- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 14, 2005

THEATER

Alice

• Alice dreams of being rich one day and sets out with Sal (the rabbit) and Robin (a card-playing misfit) to the city to claim a prize worth big bucks, which in the end is the realization of the importance of friendship. 1 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 16-18; 22-23; Dec. 27-Jan. 2. The Kennedy Center Family Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. $15. 202/467-4600.

Alice in Wonderland

• The classic children’s tale about Alice’s adventures in Wonderland. Noon Saturday-Sunday. Through Jan. 15. Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. $12-$15. 703/824-6200.



Beautiful Child

• A married couple’s relationship is thrown into a spiral when their son falls in love with his student. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 18. Didactic Theatre at the Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $15-$20. 703/684-7990.

Betty Rules

• The story of an up-and-coming, all-girl three-piece punk-rock trio from Fairfax. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Dec. 20-Jan. 29. Theatre J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $10-$40. 800/494-8497.

A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas

• A retelling of this holiday classic that includes an appearance by Charles Dickens and a new take on those three “ghosts” that haunt Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas Eve. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Through Dec. 31. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. $30-$55. 202/347-4833.

The Comedy of Errors

• One of Shakespeare’s earliest plays, a farce of mistaken identities taking place in the course of one day. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Jan. 8. The Shakespeare Theatre Company at the Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $14.25-$71.25. 202/547-1122.

Cuttin’ Up

• The story of a barbershop and its patrons — the storytellers of their time, sharing the joys and troubles life hands them. 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 Jan. 1. Arena Stage, Kreeger Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $41-$60. 202/488-3300.

Damn Yankees

• A lifelong Washington Senators fan gets the opportunity to play with the team and become the greatest ballplayer who ever lived — but he must make a deal with the devil, and his attempt to outfox the devil evolves into a spirited battle between good and evil. 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. 5. Arena Stage, Fichandler Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $49-$68. 202/488-3300.

Les Miserables

• Tony Award-winning musical that travels through three turbulent decades of 19th-century France. Showtimes vary. Through Jan. 21. The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $36.25-$83.25. 202/628-6161.

Portrait of a Madonna

• A middle-aged spinster tries to hold on to the dignity and dreams of her youth in Tennessee Williams’ first draft of the character of Blanche DuBois. In repertory with “Suddenly Last Summer.” 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 17. The Keegan Theatre at Theater II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $20-$25. 703/527-6000.

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.

Starving

• A bustling apartment stoop in a new black neighborhood in 1950s Atlanta brims with vitality and ambition, but a peek behind apartment walls reveals a world of struggle. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 18. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. $30-$48. 202/393-3939.

Suddenly, Last Summer

• Tennessee Williams’ savage drama of two women who battle each other over the truth about the death of a young man they both love. In repertory with “Portrait of a Madonna.” 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 17. The Keegan Theatre at Theater II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $20-$25. 703/527-6000.

Wicked

• Long before Dorothy came to Oz, two other girls met in munchkinland — one grows up to become the Wicked Witch of the West, and the other becomes Glinda the Good Witch. 7:30 Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Dec. 21-Jan. 15. The Kennedy Center Opera House, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. $42-$150. 202/467-4600.

Yemaya’s Belly

• A coming-of-age tale set in the Caribbean. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 18. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $29-$49. 703/218-6500.

STAGE

The Capitol Steps

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202/397-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.

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

Cotton Candy Club

• Blair Mansion Mysteries performance. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 18. Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. $52.95. 301/588-6646.

Mame

• In the height of the 1920s, a flapper, Mame, bucks her age and station to live her life as she pleases. Through Feb. 19. 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday; 12:30 and 8:15 p.m. Wednesday; 12:30 and 7:15 p.m. Sunday. $27.50-$46. Toby’s Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia, Md. 301/596-6161.

Murder Upon Request

• The interactive comedy-mystery group performs 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.

Welcome Back Potter

• Blair Mansion Mysteries performance. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16-17. Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. $52.95. 301/588-6646.

DANCE

Briar Woods High School

22525 Belmont Ridge, Ashburn. 703/771-8074.

• Loudoun Ballet Company, “The Nutcracker.” 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 17; 4 p.m. Dec. 18. $15-$20.

Dance Place

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

• Kwanzaa Celebration with Coyaba Dance Theater. 7 p.m. Dec. 16; 8 p.m. Dec. 17; 4 p.m. Dec. 18. $7-$20.

Montgomery College, Rockville

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

• Maryland Youth Ballet, “The Nutcracker.” 7 p.m. Dec. 16, 23; 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 17, 26, 28; 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 18. $17-$24.

Warner Theatre

13th and E streets NW. 202/397-SEAT. For information, 202/628-1818.

• The Washington Ballet, “The Nutcracker.” Times vary. Select dates through Dec. 24. $29-$72.

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. $59.

• Ballroom, Latin, swing combo dances. 7-10:30 p.m. Friday. $10-$11; admission includes lessons.

• Country and swing dance every second Saturday; 8:30 p.m. lesson, 9 p.m.-midnight dance. $10.

• Contemporary ballroom dances and practice parties. Saturday nights. $9-$10. 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. $9.

• Dance party. 7:30-8:30 p.m. group class, 8:30-11 p.m. dance party. Saturdays. $12.

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.

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 (state Route 3), Bowie.

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

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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