- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 1, 2007

THEATER

Ambition Facing West

• Children flock to the West to pursue dreams of opportunity as parents struggle to hold the family together. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 11. Theater Alliance at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $30. 866/811-4111.

As You Like It

• Rosalind stumbles into the possibilities of love in the Forest of Arden. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday; 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 25. Folger Elizabethan Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $34-$55. 202/544-7077

Broadway Bound

• Part three of Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy finds Eugene and Stanley trying to break into professional comedy writing. 8 p.m. Nov. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and Dec. 1; 2 p.m. Nov. 11 and Dec. 2. Nov. 2-Dec. 2. Silver Spring Stage, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. 301/593-6036, http://www.ssstage.org

Caligula

• Camus’ exploration of tyranny in the person of the Roman Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, commonly known as Caligula. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through Nov. 11. Washington Shakespeare Company at the Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $25-$50. 703/418-4807, 800/494-8497.

The Carpetbagger’s Children

• Horton Foote’s tale of the decline of a family that built its fortune in Texas in the wake of the Civil War. 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 17. Through Nov. 18. Quotidian Theatre Company at the Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. $15-$20. 301/654-8665.

Current Nobody

• A mother pursues her journalism career in a war zone, leaving dad at home to struggle with fidelity and child rearing in Melissa James Gibson’s take on Homer’s “Odyssey.” 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 25. Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. $35-$57. 202/393-3939

Dark Rapture

• A charred corpse found in the ashes of a Hollywood Hills fire and a missing $6 million fuel an investigation laced with sex, death, money and mystery. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday except Nov. 22; 2 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Nov. 25. Nov. 8-Dec. 2. Spooky Action Theater at Montgomery College’s Black Box Theatre, 7600 Takoma Ave., Takoma Park. $5-$10. 202/248-0647.

The Divorce

• In this dramatic comedy an L.A. news anchor finds the spirit of forgiveness by hosting her own divorce party. 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Nov. 9-11. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $40.50-52.50. 202/328-6000, 202/397-SEAT or ticketmaster.com

Edward II

Marlowe’s portrait of a flawed monarch opens the new Harman Hall. In repertory with “Tamburlaine.” 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through Jan. 6. Shakespeare Theatre Company at Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. $23.50-$79.50. 202/547-1122

The Fall of the House of Usher

• Edgar Allan Poe’s thriller takes a trip through the sullen route of the human psyche. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 4. Synetic Theatre at the Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 North Kent St., Arlington. $15-$35. 703/824-8060.

Feed Me

• Two scientists and a soldier discover a starving tiger, which may hold the key to saving the world in the midst of plague and war. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 3. Through Nov. 11. Yurt Yurt Productions at the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. $15-$20. 800/838-3006.

Flowers for Algernon

• A retarded man has surgery to boost his intelligence, but hasn’t counted on the side effects. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 18. Landless Theatre Company at Flashpoint Mead Theatre, 916 G St. NW. $15-$18. 301/515-4494 or landlesstheatrecompany.org.

Happy Days

• A woman keeps her spirits up amid bleak surroundings in Samuel Beckett’s two-person play. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23-25 and 27-29; 1:30 p.m. Nov. 24. Nov. 23-29. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. $65. 202/467-4600.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

• The long-running off-Broadway revue, a Seinfeldian musical about relationship madness, opens the revitalized Bethesda movie house. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through Feb. 17. Bethesda Theatre, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. $40-$75. 301/657-7827.

Kit Marlowe

• The rise and fall of Christopher Marlowe — playwright, poet, spy and sexual outlaw — in the seedy underworld of Elizabethan England. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday except Nov. 22. Through Dec. 2. Rorschach Theatre, 1459 Columbia Road NW. $12-20. 202/452-5538.

Late Nite Catechism

• One-woman comedic show that takes audience members back to Latin Mass, meatless Fridays and rulers across knuckles. Call for times. Through Nov. 11. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $25-$46. 301/924-3400.

Made in China

• Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe’s latest, featuring a gallery of rogues direct from Dublin. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 4. Solas Nua at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $20. 800/494-TIXS.

My Children! My Africa!

• Athol Fugard’s tale of friendship between two teenagers, one black and one white, in apartheid-torn South Africa. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 4. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $39-$55. 202/232-7267.

Now What?

• Josh Lefkowitz of last season’s “Help Wanted” tries to figure out what comes next in this one-man show. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday except Nov. 22, 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 25. Melton Rehearsal Hall, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. $15-$18. 202/393-3939

Nothing Sacred

• A nihilist who wants to “tear down the world” comes to stay with his best friend’s traditionalist family in George F. Walker’s adaptation of Turgenev’s “Fathers and Sons.” 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 4. Firebelly Productions at Theater on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $5-$15. 703/409-2372.

Redshirts

• A college football star is accused of plagiarism in a play that intertwines race and academics. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through Nov. 11. Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $40-$45. 202/644-1100.

