This poignant play, set in a Moscow tea room, brings two of Chekhov’s lost souls together in a love story infused with humor and sadness. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. March 9-April 17. Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. $25-$48. 202/332-3300.
The All Night Strut!
Jazz, blues, bebop, and standards of the ‘30s and ‘40s come alive in this song and dance spectacular. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through March 27. Metro Stage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $32-$38. 800/494-8497.
Two young Russian drifters from Moscow travel to the rural areas to steal from the peasants. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through March 6. Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. $25-$48. 202/332-3300.
Artistic Director Paata Tsikurishvili reveals his vision of 21st-century culture. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through March 6. Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. $24-$29. 703/824-8060.
Alexey Tolstoy’s reworking of the “Pinocchio” story. Noon Sunday. Through March 6. Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. $12.75-$15. 703/824-6200.
The Children’s Hour
Lillian Hellman’s 1934 play about gossipy students at a girl’s prep school who start a false rumor about their two headmistresses. Through March 13. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Everyman Theatre at Rep Stage, 10910 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. 410/772-4900. $15-$28.
Based on the Columbine High School tragedy, this work takes a look at the reality of high school hierarchies and the root of the pain — the basic, sometimes desperate need for healthy human interaction. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through April 1. United States Theatre Project at the Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $10-$35. 240/644-1100.
The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?
Martin is a successful architect who has never loved anyone other than his wife, Stevie — until Martin confides to a friend that he’s fallen deeply in love with the mysterious Sylvia. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. March 4-April 17. Arena Stage, Fichandler Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $45-$66. 202/488-3300.
An Ideal Husband
The Oscar Wilde comedy in which a marriage, a romance, a fortune, and government policy all rest on a man’s obligation to act like a gentleman. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through March 19. Fountainhead Theatre, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $20. 703/920-5923.
Lorenzo de Medici is Alfred de Musset’s bold and broad character in this tale of political intrigue, moral dilemmas and individual heroism. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through March 6. The Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $12.75-$68. 202/547-1122.
The Lonesome West
A dark depiction of rural Ireland where two brothers, Valene and Coleman, are unable to co-exist without resorting to violence over the simplest matters — potato chips and the Virgin Mary. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through April 3. Scena Theatre at the Warehouse Theater, 1017 Seventh St. NW. $15-$25. 703/684-7990.
The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore
An aging diva retires to the Italian coast to write her memoirs and is confronted with a handsome, mysterious hustler who carries the nickname “Angel of Death.” 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. March 3-April 9. The Washington Shakespeare Company at the Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. Pay-what-you-can - $30. 800/494-TIXS.
The Playboy of the Western World
J. M. Synge’s story of a silver-tongued tale-spinner who charms a town in Ireland’s west may be Ireland’s greatest play. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through March 19. The Keegan Theatre at Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St., NW. $20-$25. 703/527-6000.
In a time of despair for France, hope was born in the form of a young woman who challenged the conventions and values of her time. 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 March 20. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $26-$36. 301/924-3400.
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 Gentlemen of Verona
A musical revival of Shakespeare’s classic play. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through March 27. Centerstage, 700 North Calvert St., Baltimore. $10-$65. 410/332-0033.
You Never Can Tell
George Bernard Shaw’s classic tale about a social pioneer who finds out that her theories have become old-hat. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. March 3-April 3. The Washington Stage Guild, 1901 14th St. NW. $23-$30. 240/582-0050.
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.
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.
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.
3225 Eighth St. NE. 202/269-1600.
Sharon Mansur / mansurdance. 8 p.m. March 5; 4 p.m. March 6. $6-$18.
Opera House, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.
New York City Ballet. 7:30 p.m. through March 4; 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. March 5-6. $47-$112.
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.
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 Interstate 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 (state 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.
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.