Based on the Leo Tolstoy novel, this is a story of passion, scandal and betrayal that all begins with a glance across a crowded train station. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Sept. 21. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $15-$35. 301/924-3400.
The Master and Margarita
It is springtime in Moscow, and the devil has come to stage his annual ball and wreak havoc on a city that believes in neither heaven nor hell. 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Through Saturday . Rorschach Theatre at Calvary Methodist Church, 1459 Columbia Road NW. $12-$15. 703/715-6707.
The Mineola Twins
A look at views on feminism, Vietnam, sexuality, family values and politics through the eyes of polar opposite twin girls. Presented by the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 5. Theatre J, 1529 16th St. NW. $24-$39. 800/494-8497.
The Page-To-Stage New Play Festival
More than 30 Washington Area theatre companies will present free readings, open rehearsals, and discussions about upcoming plays and musicals. 3-10 p.m. Aug. 31; 1-11 p.m. Sept. 1. Part of the 2nd annual Prelude Festival at the Kennedy Center, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Free. 202/467-4600.
Nijinsky’s Last Dance
A one man play starring Jeremy Davidson that tells the story of the ill-fated dancer through a series of flashbacks. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Aug. 27- Sept. 14. Presented by the Signature Theatre Company at the Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. $25-$30. 202/467-4600.
Employing Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” as a guide, “Painted Alice” follows a painter’s struggle to find inspiration for a commissioned work. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Sept. 7. Presented by Theater Alliance at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $20-$25. 800/494-8497.
The Power of the Dog
Stalin is seeking immortality through portraiture, a woman is fleeing execution, and a soldier has theories of holistic filmmaking, all set in October 1944. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Sept. 7. Presented by Longacre Lea Productions at the Callan Theatre, Catholic University Drama Complex, 3801 Harewood Road NE. $10-$15. 202/332-3300.
Puppetry of the Penis
The Washington-area debut. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Through Saturday . Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. $38.50-$42.50. 202/432-SEAT.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 1774 romantic comedy that takes a deeper look into the lengths a person will go to capture true love. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 19. The Shakespeare Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. $16-$66. 202/547-1122.
The Rocky Horror Show
The cult rock classic musical that encourages audience participation. 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Through Saturday. Presented by the Landless Theatre Company at DCAC, 2438 18th St. NW. $15-$20. 202/462-7833.
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. $32. 202/467-4600.
Thoroughly Modern Millie
The Tony-winning musical that takes audiences back to the jazz age of New York City through the footsteps of Millie Dillmount, a Kansas girl, who tries to turn the city upside down with the latest trends in fashion, politics and love. 2 and 8 p.m. Aug. 30-31. Wolf Trap Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $18-$30. Information, 703/938-2404. Tickets, 703/218-6500.
Fresh off of Broadway, this original work examines race, family and the weight of America’s collective history . 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Sept. 3-Oct. 12. The Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. $25-$45. 202/332-3300
A remake of the 1932 Broadway show in which a big-time theater producer tries to lure film star Lilly Garland back to his room aboard a luxury train bound for New York. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through tonight . Signature Theatre. 3806 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $20-$32. 703/218-6500.
Worm girl is not just a worm, she is also a girl. Follow her as she drags along her three friends to the Pakistan Winter Olympics, a day at the beach and her first prom. 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Aug. 29-Oct. 18. Presented by Cherry Red Productions at the Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. $15. 202/298-9077.
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202/432-SEAT.
The Capitol Steps, musical and political satire troupe. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday. $31.50.
The Stage Door Restaurant and Bar
1324 King St., Alexandria. 703/798-1064.
Under the Beltway Improvisational Comedy. 8:30-10 p.m. Friday, Saturday. $7.
A free-spirited stranger helps an uptight town learn to relax its strict codes. 8:15 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sunday; 7:15 p.m. Sunday. Buffet served two hours before curtain. Through Aug. 31. Toby’s Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia, Md. $22.50-$41. 410/730-8311.
One Life to Lose
Blair Mansion Mysteries. 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; some Thursday and Sunday shows. Continues indefinitely. Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. $39.95. 301/588-6646.
Murder Mystery Players
Diamond Bessie’s Revenge. Aug. 30 at Dave & Buster’s, 11301 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $32.95. 301/230-5151.
The Carpenter House Capers. 8 p.m. Aug. 30. Dave & Buster’s, White Flint Mall, 11301 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $32.95. 301/230-5151.
Murder Upon Request
The interactive comedy-mystery group performs different plays at two locations: “A Deadly Private Party” at Alfio’s Restaurant, 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.
3225 Eighth St. NE. 202/269-1600.
El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea de El Salvador. 8 p.m. Aug. 28. $6-18.
Cramton Auditorium, 2400 6th St. NW. 202/518-1213.
Kankouran presents “Bantaba.” 8 p.m. Aug. 30. $12-$20.
Adelphi Mill Recreation Center
8402 Riggs Road, Adelphi. 301/699-1477.
Square Roots square-dance teaching club presents a series of dancing lessons. 8 p.m. Monday. $32.
15 Mellor Ave., Catonsville, Md. 410/869-9771.
Swing dancing second and fourth Saturday. Beginners’ workshop 8 p.m.-9 p.m., dancing 9 p.m.-midnight. $10.
Swing dancing 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Thursday. $5.
954 N. Monroe St., Arlington. 703/528-9770.
Beginning-advanced ballroom, Latin and swing classes. Monday-Thursday, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Four weeks. $49.
Ballroom, Latin, swing combo dances. 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday. $9-$10; admission includes lesson.
Contemporary ballroom dances and practice parties 9 p.m.-midnight Saturday. $9-$10.
Social ballroom dancing. One hour lesson, 6:30 p.m. $2. 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. dance. Sunday. $9.
Dance Studio Lioudmila
18 Roth St., Alexandria. 703/751-8868.
Tea dance. 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday. $7.
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.
Glen Echo Park
Bumper Car Pavilion, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301/492-6282.
Folk dance. 7:30-8:30 p.m. beginners’ lesson, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Aug. 29. $7. 202/546-2228.
Swing dance. 8-9 p.m. beginners’ workshop, 9 p.m.-midnight dance. Aug. 30. $12. 301/299-8729.
Waltz dance. 3-3:30 p.m. beginners’ lesson, 3:30-6 p.m. Aug. 31. $7. 703/978-0375.
Folk dance. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Aug. 31. $9. 202/546-2228.
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 (Sept.-June). John C. Wood Center, 3730 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. Bogwanderers Ceili Band. $6-$12. 703/521-4340.
Greater Washington Ceili Club: Ceili 5 p.m.-9 p.m. last Sunday of month (Sept.-June). Cherry Hill Park Conference Center, 9800 Cherry Hill Road (north of I-495), College Park. $12 adults, $8 seniors and students, $5 ages 11-15, $30 family maximum. Band members vary. 301/294-3568.
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. 703/982-0937.
Israeli dancing with Ethan Halpern. 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday. $4-$6.
National Institutes of Health
Fitness Center, 10 Center Drive, Bethesda. 301/942-2831.
Scottish country dances. Instruction for beginners and social dancing at 8 p.m. every Monday. $3.
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.