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Saoirse Ronan was pretty much born to play Abigail Williams—one of theater’s most dramatic teens—in Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.” With her cool blue eyes, youthful freckled face (and not to mention her experience wrongfully accusing in the film “Atonement”), isn’t she the Abigail we all imagined while reading the play in English? Ronan joins a stellar cast directed by Miller-enthusiast Ivo van Hove—and with an original score by Baltimore’s own contemporary classical artist Philip Glass, it’s safe to say we’re in for one rad, riveting Broadway revival. The he-said/she-said, girl-cried-witch play, set in 1690s Salem, opens March 31 at the Walter Kerr Theatre.
Breaking scoop: A new luxury store just opened in the nation’s capital—and it’s not in Georgetown. New York-based, independent perfumery Le Labo joins the other hipster-baiting shops along the trendy new Shaw-Howard shopping district in the Shay. The company, known for its opulent, custom-made scents, should receive a spirited reception in a city like D.C., with a burgeoning high-end shopping market. Le Labo’s scents are simple, stripped-down and modern. You can see exactly what goes into your fragrance because they make and bottle them right before your eyes.
Towards the end of 2015, Philly gave us one more reason to love the city of brotherly love: Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse—the first black-woman-owned comic book store in the nation. Thirty-three-year-old owner Ariel Johnson, originally from Maryland, fell in love with comics after discovering Storm from the X-Men series. “I know there are awkward black girls out there who are looking for that safe space to go,” Johnson says. Amalgam is not your brother’s comic book store. The coffee menu features a green tea latte dubbed Matcha Yoda. And Johnson’s psyched to sell traditional and off-the-beaten-path comics, too–with cool titles like “Eating Vampires” and “Cry Havoc.”