- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 19, 2005

THEATER

The Beard of Avon

• Will Shakespeare, a country simpleton who longs for something more than his barn in Stratford, escapes with an acting troupe only to find himself a pawn of the Earl of Oxford, who uses him as a frontman for his previously unproducible plays. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Oct. 22-Nov. 19. Rorschach Theatre at Calvary Methodist Church, 1459 Columbia Road NW. $12-$18. 800/494-8497.

The Beginning of Summer

• American playwright Horton Foote’s play about a shattered marriage in a small Texas community in 1955. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 21-Nov. 20. Quotidian Theatre Company at The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. $15-$20. 301/816-1023.

The Body Project

• An original full-length musical that explores the ways in which girls and women view their bodies in an appearance-obsessed culture. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 20-Nov. 13. Horizons Theatre at the Warehouse Next Door, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $10-$25. 703/578-1100.

Born Yesterday

• A junkyard king, his girlfriend, and a has-been lawyer attempt to bribe a crooked senator to pass a shady law and make them filthy rich. 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 Nov. 6. Arena Stage, Fichandler Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $46-$60. 202/488-3300.

The Chairs

• Alain Timar’s interpretation of Eugene Ionesco’s classic play casts a pair of young actors as an elderly man and woman who organize a reception for a group of imaginary dignitaries. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 6. Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $20-$50. 240/644-1100.

Dracula

• The gothic thriller that tells the story of erotic desire and the battle between the living and the undead. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 30. Synetic Theater at the Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. $24-$39. 202/462-5364.

For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again

• The story of a son’s homage to his mother, who nurtured his imagination and love for the theatre. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 27. Metro Stage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $32-$38. 703/548-9044.

Hilda

• French-Senegalese novelist Marie Ndiaye’s drama of violence and restraint, where no one, neither master nor servant, can claim to be innocent. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Through Oct. 23. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $37-$52. 202/332-3300.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

• Tim Rice and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s biblically based musical featuring Patrick Cassidy as Joseph. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 23. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Leading Ladies

• Two down-on-their luck Shakespearean actors concoct a plan to swindle an elderly woman by posing as her long lost relatives. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 23. Ford’s Theatre, 511 Tenth St., NW. $25-$52. 202/347-4833.

Metamorphosis

• Steven Berkoff’s adaptation of Kafka’s classic story, a glimpse of a tortured soul struggling against the isolation of contemporary society. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Through Oct. 31. Catalyst Theatre Company, Suite 401, 1816 Kalorama Road NW. $25-$30. 800/494-8497.

Morning’s At Seven

• Four women come to terms with growing old, growing up, and growing closer. 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 Oct. 30. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $15-$39. 301/924-3400.

Much Ado About Nothing

• Shakespeare’s Beatrice and Benedick fight with all their might not to fall in love while Hero and Claudio surrender to romance. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 21-Nov. 27. Folger Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. $25-$48. 202/554-7077.

No Exit

• The Sartre classic looks into the lives of three people who make their own hell in the afterlife. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 20. Scena Theatre at the Warehouse Next Door, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $25-$30. 703/684-7990.

Othello

• Shakespeare’s tale explores the tragedy of a love destroyed by jealousy. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 30. The Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $14.25-$71.25. 202/547-1122.

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.

You Are Here

• One woman’s attempt to share with the audience how she became the actress they see before them. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 8 p.m Sunday. Through Nov. 13. Presented by Theater Alliance at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $20-$25. 800/494-8497.

STAGE

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.

George Washington University Lisner Auditorium

21st and H streets NW. 202/737-4941. For tickets, call 202/994-6800.

• Judy Gold and Wendy Liebman. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25. $24-$35.

Kennedy Center

Terrace Gallery, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

• Cathay: Three Tales of China. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21-22; 2 p.m. Oct. 23. $25.

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.

DANCE

Dance Place

3225 8th St., NE. 202/269-1600.

• Jane Franklin Dance with Thompson and Trammel and Shane O’Hara. 8 p.m. Oct. 22, 7 p.m. Oct. 23. $7-$20.

Kennedy Center

Eisenhower Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

• Shen Wei Dance Arts. 8 p.m. Oct. 21-22. $14-$38.

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.

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

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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