- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 27, 2004


A Man’s a Man

• Bertolt Brecht’s dark comedy about a naive dock worker 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. Jan. 30-March 7. Arena Stage, Fichandler Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $40-$53. 202/488-3300.

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.


• 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. 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.


• 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 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.

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.

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.


• 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.

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. Jan. 29-March 7. GALA Teatro Hispano at the Warehouse Theatre, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $15-$40. 240/234-7174.

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 Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Jan. 30-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.

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, 2:3 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.


• An adaptation of George Orwell’s visionary novel. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 p.m. 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.


• The Little Sisters of Hoboken take their comedic act on the road for the 20th Anniversary All Star Tour. In Washington: 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 5 and 9 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 1. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. $26.50-$64. 202/432-SEAT. In Baltimore: 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Feb. 3-8. Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. $20-$55. 866/597-4600.

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.


• 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. NW. $18-$35. 800/494-8497.

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. Jan. 30-March 22. Rep Stage at Howard County Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. $10-$22. 410/772-4900.

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. NW. $18-$35. 800/494-8497.


• 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.


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.

George Washington University Lisner Auditorium

21st and H streets NW. 202/432-SEAT.

• Henry Rollins Spoken Word. Jan 29. 8 p.m. $20-$22.50.

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.


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.


In Her Image

• An adaptation of the children’s classic “Snow White.” 8 p.m. Jan. 31. Washington Storytellers Theatre at Westmoreland Congregational Church. 1 Westmoreland Circle and Massachusetts avenue, NW. $9-$12. 301/891-1129.

Murder By Poe

• Four of Edgar Allen Poe’s chilling tales are weaved into one classic horror play. 8 p.m. Jan. 30. The Acting Company at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Braddock Road and Route 123, Fairfax. $16-$32. 703/218-6500.


Dance Place

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

• CrossCurrents Dance Company. Jan 31-Feb. 1. 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. $6-$18.

George Washington University Lisner Auditorium

21st and H streets NW. 202/432-SEAT.

• Fourth Annual Flamenco Festival. Feb. 4-8. Times and performers vary. $20-$50.

Kennedy Center

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

• Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Times vary. Through Feb. 1. $27-$67.

• “La Bayadere.” Performed by the American Ballet Theatre. Times vary. Feb. 3-8. $27-$92.

Montgomery College, Rockville

Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. 301/279-5301.

• “Paco Pena.” Flamenco dance company. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1. $32-$34.


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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