- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 20, 2004

THEATER

After the Flood

• Ethan Brooks returns to his hometown in Southeast Asia to study the dying art form of Malay Shadow Puppetry, and he soon discovers the life-changing lessons the puppetry can teach. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through Feb. 2. Rorschach Theatre at Calvary Methodist Church, 1459 Columbia Road NW. $12-$18. 703/715-6707.

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 and Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 22. 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.

The Crackpots

• The world-premiere comedy by playwright and director Rezo Gabriadze tells the story of a banished youth and the power of the human spirit. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 8. Synetic Theater at the Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. $25-$32. 202/462-5364.

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. 14. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $35-$60. 202/488-3300.

The Family Reunion

• T.S. Eliot’s first modern-dress play, staged as a British thriller set in a countryside manor house. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Through Feb. 8. The Washington Stage Guild, 1901 14th St., NW. $20-$28. 240/582-0050.

George Gershwin Alone

• The life and music of “America’s composer,” George Gershwin. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1 p.m. Thursday, 2:30 and 7:30 Saturday and Sunday. Through Jan. 25. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. $29-$45. 202/347-4833.

Henry IV, Part 1

• Williams 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.

Jon Spelman: Off the Map

• The story of a man who is seduced by a job and life in Washington and is then seduced again by nature. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 1. Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $10-$39. 240/644-1100.

Jumpers

• The Tom Stoppard whodunit comedy that pits a troupe of acrobatic detectives against a hapless professor. 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 1. The Washington Shakespeare Company at Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $22-$30. 800/494-8497.

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. Jan. 23-Feb. 29. Folger Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. $30-$48. 202/554-7077.

Mister Roberts

• A comedy about a World War II officer and his attempts to get a combat assignment before the petty antics of his captain drive him insane. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Jan. 31. American Century Theater, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $17-$26. 703/553-8782.

1984

• An adaptation of George Orwell’s visionary novel. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Jan. 22-Feb. 28. Catalyst Theatre Company at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $10-$25. 800/494-8497.

Not a Day Goes By

• Author E. Lynn Harris brings his best-selling novel to the stage. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Jan. 25. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. $29.50-$39.50. 202/432-SEAT.

Shear Madness

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

Third

• A feminist professor and her conservative student clash over Shakespeare, politics, and plagiarism. Played in repertory with “Welcome to My Rash.” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 15. Theatre J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. $18-$35. 800/494-8497.

Welcome to My Rash

• A comedy about a woman who bonds with her doctor and hallucinates about Greek mythology while searching for a cure for her ailment. Played in repertory with “Third.” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 15. Theatre J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. $18-$35. 800/494-8497.

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 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Jan. 28-Feb. 29. Round House Theatre, East-West Highway and Waverly Street, Bethesda. $10-$39. 240/644-1100.

STAGE

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.

DINNER THEATER

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.

Meet Me in St. Louis

• The Broadway hit musical based on “The Kensington Stories” by Sally Benson. 8:15 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sunday; 7:15 p.m. Sunday. Buffet served two hours before curtain. Through Feb. 15. Toby’s Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia, Md. $22.50-$43. 410/730-8311.

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, Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday. $55. Both run indefinitely. 703/379-8108.

LOCAL THEATER

42nd Street

• The second-longest-running American musical in Broadway history, featuring musical hits such as “We’re In the Money.” 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Jan. 23-25. The Musical Theater Center at the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $14.50-$16.50. 301/924-3400.

DANCE

Dance Place

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

• Tapper with Attitude, Inc. and Step Aside Tap Company. Jan 24-25. 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. $6-$18.

Golden China Restaurant

1039 Edwards Ferry Road, Leesburg. 703/779-0998.

• Traditional Chinese New Year Lion dancing performed by the Jowga Shaolin Institute. 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24-25. $13.95-$19.95.

Kennedy Center

Eisenhower Theater. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

• “A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 1.” The Washington Ballet. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday. 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Jan. 25. $27-$97.

Kennedy Center

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

• Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 7:30 p.m. Times vary. Jan. 27-Feb. 1. $27-$67.

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• Curtis Fuller’s 70th Birthday Band. Jan. 23-24.

• Leroy Wofford. Jan. 28.

Bohemian Caverns

2001 11th St. NW. 202/299-0800.

• Live jazz and dinner special. 6 p.m. Thursday; 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Ice House Cafe

760 Elden St., Herndon. Shows 8 p.m.-midnight.

• Open mike. 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Pier 7 Restaurant

Channel Inn Hotel, 650 Water St. SW. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday; 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday; 7:30-11:30 p.m. Sunday. 202/554-2500.

• Rotating blues and jazz acts.

ACOUSTIC/FOLK

Fish Market

105 King St., Alexandria. Shows at 8 p.m. 703/836-5676.

• Live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The Round Table

4859 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 9:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 202/362-1250.

• Butch Grant. Sunday and Monday.

COMEDY

The Improv

1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 8:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday; 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 202/296-7008.

• Open Mike Night. Jan. 27.

• Brett Leake. Through Jan. 25.

• Carlos Mencia. Through Jan. 28-31.

Savoy Suites

2505 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202/337-9700.

• Headliners Comedy Club; shows 9 p.m. Saturday. $10. 301/647-5745.

JAZZ, PIANO, CABARET

Garden Terrace Lounge

Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202/342-0444.

• Live jazz. 3-6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Tuesday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. and 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, 3-6:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Grill

Morrison House, 116 S. Alfred St., Alexandria. 703/838-8000.

• Pianist-vocalist Pat Rohrer. 8 p.m.-midnight. Thursday-Saturday.

Le Canard

132 Branch Road SE, Vienna. 703/281-0070.

• Pianist Reinhard Liebig. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Monday.

Lobby Lounge, Tysons Corner

Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean. 703/506-4300.

• Rotating pianists 2-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 2-11:30 p.m. Friday, noon-11:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday.

Market Inn

200 E St. SW. 202/554-2100.

• Piano music 6-10 p.m. weekdays. Jazz brunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday.

Opus 88

Hilton McLean at Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Drive, McLean. 703/761-5159.

• Pianist Michael Terence. 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

Town and Country Lounge

Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202/347-3000.

• Pianist Dan Ruskin. 5:30-8 p.m. Monday-Friday.


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