- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 6, 2005

THEATER

Afterplay

• This poignant play, set in a Moscow tearoom, brings two of Chekhov’s lost souls together in a love story infused with humor and sadness. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through April 17. Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. $25-$48. 202/332-3300.

Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

• A musical rendition of Huck Finn starring deaf and hearing actors who tell their story using American Sign Language (ASL), dance and song. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Through May 1. Co-production with Deaf West Theatre and Ford’s Theatre, 511 Tenth St. NW. $25-$48. 202/347-4833.

Hidden: A Gender

• A comedic look at gender formation, attitudes, and roles that introduces two historical figures who didn’t fit into gender’s strict parameters. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through April 30. Trumpet Vine Theatre Company, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $10-$20. 703/912-1649.

The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?

• In Edward Albee’s latest play, Martin is a successful architect who has never loved anyone other than his wife, Stevie — until he confides to a friend that he has fallen deeply in love with the mysterious Sylvia. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through April 17. Arena Stage, Kreeger Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $45-$66. 202/488-3300.

I Am My Own Wife

• Doug Wright’s play about the life of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a German transvestite caught up in the great European dramas of the 20th century. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through April 10. The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $35-$70. 800/447-7400.

Life x 3

• Two high-maintenance couples have three different takes on a dinner party gone hilariously awry. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through May 1. Round House Theatre, East-West Highway and Waverly Street, Bethesda. $10-$45. 240/644-1100.

The Magical Balloon, The Music Box, and The Misadventures of Dr. Frank-n-Flubber

• Three productions run in repertory, each employing mime, dance, and physical humor to tell enchanting stories about magicians, crazed scientists, and cowboys. 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Through May 1. Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. $12-$15. 703/824-0660.

The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore

• An aging diva retires to the Italian coast to write her memoirs and is confronted with a handsome, mysterious hustler who carries the nickname “Angel of Death.” 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through April 9. The Washington Shakespeare Company at the Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. “Pay what you can” to $30. 800/494-TIXS.

Nine

• The story of a film director’s blind search for truth, art and his soul. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through April 17. The Landless Theatre Company at Tivoli Theater, 14th and Park Road, NW. $20. 301/515-4494.

Omnium Gatherum

• Join an unusual dinner party as a peculiar group of friends gathers to enjoy conversation spiced with wit about Manhattanites and their response to September 11. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through May 8. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $29-$39. 301/924-3400.

The Piano Lesson

• In the parlor of a row house in Pittsburgh, a piano keeps a silent vigil and becomes a member of the family. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through May 15. Arena Stage, Fichandler Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $45-$66. 202/488-3300.

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 Spitfire Grill

• Percy Talbot comes to Gilead, Wis., a town with no future, and through her job at the Spitfire Grill, begins to motivate an otherwise empty-hearted town. 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Sunday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through April 10. Presented by Theater Alliance at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $25-$30. 800/494-8497.

The Tempest

• Shakespeare’s play about a world of illusions and magic — where the angry sorcerer Prospero manipulates spirits and humans alike in his search for revenge. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through May 22. The Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $12.75-$68. 202/547-1122.

Ten Unknowns

• When a New York art dealer convinces an alcoholic aging artist to make his comeback with a solo exhibition, the artist’s spirit is reborn through the renewed hope for success and the discovery of a new muse. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through April 24. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $25-$39. 703/218-6500.

There Are No Strangers

• When a young woman is targeted in a seemingly random act of violence, she is plagued by two questions: Why was she chosen as a victim? And why was she chosen to survive? Times vary. Through April 17. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and Theatre J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $10-$25. 800/494-8497.

Terrorism

• A bitter and funny look at the effects of living with fear takes place in a terrorized Russian town where old ladies plot murder and bomb scares plague the airport. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through April 24. Studio Theatre, 1333 P St., NW. $25. 202/332-3300.

You Never Can Tell

• George Bernard Shaw’s classic tale about a social pioneer who finds out that her theories have become old hat. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through April 10. The Washington Stage Guild, 1901 14th St. NW. $23-$30. 240/582-0050.

STAGE

The Capitol Steps

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202/397-SEAT.

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

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.

Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance”

Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202/397-SEAT.

• International dance troupe. 8 p.m. April 8; 2 and 8 p.m. April 10; 1 and 6:30 April 11. $30.50-$69.

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

Beauty and The Beast

• A larger-than-life romance between Belle, an innocent young girl with a heart of gold, and a beguiling creature whose tender soul belies his beastly exterior. Through July 3. 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday; 12:30 and 8:15 p.m. Wednesday; 12:30 and 7:15 p.m. Sunday. $25.50-$44. Toby’s Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia, Md. 301/596-6161.

Murder Upon Request

• The interactive comedy-mystery group performs 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.

DANCE

Dance Place

3225 Eighth St. NE. 202/269-1600.

• Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. 8 p.m. April 16; 7 p.m. April 17. $6-$18.

Kennedy Center

Eisenhower Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

• The Washington School of Ballet’s 60th Anniversary Gala Performance. April 8-12. $60.

• The Washington Ballet, ?Romeo and Juliet.? 8 p.m. April 13-15; 2:30 and 8 p.m. April 16; 1 p.m. April 17. $29-$84.

Kennedy Center

Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

• ?Dancing in the Wings.? A new work by Debbie Allen. Times vary. April 8-16. $20.

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. $59.

• Ballroom, Latin, swing combo dances. 7-10:30 p.m. Friday. $10-$11; admission includes lessons.

• Country and swing dance every second Saturday. 8:30 p.m. lesson, 9 p.m.-midnight dance. $10.

• Contemporary ballroom dances and practice parties. Saturday nights. $9-$10. 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. 1-3:15 p.m. Fridays. $8.

• Dance party. 7:30-8:30 p.m. group class, 8:30-11 p.m. dance party. Saturdays. $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 Interstate 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 (state 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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