Representa!

• Chicano-Cubano performer Paul Flores and Cuban rapper Julio Cardenas stir it up with bilingual theater for the hip-hop generation. 8 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3. GALA Hispanic Theatre at the Tivoli, 3333 14th St. NW. 202/234-7174. $18-$20.50.

A Shayna Maidel

• A family’s strength and power endures through separation and tragic incidents of the Holocaust. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through Nov. 4. Rep Stage, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $12-$25. 410/772-4900

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.

Shining City

• A widower is haunted by his dead wife’s ghost in Conor McPherson’s drama. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. No show Nov. 22. Nov. 7-Dec. 16. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $39-$57. 202/232-7267.

Speed-the-Plow

• David Mamet skewers Hollywood and all its works and pomps. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday; 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 25. Theater J at the DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $15-$45. 800/494-8497.

The Studio

• Dancer and choreographer Christopher d’Amboise wrote, directed, and choreographed this play with dance, which explores the world of the rehearsal hall. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Nov. 6-Dec. 2. Signature Theatre, 2800 S. Stafford St., Arlington. $33-$57. 703-820-9771.

Tamburlaine

• Marlowe’s first play chronicles the Central Asian emperor’s rise. In repertory with “Edward II.” Call for times. Through Jan. 6. Shakespeare Theatre Company at Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. $23.50-$55.50. 202/547-1122.

The Taming of the Shrew

• Shakespeare explores the institution of marriage, separation between men and women, and the complicated road to love. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 18. Shakespeare Theatre Company at Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. $23.50-$79.50. 202/547-1122.

Tick Tick Boom

• Jonathan Larson’s pop rock musical looks in on a young composer who tries to stave off real life until he writes the great American musical. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday; 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 25. MetroStage, 1201 North Royal St., Alexandria. $35-$40. 800/494-8497.

The Trial

• Kafka’s tale of Joseph K., arrested and tried without being told why. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Nov. 3. Through Nov. 3. Catalyst Theater Company at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $10. 800/494-TIXS.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

• Six young spelling bee contestants learn that winning isn’t everything in this Tony-winning musical comedy. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 4. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $41.50-$151.50. 202/628-6161, 800/447-7400.

The Women of Brewster Place

• The world premiere musical adaptation of Gloria Naylor’s prize-winning novel by Tim Acito looks at the dreams and realities of 10 black women in a decaying housing project. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through Dec. 19. Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. $47-$74. 202/488-3300.

The Word Begins

• Spoken word artists Steve Connell and Sekou take on controversial issues and race relations. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through Dec. 2. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $41-$63. 703/820-9771.

DINNER THEATER

Blair Mansion Mysteries

Blair Mansion Inn, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. Performances every Friday and Saturday. Doors open 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $44.50. 301/588-6646.

• “Murderous Matrimony.” First and second Friday and Saturday of November only.

• “The Night that Disco Died.” Nov. 16-30, Dec. 1-29

Toby’s Dinner Theatre

5900 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia, Md. 8:15 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 12:30 and 7:15 p.m. Sunday. $28.50-$47. 301/596-6161.

• “Titanic, the Musical.” The Tony-winning show that first opened on Broadway in 1997. Through Nov. 11.

Lazy Susan Dinner Theater

10712 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Doors open 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 703/550-7384.

• “South Pacific.” A unique blend of wartime romance and humor. Through Dec. 31.

Mystery Dinner Playhouse

Doubletree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, Crystal City. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 888/471-4802.

• “Murder Rides Again.” A Wild West murder mystery. Nov. 2-May 3.

FESTIVALS

Annual Jewish Community Center Book Festival

Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 1; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 2; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 4-8; 9 a.m-4 p.m. Nov. 9; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 11. Nov. 1-11. Lectures $8-$35. 301/348-3805 or jccgwbookfestival.org.

• Twenty-nine top authors, including many local writers — among them Thomas Friedman, Ann Amernick, David Vise and Michael Richman — will lecture and talk about their work in this nine-day program.

European Union Film Showcase

AFI Silver Theatre. 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. 301/495-6720, 301/495-6700, http://www.afi.com/silver/

• Thirty-two films from 25 EU member states include U.S. premieres, film festival award winners and box-office hits. For times and tickets, see the Web site. Nov. 1-20. $7.50-$9.75.

Festival of Hispanic Theater

Gunston Arts Center, Theater Two, 2700 S. Lang Street, Arlington. Through Nov. 17. In Spanish with live English dubbing at most performances. Individual events $25-$30, three-ticket pass $65-$80. 703/548-3092 or teatrodelaluna.org.

• Tenth international festival. More than five weeks of dance, mime and drama with two or three performances each week by troupes from Argentina, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Marlowe Mini-Festival

The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s celebration of the genius and influence of Christopher Marlowe, 16th-century English poet, dramatist and reputed spy for the queen. Through January. All events unless noted at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202/547-1122.

