- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 17, 2004

THEATER

Arcadia

• Two present-day scholars race to solve the mysteries surrounding a historic country estate while actors from the 1800s act out what really happened. 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through March 28. Rep Stage at Howard County Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. $10-$22. 410/772-4900.

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. Through March 27. The Keegan Theatre at Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $22-$25. 703/527-6000.

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. March 12-13. $10. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW.

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. Through March 20. The Actors’ Theatre of Washington and Washington Shakespeare Company at the Warehouse Theatre Second Stage, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $20. 800/494-8497.

The Early Miracle

• A twister destroys a small South Carolina community, leaving in its wake a brokenhearted woman whose life is slowly beginning to unravel. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through 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.

Fathers and Sons

• Brian Friel’s adaptation of Ivan Turgenev’s novel recreates provincial Russia in the 19th century through the eyes of two families. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through April 25. Stanislavsky Theater Studio, 1742 Church St. NW. $31-$36. 800/494-8497.

A Flag is Born

• A political play that provides a inspiring and flamboyant argument for a Jewish homeland. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. March 18-April 24. American Century Theater, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $18-$26. 703/553-8782.

Having Our Say

• The last 100 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 II

• The second part of the William Shakespeare classic sees Hotspur, the earl of Northumberland, joining forces with the archbishop of York to advance against the king’s army while Prince Hal tries to distance himself from his old friend Falstaff. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. March 16-May 2. The Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $16-$66. 202/547-1122.

Homebody/Kabul

• In Tony Kushner’s look at East-West politics, a British housewife sets off for the adventure of a lifetime in Afghanistan only to disappear and leave her daughter and husband searching the country for her. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through April 11. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and Theatre J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $30-$39. 800/494-8497.

The Lost Ones

• One man’s Dante-esque voyage into the netherworld, by Irish Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Through April 4. Scena Theatre at the Warehouse Next Door, 1017 Seventh St. NW. $15-$20. 703/684-7990.

Michael Jackson and the Ghost of Ben

• A musical interpretation of the life of Michael Jackson. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday. 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. March 18-20. The Ghost of Ben Productions Ltd. at Southeastern University, multipurpose room, 501 I St. SW. $10-$20. 202/210-5887.

The Next Gig

• Pop-folk artist Jill Sobule stars in her own musical, which takes two friends deep into the heart of America. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. March 23-May 9. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $28-$42. 703/218-6500

On the Rocks

• The George Bernard Shaw comedy that features a head of government who spends all his time listening to people who protest his policies. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through April 4. The Washington Stage Guild, 1901 14th St. NW. $20-$28. 240/582-0050.

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.

Sweeney Todd

• Stephen Sondheim’s “musical thriller” about a wrongly convicted London barber who, after years of exile in Australia, is back and hungry for vengeance. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through April 11. Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., Baltimore. $10-$60. 410/332-0033.

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 March 28. Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. $33-$45. 202/332-3300.

Unspoken Prayers

• A father and mother must come to terms with their conflicting views of capital punishment after their youngest daughter is murdered. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. March 18-April 11. Horizons Theatre at The Hand Chapel, George Washington University, Mt. Vernon Campus, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. $10-$25. 703/578-1100.

Yellowman

• A tale of two-star crossed lovers trying to stay together while battling a racial divide. 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 April 18. Arena Stage, Kreeger Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $40-$53. 202/488-3300.

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.

DAR Constitution Hall

18th and D streets NW. 202/432-SEAT.

• Chris Rock “The Black Ambition Tour.” March 24-26. 8 p.m. $39-$59.

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.

42nd Street

• The story of Peggy Sawyer, a young chorus girl and her journey of making it big on Broadway. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1 p.m. weekday matinees, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through April 24. Chesapeake Music Hall, The Dinner Theater of Annapolis, 339 Busch’s Frontage Road #101, Annapolis. $25-$35. 800/406-0306.

• 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.

LOCAL THEATER

Kind Lady

• The Edward Chodorov thriller about an elderly woman and the people that desire her art collection. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through March 28. $10-$12. The Mount Vernon Players at the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Ave., NW. 202/783-7600.

DANCE

Dance Place

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

• Men’s Project. March 20-21. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday. $6-18.

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. 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. 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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