- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 18, 2004

THEATER

A Man’s a Man

• Bertolt Brecht’s dark comedy about a naive dockworker and his manipulated conversion into a soldier. 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 March 7. Arena Stage, Fichandler Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $40-$53. 202/488-3300.

Allegro

• The “revised and re-imagined” version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein 1947 musical that tells the life story of a doctor and his struggles to balance the demands of his job with a personal life. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 29. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $28-$42. 703/218-6500.

Babel: How It Was Done in Odessa

• A staged production of Jewish-Russian author Isaac Babel’s most famous works. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 22. Stanislavsky Theater Studio, 1742 Church St. NW. $20-$36. 800/494-8497.

Crowns

• Regina Taylor’s musical adaptation of Craig Mayberry and Michael Cunningham’s book about the legendary “hat queens” of the South. 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 Feb. 22. Arena Stage, Kreeger Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $35-$60. 202/488-3300.

The Crucible

• The classic Arthur Miller tale about one man’s struggle toward grace set during the 17th-century Salem witch trials. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Feb. 19-March 27. The Keegan Theatre at Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $22-$25. 800/494-8497.

La Dama Duende (The Phantom Lady)

• A young widow’s love for a stranger is thwarted at every turn in this cloak-and-dagger play. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. Through March 7. GALA Teatro Hispano at the Warehouse Theatre, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $15-$40. 240/234-7174.

Deathwatch

• An examination of three inmates who struggle for control of their prison cell. 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Feb. 23-March 20. The Actors’ Theatre of Washington and Washington Shakespeare Company at the Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. $20-$30. 202/298-9077.

The Early Miracle

• A twister destroys a small South Carolina community, leaving in its wake a broken-hearted woman whose life is slowly beginning to unravel. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Feb. 25-March 21. The Charter Theatre Company at Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. Pay what you can up to $25. 202/333-7009.

Filler Up!

• Deb Filler, self-proclaimed as the “world’s only Jewish New Zealand comedian,” plays 27 different characters while baking a challah in this comedic play. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through March 7. Metro Stage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $32-$38. 703/548-9044.

Hal Holbrook’s Mark Twain Tonight!

• The 50th anniversary tour of the Tony Award-winning one-man show about the life of Mark Twain. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Feb. 20-22. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. $29.50-$49.50. 202/432-SEAT.

Having Our Say

• The last hundred years of our nation’s history through the eyes of black pioneers 103-year-old Sadie Delany and her sister, 101-year-old Bessie. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through March 21. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $16-$36. 301/924-3400.

Henry IV, Part 1

• William Shakespeare’s intimate look at the relationship between a father and a son that also features Falstaff, one of Shakespeare’s most popular characters. 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 March 13. The Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $16-$66. 202/547-1122.

Looking Over the President’s Shoulder

• The true story of Alonzo Fields, a man who dreamed of becoming an opera star but instead took a job at the White House, where he later became the chief butler. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1 p.m. Thursday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through March 7. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. $29-$45. 202/347-4833.

Melissa Arctic

• Romance and joy are resurrected from grief in this world-premiere play inspired by William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale.” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 29. Folger Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. $30-$48. 202/554-7077.

1984

• An adaptation of George Orwell’s visionary novel. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Through Feb. 28. Catalyst Theatre Company at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $10-$25. 800/494-8497.

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.

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• The comedic story of three neighbors who come together to discuss, flirt, argue and share their dreams. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through March 14. Presented by Theater Alliance at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $20-$25. 202/396-2125.

The Syringa Tree

• A tale of two families — one black, one white — sharing a house in pre- and post-apartheid South Africa. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Through Feb. 29. Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. $33-$45. 202/332-3300.

Vita & Virginia

• The story of the unconventional friendship between feminist writer Virginia Woolf and poet Vita Sackville-West. 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through March 22. Rep Stage at Howard County Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. $10-$22. 410/772-4900.

Wintertime

• A couple’s romantic weekend getaway is interrupted by a series of mismatched characters in this romantic comedy. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 29. Round House Theatre, East-West Highway and Waverly Street, Bethesda. $10-$39. 240/644-1100.

STAGE

Ballston Common Mall

Old Vic Arena, 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703/294-LAFF

• Comedy Sportz D.C., teams of comedians battle each other in a competitive improv comedy sketch. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday. $8-$12.

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 and 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 and Saturday. $7.

DINNER THEATER

Cats

• Broadway’s longest running musical based on “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T.S. Eliot. 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. 8. Toby’s Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia, Md. $22.50-$43. 410/730-8311.

Crazy For You

• The George and Ira Gershwin musical comedy, set in the 1930s. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday. Through June 27. West End Dinner Theatre, 4615 Duke St., Alexandria. $24-$39. 703/370-2500.

Murder Upon Request

• The interactive comedy-mystery group performs different 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 and Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday. $55. Both run indefinitely. 703/379-8108

One Life to Lose

• Blair Mansion Mysteries. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; some Thursday and Sunday shows. Continues indefinitely. Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. $39.95. 301/588-6646.

DANCE

Dance Place

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

• Coyoba Dance Theater. Feb. 20-22. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday. $6-$18.

Kennedy Center

Opera House, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

• “Nijinsky.” The Hamburg Ballet. Feb. 25-29. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

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.

• Beginning to advanced ballroom, Latin and swing classes. Monday-Thursday, 7-9 p.m. Four weeks. $49.

• Ballroom, Latin, swing combo dances. 7-10:30 p.m. Friday. $9-$10; admission includes lesson.

• Country-and-western dance every second Saturday. 8:30 p.m. lesson, 9 p.m.-midnight dance. $8-$9.

• Contemporary ballroom dances and practice parties 9 p.m.-midnight Saturday. $9-$10.

• Social ballroom dancing. One-hour lesson, 6:30 p.m. $2. 7:30-10:30 p.m. dance. Sunday. $9.

Dance Studio Lioudmila

18 Roth St., Alexandria. 703/751-8868.

• Tea dance. 2-4:30 p.m. Friday. $7.

• Dance party. 7-11:30 p.m. Saturday. $10.

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. Friday. $7. 202/546-2228.

• Swing dance. 8-9 p.m. beginners’ workshop, 9 p.m.-midnight dance. Saturday. $12. 301/299-8729.

• La Salle Dance Orchestra plays waltz, tango, fox trot and Latin. 3-3:30 p.m. beginners’ lesson, 3:30-6 p.m. Sunday. $7. 703/978-0375.

• Folk dance. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Sunday. $9. 202/546-2228.

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. Bogwanderers Ceili Band. $6-$12. 703/521-4340.

• Greater Washington Ceili Club: Ceili 5-9 p.m. last Sunday of month (September-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. 8-10 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.

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