Neda Semnani

In 'The Real Thing,' a Real Clash Between Work and Life

How many lovers and families struggle to remain connected and whole, even as they fall victim to great, passionate, all-consuming love affairs? And of these great affairs, how many of us carry on with that most insidious of mistresses: our career?

In Washington, D.C., as in Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing,” people grapple and wrestle with these truths in the intersection of love, fidelity and politics. D.C. audiences get to check in with director David Muse’s interpretation at Studio Theatre until the play closes on July 7.

Janis Joplin, Older and Wiser at Arena Stage

If you’re looking for a dark, heartbreaking tale about a talented young woman sacrificed too young to a hardcore junk habit, “One Night With Janis Joplin,” which is scheduled to return to Arena Stage on Friday, will not be that show.

First of all, Mary Bridget Davies, the Cleveland native who portrays the late rock and blues singer, explains that Joplin wasn’t a classic junkie.

Is Deconstructing a Play the Same as Trashing It?

In Tom Stoppard’s 1982 play “The Real Thing,” the character Henry, a successful playwright, says that it is nearly impossible for him to write about love with any level of profundity. It comes out juvenile or rude, even boring.

Aaron Posner’s “Stupid F---ing Bird” playing at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company through June 23, proves that the childish, clichéd predictability that comes to the surface when an author struggles to describe and deconstruct love is just as exasperating when an otherwise exceptional artist attempts to deconstruct his own art.

All Aboard, Hill Millennials: Time to See America

Have you ever seen America roll out before you like a picture postcard? When was the last time you got to sit and talk, and brainstorm, explore and create for days and days on end?

According to Patrick Dowd, 26, founder of The Millennial Trains Project, here's your chance.

Gape-Gap Gasp! Ex-Lobbyist Looks to Prevent Inadvertent Flashing

Rochelle Behrens, an ex-lobbyist for Quinn Gillespie, did mind the gap.

As a professional woman and now a fashion designer, Behrens wanted to address the "gape," which is her term for that special gap that appears at the summit of the bosom area on a button-down shirt. The "gape gap" shows off a woman's, um, décolletage and can be very revealing indeed.

Grannies, Mystics Hoop It Up on Hill

That bouncing noise in the Cannon House Office Building on Tuesday is the sound of grandmothers in better shape than you.

Title IX passed decades ago, but that doesn't mean that all's fair in men's and women's athletics. On Tuesday, just weeks before the 41st anniversary of the Title IX passage, the American Association of University Women will hold a basketball clinic and various other activities to get Congress to focus on increasing compliance with the law — and they're bringing their grannies with them.

The Interns Are Coming! The Interns Are Coming!

It's that time of year again. The start of those long, swampy months when true Washingtonians trudge into offices, swipe at mosquitoes and rely on interns to pick up their slack. That's right, everyone. The interns are coming.

Don't worry: We're definitely not rewarding them for a few months of tedium with a livable wage, but they do get InternsRock and a whole week of appreciation through citywide discounts.

Top Three Versions of the National Anthem as Chosen by Sen. Cowan

In honor of Memorial Day, we present to you the following, courtesy of Massachusetts' junior senator.

Following a performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Friday's commencement of the Boston College Law School, Sen. William "Mo" Cowan, D-Mass., went off script for a moment before addressing the graduating class of near-lawyers.

CityDance Wants to 'Move the City'

There are times in life when words aren't enough. For more than 120 D.C. students, this is one of those times.

Participants in CityDance's DREAM program have spent a school year completing community-based service projects, and on  June 1 they are heading to THEARC at 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE to dance all about it for their program "Move the City."

'Arrested Development' Takes Over D.C.

Everyone's favorite dysfunctional family is coming to Netflix on May 26 (Squee!) and binge TV watchers everywhere are rejoicing at the return of "Arrested Development."

Also barely able to contain themselves are the political types. Last week, for example, the House Republicans spoofed the show with the YouTube clip "Arrested Economic Development," which compared the Democrats' economic policy to the Bluths'.

