The American Dream and One For the Road
Edward Albee’s darkly chilling analysis of American family ties with Harold Pinter’s study of torture and intolerance. 7:45 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 2 and 7:45 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 1, 4:30 and 7:45 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. In repertory with “Lovesong of the Electric Bear” and “Somewhere in the Pacific.” Through Aug. 7. Potomac Theatre Project at the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $29-$34. 301/924-3400.
The Children’s Hour
A malicious youngster starts an unfounded rumor about two women who run a school for girls. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Aug. 7. Firebelly Productions at Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $5-$15. 703/409-2372.
The Clean House
A Pulitzer Prize finalist play in which the act of cleaning a house transforms the lives of two unlikely friends. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Aug. 14. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St., NW. $30-$48. 202/393-3939.
A young girl under the heel of her cruel stepmother is doomed to lifelong drudgery until a fairy godmother comes along, setting in motion a string of adventures that leads to a classic “happily ever after” ending. Noon, Saturday-Sunday. Through Aug. 24. Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. $12-$15. 703/824-0660.
Regina Taylor’s musical adaptation of Craig Mayberry and Michael Cunningham’s book about the legendary “hat queens” of the South. 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 Aug. 7. Arena Stage, Kreeger Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $54-$69. 202/488-3300.
A comedic portrayal of 1960s segregation, dance, love and hair. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Through Aug. 21. Kennedy Center Opera House, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. $35-$93. 202/467-4600.
Hyronomous A. Frog (The Frog Prince)
At the castle of Spamelot, Hyronomous hops his way into the heart of Delphinium, handmaiden to flaky Princess Gladiola in this children’s tale brought to the live stage. 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. July 30-Sept. 4. Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $7. 301/320-5331.
The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow
Jennifer Marcus and her robot replica, “Jenny Chow,” face off when she discovers that her creation has a mind of its own. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Aug. 7. Studio Theatre Secondstage, 14th and P Streets NW. $25. 202/332-3300.
Lady Windermere’s Fan
One of Oscar Wilde’s first social comedies, a shrewd satire of Victorian high society. 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 July 31. The Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $12.75-$68. 202/547-1122.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
The Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil form an unholy alliance and turn seduction into a game — until they discover mysterious rules they cannot understand. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Aug. 14. Actors’ Theatre of Washington at the Source Theater, 1835 14th St. NW. $20-$30. 800/494-8497.
Lovesong of the Electric Bear
The life and death of Alan Turing, code-breaker and father of the computer, as emceed by his teddy bear, Porgy. 7:45 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 2 and 7:45 Thursday-Friday, 1, 4:30 and 7:45 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. In repertory with “The American Dream and One For the Road” and “Somewhere in the Pacific.” Through Aug. 7. Potomac Theatre Project at the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $29-$34. 301/924-3400.
The Lion King
The Tony Award-winning production of the Disney animation, with music by Elton John and Tim Rice. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Sept. 4. France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore. $26.50-$76.50. 410/547-7328.
A modern version of Aeschylus’ play, where the action shifts from Persia to modern-day Iraq and asks Americans to question their views of a recently defeated foe. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Aug. 15. Scena Theatre, 14th street and Park road, NW. $10-$20. 703/684-7990.
The Royal Hunt of the Sun
Spanish conquistadors, led by a fanatical, disillusioned Francisco Pizarro, set out to conquer the majestic Inca empire in the name of God while on a quest for gold. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Aug. 21. The Washington Shakespeare Company at The Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. Pay-What-You-Can $30. 703/418-4808.
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.
Somewhere in the Pacific
On a troop ship off the coast of Okinawa before the end of World War II, the sailors and their commanders confront loss, dignity and the effects of the military’s denial of human desire. 7:45 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 2 and 7:45 Thursday-Friday, 1, 4:30 and 7:45 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Through Aug. 7. Potomac Theatre Project at the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $29-$34. 301/924-3400.
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.
George Mason University Patriot Center
4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 202/397-SEAT.
Veggie Tales Rockin’ Tour Live. 1 and 7 p.m. July 28. $14.50-26.50.
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.
The story of the Class of ‘58 at Rydell High, where the Burger Palace boys and the Pink Ladies’ defined what was cool. Through Sept. 4. 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday; 12:30 and 8:15 p.m. Wednesday; 12:30 and 7:15 p.m. Sunday. $25.50-$44. 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.
One Life To Lose — A Deadly Nighttime Soap
Blair Mansion Mysteries performance. 7:30 p.m. July 29-30. Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. $52.95. 301/588-6646.
3225 Eighth St. NE. 202/269-1600.
K2 Dance Company. 8 p.m. July 30, 7 p.m. July 31. $6-$18
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.
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.
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. $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.
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.