- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 1, 2005

THEATER

Afterplay

• 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.

Black Milk

• 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.

Bohemians

• 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.

Buratino

• 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.

Columbinus

• 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.

Lorenzaccio

• 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.

Saint Joan

• 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

DANCE

Dance Place

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

• Sharon Mansur / mansurdance. 8 p.m. March 5; 4 p.m. March 6. $6-$18.

Kennedy Center

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.

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.

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.

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