- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 1, 2006

THEATER

Autobahn

• Neil LaBute’s world premiere series of short plays, all set in the front seat of a car. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 5. Studio Theatre Secondstage, 14th and P streets Northwest. $25. 202/332-3300.

Awake and Sing!

• The Clifford Odets tale of a family in Depression-era America that celebrates the belief that a better life is always within reach. 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 March. 5. Arena Stage, Kreeger Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $41-$60. 202/488-3300.



Damn Yankees

• A lifelong Washington Senators fan gets the opportunity to play with the team and become the greatest ballplayer who ever lived, but he must make a deal with the devil, and his attempt to outfox the devil evolves into a spirited battle between good and evil. 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 Feb. 5. Arena Stage, Fichandler Theatre, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $49-$68. 202/488-3300.

Death of a Salesman

• Willy Loman sees that his zealous quest for the American Dream actually blinded him to the richness of his life in Arthur Miller’s masterpiece. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 18. The Keegan Theatre at Church Street Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. $20-$25. 703/527-6000.

Don Juan

• Moliere’s comedy follows the 17th-century lover Don Juan and his assistant Sganarelle through Louis XIV’s France. 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 March 19. The Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $14.25-$71.25. 202/547-1122.

Eleemosynary

• Three generations of women share complex, troubled interrelationships that test the limits of love and forgiveness. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Feb. 2-March 11. Catalyst Theatre Company at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $10. 800/494-8497.

An Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Boeuf

• The best restaurant in Paris has a loyal patron in Victor, but when his heart is broken he sits down at his favorite table with a new goal: to starve himself to death. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 5. The Washington Stage Guild at Arena Stage, 1901 14th St. NW. $25-$35. 240/582-0050.

Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards

• Threatened with death by a jealous lord, two pairs of young lovers embark on an adventure through a world of dueling samurai, courtly intrigue and spiritual redemption. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Through Feb. 19. Rorschach Theatre at Calvary Methodist Church, 1459 Columbia Road NW. $12-$18. 800/494-TIXS.

Fat Pig

• Neil LaBute’s comedy asks: In a culture obsessed with beauty, can love ever be blind? 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 26. Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets Northwest. $32-$46. 202/332-3300.

Fully Committed

• In this one-man show, Sam, an out-of-work actor, mans the reservation line at Manhattan’s tiniest restaurant, where desperate callers will stop at nothing to land a prime reservation or the right table. 8 p.m. Friday; 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Feb. 3-Feb. 26. Rep Stage at Howard County Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. $12-$24. 410/772-4900.

Gas Heart

• Tristan Tzara’s theatrical ‘language-ballet,’ where individual parts of a face converse as separate characters. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 5. Forum Theatre, Warehouse Theatre, 1021 7th St. NW. $11.50-$16.50. 202/783-3933.

Lift: Icarus and Me

• A musical tale inspired by the myth of the high-flying Icarus and his inventor-father, Daedalus, set on the dunes of East Texas to the music of ragtime, rodeos and Texas Swing. 8 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 5. George Mason University Center for the Arts, Main campus, Braddock and Chain Bridge roads, Fairfax. $25-$35. 888/945-2468.

Measure for Measure

• Can the personal values of leaders regulate the conduct of citizens? A modern-day satire on the complexity of legislating morality. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 26. Folger Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. $25-$49. 202/554-7077.

Midwives

• A seasoned midwife takes desperate measures to save a baby’s life after she thinks the mother has died during childbirth — but what if the mother wasn’t really dead? 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 26. Round House Theatre, East-West Highway and Waverly Street, Bethesda. $25-$50. 240/644-1100.

Nevermore

• A dark journey into the life of Edgar Allan Poe. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 26. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $31-$55. 703/218-6500.

Sex and The Second City

• From first dates to divorce court, couples therapy to girl’s night out, the battle of the sexes heats up in this new comedy. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 5 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Feb. 7-12. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW

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 Northwest. $34. 202/467-4600.

The Story

• An ambitious young reporter manipulates information to further her own career. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Feb. 2-26. The African Continuum Theatre Company at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $25-$35. 202/399-7993.

Trying

• During the final year of his life, a weak and frail Judge Francis Biddle, the former U.S. attorney general, struggles to complete his memoirs and assess his legacy. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Through Feb. 19. Ford’s Theatre, 511 Tenth Street, NW. $25-$52. 202/347-4833.

Two Queens, One Castle

• A Gospel musical that explores life’s complexities — a catapulting career, motherhood, marriage, extended family and more. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through March 5. Metro Stage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $35-$40. 800/494-8497.

Velvet Sky

• Bethany hasn’t slept in 13 years in an effort to protect her son Andrew, but when her husband whisks Andrew away in the middle of the night, it sets in motion a twisted journey with wild comedic detours and hallucinations. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through March 5. The Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St., NW. $30-$48. 202/393-3939.

STAGE

The Capitol Steps

n 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 improvisational comedy sketches. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday. $8-$12.

Under the Beltway

n Stage Door Restaurant and Bar, 1324 King St., Alexandria. 703/798-1064.

Improvisational comedy. 8:30-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. every Friday, Saturday. $7.

DANCE

Dance Place

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

• Liturgical Dance Festival. 8 p.m. Feb. 4, 5 p.m. Feb. 5. $7-$20.

George Washington University

Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets NW. 202/737-4941. For tickets, call 202/397-SEAT.

• Sixth Annual DC Flamenco Festival with Nuevo Ballet Espanol, “Flamenco Directo.” 8 p.m. Feb. 4. $20-$60.

• Sixth Annual DC Flamenco Festival with Vicente Amigo, guitar. 8 p.m. Feb. 8. $25-$50.

Kennedy Center

Opera House, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

• American Ballet Theatre: mixed repertory program. 7:30 p.m. Through Feb. 2. $29-$99.

• Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. 7 p.m. Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8-10, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11, 1:30 p.m. Feb. 12. $29-$76.

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. $9.

• Dance party. 7:30-8:30 p.m. group class, 8:30-11 p.m. dance party. Saturdays. $12.

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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