- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 20, 2006

THEATER

The Beaux’ Stratagem

n After squandering their fortunes on drinking and gambling, Tom Aimwell and Jack Archer head for the countryside, where they hope to seduce two rich women in this 18th-century classic. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 31. Shakespeare Theatre Company, 450 7th St. NW. $19-$76.25. 202/547-1122.

The Boys From Syracuse

n Richard Rodgers musical farce based on Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors.” 8 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Jan. 14. Centerstage, 700 N. Calvert St., Baltimore. $10-$65. 410/332-0033.

A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas

n Dickens’ classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the three ghosts who haunt him on Christmas Eve. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Through Dec. 30. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. $30-$55. 202/347-4833.

The Christmas Foundling

n A baby boy is orphaned in California’s Sierra on Christmas Eve and two miners agree to raise him. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 30. Journeyman Theatre Company at H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $15-$20. 800/494-TIXS.

Cinderella

n Rodgers and Hammerstein’s version of the tale of a prince, a pumpkin coach, a fairy godmother and a dreamer with a missing shoe. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 31. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $34-$44. 301/924-3400.

Faith Healer

n Brian Friel’s dark tale of Francis Hardy, a faith healer, whose past is revealed through his confession and those of his wife and close friend. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 23. Keegan Theatre at Gunston Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $15-$20. 703/892-0202.

The Light in the Piazza

n The wife of an American businessman and their daughter are traveling the Tuscan countryside, where the daughter falls in love with a handsome Florentine. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday; 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Jan. 7. Kennedy Center Opera House, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. $25-$94. 202/467-4600.

The Long Christmas Ride Home

n Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel uses music, puppetry and storytelling to create a portrait of the painful bonds of family. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 24. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St., NW. $29-$55. 202/332-3300.

Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis

n Josie is dreading her 49th birthday, so a client of hers throws a party with a special musical guest. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 17. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. $22-$52. 202/393-3939.

Movin’ Out

n Five friends live through two turbulent decades in the Billy Joel/Twyla Tharp musical. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 23. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. $41.25-$86.25. 202/628-6161.

Noises Off

n The backstage antics of a third-rate theater troupe touring their third-rate farce. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Dec. 15-Jan. 28. Arena Stage, Kreeger Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $47-$66. 202/488-3300.

A Raisin in the Sun

n A black family in Chicago struggles to maintain its dignity and faith in the Lorraine Hansberry classic. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Jan. 6. African Continuum Theatre Company at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St., NE. $10-$25. 202/529-5763.

Roald Dahl’s ‘Willy Wonka’

n The musical based on Mr. Dahl’s fantastical novel about a young boy and his journey into the candymaker’s factory. 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 23, 26-29, Jan. 7; 1:30, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 30, Jan. 6; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4-5. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. $15-$18. 202/467-4600

The Santaland Diaries

n A one-man comedy featuring Crumpet, a slacker employed as Santa’s helper at Macy’s during the Christmas season. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through Jan. 7. Rep Stage at Howard County Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $28-$55. 410/772-4900.

She Loves Me

n The Broadway classic musical about unlikely Budapest sweethearts and the eccentric colleagues who aid and abet 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 Dec. 31. Arena Stage, Fichandler Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $55-$74. 202/488-3300.

Shear Madness

n 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 Northwest. $34. 202/467-4600.

The Skriker

n Contemporary London is haunted by a shape-shifting gremlin hungry to take possession of a young woman’s baby in Caryl Churchill’s play. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Through Dec. 23. Forum Theatre and Dance at Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St., NW. $13.50-$16.50. 202/489-1701.

TempOdyssey

n A comedy about the epic drudgery of temp work. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 31. Studio Theatre Secondstage, 1501 14th St., NW. $29. 202/332-3300

The War of the Worlds

n A stage adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel, dramatized for radio by Orson Welles in 1938, that tricked 1.2 million people into believing Martians had attacked. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Jan. 14. Scena Theatre at the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St., NW. $25-$32. 703/683-2824.

STAGE

The Capitol Steps

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

n 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

n Teams of comedians battle each other in competitive improvisational 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.

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

DINNER THEATER

Here’s Love: “The Miracle on 34th Street” Musical

• A musical adaptation of the popular holiday favorite. Through Feb. 18. 8:15 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 12:30 and 7:15 p.m. Sunday. $28.50-$47. Toby’s Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia, Md. 301/596-6161.

Mystery in Mo’ Town I

• Blair Mansion Mysteries performance. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22-23. Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. $52.95. 301/588-6646.

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.

• Crosscurrents Dance Company. 8 p.m. Jan. 6, 4 p.m. Jan. 7. $7-$20.

The Kennedy Center

Concert Hall, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

• The Spirit of Kwanzaa. 8 p.m. Dec. 28-29. $15-$30.

Warner Theatre

13th and E streets Northwest. 202/397-SEAT.

• Washington Ballet, “Nutcracker.” Times vary. Through Dec. 23. $29-$85.

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