Arts Desk

This Week in WCP Arts: The Big Meal, The Avengers, Black Cobain

Chris Klimek leads this week's arts section with reviews of Studio 2ndStage's The Big Meal, a stripped-down and inventive distillation of several lifetimes, all in a Midwestern restaurant; and Washington Stage Guild's Wives and Wits, a George Bernard Shaw twofer. He also reviews Hamlecchino, Clown Prince of Denmark, Faction of Fools' witty if overlong translation of Hamlet into the theatrical tradition of Commedia Dell'Arte. And Rebecca J. Ritzel checks out Theater J's The Whipping Man, which centers on a Jewish merchant and his former slaves in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War. In film, Tricia Olszewski calls bullshit on Marvel's The Avengers, which she says is a passable summer tentpole but inadequate recompense for its fans' years of emotional investment. Marcus J. Moore reviews the newest mixtape from Black Cobain, Wale's charisma-deficient protege. And Louis Jacobson says the National Gallery's newest look at street photography—"I Spy: Photography and the Theater of the Street"—is kind of lightweight.

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