- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 2, 2004


The Altruists

• A play that shows that some people will do anything for a cause. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Through June 19. Catalyst Theater Company at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $15-$25. 800/494-8497.

The Blue Room

• An ultra-modern take on the classic “La Ronde,” in which humor, romance, sex, isolation and hypocrisy all take center stage. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through July 11. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $22-$36. 703/218-6500.

The Book of Liz

• Sister Elizabeth Donderstock is living a happy life as the inventor of the world famous cheese ball recipe until she is unseated as queen of cheese, and she flees her sheltered lifestyle to explore the outside world. 11 p.m. Friday, Saturday. June 4-July 24. Cherry Red Productions at the Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. $15. 202/298-9077.

Children of Eden

• A musical look into family relationships, beginning with Adam and Eve. 7:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through June 6. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. $29-$45. 202/347-4833.

The Cripple of Inishmaan

• An offbeat, quirky comedy full of eccentric characters and unexpected twists written by one of Ireland’s most celebrated young playwrights. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through June 27. Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. $25-$45. 202/332-3300.

Cyrano de Bergerac

• Cyrano, the swordsman, poet, musician and philosopher, loves his cousin Roxanne, but his large nose prevents him from telling her and Roxanne begins to fall in love with the Christian. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. June 8-Aug. 1. The Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $16-$66. 202/547-1122.

D.C.’s Neutrino Video Project

• The Washington Improv Theater creates a 30-minute film on the streets of Adams Morgan right before the eyes of the audience. 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $10. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW.


• One of Broadway’s longest-running musicals comes to D.C. and shows what it was like in high school during the 1950s. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through June 6. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. $26.50-$64. 202/783-4000.

Lypsinka in Rep

• A repertory of three works written and performed by John Epperson: “As I Lay Lip-Synching,” “John Epperson: Show Trash,” and a reading of his new play “My Deah.” Times vary according to show. June 4-21. Studio Theatre, 1333 P St. NW. $33-$45. 202/332-3300.


• A musical biography of the queen of gospel, Mahalia Jackson. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through June 11. Metro Stage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $32-$38. 800/494-8497.

The Master and Margarita

• An adaptation of one of Russia’s greatest literary works, starring the devil, disguised as a professor, wreaking havoc in Stalinist Moscow. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through June 20. Synetic Theater at the Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. $25-$32. 202/462-5364.

A Monday Night With Bess and Tess

• Two longtime friends take on racial stereotypes that exist today in this world-premiere play. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through June 27. The African Continuum Theatre Company, 1365 H St. NE. $20-$28. 800/494-8497.

Necessary Targets

• Two American women travel to Bosnia to counsel a group of Bosnian refugee women only to discover their own lives are not what they seem. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through June 27. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $15-$36. 301/924-3400.

Of a Sunday Morning

• A world-premiere play in which one woman’s spiritual quest for truth in the future is hindered by a priority of national security. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through June 13. Charter Theater Company, 916 G Street, NW. Pay what you can at door; $20 to $25 in advance. 202/333-7009.

O’Malley of Shananghah

• De Bourke O’Malley returns to his native Ireland, where a man can fall in love under the spell of an Irish moon in this story of love and loss. 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday. June 3-July 10. The Keegan Theatre at Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $22-$25. 800/494-8497.

Orpheus Descending

• The Tennessee Williams play has been described as tragic and heartbreaking, as well as inspiring and luscious. 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 June 22. Arena Stage, Kreeger Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $40-$53. 202/488-3300.

Passing the Love of Women

• A pair of Talmudic scholars love studying more than they love the prospect of marriage and love each other more than they love studying. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday,Thursday; 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through June 6. Theatre J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $18-$39. 800/494-8497.

Pumping Josey: Life and Death in Suburbia

• Faced with the unexpected death of her best friend, Josey Benjamin is forced to reexamine her entire suburban existence. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. June 3-27. Horizons Theatre at Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $18-$25. 703/578-1100.

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.

The Shoemaker’s Prodigious Wife

• Federico Garcia Lorca’s comic play, “a violent farce in two acts,” sees a flirtatious young woman drive her older husband away only to have him return in disguise to test her true feelings. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through June 13. Stanislavsky Theater Studio at the Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $31-$36. 800/494-8497.


• Ten years after high school, Jon and Vince reunite, only to have to confront the woman that they both dated in high school. 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m Sunday. June 4-27. Source Theatre Company at the Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. $10-$15. 202/462-1073

The World Goes Round

• A musical revue featuring the much-loved songs of one of the American musical theater’s greatest writing duos, John Kander and Fred Ebb. 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through July 3. 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 competitive improv comedy sketches. 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.



• 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.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

• The musical biblical saga with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1 p.m. weekday matinees, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through July 10. Chesapeake Music Hall, the Dinner Theater of Annapolis, 339 Busch’s Frontage Road No. 101, Annapolis. $32-$35. 410-626-7515.

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

Cotton Candy Club

• Blair Mansion Mysteries performance. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. June 4-5, 11. Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. $39.95. 301/588-6646.


Dance Place

3225 Eighth St. NE. 202/269-1600.

• Dance Africa DC 2004, Festival of Dance and Music. Times vary. June 7-13. $11-$25.

Joy of Motion Dance Center

Jack Guidone Theater, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202/362-3042.

• In Concert ‘04. 8 p.m. June 5. $10-$14.

Kennedy Center

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

• Dance Theatre of Harlem. 7:30 p.m. June 8-11; 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. June 12; 1:30 p.m. June 13. $27-$82.


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. 7-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday. 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 (lesson only). 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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