- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 5, 2005

THEATER

After Ashley

• A teenager gets thrust unwillingly into the national spotlight after a family tragedy becomes talk-show fodder. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 16. The Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. $30-$48. 202/393-3939.

Born Yesterday

• A junkyard king, his girlfriend, and a has-been lawyer attempt to bribe a crooked senator to pass a shady law and make them filthy rich. 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 Nov. 6. Arena Stage, Fichandler Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $46-$60. 202/488-3300.

The Boys Next Door

• This play features four mentally challenged men and their social worker who are dealing with their problems, hopes, and frustrations while offering a revealing glimpse into their intimate lives and psyches. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through Oct. 15. Journeyman Theatre Ensemble at Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $15-$20. 202/248-2295.

Camille

• One of the world’s great love stories and the inspiration for Verdi’s operatic masterpiece “La Traviata.” This new adaptation returns to the original novel for its emotional portrayal of a woman who can afford everything — except to fall in love. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 16. Round House Theatre, East-West Highway and Waverly Street, Bethesda. $15-$50. 240/644-1100.

Dracula

• The gothic thriller that tells the story of erotic desire and the battle between the living and the undead. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 30. Synetic Theater at the Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. $24-$39. 202/462-5364.

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. Oct. 12-Nov. 27. Metro Stage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $32-$38. 703/548-9044.

Friends and Lovers

• Eric Jerome Dickey’s play explores what happens when friends cross the line and become lovers. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 11-16. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. $50. 202/397-SEAT.

Hilda

• French-Senegalese novelist Marie Ndiaye’s drama of violence and restraint, where no one, neither master nor servant, can claim to be innocent. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Through Oct. 23. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $37-$52. 202/332-3300.

It Had To Be You

• This two-person play tells an unusual show-biz story. She is a desperate B-actress of a certain age; he is a successful commercial television producer. She holds him captive in her apartment, swearing not to let him go until he is a) in love with her, and b) willing to jump-start her career. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through Oct. 8. American Century Theater at Theater II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $18-$26. 703/553-8782.

I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda

• A British poet assists a survivor of the Rwandan genocide to write her personal history. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 9. The African Continuum Theatre Company at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St., NE . $25-$35. 202/399-7993 ext. 1.

Leading Ladies

• Two down-on-their luck Shakespearean actors concoct a plan to swindle an elderly woman by posing as her long lost relatives. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 23. Ford’s Theatre, 511 Tenth St., NW. $25-$52. 202/347-4833.

Metamorphosis

• Steven Berkoff’s adaptation of Kafka’s classic story, a glimpse of a tortured soul struggling against the isolation of contemporary society. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Through Oct. 31. Catalyst Theatre Company, Suite 401, 1816 Kalorama Road NW. $25-$30. 800/494-8497.

Morning’s At Seven

• An account of four women coming to terms with growing old, growing up, and growing closer. 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 Oct. 30. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $15-$39. 301/924-3400.

A Number

• A complex relationship between a father and son lies at the heart of Caryl Churchill’s exploration of the personal cost of powerful new technology. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 16. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $37-$52. 202/332-3300.

Othello

• Shakespeare’s tale explores the tragedy of a love destroyed by jealousy. 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. 30. The Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $14.25-$71.25. 202/547-1122.

Passion Play, a Cycle

• In this cycle of three plays, three historic tellings of the Passion play are the backdrop for up-and-coming playwright Sarah Ruhl’s bold examination of truth, love, loyalty and belief through the ages. 7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Through Oct. 16. Arena Stage, Kreeger Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $46-$60. 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.

T Bone ‘n’ Weasel

• On the back roads of South Carolina, two ex-convicts hope to bring themselves up to at least the poverty level in a series of adventures that explore loyalty and friendship. 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 16. Rep Stage at Howard County Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md.$12-$24. 410/772-4900.

Urinetown

• A water shortage has crippled the sewer system of a Gotham-like town, and the government outlaws the use of private toilets, forcing residents to use public, pay-per-use amenities in this dark comedy. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 9. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $31-$55. 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.

Velvet Elvis

• Blair Mansion Mysteries performance. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7-8. Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. $52.95. 301/588-6646.

Dance Place

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

• ODC / San Francisco. 8 p.m. Oct. 8; 7 p.m. Oct. 9. $7-$20.

Kennedy Center

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

• National Ballet of China. 8 p.m. Oct. 7; 2:30 and 8 p.m. Oct. 8. $21-$50.

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.

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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