- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 15, 2006

THEATER

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.

Dame Edna, Back with a Vengeance

• Barry Humphries’ Dame Edna Everage, “international megastar,” brings her musical/talk show back to Washington. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Feb. 21-March 5. The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $35-$70. 202/737-5983.

Death and the King’s Horseman

• Wole Soyinka’s play, based on a true story, explores what happens when a colonial administrator interferes with a Yoruba rite — the suicide of a horseman who is bound to follow his dead king to heaven. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through March 12. The Washington Shakespeare Company at Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. Pay what you can — $25. 800/494-8497.

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.

The Dybbuk

• A cornerstone of the Yiddish theatrical repertoire involves ill-fated lovers, a transmigration of souls, exorcism, and cruel class snobbery. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through March 19. Theatre J and Synetic Theater at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $15-$49. 800/494-8497.

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. Through March 11. Catalyst Theatre Company at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $10. 800/494-8497.

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 March 12. 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. Through Feb. 26. Rep Stage at Howard County Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. $12-$24. 410/772-4900.

The Heiress

• A young woman’s heart is caught between a fortune hunter and her protective, penny-wise father in 1850s New York. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through March 12. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $34-$44. 301/924-3400.

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 when 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.

The Murder of Isaac

• Motti Lerner’s searing drama explores Israel after the assassination of Prime Minister Yithak Rabin through the patients in an Israeli hospital ward specializing in post-traumatic stress disorders. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. March 1 and 8. Through March 12. Centerstage, 700 North Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. $10-$60. 410/986-4008.

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.

The Price

• Two long-estranged brothers meet in their dead father’s attic to dispose of his belongings, and reopen old wounds in this Arthur Miller classic. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Feb. 16-March 18. Fountainhead Theatre at Theater on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $10-$20. 703/920-5923.

Savage in Limbo

• A comedy of love and loathing — five “thirtysomethings” bring their outsized personalities and thwarted desires to a hole-in-the-wall bar in the Bronx. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through Feb. 25. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and the University of Maryland Department of Theatre at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center’s Kogod Theatre, University Boulevard and Adelphi Road, College Park. $7-$20. 301/405-ARTS.

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 career. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 26. The African Continuum Theatre Company at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $25-$35. 202/399-7993.

This Lime Tree Bower

• The Washington premiere of Conor McPherson’s play about a robbery in a chip shop in South Dublin, as related by three participants. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through March 19. Scena Theatre at the Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $25-$30. 703/684-7990.

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 10th St. 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.

The 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 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

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

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.

DINNER THEATER

Mame

• At the height of the 1920s, a flapper, Mame, bucks her age and station to live her life as she pleases. Through Feb. 19. 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday; 12:30 and 8:15 p.m. Wednesday; 12:30 and 7:15 p.m. Sunday. $27.50-$46. 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.

A Murderous Matrimony

• Blair Mansion Mysteries performance. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, 19. Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. $52.95. 301/588-6646.

Mystery in Mo’Town II

• Blair Mansion Mysteries performance. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18. Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. $52.95. 301/588-6646.

DANCE

Dance Place

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

• Tappening. 8 p.m. Feb. 25, 4 p.m. Feb. 26. $7-$20.

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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