- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 3, 2004

THEATER

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

• Nobel Prize laureate Dario Fo’s satire that probes the mysterious death of an anarchist who falls from a window while being interrogated by officials. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 14. Rorschach Theatre at Calvary Methodist Church, 1459 Columbia Road NW. $13.50-$19.50. 800/494-TIXS.

Ana Mendieta

• The life of Cuban visual artist Ana Mendieta is explored through music and movement. 2 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Nov. 6-7; 13-14. GALA Teatro Hispano at the Hirshhorn Museum, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street, SW. Free. 240/234-7174.

Anna in the Tropics

• A dashing Cuban lector is hired to read “Anna Karenina” aloud to the workers in a 1920s South Florida cigar factory, but his presence ignites a yearning for love in the workers. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 21. Kreeger Theater at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $40-$59. 202/488-3300.

A Bad Friend

• A 16-year-old girl struggling with the changes of adolescence in a 1950s communist family befriends a potential informer, endangering her family. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 30. Theatre J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $20-$36. 202/777-3229.

Becoming Adele

• A spunky Brooklyn waitress struggles with screwball situations and colorful characters in an effort to carve out a future for herself and her daughter. 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 21. Rep Stage at Howard County Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. $10-$23. 410/772-4900.

Blithe Spirit

• Charles Condomine is visited by the ghost of his dead wife, Elvira, who is determined to wreak havoc on the household, much to the dismay of his current wife, Ruth. 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 Nov. 7. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $15-$36. 301/924-3400.

The Diary of Anne Frank

• Miss Frank’s moving diary brought to life on stage in this Tony-nominated adaption. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Nov. 10-Dec. 12. Round House Theatre, East-West Highway and Waverly Street, Bethesda. $10-$45. 240/644-1100.

Grace

• An empty Florida condo, three dead bodies, police sirens blaring, a frenzied knocking at the door. Is this a pulp crime drama or God’s fateful hand at work? 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 19. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company at the Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $24-$42. 800/494-8497.

The Highest Yellow

• In December 1888, Vincent van Gogh, suffering from delirium and a self-inflicted knife wound, was admitted to a hospital in Arles, France, where he would endure an intense period of self-discovery. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 12. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $30-$49. 703/218-6500.

Ivanov

• A man becomes plagued with guilt and frustration when he finds himself drawn to a beautiful young girl who threatens to destroy the moral foundations of his world. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 12. Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. $35-$48. 202/332-3300.

La Lechuga (The Lettuce)

• An eccentric comedy that follows a dysfunctional family deciding what to do with their dear old bedridden dad. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through Nov. 13. Teatro de la Luna at the Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St. Arlington. $15-$25. 703/548-3092.

The Light of Excalibur

• A twisted version of the classic tale where a young Arthur is paired with a modern-day computer whiz, Agnes, in his quest for the kingdom. 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 7. Kennedy Center Theater Lab, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. $14. 202/467-4600.

Miss Saigon

• The Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil musical about an American soldier who falls in love with a Vietnamese girl during the fall of Saigon. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Nov. 9-14. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. $40.50-$76.50. 202/397-SEAT.

One Good Marriage, A Simple Tale of Glorious Grief

• A couple celebrating their first wedding anniversary has a chilling secret that bonds them together for life . 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 14. Metro Stage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $32-$38. 800/494-8497.

Pound

• A look at one of St. Elizabeths Hospital most famous patients, poet Ezra Pound. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 28. The Washington Stage Guild, 1901 14th St. NW. $28-$30. 240/582-0050.

Private Eyes

• A married couple star in a play together, but soon the couple have a hard time distinguishing what is real life and what is part of the rehearsal process. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through Nov. 13. Journeymen Theater Ensemble at the Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $15-$20. 202/669-7229.

Ragtime

• The Tony award winning musical about life in America at the turn of the century. 8 p.m. Nov. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 19, 20. Rockville Musical Theatre at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Rockville Civic Center. 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. $8-$15. 240/314-8690.

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.

Two Trains Running

• August Wilson’s tale of the chaotic 1960s, seen through the eyes of the patrons of Memphis Lee’s Pittsburgh diner. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Nov. 6-28. The African Continuum Theatre Company at the Kennedy Center Film Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. $20-$30. 202/467-4600.

The Weir

• A haunting tale of locals swapping ghost stories in an Irish pub. 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 28. Quotidian Theatre Company at The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. $18. 301/816-1023.

STAGE

The Capitol Steps

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202/432-SEAT.

• The musical and political satire troupe. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $31.50.

Comedy Sportz D.C.

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

• 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.

Russell Simmon’s Def Poetry Jam

Lincoln Theater, 1215 U St., NW. 202/397-SEAT.

• Broadway hit show starring todays top poets. 8 p.m. Nov. 9-11. $36.

Under the Beltway

Stage Door Restaurant and Bar, 1324 King St., Alexandria. 703/798-1064.

• Improvisational comedy. 8:30-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $7.

DINNER THEATER

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.

Kiss Me, Kate

• William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” combined with Cole Porter’s music and lyrics. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1 p.m. weekday matinees, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 13. Chesapeake Music Hall, Dinner Theater of Annapolis, 339 Busch’s Frontage Road No. 101, Annapolis. $25-$35. 410-626-7515.

Miss Saigon

• The Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil musical about an American soldier who falls in love with a Vietnamese girl during the fall of Saigon. 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday; 12:30 p.m. Wednesday; 12:30 and 7:15 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 21. Toby’s Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia. $22.50-$44. 410/730-8311.

DANCE

Dance Place

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

• Jump Rhythm Jazz. 8 p.m. Nov. 5-6; 4 p.m. Nov. 7.

Joy of Motion Dance Center

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

• True to Form II. Work from six D.C. based choreographers. 8 p.m. Nov. 6; 7 p.m. Nov. 7. $10-$16.

Kennedy Center

Concert Hall, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

• Virsky Ukranian National Dance Company. 3 p.m. Nov. 6. $25-$65.

Kennedy Center

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

• Bangarra Dance Theatre. 8 p.m. Nov. 5-6. $14-$38.

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. www.dancefactory.com

• 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 lessons.

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

• Contemporary ballroom dances and practice parties. Saturday nights. $9. Call for times.

• Social ballroom dancing. 7-10 p.m. Sunday. $9.

Dance Studio Lioudmila

18 Roth St., Alexandria. Private lessons and group classes, beginning to advanced ballroom, Latin and swing, no partners necessary. 703/751-8868.

• Tea dance, includes lesson and refreshments. 1-3:15 p.m. Fridays. $8.

• Dance party. 7:30-8:30 p.m. group class, 8:30-11 p.m. dance party. Saturdays. $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.

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.

Knights of Columbus Hall

6111 Columbian Way (Route 3), Bowie.

• LA Singles Friday Dance. Large wood dance floor accommodates up to 300 singles. Music is Top 40 and old favorites. Suits or dressy casual. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. every Friday. $9. 410/721-6666 or 410-674-3737.

Ronald Reagan Building

Atrium, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. 202/397-SEAT.

• “Swizzle.” Supper club dance and dinner with Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4, Dec. 16, 23. $24-$95.

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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