This Week in WCP Arts: Bad Brains, The Normal Heart, Superman
On the cover of this week's Washington City Paper is Mark Andersen's very personal look into the fraught inner politics—and at the troubled, mercurial frontman—of D.C. hardcore pioneers Bad Brains as they attempt to remain a living, breathing musical force. Chris Klimek dissents on the widely praised The Normal Heart at Arena Stage—arguing that this 1985 play about the AIDS crisis may have resonated in an all-caps era but feels wooden now. He also reviews—and loves—Theater J's The History of Invulnerability, a tragic glimpse at the life of Superman creator Jerry Siegel. Rebecca J. Ritzel reviews Shakespeare Theatre Company's The Merry Wives of Windor, which she finds to be a problematic treatment of a very problematic play. Tricia Olszewski reviews the film Elena, an austere drama about a deadly domestic dispute by the Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev. Lindsay Zoladz listens to the debut album from D.C. prog-folkies Frau Eva. And in One Track Mind, Ritzel talks to NoVa roots-rockers The Distillers about the romantic possibilities of the banjo.