This poignant play, set in a Moscow tearoom, 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. Through April 17. Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. $25-$48. 202/332-3300.
The true story of Betty, an all-female rock group, whose 17-year career as a working rock group has taken it from a basement in Virginia to cult-diva status. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through April 3. Theater J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $10-$36. 800/494-8497.
Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
A musical rendition of Huck Finn starring deaf and hearing actors who tell their story using American Sign Language (ASL), dance and song. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Through May 1. Co-production with Deaf West Theatre and Ford’s Theatre, 511 Tenth St. NW. $25-$48. 202/347-4833.
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. U.S. Theatre Project at the Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $10-$35. 240/644-1100.
Hidden: A Gender
A comedic look at gender formation, attitudes, and roles that introduces two historical figures who didn’t fit into gender’s strict parameters. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. March 31-April 30. Trumpet Vine Theatre Company, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $10-$20. 703/912-1649.
I Am My Own Wife
Doug Wright’s play about the life of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a German transvestite caught up in the great European dramas of the 20th century. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through April 10. The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $35-$70. 800/447-7400.
The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
In Edward Albee’s latest play, Martin is a successful architect who has never loved anyone other than his wife, Stevie — until he confides to a friend that he has 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. Through April 17. Arena Stage, Kreeger Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $45-$66. 202/488-3300.
Life x 3
Two high-maintenance couples have three different takes on a dinner party gone hilariously awry. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through May 1. Round House Theatre, East-West Highway and Waverly Street, Bethesda. $10-$45. 240/644-1100.
The Lonesome West
A dark depiction of rural Ireland, where two brothers, Valene and Coleman, are unable to coexist 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 Magical Balloon, The Music Box, and The Misadventures of Dr. Frank-n-Flubber
Three productions run in repertory, each employing mime, dance, and physical humor to tell enchanting stories about magicians, crazed scientists, and cowboys. 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Through May 1. Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. $12-$15. 703/824-0660.
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. Through April 9. The Washington Shakespeare Company at the Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. “Pay what you can” to $30. 800/494-TIXS.
Aboard a cargo vessel anchored in the South Pacific, young Lieutenant Douglas Roberts hungers to trade in his daily war of wills with the ship’s captain for action and glory on the front lines. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through April 3. The Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. $25-$78. 202/467-4600.
Moscow: A New Musical
Three actors are trapped in a theater with nothing to do except rehearse Anton Chekhov’s play “The Three Sisters.” 7:30 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday. Through April 6. Actors’ Theatre of Washington at the Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $20. 800/494-8497.
The story of a film director’s blind search for truth, art and his soul. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through April 17. The Landless Theatre Company at Tivoli Theater, 14th and Park Road, NW. $20. 301/515-4494.
Join an unusual dinner party as a peculiar group of friends gathers to enjoy conversation spiced with wit about Manhattanites and their response to September 11. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through April 24. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $29-$39. 301/924-3400.
The Piano Lesson
In the parlor of a row house in Pittsburgh, a piano keeps a silent vigil and becomes a member of the family. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. April 1-May 15. Arena Stage, Fichandler Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $45-$66. 202/488-3300.
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.
The Spitfire Grill
Percy Talbot comes to Gilead, Wis., a town with no future, and through her job at the Spitfire Grill, begins to motivate an otherwise empty-hearted town. 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Sunday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through April 10. Presented by Theater Alliance at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $25-$30. 800/494-8497.
Shakespeare’s play about a world of illusions and magic — where the angry sorcerer Prospero manipulates spirits and humans alike in his search for revenge. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through May 22. The Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $12.75-$68. 202/547-1122.
When a New York art dealer convinces an alcoholic aging artist to make his comeback with a solo exhibition, the artist’s spirit is reborn through the renewed hope for success and the discovery of a new muse. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through April 24. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $25-$39. 703/218-6500.
There Are No Strangers
When a young woman is targeted in a seemingly random act of violence, she is plagued by two questions: Why was she chosen as a victim? And why was she chosen to survive? Times vary. Through April 17. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and Theatre J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $10-$25. 800/494-8497.
A bitter and funny look at the effects of living with fear takes place in a terrorized Russian town where old ladies plot murder and bomb scares plague the airport. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through April 24. Studio Theatre, 1333 P St., NW. $25. 202/332-3300.
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. Through April 10. 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. 202/397-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.
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.
Deborah Riley Dance Projects. 8 p.m. April 2; 7 p.m. April 3. $6-$18.
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. 8 p.m. April 9; 7 p.m. April 10. $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.
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.