- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 15, 2004

THEATER

The Elephant Man

• A 19th-century tale with a modern-day twist about a deformed man’s search for identity and acceptance in Victorian society. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Through Oct. 16. Catalyst Theatre Company at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $15-$30. 800/494-8497.

Lenny & Lou

• Two neurotic brothers break free from their manipulative mother in this comedic world-premiere play. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Sept. 26. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $24-$39. 800/494-8497.

A Lesson Before Dying

• Ernest J. Gaines’ moving story about a young black man condemned to death in the backwoods of Louisiana. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Sept. 16-Oct. 10. Presented by The African Continuum Theatre Company at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $15-$30. 800/494-8497.

M. Butterfly

• David Henry Hwang’s Tony-winning play based on a true-life scandal, the affair between a French diplomat in China and a Chinese opera singer who was not just a man, but a spy. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 17. Fichandler Stage at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $45-$59. 202/488-3300.

Macbeth

• Shakespeare’s tale about the fall of the once-noble Macbeth and his lady. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 24. The Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $12.75-$69.50. 202/547-1122.

One Red Flower

• A world-premiere musical set in wartime Vietnam that depicts soldiers’ hellish but also sometimes lighthearted experiences. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 3. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $30-$49. 703/218-8500.

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 Subject

• A restaurant worker overcomes her fascination with a customer by posing as a model for his photography. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Sunday; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Sept. 22-Oct. 17. Charter Theatre Company at the Warehouse Next Door, 1019 Seventh St. NW. Pay what you can — up to $25. 202/333-7009.

A Tale of a Tiger

• Left for dead on a battlefield, a Chinese soldier is seized by a tiger and her cub, and a unique relationship is forged. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 3. Rorschach Theatre at Calvary Methodist Church, 1459 Columbia Road NW. $12-$18. 202/452-5538.

The Time of Your Life

• The Pulitzer Prize-winning classic that explores the absurdity, irony and joy of human existence. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m Sunday. Through Oct. 9. American Century Theater at Theater II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $18-$26. 703/553-8782.

Venus

• Lured by the myth of fame and fortune in a European traveling exhibition, 20-year-old South African dancer Saartje Baartman soon finds out she has become “the Hottentot Venus,” a freak in a circus sideshow. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Sept. 26. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $15-$36. 301/924-3400.

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.

Cirque du Soleil

RFK Stadium (grounds), 2400 East Capitol St. NE. 800/678-5440.

• “Varekai,” the troupe’s latest high-flying, artistic carnival. Times vary. Sept. 16-Oct. 24. $55-$75.

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.

MCI Center

Seventh and F streets NW. www.mcicenter.com

• “Spirit of America.” Live-action presentation about the history of the United States. Times vary. Sept. 18-19. Free.

National Geographic Society

Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. 202/785-9727.

• “Mycenean.” Carl Hancock Rux’s world premiere multi-media presentation. 8 p.m. Sept. 16-17. $20.

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.

The Night Disco Died: Solid Gold Edition

• Blair Mansion Mysteries performance. 8 p.m. Sept. 17, 18. Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. $39.95. 301/588-6646.

West Side Story

• The classic retelling of “Romeo & Juliet” is set in modern New York City. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1 p.m. weekday matinees, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Sept. 18. Chesapeake Music Hall, Dinner Theater of Annapolis, 339 Busch’s Frontage Road No. 101, Annapolis. $32-$35. 410-626-7515.

DANCE

Kennedy Center

Millennium Stage. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. All performances are free and begin at 6 p.m. 202/467-4600.

• Kusan Ensemble. 6 p.m. Sept. 16. Free.

• Citydance Ensemble. 6 p.m. Sept. 20-21. Free.

Kennedy Center

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

• Metro D.C. Dance Awards. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27. $25.

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 (lesson only). 7:30-10:30 p.m. dance. 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. 2-4:15 p.m. Friday. $8.

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

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.

National Institutes of Health

Fitness Center, 10 Center Drive, Bethesda. 301/942-2831.

• Scottish country dances. Instruction for beginners and social dancing 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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