Hellbender Brewing Has Hill Roots

Six hours before the start of the new year, the Senate was about to reach a deal on the fiscal cliff and longtime staffer Patrick Mullane was getting ready to leave the Hill for beer. It’s just that it’s taken a few months to get the kegs tapped.

Mullane and his business partner, Ben Evans, started Hellbender Brewing Co. in January, another in a growing line of respected craft breweries in Washington, D.C.

Teens Road-Tripping to Watch Gillibrand Play in Softball Game

The Congressional Women’s Softball Game has a bit of a fanatic following this year beyond the dedicated members of Congress, female journalists of the Capitol press corps and their long-suffering families and friends.

Two passionate young women — Eve Zhurbinskiy, 17, and Lauren Waksman, 19 — will be traveling from states away to cheer on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., one of their political heros. The close friends will also be meeting in person for the first time.

Henry Rollins Keeps Coming Back for More

Henry Rollins was supposed to talk about clean-water issues and his relationship with the charity Drop in the Bucket, whose mission is to build wells and sanitation systems in schools and to provide education, health and gender equality programs across sub-Saharan Africa.

But in a long-ranging interview with CQ Roll Call, the iconic D.C. punk figure also touched on growing up in the District, his involvement in the early hard-core punk scene here, low-wage jobs and his relationship with law enforcement.

Congress Learns to Love Hip-Hop

Maybe it's hip to be square? Or maybe it's hip to be hop? At any rate, lately Congress seems to have embraced popular culture generally and hip-hop specifically.

Or maybe it's simply that 30-something members of Congress, cats who came of age in the 1990s, are just being true to their great musical past.

Centennial Event Brings Books to Kids

Kids, you can go anywhere! Take a look! It's in a book — being provided by the fine folks at the Junior League of Washington and their partner, Reading Is Fundamental.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, the JLW will celebrate its centennial with an event at the DC Prep Edgewood Middle Campus. And who better to help out than writer George Ella Lyon and Ward 8 Councilmember and former Mayor Marion Barry?

McHenry Stretches With Beyonce Homage

Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, R-N.C., is obviously a pretty with-it guy.

He's up with the baddest pop culture trends and down with all the things the cool kids love.

Mel Watt Cuddles Adorable Baby During Holder Hearing

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s Wednesday grilling by the House Judiciary Committee was pretty tense from the start, so thank goodness Rep. Melvin Watt, D-N.C., provided America with a much needed "aww" moment during the hearing.

Watt looked happy while Holder and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., lit in to each other, not because he enjoys watching grown men fight, but because Nicolas Watt, the congressman's 1-year old grandson, was snuggled on his lap.

Ghosts of the Once-Mighty California GOP

Leo Tolstoy may have been right when he said that unhappy families are all unhappy in their own way, but he was wrong about happy families all resembling one another. Or perhaps he would have amended his feelings if he had seen Jon Robin Baitz’s “Other Desert Cities,” a close look at a family of elite Californians coming to grips with their fall from grace and their long climb back to it.

Playing through May 26 at Arena Stage, the audience looks on as members of the unhappy Wyeth family — guarded, angry, resentful, damaged and incredibly funny — have their emotional bones reset, journeying from toxic judgment of one another to the beginnings of mutual respect and understanding.

Horton's Kids to Take Over Nationals Park

Thirteen members of Congress and more than 60 staffers will join CNN's Jake Tapper and celebuchef Spike Mendelsohn to hit up the 5th annual Home Runs for Horton's Kids.

The invite-only Nationals Park event, scheduled for Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., will raise money for the Ward 8 charity, which provides direct services on the Capitol campus for about 500 children and families in D.C.'s Anacostia neighborhood.

Arrested Development to Play N Street Village Benefit

Two-time Grammy winner Arrested Development and super-producer Kevin "Khao" Cates will perform at the N Street Village's Night Sessions on May 16, a young professionals event to benefit the D.C. nonprofit.