- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 3, 2006

THEATER

Bal Masque

• Three couples are placed on an emotional fault line in the wee hours at Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball at the Plaza Hotel in 1966. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through May 21. Theatre J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $15-$40. 800/494-8497.

Becoming George

• Feminist writer George Sand comes out of retirement to confront a repressive government, a war and her new protege — Sarah Bernhardt. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through May 28. Metro Stage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $35-$40. 703/548-9044.

Bold Girls

• Four women in Belfast deal with absent men, a large amount of money and an excess of violence. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through May 13. The Keegan Theatre at Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $20-$25. 703/527-6000.

A Bright Room Called Day

• Tony Kushner’s first published play follows a group of artists and activists who watch their country descend into the Third Reich. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Through May 21. Rorschach Theatre at Calvary Methodist Church, 1459 Columbia Road NW. $12-$18. 202/452-5538.

The Canterbury Tales

• Chaucer’s tale of the Canterbury pilgrims and their storytelling competition. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through May 6. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. $25-$78. 202/467-4600.

Frozen

• The story of three people whose lives are connected by the disappearance of a 10-year-old girl. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through May 7. Studio Theatre Secondstage, 1501 14th St. NW. $25. 202/332-3300.

The Game of Love and Chance

• A betrothed couple meeting for the first time switch places with their servants in order to learn each other’s true character. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through May 14. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $25-$49. 202/554-7077.

The Gigli Concert

• A disheveled Englishman in Dublin, practicing the healing art of Dynamatology, is caught between the demands of two unattainable women. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through May 7. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. $30-$48. 202/393-3939.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

• A musical portrait of Billie Holiday’s rise to becoming one of the country’s most renowned entertainers. 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 June 4. Arena Stage, Kreeger Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $49-$68. 202/488-3300.

Manicures & Monuments

• A play chronicling the story of Janann, a volunteer in an Oklahoma nursing home and a retired Army nurse who attempts to keep both patients and nurses in line. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through May 6. Journeymen Theater at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $15-$20. 202/399-7993.

The Persians

• Aeschylus’ cautionary tale questions the dangers of unbridled pride and overreaching power. 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 May 21. The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $41-$58. 202/547-1122.

The Play’s the Thing

• A team of playwrights have to rescue their favorite actress, or they’ll have a heartbroken composer who can’t compose. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through May 21. The Washington Stage Guild, 1901 14th St. NW. $30-$35. 240/582-0050.

On the Verge, or the Geography of Yearning

• Three sisters set off on an exploratory trek to Terra Incognita only to find several inexplicable artifacts — a Hula-Hoop, cream cheese and a news clipping about President Nixon. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. May 5- June 11. Arena Stage, Fichandler Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $47-$61. 202/488-3300.

Richard II

• Shakespeare’s tale of the unfortunate king and the struggle with his power-hungry cousin Bolingbroke. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through May 14. The Washington Shakespeare Company at Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $10-$30. 703/418-4808.

The Sex Habits of American Women

• A male psychotherapist in the 1950s is researching a book on female sexuality while his wife of 47 years and his unmarried daughter are conducting their own research into the subject. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through May 7. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $28-$45. 800/955-5566.

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.

Shenandoah

• Set during the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley, this musical chronicles a farmer’s struggle to keep his family safe and out of the battle. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through May 21. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. $25-$52. 202/397-SEAT.

Silent Partners

• A look into the relationship between German playwright Bertolt Brecht and his translator, Eric Bentley. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through May 21. Scena Theatre at the Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $25-$30. 703/684-7990.

To Kill a Mockingbird

• The play based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book about a young girl coming to terms with racism and intolerance. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through May 14. Firebelly Productions at Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $5-$15. 703/908-8520.

Two Rooms

• A cell in Beirut. A living room in America. Love and life are brought together in a marriage despite a world torn apart by war. 8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday. Through May 28. Presented by Theater Alliance at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $25. 202/396-0050.

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.

George Mason University Patriot Center

4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 202/397-SEAT.

• Disney Live!, “Mickey’s Magic Show.” Times vary. May 4-7. $19.50-$40.50.

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

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.

The So-So-Sopranos

• Blair Mansion Mysteries performance. 7:30 p.m. May 5-6. Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. $52.95. 301/588-6646.

Thoroughly Modern Millie

• The Tony-winning musical based on the Oscar-winning film about a young Manhattan girl looking to get married. Through June 18. 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.

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.

Irish ceili and set dancing

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann: Ceili. 8 p.m. second Saturday (September-June). John C. Wood Center, 3730 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax.

Cherry Hill Park Conference Center, 9800 Cherry Hill Road (north of Interstate 495), College Park. $12 adults, $8 seniors and students, $5 ages 11-15, $30 family maximum. Band members vary. 301/294-3568. • Bogwanderers Ceili Band. $6-$12. 703/521-4340.

• Greater Washington Ceili Club: Ceili. 5-9 p.m. last Sunday of month (September-June).

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.

DANCE

Dance Place

3225 Eighth St. NE. 202/269-1600.

• Laura Schandelmeier & Stephen Clapp. 8 p.m. May 6; 7 p.m. May 7. $7-$20.

George Mason University Center for the Arts

Harris Theater, main campus, Braddock and Chain Bridge roads, Fairfax. 202/433-4011.

• The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, “Sacred Space/Margam — The Path.” 8 p.m. May 5. $21-$42.

Joy of Motion Dance Center

Jack Guidone Theater, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202/276-2599.

• Arts United of Washington, “The Scenic Route.” 8 p.m. May 6, 13; 7 p.m. May 7, 14. $15-$22.

Kennedy Center

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

• The Washington Ballet, “The Bach/Beatles Project.” 8 p.m. May 10-12; 2:30 and 8 p.m. May 13; 1 and 5 p.m. May 14. $19-$105.

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