- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 8, 2005

THEATER

Afterplay

• 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 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.

Betty Rules

• The true story of Betty, an all-female rock group, whose 17-year career as a working rock group has taken them 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. Theatre J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $10-$36. 800/494-8497.

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 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, 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.

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 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 - $30. 800/494-TIXS.

Mister Roberts

• 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. March 12-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. March 13-April 6. Actors’ Theatre of Washington at the Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $20. 800/494-8497.

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.

Regina

• Patti LuPone stars in this adaptation of Lillian Hellman’s play “The Little Foxes.” 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. March 10-12. The Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. $20-$75. 202/467-4600.

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 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 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.

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. March 10-April 10. Presented by Theater Alliance at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $25-$30. 800/494-8497.

Ten Unknowns

• 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. March 15-April 24. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $25-$39. 703/218-6500.

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 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.

• Cathy Paine, Heidi Henderson and Naoko Maeshiba. 8 p.m. March 12; 4 p.m. March 13. $6-$18.

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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