Theater By Peter Marks
"Equus" is an exhilarating enigma -- a highly suspect premise wrapped in an intensely entertaining play. Thankfully, Washington Shakespeare Company, in its crackerjack revival at the Clark Street Playhouse, seizes on what's most vibrant in "Equus" -- the unraveling of a psychosexual crime involving a teenage boy whose obsession with horses metastasizes into violence -- and makes it an absorbing excursion into the nether regions of a turbulent soul. Through Nov. 26. Call 800-494-8497.
Exhibition By Michael O'Sullivan
Artist Caryl Burtner was the real discovery in the recent Trawick Prize competition, where her work documenting the minutiae of her life (medicine taken, blouses purchased, shampoo consumed, etc.) left this reviewer in awe of her quiet power as a performance artist, archivist and concrete poet. She's one of seven artists from Richmond whose work -- "engaging the tangled web between history and the present," according to curator Tosha Grantham of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts -- goes on view Friday from 7 to 9 at the opening of "Exchange: Richmond @ DC (Twisted Roots)," running through Dec. 10 at the D.C. Arts Center. Call 202-462-7833.
Film By Ann Hornaday
It's hard to make a film that transcends the fiercely polarized debate about the Iraq war, but documentary filmmaker James Longley has done just that with "Iraq in Fragments," a vivid, poetic evocation of life in post-invasion Iraq that works both as impressionistic collage and candid portraiture. See review on Page 32.
Music By Richard Harrington
What's better than one excellent jazz guitarist or even a jazz guitar duo? Well, how about a jazz guitar trio, a rare instrumental lineup being explored by Jimmy Bruno, Vic Juris and Corey Christiansen ? They will perform at the Smithsonian Jazz Cafe on Friday from 6 to 10 to celebrate the release of their first collaborative CD, "MB3." The Smithsonian Jazz Cafe is at the National Museum of Natural History. Call 202-633-1000.