- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 26, 2003

THEATER

All the Great Books

• A compact compendium of the world’s greatest books. 7:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through Aug. 1. Reduced Shakespeare Company at the Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. $36-$41. 202/467-4600.

Blazing Red/Rojo Carmin

• A comedy about marriage and man and woman. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Saturday. Through June 28. Teatro de la Luna at Gunston Arts Center, Theatre II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $20-$25. 703/548-3092.

Chicago

• The Tony Award-winning musical. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through June 28. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $35-$75. Tickets, 800/447-7400. Information, 202/628-6161

Closer than Ever

• A celebration of music and its amazing ability to reflect the wonderful vagaries of life and relationships. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Aug. 3. MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $30-$35. 703/548-9044.

Count Basil

• World premiere of a tragedy about what happens when sensual desire intertwines with political strategy. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday; 3 p.m. Saturday. Through June 29. Horizons Theatre at Theater on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $12-$22. 703/243-8550.

Dear World

• Musical version of the fable “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” in which an eccentric woman organizes Parisians to foil a plot by evil-doers. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. July 5-Aug. 9. American Century Theater at Theater II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $17-$24. 703/553-8782.

Donna Q

• A modern one-woman show interpretation of Don Quixote. 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through July 27. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $32. 703/218-6500.

Gertrude Stein: If You Had Three Husbands

• Semi-autobiographical about Gertrude Stein adapted for the stage. 9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. Through June 29. The Stanislavsky Theater Studio, 1742 Church St. NW. $15-$25. 202/265-3748.

Ghosts

• Duty to society’s expectations and a father’s sin haunt a family. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through July 27. The Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $16-$66. 202/547-1122.

Kenneth, What is the Frequency?

• Based on the 1986 attack on Dan Rather and December 2001 article in Harper’s magazine. 11 p.m. Friday, Saturday. Through July 26. Cherry Red Productions at the Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. $15. 202/298-9077.

Lackawanna Blues

• The misfit characters at Nanny’s boarding house never stop talking about themselves, but ultimately the story they tell is a picture of a woman at the center of her community. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through June 29. The Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. $30.25-$44.25. 202/332-3300.

Monster

• Neal Bell’s adaptation of Frankenstein. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sunday, 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. July 9-Aug. 10. Olney Theatre, 2001 Olney Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. $25-$35. 301/924-3400.

Naked Boys Singing

• Local production of the off-Broadway show. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. Through July 13. Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. $25. 800/494-8497.

The Night of the Iguana

• What happens when a fallen clergyman turned tour guide takes a busload of female tourists to Mexico’s West Coast? 8 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. June 26-Aug. 3. Washington Shakespeare Company at the Clark Street Playhouse, 601 South Clark St. Arlington. $30. 800/494-8497.

Patience

• An aggressive cell-phone executive undergoes a series of traumatic events that make him long for a fresh start in life. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through July 20. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company at the Kennedy Center’s AFI Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. $21-$38. 202/467-4600.

Pippin

• The Tony Award-winning musical. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday; 7:30 p.m. selected Sundays and Tuesdays. Through July 6. Round House Theatre, Corner of East West Highway and Waverly Street, Bethesda. $29-$37. 240/644-1100.

Poet in New York

• A one-man show based on the life of Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca. 8 p.m. June 26-29, 4 p.m. June 29. The Warehouse Theatre, 1021 7th St. NW. $12-$20. 202/783-3933.

Private Lives

• A divorced couple reignite the flames of passion when they happen to be honeymooning with their new spouses in adjoining rooms. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sunday; 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through June 29. Olney Theatre, 2001 Olney Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $25-$30. 301/924-3400.

Shear Madness

• The long-running whodunit comedy continues indefinitely. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 9 p.m. Friday; 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday; 3:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Kennedy Center Theater Lab, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. $32. 202/467-4600.

Talley’s Folly

• A revealing and romantic journey about the relationship between a gentle Jewish accountant and a tough Southern belle. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday; 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through July 20. Theater J at the DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $21-$34. 800/494-8497.

Valentine’s Day

• The area premiere of the “heart” of Foote’s “Orphan’s Home Cycle.” 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through June 29. The Quotidian Theatre Company at The Writer’s Center Auditorium, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. $13-$15. 301/816-1023.

