- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 5, 2006

THEATER

All the Great Books (abridged)

n Three actors combine 83 of the best books in history into a 98-minute comedic play. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. July 11-16; 29-30. The Reduced Shakespeare Company Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. $40. 202/467-4600.

The Arabian Night

n A play that follows the interweaving fantasies, crossed paths and conflicting desires of five individuals trapped in an apartment tower on the hottest night in history. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Through July 30. Rorschach Theatre at Calvary Methodist Church, 1459 Columbia Road NW. $12-$18. 202/452-5538.

Assassins

n Stephen Sondheim?s Tony Award-winning musical that looks at the lives, loves and lunacy of nine infamous American assassins. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through July 30. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $31-$55. 703/820-9771.

Bedbound

n Controversial Irish playwright Enda Walsh’s expressionist play explores the world of a father and daughter who share the same bed. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through July 16. Solas Nua at the District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18 St. NW. $15-$20. 800/494-TIXS.

Caroline, or Change

n As the civil rights movement ignites passions across the South, one black woman dreams of changing her life in Tony Kushner?s musical. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through July 23. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $39-$62. 202/332-3300.

Chicago: The Musical

n The Tony award-winning musical that blends a tale of sin and celebrity. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. July 11-16. Wolf Trap Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $18-$65. 703/218-6500.

The Children’s Hour

n Lillian Hellman’s first stage hit, in which a student attacks her teachers through destructive gossip. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through July 2. The Washington Shakespeare Company at Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $30. 703/418-4808.

The Complete History of America (abridged)

n The RSC covers 600 years of history in 6,000 seconds. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Through July 9; 18-23; 25-28. The Reduced Shakespeare Company at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. $40-$45. 202/467-4600.

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

n An unauthorized parody of the “Peanuts” comic strip. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. July 12-Aug. 6. Studio Theatre Secondstage, 1501 14th St. NW. $25. 202/332-3300.

An Experiment with an Air Pump

n The questions of scientific responsibility and the often competing world views of science and art as seen through two distinct time periods. Running in repertory with “No End of Blame: Scenes of Overcoming” as part of the Potomac Theatre Project. Through July 23. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $15. 301/924-3400.

The Faculty Room

n A play that looks into the dark side of high school life from the inside of the teacher’s lounge. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through July 9. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St., NW. $30-$48. 202/393-3939.

Hedda Gabler

n Ibsen?s “female Hamlet” tries to settle into married life until a former lover’s book threatens her new husband’s career. 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, 8:15 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 2:15 and 8:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 7:45 p.m. Sunday. Through July 23. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $34-$44. 301/924-3400.

Little Women: The Musical

n The musical based on Louisa May Alcott’s own family experiences. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday-Friday; 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday- Sunday. Through July 23. Kennedy Center Opera House, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. $36-$94. 202/467-4600.

Love’s Labor’s Lost

n Four noblemen renounce the world’s pleasures for the world of academia, only to fall helplessly in love. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through July 30. The Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $14-$71. 202/547-1122.

Monty Python?s Spamalot

n The legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table set to music and full of comedic instances. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through July 9. The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $45-$90. 800/447-7400.

No End of Blame: Scenes of Overcoming

n Howard Barker’s examination of the combustible relationship between the artist and the state, and the power and responsibility of the creator. Running in repertory with “An Experiment with an Air Pump” as part of the Potomac Theatre Project. Through July 23. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $15. 301/924-3400.

Noises Off

n See the life of a traveling theater company onstage and backstage in the comedic play. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through July 9. Renegade Theater Company at the Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $20. 301/871-1487.

Picasso’s Closet

n A radical reinterpretation of Pablo Picasso’s time in occupied Paris: What if he didn’t die in 1973 but was murdered by the Nazis in 1944? 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through July 23. Theatre J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $15-$40. 800/494-8497.

Shear Madness

n 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.

Two-Headed

n Follow the friendship of two Mormon frontierswomen over the 40 years following the Mountain Meadow Massacre of 1857 in southern Utah. 8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Sunday. Through July 9. The Washington Shakespeare Company at Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $15. 703/418-4808.

U.S.A.

n Paul Shyre’s stage version of John Dos Passos’ trilogy of novels that paint the portrait of the U.S. between 1900 and 1930. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 Sunday. Through July 15. American Century Theater at the Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St. Arlington. $23-$29. 703/553-8782.

STAGE

The Capitol Steps

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202/397-SEAT.

n 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

n 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.

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

DINNER THEATER

Dead Lost Survivor

• Blair Mansion Mysteries performance. 7:30 p.m. July 7-8. Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. $52.95. 301/588-6646.

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.

Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story

• A musical featuring 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits. Through Sept. 3. 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.

DANCE

Joy of Motion Dance Center

Jack Guidone Theater, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202/276-2599.

• Performance dance camp. 8 p.m. July 8. $5.

Dance Place

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

• New Release Choreographers Showcase. 8 p.m. July 8, 7 p.m. June 9. $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.

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.

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.

• Bogwanderers Ceili Band. $6-$12. 703/521-4340.

• Greater Washington Ceili Club: Ceili. 5-9 p.m. last Sunday of month (September-June).

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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