- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 16, 2005

THEATER

Alice in Wonderland

• The classic children’s tale about Alice’s adventures in Wonderland. Noon. Saturday-Sunday. Through Jan. 15. Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. $12-$15. 703/824-6200.

The Beard of Avon

• Will Shakespeare, a country simpleton who longs for something more than his barn in Stratford, escapes with an acting troupe only to find himself a pawn of the Earl of Oxford, who uses him as a frontman for his previously unproducible plays. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through Nov. 19. Rorschach Theatre at Calvary Methodist Church, 1459 Columbia Road NW. $12-$18. 800/494-8497.

As Bees in Honey Drown

• Alexa Vere De Vere approaches novelist Evan Wyler about writing the screenplay of her life story only to disappear without a trace and Evan must search for the hidden truths about her past. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 3. Trumpet Vine Theatre Company, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $16-$20. 703/912-1649.

The Beginning of Summer

• American playwright Horton Foote’s play about a shattered marriage in a small Texas community in 1955. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 20. Quotidian Theatre Company at The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. $15-$20. 301/816-1023.

A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas

• A retelling of this holiday classic that includes an appearance by Charles Dickens and a new take on those three “ghosts” who haunt Ebenezer Scrooge on the night of Christmas Eve. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Through Dec. 31. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St., NW. $30-$55. 202/347-4833.

The Comedy of Errors

• One of Shakespeare’s earliest plays, this is a farce of mistaken identities, taking place in the course of one day. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Jan. 8. The Shakespeare Theatre Company at the Shakespeare Theater, 450 Seventh St. NW. $14.25-$71.25. 202/547-1122.

Cuttin’ Up

• The story of a barbershop and its patrons — the storytellers of their time, sharing the joys and troubles life hands them. 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 Jan. 1. Arena Stage, Kreeger Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $41-$60. 202/488-3300.

Draft Day

• A fantasy about two young basketball players on the verge of rocketing into the NBA and two 19th century slave traders assessing humans as commodities. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 11. In repertory with “Kingdom.” Presented by African Continuum Theatre Company at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $20-$35. 202/399-7993.

For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again

• The story of a son’s homage to his mother, who nurtured his imagination and love for the theater. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 27. Metro Stage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $32-$38. 703/548-9044.

Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom

• Four British residents tell their story of America’s controversial prison. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 11. Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. $37-$52. 202/332-3300.

Hapgood

• Tom Stoppard’s end-of-the-Cold War farce that involves espionage and the law of physics. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 4. Washington Shakespeare Company at The Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. Pay-what-you-can - $30. 703/418-4808.

If We Are Women

• Four very different women, who happen to be what remains of one family, gather to help each other move from the past into the future. 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 27. The Washington Stage Guild, 1901 14th St. NW. $25-$35. 240/582-0050.

Kingdom

• A comedic take on Shakespeare’s “Richard III” set in an apartment above a barbecue joint in Cleveland. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 11. In repertory with “Draft Day.” Presented by African Continuum Theatre Company at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $20-$35. 202/399-7993.

A Little Rebellion Now

• D.C. statehood activists form an uneasy alliance with IMF-World Bank protestors and attempt to secede from the Union. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 11. Venus Theatre Company at the Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $12-$25. 202/236-4078.

Much Ado About Nothing

• Shakespeare’s Beatrice and Benedick fight with all their might not to fall in love while Hero and Claudio surrender to romance. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 27. Folger Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. $25-$48. 202/554-7077.

No Exit

• The Sartre classic looks into the lives of three people who make their own hell in the afterlife. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 20. Scena Theatre at the Warehouse Next Door, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $25-$30. 703/684-7990.

Oliver

• A poor orphan boy’s request for more gruel leads him on a musical, action-filled journey through Victorian London. 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. Through Dec. 11. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $29-$39. 301/924-3400.

Over, or Those Crazy Kids

• A husband and wife struggle to protect their family from the invasive din of modern culture. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Through Nov. 19. Catalyst Theatre Company at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $20-$30. 800/494-8497.

Portrait of a Madonna

• A middle-aged spinster tries to hold on to the dignity and dreams of her youth in Tennessee Williams’ first draft of the character of Blanche DuBois. In repertory with “Suddenly Last Summer.” 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Nov. 17-Dec. 17. The Keegan Theatre at Theater II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $20-$25. 703/527-6000.

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.

Starving

• A bustling apartment stoop in a new black neighborhood in 1950s Atlanta brims with vitality and ambition, while a peek behind apartment walls reveals a world of struggle. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 18. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St., NW. $30-$48. 202/393-3939.

A Streetcar Named Desire

• Tennessee Williams’ 1948 Pulitzer Prize winning drama about Blanche Dubois, a Southern belle driven to madness by her brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 26. The Keegan Theatre at the Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $20-$25. 703/527-6000.

String Fever

• Lily learns to juggle life’s big issues — turning 40, artificial insemination and the fundamentals of string theory. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 27. Theatre J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $15-$38. 800/494-8497.

Suddenly, Last Summer

• Tennessee Williams’ savage drama of two women who battle each other over the truth about the death of a young man they both love. In repertory with “Portrait of a Madonna.” 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Nov. 17-Dec. 17. The Keegan Theatre at Theater II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $20-$25. 703/527-6000.

The Violet Hour

• It’s 1919 — the dawn of the Jazz Age — as two manuscripts beg for publication and a fledgling publisher must decide which book will be his first financial gamble. 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 20. Rep Stage at Howard County Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. $12-$24. 410/772-4900.

A Year with Toad and Frog

• A friendship between a frog and a toad grows as they travel through an adventure-filled year learning life lessons along the way. 7:30 p.m Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 11. Round House Theatre, East-West Highway and Waverly Street, Bethesda. $20-$50. 240/644-1100.

Yemaya’s Belly

• A coming-of-age tale set in the Caribbean. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 18. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $29-$49. 703/218-6500.

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.

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

Aida

• The Disney musical about an enslaved princess and soldier. Through Nov. 20. 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday; 12:30 and 8:15 p.m. Wednesday; 12:30 and 7:15 p.m. Sunday. $27.50-$46. 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.

Mystery in Mo’ Town II

• Blair Mansion Mysteries performance. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, 25. Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. $52.95. 301/588-6646.

Welcome Back Potter

• Blair Mansion Mysteries performance. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, 26. Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. $52.95. 301/588-6646.

DANCE

Dance Place

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

• Rags Sahara. 8 p.m. Nov. 19; 7 p.m. Nov. 20. $7-$20.

George Mason University Center for the Arts

Concert Hall, Main campus, Braddock and Chain Bridge roads, Fairfax. 202/433-4011.

• Ballet Flamenco Jose Porcel. 8 p.m. Nov. 19; 2 p.m. Nov. 20. $21-$42.

Kennedy Center

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

• Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company. 8 p.m. Nov. 17-19. $14-$38.

• Suzanne Farrell Ballet. 8 p.m. Nov. 22-23, 25; 2:30 and 8 p.m. Nov. 26-27. $29-$84.

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. $9.

• Dance party. 7:30-8:30 p.m. group class, 8:30-11 p.m. dance party. Saturdays. $12.

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.

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-40s 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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