Eugene O’Neill’s poignant portrait of a Swedish barge captain and the mysterious past of his estranged daughter. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through June 19. Arena Stage, Kreeger Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $45-$66. 202/488-3300.
After the Flood
An epic comedy about the ways in which myths shape our lives. Anna Tingle’s Box of Prophecy is missing, and Palomino, proprietor of the Palace of the Peculiar, a traveling side show, must find it. 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday. May 26-June 26. Rorschach Theatre at Calvary Methodist Church, 1459 Columbia Road NW. $12-$18. 202/452-5538.
Big Death and Little Death
A dark comedy about the end of the world as we know it. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through June 12. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. $30-$48. 202/393-3939.
Cigarettes and Moby Dick
Miranda must choose either her lover or her partners in this seductive play by Migdalia Cruz. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through May 29. Venus Theatre Company at the Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $20. 202/236-4078.
Continente Viril (Virile Continent)
This satire combines biting attacks on society’s love of order with mankind’s war against nature. 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through June 18. Teatro de la Luna, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $15-$25. 703/548-3092.
Hannah and Martin
Celebrated journalist Hannah Arendt is forced to confront charges that philosopher Martin Heidegger, her lover and former professor, is a Nazi sympathizer and must choose whether to indict or forgive him. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through June 5. Theatre J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $10-$36. 800/494-8497.
Morality is on the side of the professional murderer; knowledge is on the side of the illiterate; and the truth, which everyone is preaching about, is no more than a dream in Paris circa 1794. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. May 26-June 26. Presented by Theater Alliance at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $25. 800/494-8497.
Euripides’ tragedy about the captive Queen of Troy. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Through June 12. The Royal Shakespeare Company at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. $25-$78. 202/467-4600.
A comic retelling of Book 9 of Homer’s epic poem “The Odyssey” from the point of view of the monster Polyphemus. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. June 1-26. Scena Theatre at the Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $10-$20. 703/684-7990.
Jason and the Argonauts
Jason becomes intoxicated by the beauty and sorcery of Medea, which drives them into a tangled web of witchcraft, fiery passion and blood-stained victory. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through June 26. Synetic Theater at the Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. $30-$35. 703/824-8060.
Lend Me a Tenor
It’s 1934 and the Cleveland Grand Opera Company has managed to persuade world-renowned tenor Tito Merelli to star in its production of “Otello” — and the company can’t let anything get in the way of its success. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through June 11. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $29-$39. 301/924-3400.
The Lion King
The Tony Award-winning production of the Disney cartoon, 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. June 2-Sept. 4. France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore. $26.50-$76.50. 410/547-7328.
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.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Shakespeare Theatre’s 2004 production highlights the 16th annual “Shakespeare Free For All” performance. 7:30 p.m. May 26-June 5 (No show May 30). Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 4850 Colorado Ave. NW. Free. 202/547-1122.
Of a Sunday Morning
Can one woman’s spiritual exploration threaten national security? Find out in this tale of a futuristic society so gripped by fear that every expression of thought is monitored. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Sunday; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Through June 5. The Charter Theatre Company, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $20-$25. 202/333-7009.
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. June 1-July 3. Round House Theatre, East-West Highway and Waverly Street, Bethesda. $10-$48. 240/644-1100.
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 3. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $25-$39. 703/218-6500.
Real Women Have Curves
A comedy about five Latina women toiling in a sweatshop. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday. Through May 29. GALA Teatro Hispano, 14th Street and Park Road NW. $18-$32. 800/494-8497.
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 Shakespeare Project
Seven actors with “blood as their argument” tear into and rebuild “Macbeth” from a visceral and physical place. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Through June 11. Catalyst Theater Company at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $15-$30. 800/494-8497.
The Tony Award-winning play told from the standpoint of a jazz trumpet player and set in an era when the glory days of big bands were fading away. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through June 5. The Keegan Theatre at Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $25. 703/527-6000 Ext. 2.
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 June 26. Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. $25-$48. 202/332-3300.
A funny look at the effects of living with fear in a small town where old ladies plot murders and bomb scares plague the airport. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday. June 1-26. Studio Theatre Secondstage, 14th and P Streets NW. $25. 202/332-3300.
The Voysey Inheritance
In Harley Granville Barker’s 1905 play, Trenchard Voysey Sr. runs an august British investment firm with a spotless reputation — except that he and his father before him have been defrauding customers. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through June 5. Centerstage, 700 N. Calvert St., Baltimore. $10-$60. 410/332-0033.
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.
Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants
Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. 202/332-3300.
Noted magician Ricky Jay amazes audiences with his sleight-of-hand card tricks. 7:30 p.m. $71-$75. Through May 29.
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.
Mystery in Mo’town II
Blair Mansion Mysteries performance. 7:30 p.m. May 27-28. Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. $52.95. 301/588-6646.
3225 Eighth St. NE. 202/269-1600.
Nancy Havlik’s Dance performance group. 8 p.m. June 4; 7 p.m. June 5. $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-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. during band break. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. every Tuesday. $7 singles, $10 couples.