishvili have concocted a darkly lush Goth fantasy where the devil’s minions — a supple, youthful cast with runway-worthy physiques — engage in carnal frolics that resemble something out of a Maxim magazine spread, and the dance sequences, by choreographer Irina Tsikurishvili, sometimes recall a frenzied, airborne version of the Kama Sutra. The production reopens June 1 at the Kennedy Center, but the time to see it is now. 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. $15 to $35. 703/824-8060.

— Jayne Blanchard

Free film programs have resumed at the Library of Congress, where the Mary Pickford Theatre has been enhanced with a new sound system. A pair of series somewhat whimsically derived from ongoing library exhibitions, Bob Hope and American Variety and American Treasures of the Library of Congress, will alternate on Tuesdays and Fridays, respectively, at 7 p.m. In July they will be augmented by a revival series devoted to films about politics, Get Out the Vote!

An authentic starring vehicle for Bob Hope, The Lemon Drop Kid, which introduced the Christmas standard “Silver Bells” in 1951, will represent “American Variety” this coming Tuesday. “Treasures” begins tomorrow with a pseudo-topical shoot-‘em-up of 1975 called Vigilante Force, which preserves a time capsule cast — Kris Kristofferson, Jan-Michael Vincent, Victoria Principal, Bernadette Peters, Loni Anderson, Brad Dexter and Andrew Stevens.

The Pickford is on the third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Seating is limited to 60, so it may be advisable to make reservations by phone, a week in advance of any given show. Call 202/707-5677 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

— Gary Arnold

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