STAGE

District of Columbia Arts Center

2438 18th St. NW. 202/462-7833.

• “Big Bang.” Washington Improv Theater. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday. Through June 28. $10.

• “Shame.” Washington Improv Theater. 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday. Through June 28. $10.

• ImprovNation. Washington Improv Theater. 7:30 p.m. June 29. $7.

1409 Playbill Cafe Theater

1409 14th St. NW. 202/966-5829.

• “A Night in Tijuana.” Pretentious Actors Collective. 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Through July 12. $10.

Greenbelt Arts Center

Roosevelt Shopping Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301/441-8770.

• “An Evening of David Ives — All in the Timing.” 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through June 28. $8-$10.

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202/432-SEAT.

• The Capitol Steps, musical and political satire troupe. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday. $31.50.

The Stage Door Restaurant and Bar

1324 King St., Alexandria. 703/798-1064.

• Under the Beltway Improvisational Comedy. 8:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday. $9.

Wolf Trap: Filene Center

1551 Trap Road, Vienna.Information,703/938-2404. Tickets, 703/218-6500.

• “Riverdance.” 8 p.m. June 26-29, 2 p.m. June 28, 29. $16-$70.

DINNER THEATER

Annie

• An orphan searching for her parents finds love and family with an adoptive father. Through Aug. 23. The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre, 5 Willowdale Drive, Frederick, Md. $34-$36. 301/662-6600.

Footloose

• A free-spirited stranger helps an uptight town learn to relax its strict codes. 8:15 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sunday; 7:15 p.m. Sunday. Buffet served two hours prior to curtain. Through Aug. 31. Toby’s Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia, Md. $22.50-$41. 410/730-8311.

One Life to Lose

• Blair Mansion Mysteries. 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; some Thursday and Sunday shows. Continues indefinitely. Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. $39.95. 301/588-6646.

The Pirates of Penzance

• Classic by Gilbert and Sullivan. 6 p.m. Monday-Sunday; noon Wednesday, Sunday. Through June 29. West End Dinner Theatre, 4615 Duke St., Alexandria. $33-$39. 703/370-2500.

Murder Mystery Players

• Diamond Bessie’s Revenge. June 28, July 12, 26 and Aug. 9, 23 at Dave & Busters, 11301 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $32.95. 301/230-5151.

• Last Ham Standing. 8 p.m. Friday. Dave & Buster’s, White Flint Mall, 11301 Rockville Pike. $15. 301/230-5151.

• The Carpenter House Capers! 8 p.m. Saturday. Dave & Buster’s, White Flint Mall, 11301 Rockville Pike. $32.95. 301/230-5151.

Murder Upon Request

• The interactive comedy-mystery group performs different plays at two locations: “A Deadly Private Party” at Alfio’s Restaurant, 4515 Willard Ave., Chevy Chase, and “Just Killing Time” at the Arlington Hilton, 950 N. Stafford St., Arlington. 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday. $55. Both run indefinitely. 703/379-8108.

LOCAL THEATER

Arsenic and Old Lace

• What happens when the elderberry wine served by two elderly sisters starts killing people? 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through June 28. The Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. $12-$15. 703/683-0496.

Les Miserables

• The school adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel. 7:30 p.m. June 27, 28; 2 p.m. June 28; 1 and 5 p.m. June 29. F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Rockville Civic Center, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. $13.50-$15.50. 240/314-8690.

Romeo and Juliet

• An Irish take on William Shakespeare’s classic. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. June 26-July 27. The Keegan Theatre at Mount Olivet United Methodist, 1500 N. Glebe Road, Arlington. $20-$25. 703/527-6000, ext. 2.

DANCE

Lee Center

Kauffman Auditorium, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria. 703/212-7680.

• “Concert for Community.” Jane Franklin Dance. 11 a.m. June 26. $5-$10.

Lubber Run Amphitheater

North Columbia and North 2nd streets, Arlington. 703/298-3235.

• “Outdoors.” Jane Franklin Dance. 8:30 p.m. July 5. Free.

SOCIAL DANCING

Adelphi Mill Recreation Center

8402 Riggs Road, Adelphi. 301/699-1477.

• Square Roots square-dance teaching club presents a series of dancing lessons. 8 p.m. Monday. $32.

