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January 22, 2004

Popular `Proof'

Proof, David Auburn's 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about fathers and daughters, math and madness, begins performances at Everyman Theatre on Tuesday. In addition to the Pulitzer, the play won the 2001 Tony and a host of other playwriting awards. It then became one of the most-produced plays in the country.

At Everyman, under the direction of Vincent M. Lancisi, Megan Anderson portrays Catherine, a young woman who fears she may have inherited her father's mental illness as well as his mathemical brilliance. Carl Schurr plays her professor father. Robert McClure is the graduate student who appears to have designs on her father's work as well as on her, and Deborah Hazlett is Catherine's assertive older sister.

Show times at Everyman, 1727 N. Charles St., are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Jan. 27; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; with matinees at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Feb. 29. Tickets are $18-$25, with the following exceptions: Jan. 27, pay-what-you-can preview; Jan. 28 and 29, $15 previews; Jan. 30, $30 opening night. For more information call 410-752-2208.

- J. Wynn Rousuck

The sound of France

If you haven't yet sampled the musical portion of the Festival of France at the Kennedy Center, this is a great weekend to start. The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin, will offer three different programs featuring the unusually insightful pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard. In a novel touch, he will play some solo pieces, as well as music with the ensemble, each night. Today, Aimard will focus on Debussy, performing five of the Etudes and the Fantasie for piano and orchestra; the orchestra-only part of the bill includes works by Saint-Saens, Satie and contemporary French composer Jacques Di Tucci.

Tomorrow, Aimard will be the soloist in Ravel's jazzy Concerto in G and then participate in a double dose of Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit - the pianist will play the solo version, followed by Slatkin and the NSO delivering a recently orchestrated version of this highly atmospheric score. Works by Berlioz and Debussy complete the concert. And on Saturday night, Aimard turns to Messiaen, with pieces for solo keyboard and Oiseaux exotiques for piano and small orchestra. The NSO also will perform music by Debussy and Di Tucci on this program.

The performances are at 7 p.m. today, 8 p.m Friday and Saturday at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. N. W., Washington. Tickets are $20 to $75. Call 800-444-1324.

- Tim Smith

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