- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 4, 2006

THEATER

Autobahn

• Neil LaBute’s play, set in the front seat of a car. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Jan. 11-Feb. 5. Studio Theatre Secondstage, 14th and P streets NW. $25. 202/332-3300.

Alice in Wonderland

• The classic children’s tale about Alice’s adventures in Wonderland. Noon Saturday-Sunday. Through Jan. 15. Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. $12-$15. 703/824-6200.

Betty Rules

• The story of an up-and-coming, all-girl three-piece punk-rock trio from Fairfax. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Jan. 29. Theatre J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $10-$40. 800/494-8497.

The Comedy of Errors

• One of Shakespeare’s earliest plays, a farce of mistaken identities taking place in the course of one day. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Jan. 8. The Shakespeare Theatre Company at the Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $14.25-$71.25. 202/547-1122.

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 Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $49-$68. 202/488-3300.

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. Jan. 5-Feb. 5. The Washington Stage Guild at Arena Stage, 1901 14th St. NW. $25-$35. 240/582-0050.

An Experiment with an Air Pump

• A dark comedy about the past and future of science and society and the moral dilemmas that can accompany scientific progress. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through Jan. 28. Journeyman Theater Ensemble at the Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $15-$20. 202/248-2295.

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. 12. Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. $32-$46. 202/332-3300.

Les Miserables

• Tony Award-winning musical that travels through three turbulent decades of 19th-century France. Showtimes vary. Through Jan. 21. The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $36.25-$83.25. 202/628-6161.

Monkeyboy

• Veronica has been cursed with a lifetime association with a cockatoo stricken with Tourette’s syndrome — until a stranger helps rid her of the aviary affliction. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Through Jan. 29. Charter Theater Company at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $20-$25. 202/333-7009.

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. Jan. 10-Feb. 26. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $31-$55. 703/218-6500.

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.

Spoon River Anthology

• A musical adaption of the poems by Edgar Lee Masters. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. Jan. 5-28. American Century Theater at Theater II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $23-$29. 703/553-8782.

The Subject Was Roses

• After serving in World War II, Timmy Cleary returns home to find his parents are strangers — to him and each other. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Jan. 7-29. The Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. $25-78. 202/467-4600.

Wicked

• Long before Dorothy came to Oz, two other girls met in munchkinland — one grows up to become the Wicked Witch of the West, and the other becomes Glinda the Good Witch. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Through Jan. 15. The Kennedy Center Opera House, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. $42-$150. 202/467-4600.

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.

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

Mame

• In 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.

Welcome Back Potter

• Blair Mansion Mysteries performance. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6, 13-14. Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. $52.95. 301/588-6646.

DANCE

Kennedy Center

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

• Bowen McCauley Dance and Tone. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7; 2 p.m. Jan. 8. $40.

Dance Place

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

• VT Dance: Grandmother Project. 8 p.m. Jan. 7; 4 p.m. Jan. 8. $38.50.

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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