• Theater: “Edward II” and “Tamburlaine” at Harman Hall through Jan. 6, “Kit Marlowe” at the Rorschach Theatre, 1459 Columbia Road NW, through Dec. 2.

• Library display: Items about Marlowe and the worlds of the plays. Martin Luther King Jr. Library. November-January. 901 G St. NW. 202/727-0321.

• Marlowe Symposium: Discussion series, workshop with poet Susan Kinsolving, discussion with International Spy Museum Director Peter Earnest and author Stephen Budiansky. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 10. $5-$15. Information, reservations at shakespearetheatre.org.

• Dance: The Silk Road Dance Company in a program on an area of the world that has long been a mystery to the West. At the Forum, Harman Hall. Noon Nov. 14. Free.

• Discussion: Folger President Gail Kern Paster on King Edward II and Marlowe’s dramatic life history. At the Forum, Harman Hall. Noon Dec. 5. Free. Box lunch $10 through 202/547-1122, option 3.

• Reading: Staged reading of “The Jew of Malta.” Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Free but reservations required through shakespearetheatre.org.

• Song: Tenor Zachary Stains in selections from Handel’s opera “Tamerlano.” Harman Hall. Noon Dec. 19. Free. Box lunch $10 through 202/547-1122, option 3.

• Film: Derek Jarman’s 1991 “Edward II,” based on the Marlowe play. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 2:30 p.m. Jan. 4, 4:30 p.m. Jan. 6. Free. No reservations required. Seating first-come, first-served.

• Opera: The Washington National Opera in selections from “Faustus” and Shakespeare Theatre Company actors reading from Marlowe’s text. Harman Hall. Noon Jan. 9. Free. Box lunch $10 through 202/547-1122, option 3.

Multicultural Children’s Book Festival

Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

• Twelfth annual festival. Readings, workshops, performances in the Atrium, Galleries, Theater Lab and on the Millennium Stage. More than 400 titles available for purchase. Featuring Tanya Bolden, Veronica Chambers, Dominique Dawes, more. Noon-6 p.m. Nov. 3. Free.

South Asian Literary Theater Arts Festival

Sackler-Freer Galleries, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW. http://www.saltaf.org

• Authors and artists Madhur Jaffrey, Amitava Kumar, Rishi Reddi, Thrity Umrigar and Vic Sarin explore the creative process. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Nov. 3. Free.

Maryland Irish Festival

Cow Palace, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 22 York Road, Timonium. http://www.irishfestival.com

• Thirty-first annual festival. Dancing, music, food, cultural happenings, family activities, step dancing lessons. Entertainment by James Gallagher and Off the Boat, Seven Nations, Barley Juice, Eileen Ivers. Benefits Maryland Irish Charities. 6-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; 10:30 a.m. (Mass) -7 p.m. Sunday. Nov. 9-11. $5-$10. Free parking.

DANCE

Atlas Performing Arts Center

Lang Theater, 1333 H St. NE. 202/399-7993.

• Philadanco: The Philadelphia Dance Company. 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 3. $10-$25.

• Three Dancers: “The Essence of Dance.” Nejla Yatkin, Tehreema Mitha, Gesel Mason. 8 p.m. Nov. 12. $15, $25.

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

University Boulevard and Stadium Drive, University of Maryland, College Park. 301/405-ARTS

• The National Folklore Dance Troupe of Egypt and the Um Kolthoum Orchestra: A Grand Night of Egyptian Folklore Dance and Arabic Music. Dekelboum Concert Hall. 5 p.m. Nov. 4. $30-$55.

• Marissa Guerrero: “No Real Place.” 8 p.m. Nov. 8, 9. $7-$20.

Dance Place

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

• Philadanco. 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 3. $10-$25.

George Mason University Center for the Arts

4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 888/945-2468, http://www.gmu.edu/cfa/

• GMU Dance Company Fall Concert. 8 p.m. Nov. 8, 9, 10; 2 p.m. Nov. 9. Harris Theater. $10-$15.

George Washington University Lisner Auditorium

730 21st St. NW. 202/994-6800, 301/808-6900, ticketmaster.com

• Shaolin Warriors. Movement, Kung Fu style. 8 p.m. Nov. 9, 2 p.m. Nov. 10. $25-$60.

Kennedy Center

2700 F St. NW. 202/467-4600, http://kennedy-center.org

• Baila! Ballet Hispanico’s crash course in Latin dance and dance party. Millennium Stage. Lesson 5:30 p.m., performance 6 p.m. Nov. 4. Free.

• “Palladium Nights”: Ballet Hispanico and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra with Arturo O’Farrill. Concert Hall. 8 p.m. Nov. 5. $15-$45.

Warner Theatre

513 13th St. NW. 202/783-4000, 202/397-SEAT

• The Washington Ballet: “Where the Wild Things Are.” 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Nov. 2-4. $30-$85.

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