- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 7, 2008

All That I Will Ever Be

• Playwright Alan Ball explores the relationship of two men living in Los Angeles — one white, one Middle Eastern. Stage 4, Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Feb. 13-March 9. $25-$29. 202/332-3300, www.studiotheatre.org

Argonautika

• Jason and the Argonauts look for the Golden Fleece and find a world of adventure in a restaging by director Mary Zimmerman. Shakespeare Theatre Company at Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Sundays except Feb. 12 and 24; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Through March 2. $23.50-$79.75. 202/547-1122, www.shakespearetheatre.org

The Book Club Play

• A new member disturbs a book club’s settled universe in the world premiere of Karen Zacarias’ comedy. Round House Theatre, 4545 East West Highway, Bethesda. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 3 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Through March 2. $25-$60. 202/644-1100, www.roundhousetheatre.org

The Brothers Size

• The Foundry Theatre’s music-laced production of Tarell McCraney’s tale of two Louisiana brothers and the mysterious man who threatens to drive them apart. Mead Theatre at the Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday; 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 10. $34-$49. 202/332-3300, www.studiotheatre.org

Brownie Points

• Incubator Seriesreading of Janece Shafer’s new play, a look at race relations between young mothers who take their children on a Girl Scout overnight. Theater J, Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 and 12. $15. 202/777-3210, 800/494-8497, washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts

Cookin’ at the Cookery

• Washington premiere of award-winning musical about the blues and jazz singer Alberta Hunter. MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday; 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through March 9. $35-$40. 703/548-9044, www.metrostage.org

The Cripple of Inishmaan

• Martin McDonagh’s comic play set in 1930s Ireland finds young Cripple Billy awaiting the arrival of a Hollywood director who is expected on a neighboring island. Silver Spring Stage, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. March 2 and 16. Feb. 22-March 16. $13-$18. 301/593-6036, www.ssstage.org

Disney’s High School Musical

• A new stage musical based on the Disney Channel movie. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 17. $41.50-$126.50. 202/628-6161, 800/447-7400, www.telecharge.com, www.nationaltheatre.org

Doubt: A Parable

• John Patrick Shanley sets his Pulitzer- and Tony-winning drama in a ‘60s-era Bronx Catholic school, where a nun suspects a popular new priest of improper conduct with a male student. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Feb. 20; 7:30 p.m. Sundays and Feb. 26. Feb. 13-March 9. $25-$48. 301/924-3400, www.olneytheatre.org

Ella

• Plumbing the heart and soul of Ella Fitzgerald in the regional premiere of this new musical, with Tina Fabrique as the First Lady of Song. Arena Stage Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. Call for times. Through Feb. 24. $57-$76. Some performances sold out. 202/488-3300, www.arenastage.org

Fool for Love

• Feuding lovers in a motel room at the edge of the Mojave desert lay bare their relationship in Sam Shepard’s play. Spooky Action Theater at Montgomery College’s Black Box Theatre, corner of Philadelphia Avenue (East-West Highway) and Chicago Avenue, Takoma Park. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Feb. 14-March 9. $10; $5 students at the door. Pay what you can Feb. 14-17. 202/248-0647, www.spookyaction.org

Frida Kahlo, La Pasion/Frida Kahlo, the Passion

• Argentine playwright Ricardo Halac explores the tormented life of the renowned Mexican artist. U.S. premiere. In Spanish with English surtitles. Teatro de la Luna at Theater II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Saturdays. Post-performance discussions Fridays. Feb. 7-March 1. $20-$30. 202/882-6227, 703/548-3092, teatrodelaluna.org

Glory Days

• Four high school friends reunite one year after graduation in this coming-of-age story laced with pop, folk and rock music. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday; 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 17. $45-$69. 703/820-9771, www.signature-theatre.org

Godspell

• The classic off-Broadway and Broadway musical, based on the St. Matthew Gospel. Lang Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Feb. 7-17. $21-$23. 202/399-7993, www.atlasarts.org

Hedda Gabler

• The Ibsen classic. Washington Shakespeare Company at the Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Pay-what-you-can to $30. Feb. 7-March 9. $30. 703/418-4808, www.washingtonshakespeare.org

The Hostage

• The IRA takes an innocent British soldier hostage in Brendan Behan’s play with music, set in a rowdy Dublin brothel. Keegan Theatre at the Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Feb. 21-March 29. $25, $30. 703/892-0202, Ext. 2, www.keegantheatre.com

Low Tide Hotel

• Straight from the 2007 Capital Fringe Festival, this “dada day at the beach” draws its inspiration from vintage maritime luggage labels, literature and song. Happenstance Theater at Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. 7 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays; 3 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Feb. 14-24. $15.

