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THEATER

Brooklyn Boy

n A successful author returns to his hometown when his father's health fails. 1:45 and 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday; 7:45 p.m. Thursday-Friday. Through Aug. 12. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $25-$46. 301/924-3400.

Democracy

n Michael Frayn's intellectual drama of mid-century West German politics and the spy scandal that engulfed Chancellor Willy Brandt's government. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Aug. 12. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $35. 301/924-3400.

The Devil in His Own Words

n Seeking the essence of the Devil through the ages. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday; pay-what-you-can preview 8 p.m. Aug. 9. Aug. 10-19. Taffety Punk Theatre Company at Flashpoint Mead Theatre Lab, 916 G Street NW. $10. 202/261-6612.

Fiona and Friends at the Carwash

n Part of the Heartfriends Musical series. 7 p.m. Friday, 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Venus Theatre Company, 21 C St., Laurel. $12-$15. Through Aug. 26. 301/470-2406.

Hellzapoppin'

n A revival of Olsen and Johnson's zany 1936 musical revue. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2:30 Saturday-Sunday. American Century Theater, Gunston Theater II, 2700 South Lang St., Arlington. $23-$38. Through Aug. 18. 703/553-8782.

The Hothouse

n Harold Pinter's dark comedy takes place in a mental institution on Christmas Eve. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Aug. 15-Sept. 9. Longacre Lea Productions, Catholic University, 3801 Harewood Road NE. $12-$18. 202/460-2188.

The Phantom of the Opera

n Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical about a mysterious man who lives under the Paris Opera House and his obsession with a chorus girl named Christine Daae. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through Aug. 12. Kennedy Center Opera House, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. $36-$94. 202/467-4600.

Private Lives

n Obsessive love and passion plague two couples on twin honeymoons in the Washington Shakespeare Company's production of the Noel Coward classic. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Aug. 9-Sept. 9. Playbill Backroom, 1409 14th Street NW. $35. 202/265-3055.

Reefer Madness: The Musical

n The classic parody of the 1936 anti-marijuana propaganda film of the same name. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Aug. 19. Studio Theatre 2ndStage. 1501 14th St. NW. $35. 202/332-3300.

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 NW. $34. 202/467-4600.

Shelter

n Two individuals forge an unlikely bond in World War II Germany and explore the principles of loyalty, sacrifice and friendship. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Aug. 5. Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run, Arlington. $10 adults, $5 seniors and students. 703/409-2372.

Songs for a New World

n Two soldiers in Iraq and their families on the home front grapple with life's harsh realities in this Open Circle Theatre production. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. No 7:30 performance Aug. 12. Aug. 9-26. Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $15-$35. 240/683-8934.

365 Days/365 Plays Festival

n Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks' tour de force, a play for each day of the year, presented by different arts organizations in weekly cycles of seven plays each. YAMS Theater will be performing through Aug. 12. 2437 15th St. NW. Free. studiotheatre.org/365.

Three Sistahs

n The blues musical set in the 1960s showcases the lives of three "sistahs" as they revel in their past and present and look forward to their future. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Sept. 9. MetroStage, 1201 North Royal St., Alexandria. $35-$38. 800/494-8497.

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.

The Rock and Roll Hotel

1353 H St. NE. 202/388-7625.

n Absurdist stand-up comedian Eugene Mirman. 8 p.m. Aug. 12. $12.

DINNER THEATER

Little Shop of Horrors

A down-and-out skid-row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving. Through Aug. 19. 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.

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.

Clue

The world's best-known suspects come to life in the board-game-turned-musical. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Through Oct. 14. Lazy Susan Dinner Theater, 10712 Richmond Highway, Lorton. $39.95-$42.95. 703/550-7384.

DANCE

Wolf Trap: Filene Center

1551 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/255-1900.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. 8:30 p.m. Aug. 21. $8-$34.

Dance Place

3225 Eighth St. NE. 202/269-1600

Joy of Motion Dance Center

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

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