- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 29, 2005

THEATER

All My Sons

• Arthur Miller’s first Broadway play focuses on the reality of the American dream and the cost of war. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through July 10. Quotidian Theatre Company at the Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. $15-$18. 301/916-1023.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

• Set in Connemara in Ireland’s rugged west, Martin McDonagh’s play tells the darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early 40s, and Mag, her manipulative aging mother. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through July 23. The Keegan Theatre at the Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $20-$25. 703/527-6000.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

• Brecht’s parable of two villages in a post-war era that touches upon the nature of parenthood, power and community. 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 5; Wednesday, July 13; 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. July 1-24. Open Circle Theatre at the Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $25. 240/644-1100.

Cinderella

• 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.

Crowns

• 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. July 5-Aug. 7. Arena Stage, Kreeger Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $54-$69. 202/488-3300.

The Emperor Jones

• Eugene O’Neill’s thriller traces the amazing rise and bloody fall of a Pullman porter who becomes a powerful despot on a jungle island. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday (July 23); 2:30 p.m. Sunday (July 10, 17). Through July 23. American Century Theater at Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $18-$26. 703/553-8782.

Gilligan’s Island, the Musical

• The classic television series brought to the stage with a new plot and musical score. 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Through July 2. The Landless Theatre Company at the DC Arts Center, 2438 18 St., NW. $18-$26. 301/553-8782.

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. July 6-Aug. 7. Studio Theatre Secondstage, 14th and P Streets NW. $25. 202/332-3300.

Ion

• Incorporating elements of melodrama, romance, comedy, irony and social commentary, this rarely performed tragicomedy by Euripides tells the story of the illicit son of the god Apollo, abandoned at birth by his mortal mother. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through July 17. Natural Theatricals, in the amphitheater of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. $20. 703/739-9338.

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.

The Last Five Years

• A bittersweet love story about a successful novelist, a struggling actress and their unraveling marriage. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through July 24. Metro Stage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $25-$35. 800/494-8497.

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.

Mamma Mia!

• ABBA’s greatest musical hits woven into three love stories. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through July 2. The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $40-$85. 800/447-7400.

Medea

• Euripides’ story of the powerful enchantress betrayed by an unfaithful husband and the lengths to which she will go to satisfy her revenge. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through July 3. Washington Shakespeare Company at the Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $22-$30. 703/418-4808.

Once on This Island

• A Caribbean-flavored musical that explores the life-changing consequences of romance between people from different worlds. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through July 3. Round House Theatre, East-West Highway and Waverly Street, Bethesda. $10-$48. 240/644-1100.

Pacific Overtures

• The Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical about America’s relationship with Japan from 1853 to the present. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through July 10. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $25-$39. 703/218-6500.

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.

Take Me Out

• The 2003 Tony Award-winning comedy that takes a hilarious, hard-hitting look at celebrity, homophobia and the love of baseball. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through July 17. Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. $25-$48. 202/332-3300.

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

Beauty and the Beast

• A larger-than-life romance between Belle, an innocent young girl with a heart of gold, and a beguiling creature whose tender soul belies his beastly exterior. Through July 3. 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 1-2. Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. $52.95. 301/588-6646.

DANCE

Dance Place

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

• New Releases Chereographers Showcase. 8 p.m. July 9; 7 p.m. July 10. $6-$18.

Kennedy Center

Opera House, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

• Kirov Ballet, “Le Corsaire.” 7:30 p.m. July 5-8, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. July 9; 1:30 p.m. July 10. $52-$112.

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. $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.

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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