The K of D, an Urban Legend

• World premiere of company member Kimberly Gilbert’s one-woman re-creation of an entire town as she tells the supernatural fable of a young woman given strange powers by her dying twin’s kiss. Melton Rehearsal Hall, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 7 p.m. Sundays. Through Feb. 10. $18. 202/393-3939, www.woollymammoth.net

Long Day’s Journey into Night

• O’Neill”s masterwork follows the Tyrone family on one fateful, heart-rending day in the summer of 1912. Firebelly Productions at Theater on the Run, 3700 South Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Feb. 9-March 2. $5-$15. 703/409-2372, www.firebellyproductions.net

Major Barbara

• A Salvation Army major, Barbara Undershaft, finds her idealism tested in Shaw’s exploration of poverty, faith and justice. Shakespeare Theatre Company, 450 Seventh St. NW. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday except Feb. 26 and March 18; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday except Feb. 24. Feb. 19-March 23. $23.50-$79.75. 202/547-1122, www.shakespearetheatre.org

The Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company

• Two programs of kyogen, a type of spoken drama based on laughter and comedy: Traditional kyogen works Feb. 11; “The Kyogen of Errors,” based on Shakespeare’s play, Feb. 13 and 14. In Japanese with English surtitles. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Part of the Japan! Culture + Hyperculture Festival. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11, 13, 14. $40. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

Mari Natsuki’s The Impressionist ‘08

• Tokyo-born singer/dancer/actor Mari Natsuki in the Washington premiere of her self-produced theater piece. Kennedy Center Family Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Part of the Japan! Culture + Hyperculture Festival. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13. $18. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

Mrs. Warren’s Profession

• G.B. Shaw’s look at what happens when a young, college-educated woman discovers that her mother has made her living as a prostitute. Rep Stage, Black Box Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through Feb. 24. $17-$25. 410/772-4900, www.repstage.org. See the Web site for special events keyed to the performances.

My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy

• Steve Solomon’s one-man off-Broadway show is touted as one part lasagna, one part kreplach and two parts Prozac. Bethesda Theatre, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 5 and 9 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Feb. 21-March 26. $40-$75. 301/657-7827, www.bethesdatheatre.com

A Nite at the Dew Drop Inn

• An evening of blues, piano and singing in a tribute to Dinah Washington, “Queen of the Blues.” Theater Alliance, 1365 H St. NE. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 5 p.m. Sundays. Through Feb. 16. $15-$30. 202/396-0050, www.theateralliance.com

No Child …

• Reacting to the “No Child Left Behind” law in this solo piece, writer/performer Nilaja Sun transforms herself into the teachers, students, parents and janitors at one New York City public school. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays. Through Feb. 17. $24-$57. 202/393-3939, www.woollymammoth.net

Romeo and Juliet

• Shakespeare’s tale of the star-crossed lovers told through movement, music and drama but without words. Synetic Theater at the Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through March 8. $15-$35. 703/824-8060, www.synetictheater.org

Sabina Spielrein

• Swiss actress Gabriella Rossi’s one-woman monodrama about the Russian-Jewish psychiatrist who inspired Freud and Jung only to be murdered by the Nazis. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Switzerland. Theater J, Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 and 19. $20, $25. Reservations at 202/237-8109 or www.jung.org.

Shear Madness

• The long-running whodunit comedy continues indefinitely. Kennedy Center Theater Lab, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 p.m. Friday, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, 3:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday. $34. 202/467-4600.

Shintoku-Maru

• Drama, music and spectacle merge in Yukio Ninagawa’s adaptation of an ancient Japanese noh play, starring celebrated young film actor Tatsuya Fujiwara. In Japanese. Kennedy Center Opera House, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Part of the Japan! Culture + Hyperculture Festival. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7-9; 1:30 p.m. Feb. 9. $15-$55. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

The Skin of Our Teeth

• Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-winning comedy about the end of the world. Rorschach Theatre at The Sanctuary Theatre, Casa del Pueblo Methodist Church, 1459 Columbia Road NW. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. Feb. 14-March 16. $12-$20. 202/452-5538, www.rorschachtheatre.com

Southside

• Staged reading of a theatrical documentary that follows one child’s journey from naive student to convicted killer. DreamCity Theatre Group at The Mead Theatre Lab, Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-24. $10 suggested donation. Tickets: 202/315-1340 or e-mail southside.dreamcity@gmail.com. Information: flashpointdc.org, dreamcitytg.org

Swimming in the Shallows

• Adam Bock’s quirky comedy deploys Buddhist monks, sharks, dream sequences and a wedding. Catalyst Theater Company at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays except Feb. 9. Through March 8. $10. Pay-what-you-can previews Feb. 7 and 8. 202/494-3776, www.catalysttheater.org

Trad

• A one-armed 100-year-old man and his one-legged father hobble across Ireland in a wry search for family and roots. Solas Nua at the Mead Theatre Lab, Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 17. $20. 202/595-1915, 800/494-TIXS, www.solasnua.org

Tu Ternura Molotov/Your Molotov Kisses

• A mysterious package arrives for a professional urban couple as they prepare to have a baby in Gustavo Ott’s commentary on political incorrectness. In Spanish with English surtitles. GALA Hispanic Theater at the Tivoli Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 24. $15-$50. 202/234-7174, www.galatheatre.org

The Tricky Part

• New York actor Martin Moran in his Obie-winning one-man play, a true story of his sexual relationship with a counselor he met at a Catholic boys’ camp. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday; 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 17. $40. 703/820-9771, www.signature-theatre.org

25 Questions for a Jewish Mother

• Judy Gold, worried about becoming her mother, sets out to discover what makes a Jewish mother in this solo comedy turn. Theater J, Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursday, Sundays; 8 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays; noon Wednesdays. Through Feb. 24. $15-$50. 202/777-3210, 800/494-8497, washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts

The Wiz

• Ken Harper’s award-winning musical rework of “The Wizard of Oz,” featuring Ellington students. The Ellington Theatre, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 3500 R St. NW. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7-9 and 13-15; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 9. $15, $20. 202/337-4825, www.ellingtonschool.org

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