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November 02, 2006

Interactive show

The lowdown -- Is the Internet our new town hall? That's one of the questions posed by Demotic, an interactive, partly improvised, multimedia one-person show opening a four-performance engagement at the Theatre Project tonight. The show stars Tracey A. Leigh and also incorporates live music and such technological features as voice synthesis and chat rooms. The American identity, stereotypes and political corruption are among issues tackled in this work, a co-creation by two university professors -- Robert Allen, a theater movement specialist at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Antoinette LaFarge, an associate professor of digital media at the University of California, Irvine.

If you go -- Showtimes at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., are 8 p.m. tonight through Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $16. Call 410-752-8558 or go to theatreproject.org.

[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]`

Butterfly'

The lowdown -- One of Washington National Opera's biggest hits in recent years returns this weekend -- Mariusz Trelinski's innovative and provocative production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Here's just one sample of the imagination at work: During the Act 2 "letter scene," when the American consul tries to read a letter from that cad Pinkerton to Butterfly, the entire stage is reduced to letter-box size. The company's general director, Placido Domingo, will conduct six of the nine performances. The title role will be shared by Tatiana Borodina and Xiu Wei Sun, with Arturo Chacon-Cruz and Carlo Ventre alternating as Pinkerton.

If you go -- Performances are 7 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia and New Hampshire avenues Northwest. Additional performances Nov. 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, and 19. Tickets are $45 to $250. Call 202-295-2400 or 800- 876-7372, or go to dc-opera.org.

[TIM SMITH]

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