- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 9, 2005

THEATER

Alice in Wonderland

• The classic children’s tale about Alice’s adventures in Wonderland. Noon. Saturday-Sunday. Nov. 12-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.

The Body Project

• An original full-length musical that explores the ways in which girls and women view their bodies in an appearance-obsessed culture. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 13. Horizons Theatre at the Warehouse Next Door, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $10-$25. 703/578-1100.

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. Nov. 16-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. Nov. 15-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. Nov. 11-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 theatre. 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.

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 barbeque joint in Cleveland. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Nov. 11-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. Nov. 16-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. Nov. 16-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. Nov. 10-19. Catalyst Theatre Company at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $20-$30. 800/494-8497.

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. Nov. 14-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.

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. Nov. 16-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.

You Are Here

• One woman’s attempt to share with the audience how she became the actress they see before them. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 8 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 13. Presented by Theater Alliance at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $20-$25. 800/494-8497.

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.

George Washington University

Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St., NW. 202/252-0012.

• Axis of Evil Comedy tour with Ahmed Ahmed, Aron Kader and Maz Jobrani. 8 p.m. Nov. 11. $24-$30.

• Bob Saget. 8 p.m. Nov. 15. $24-$30.

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.

Welcome Back Potter

• Blair Mansion Mysteries performance. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11-12. Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. $52.95. 301/588-6646.

DANCE

Dance Place

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

• Carla & Company, Bosma Dance and Amir Kolben. 8 p.m. Nov. 12; 4 p.m. Nov. 13. $7-$20.

George Mason University Center for the Arts

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

• GMU Dance Company Fall Concert. 8 p.m. Nov. 10-12. $10-$15.

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.

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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