Avalon Studio

15 Mellor Ave., Catonsville, Md. 410/869-9771.

• Swing dancing second and fourth Saturday. Beginners’ workshop 8 p.m.-9 p.m., dancing 9 p.m.-midnight. $10.

• Swing dancing 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Thursday. $5.

• Yoga, hip-hop, tap, jazz classes available. Call for times. $60-$100.

• Beginning-to-advanced swing dance classes Monday, Tuesday, Thursday in six-week series. $70-$75.

Chevy Chase Ballroom

Swing dance class led by Tom and Debra. 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 8:30 p.m.-midnight (unless otherwise noted) June 27. $12. 202/363-8344.

• The Nighthawks. June 27.

Clarendon Ballroom

Swing dance class led by Tom and Debra. 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 9 p.m.-11 p.m. June 1. $10. 703/218-6585.

• King Teddy. July 1.

Dance Factory

954 N. Monroe St., Arlington. 703/528-9770.

• Beginning-advanced ballroom, Latin and swing classes. Monday-Thursday, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Four weeks. $49.

• Ballroom, Latin, swing combo dances. 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday. $9-$10; admission includes lesson.

• Contemporary ballroom dances and practice parties 9 p.m.-midnight Saturday. $9-$10.

• Social ballroom dancing. One hour lesson, 6:30 p.m. $2. 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. dance. Sunday. $9.

Dance Studio Lioudmila

18 Roth St., Alexandria. 703/751-8868.

• Tea Dance. 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday. $7.

• Dance party featuring ballroom, swing, Latin music. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. $10.

Friday Night Swing Dance Club

Several locations. Free refreshments. No smoking; no alcohol; no partners necessary. Dance workshops at 8 p.m. 410/583-7337. $12 admission; $10 for members.

Glen Echo Park

Bumper Car Pavilion, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Md. 301/492-6282.

• Contra dance. 7:30-8:30 p.m. free lesson, 8:30-11:30 p.m. dance. June 27. $6.

• Swing dance. 8-9 p.m. beginners’ workshop, 9 p.m.-midnight dance. June 28. $10. www.wsdc.org.

• Traditional American dancing including contra dances, square dances, country mixers. 7:30-10:30 p.m. June 29. $8. www.fsgw.org.

Hollywood Ballroom

2126 Industrial Parkway, Silver Spring. 301/622-5494.

• Singles dance party. 8 p.m. lesson; 9 p.m. dance. Friday. $10-$15.

• Social ballroom dancing. 8 p.m. Wednesday; 9 p.m. Saturday. $10-$15.

• Contemporary ballroom dancing. 7 p.m. lesson; 8 p.m. dance. Sunday. $10-$15.

Irish ceili and set dancing

• Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann: Ceili 8 p.m. second Saturday (September-June). John C. Wood Center, 3730 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. Bogwanderers Ceili Band. $6-$12. 703/521-4340.

• Greater Washington Ceili Club: Ceili 5 p.m.-9 p.m. last Sunday of month (September-June). Cherry Hill Park Conference Center, 9800 Cherry Hill Road (north of I-495), College Park, Md. $12 adults, $8 seniors and students, $5 ages 11-15, $30 family maximum. Band members vary. 301/294-3568.

Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. 703/982-0937.

• Israeli dancing with Ethan Halpern. 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday. $4-$6.

National Institutes of Health

Fitness Center, 10 Center Drive, Bethesda. 301/942-2831.

• Scottish country dances. Instruction for beginners and social dancing at 8 p.m. every Monday. $3.

Scottish Rite

The Friday Night Swing Dance Club. 3800 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 410/583-7337.

• Blue Sky 5. 8 p.m. jitterbug workshop, 9 p.m.-midnight dance. June 20. $10-$12.

• The Jacques Johnson Band. 8 p.m. jitterbug workshop, 9 p.m.-midnight dance. June 27. $10-$12.

The Shark Club

4915 Elmo St., Bethesda. 301/718-4030.

• Swing dance with Tommy Barrick and Friends. Swing lesson during band break. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. every Tuesday. $7 singles, $10 couples.

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