- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 25, 2006

THEATER

Autobahn

• Neil LaBute’s world premiere series of short plays, all set in the front seat of a car. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 5. Studio Theatre Secondstage, 14th and P streets Northwest. $25. 202/332-3300.

Awake and Sing!

• The Clifford Odets tale of a family in Depression-era America that celebrates the belief that a better life is always within reach. 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 March. 5. Arena Stage, Kreeger Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $41-$60. 202/488-3300.

Betty Rules

• The story of an up-and-coming, all-girl three-piece punk-rock trio from Fairfax. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Jan. 29. Theatre J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $10-$40. 800/494-8497.

Brave New World: Identity. Community. Stand-up comedy.

• John, a popular high school senior, finds himself stepsiblings with Lexie, an honor student who couldn’t be more his opposite — from their upbringing and skin color to musical interests and friends. 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Jan. 27-28. Kennedy Center Family Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. $15. 202/467-4600.

Damn Yankees

• A lifelong Washington Senators fan gets the opportunity to play with the team and become the greatest ballplayer who ever lived — but he must make a deal with the devil, and his attempt to outfox the devil evolves into a spirited battle between good and evil. 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 Feb. 5. Arena Stage, Fichandler Theatre, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $49-$68. 202/488-3300.

Death of a Salesman

• Willy Loman sees that his zealous quest for the American Dream actually blinded him to the richness of his life in Arthur Miller’s masterpiece. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 18. The Keegan Theatre at Church Street Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. $20-$25. 703/527-6000.

Don Juan

• Moliere’s comedy follows the 17th-century lover Don Juan and his assistant Sganarelle through Louis XIV’s France. 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 March 19. The Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $14.25-$71.25. 202/547-1122.

An Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Boeuf

• The best restaurant in Paris has a loyal patron in Victor, but when his heart is broken he sits down at his favorite table with a new goal, to starve himself to death. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 5. The Washington Stage Guild at Arena Stage, 1901 14th St. NW. $25-$35. 240/582-0050.

An Experiment with an Air Pump

• A dark comedy about the past and future of science and society and the moral dilemmas that can accompany scientific progress. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through Jan. 28. Journeyman Theater Ensemble at the Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $15-$20. 202/248-2295.

Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards

• Threatened with death by a jealous lord, two pairs of young lovers embark on an adventure through a world of dueling samurai, courtly intrigue and spiritual redemption. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Through Feb. 19. Rorschach Theatre at Calvary Methodist Church, 1459 Columbia Road NW. $12-$18. 800/494-TIXS.

Fat Pig

• Neil LaBute’s comedy asks: In a culture obsessed with beauty, can love ever be blind? 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 26. Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets Northwest. $32-$46. 202/332-3300.

Gas Heart

• Tristan Tzara’s theatrical ‘language-ballet’ where individual parts of a face converse as separate characters. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 5. Forum Theatre, Warehouse Theatre, 1021 7th St. NW. $11.50-$16.50. 202/783-3933.

The LaBute Readings: Seconds of Pleasure

• Neil LaBute conducts a reading of several of his new works. 5:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Through Jan. 29. Studio Theatre Secondstage, 14th and P streets Northwest. $5. 202/332-3300.

Lift: Icarus and Me

• A musical tale inspired by the myth of the high-flying Icarus and his inventor-father, Daedalus, set on the dunes of East Texas to the music of ragtime, rodeos and Texas Swing. 8 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 5. George Mason University Center for the Arts, Main campus, Braddock and Chain Bridge roads, Fairfax. $25-$35. 888/945-2468.

Measure for Measure

• Can the personal values of leaders regulate the conduct of citizens? A modern-day satire on the complexity of legislating morality. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 26. Folger Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. $25-$49. 202/554-7077.

Midwives

• A seasoned midwife takes desperate measures to save a baby’s life after she thinks the mother has died during childbirth — but what if the mother wasn’t really dead? 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Feb. 1-26. Round House Theatre, East-West Highway and Waverly Street, Bethesda. $25-$50. 240/644-1100.

Monkeyboy

• Veronica has been cursed with a lifetime association with a cockatoo stricken with Tourette’s syndrome — until a stranger helps rid her of the aviary affliction. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Through Jan. 29. Charter Theater Company at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $20-$25. 202/333-7009.

Nevermore

• A dark journey into the life of Edgar Allan Poe. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 26. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $31-$55. 703/218-6500.

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 Northwest. $34. 202/467-4600.

Spoon River Anthology

• A musical adaption of the poems by Edgar Lee Masters. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through Jan. 28. American Century Theater at Theater II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $23-$29. 703/553-8782.

The Subject Was Roses

• After serving in World War II, Timmy Cleary returns home to find his parents are strangers — to him and each other. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Through Jan. 29. The Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. $25-78. 202/467-4600.

Trying

• During the final year of his life, a weak and frail Judge Francis Biddle, the former U.S. attorney general, struggles to complete his memoirs and assess his legacy. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Through Feb. 19. Ford’s Theatre, 511 Tenth Street, NW. $25-$52. 202/347-4833.

Tuesdays with Morrie

• The autobiographical story of a career-obsessed journalist and his former college professor, Morrie Schwartz. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Jan. 29. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets Northwest. $25-$48.50. 202/783-4000.

Two Queens, One Castle

• A gospel musical that explores life’s complexities — a catapulting career, motherhood, marriage, extended family and more. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through March 5. Metro Stage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $35-$40. 800/494-8497.

Velvet Sky

• Bethany hasn’t slept in 13 years in an effort to protect her son Andrew, but when her husband whisks Andrew away in the middle of the night, it sets in motion a twisted journey with wild comedic detours and hallucinations. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Jan. 30-March 5. The Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St., NW. $30-$48. 202/393-3939.

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 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.

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

DINNER THEATER

Mame

• In the height of the 1920s, a flapper, Mame, bucks her age and station to live her life as she pleases. Through Feb. 19. 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

• Blair Mansion Mysteries performance. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28. 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. Jan. 27. Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. $52.95. 301/588-6646.

DANCE

Dance Place

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

• Devi Dance Theater. 8 p.m. Jan. 28; 4 p.m. Jan. 29. $7-$20.

Kennedy Center

Opera House, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

• Proteges: The International Ballet Academy Festival. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26-28; 1:30 p.m. Jan. 29. $19-$60.

• American Ballet Theatre: mixed repertory program. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 2. $29-$99.

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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