- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 29, 2004

THEATER

Anna in the Tropics

• A dashing Cuban lector is hired to read “Anna Karenina” aloud to the workers in a 1920s South Florida cigar factory, but his presence ignites a yearning for love in the workers. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 1-Nov. 21. Kreeger Theater at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $40-$59. 202/488-3300.

Blithe Spirit

• Charles Condomine is visited by the ghost of his dead wife Elvira, who is determined to wreak havoc on the household, much to the dismay of his current wife Ruth. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 5-Nov. 7. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $15-$36. 301/924-3400.

Diamond Dead

• A world premiere musical by Richard Hartley about a rock band called the “Diamond Dead, who have a contract to feed the Grim Reaper, and the patrons are on the menu for dinner. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Sept. 30-Oct. 31. The Landless Theatre Company at the District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. $15. 202/462-7833.

The Elephant Man

• A 19th-century tale with a modern-day twist about a deformed man’s search for identity and acceptance in Victorian society. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Through Oct. 16. Catalyst Theatre Company at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $15-$30. 800/494-8497.

Jesus Christ Superstar

• The story of Jesus Christ and his crucifixion in a modern world with a driving rock soundtrack. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Sept. 25-Oct. 17. Open Circle Theatre at the Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $20. 703/494-8497.

A Lesson Before Dying

• Ernest J. Gaines’ moving story about a young black man condemned to death in the backwoods of Louisiana. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 10. Presented by The African Continuum Theatre Company at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $15-$30. 800/494-8497.

Living Out

• A comedic drama about the relationship between elite L.A. mothers and immigrant nannies. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 10. Round House Theatre, East-West Highway and Waverly Street, Bethesda. $10-$45. 240/644-1100.

M. Butterfly

• David Henry Hwang’s Tony-winning play based on a true-life scandal, the affair between a French diplomat in China and a Chinese opera singer who was not just a man, but a spy. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 17. Fichandler Stage at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $45-$59. 202/488-3300.

Macbeth

• Shakespeare’s tale about the fall of the once-noble Macbeth and his lady. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 24. The Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $12.75-$69.50. 202/547-1122.

The Matchmaker

• Thornton Wilder’s romantic comedy that became the basis for “Hello, Dolly!” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Friday, Saturday; 12 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 24. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St., NW. $25-$48. 202/347-4833.

On Golden Pond

• Norman and Ethel Thayer look after their daughter Chelsea’s stepson while she is in Europe, but when Chelsea returns, she finds her stepson has the relationship with Norman that she always wanted. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through Oct. 17. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. $25-$78. 202/467-4600.

One Red Flower

• A world-premiere musical set in wartime Vietnam that depicts soldiers’ hellish but also sometimes lighthearted experiences. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 3. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $30-$49. 703/218-8500.

The Russian National Postal Service

• The widower of a former postal worker passes time by writing letters to himself in an array of characters, including Lenin and Queen Elizabeth II. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 17. Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. $25-$45. 202/332-3300.

The Seagull

• One of Anton Chekhov’s master works that attempts to answer the questions; what does it mean to create art and what does it mean to love? 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 10. Rep Stage at Howard County Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. $10-$22. 410/772-4900.

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. $34. 202/467-4600.

The Subject

• A restaurant worker overcomes her fascination with a customer by posing as a model for his photography. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Sunday; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 17. Charter Theatre Company at the Warehouse Next Door, 1019 Seventh St. NW. Pay what you can — up to $25. 202/333-7009.

Tabletop

• A crew of advertising pros try to create the perfect pitch for a smoothie commercial. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 7. Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $10-$35. 240/644-1100.

A Tale of a Tiger

• Left for dead on a battlefield, a Chinese soldier is seized by a tiger and her cub, and a unique relationship is forged. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 3. Rorschach Theatre at Calvary Methodist Church, 1459 Columbia Road NW. $12-$18. 202/452-5538.

The Time of Your Life

• The Pulitzer Prize-winning Saroyan classic that explores the absurdity, irony and joy of human existence. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 9. American Century Theater at Theater II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $18-$26. 703/553-8782.

STAGE

The Capitol Steps

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202/432-SEAT.

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

Cirque du Soleil

RFK Stadium (grounds), 2400 East Capitol St. NE. 800/678-5440.

• “Varekai,” the troupe’s latest high-flying, artistic carnival. Times vary. Through Oct. 24. $55-$75.

Comedy Sportz D.C.

Ballston Common Mall, Old Vic Arena, 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703/294-LAFF

• Teams of comedians battle each other in competitive improv comedy sketches. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday. $8-$12.

Under the Beltway

Stage Door Restaurant and Bar, 1324 King St., Alexandria. 703/798-1064.

• Improvisational comedy. 8:30-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $7.

DINNER THEATER

Murder Upon Request

• The interactive comedy-mystery group performs different plays at two locations: “A Deadly Private Party” at Alfio’s La Trattoria, 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.

The Night Disco Died: Solid Gold Edition

• Blair Mansion Mysteries performance. 8 p.m. Oct. 1-2. Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. $39.95. 301/588-6646.

Kiss Me Kate

• William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” combined with Cole Porter’s music and lyrics. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1 p.m. weekday matinees, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 13. Chesapeake Music Hall, Dinner Theater of Annapolis, 339 Busch’s Frontage Road No. 101, Annapolis. $25-$35. 410-626-7515.

DANCE

Dance Place

3225 8th St. NE. 202/269-1600.

• Dance DC Festival. 7 p.m. Oct. 2. Free.

Kennedy Center

Millenium Stage, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

• Dance DC Festival. 6 p.m. Oct. 2-3. Free.

SOCIAL DANCING

Adelphi Mill Recreation Center

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

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

Avalon Studio

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

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

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

Dance Factory

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

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

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

• Country-and-Western dance every second Saturday. 8:30 p.m. lesson, 9 p.m.-midnight dance. $9.

• Contemporary ballroom dances and practice parties. Saturday nights. $9. Call for times.

• Social ballroom dancing. 7-10 p.m. Sunday. $9.

Dance Studio Lioudmila

18 Roth St., Alexandria. Private lessons and group classes, beginning to advanced ballroom, Latin and swing, no partners necessary. 703/751-8868.

• Tea dance, includes lesson and refreshments. 2-4:15 p.m. Friday. $8.

• Dance party. 7:30-8:30 p.m. free group class, 8:30-11 p.m. dance party. 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.

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. 5-9 p.m. last Sunday of month (September-June). Cherry Hill Park Conference Center, 9800 Cherry Hill Road (north of I-495), College Park. $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. 8-10 p.m. Tuesday. $4-$6.

Knights of Columbus Hall

6111 Columbian Way (Route 3), Bowie.

• LA Singles Friday Dance. Large wood dance floor accommodates up to 300 singles. Music is Top 40 and old favorites. Suits or dressy casual. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. every Friday. $9. 410/721-6666 or 410-674-3737.

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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