Bushwa: A Modern Ubu
n A modern, American adaption of Alfred Jarry’s 1898 political satire, “Ubu Roi,” about a selfish and intellectually challenged king. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 6-15. Round House Theatre and The Georgetown Theatre Company at Round House Theatre Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $20. 240/644-1100.
n Clifford Bradshaw, a young American journalist, lands at the notorious Kit Kat Club and falls in love with English entertainer Sally Bowles in pre-World War II Berlin. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 29. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $60-$74. 202/488-3300.
An Enemy of the People
n Dr. Stockman discovers that his city’s baths are contaminated and he sets out to warn the other citizens, only to have them rebuke and try to quiet him. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 22. Shakespeare Theatre Company, 450 7th St. NW. $19-$76. 202/547-1122.
n Two friends, Froggy and Charlie, head to the backwoods of Georgia for vacation and play a joke on the locals by introducing Charlie as a foreigner who doesn’t speak any English. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 22. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $34-$44. 301/924-3400.
Get Your War On
n A range of stunned and outraged Americans react to September 11, the Bush administration and the war on terror. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 5-14. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St., NW. $24-$32. 202/393-3939.
Girl in the Goldfish Bowl
n A look at life in 1962 through the eyes of Iris, a 10-year-old girl, and a stranger who washes up on the beach. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 29. MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $35-$40. 703/548-9044.
Help Wanted: A Personal Search for Meaningful Employment at the Start of the 21st Century
n An aspiring Midwestern actor, stuck in a post-college job as a parking lot attendant, flips over the brilliant confessional monologues of Spalding Gray. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 8. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St., NW. $15. 202/393-3939.
My Fair Lady
n Professor Henry Higgins molds cockney flower seller Eliza Doolittle into a society lady in Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Oct. 7, 21 and Nov. 4, 18; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 19. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $37-$63. 800/955-5566.
A Prayer for Owen Meany
n The story of John Wheelwright and his friendship with Owen Meany, a man who claims to be a messenger of God. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 8. Round House Theater, 4545 East West Highway, Bethesda. $28-$55. 240/644-1100.
Red Light Winter
n The dark story of a love triangle that began in a hostel in Amsterdam and continues to New York. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 15. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $29-$55. 202/332-3300.
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
n A parable for the rise of Hitler in Germany; Arturo Ui is a gangster who uses violence and intimidation to rise to the top of Chicago’s vegetable trade. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 7-Nov. 4. Catalyst Theatre Company at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St., SE. $10. 202/494-3776.
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.
Short Order Stories
n In late August 2001, Larry’s Diner is packed with parents and their kids making their annual drive to the many colleges in southern New York state, but on this trip one family’s future might change forever. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Sunday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through Oct. 21. Charter Theatre Company at Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $20-$25. 202/333-7009.
State of the Union
n Love meets politics in Lindsay and Crouse’s Pulitzer-winning comedic drama. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 22. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. $25-$52. 202/347-4833.
Stones in His Pockets
n Jake and Charlie see the ups and downs of show business when they are hired as extras in their small County Kerry town. 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 8. Rep Stage 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. $12-$24. 410/772-4900.
Twelve Angry Men
n Inside the deliberation room with 12 jurors who must decide the fate of a youth charged with manslaughter. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Oct. 3-22. Roundabout Theatre at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. $25-$78. 202/467-4600.
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.
Kiss Me, Kate
Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” mixed with Cole Porter’s music. Through Nov. 19. 8:15 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 12:30 and 7:15 p.m. Sunday. $28.50-$47. Toby’s Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia, Md. 301/596-6161.
The Love Shack “Killing You Softly”
Blair Mansion Mysteries performance. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6-7. Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. $52.95. 301/588-6646.
The Night Disco Died
Blair Mansion Mysteries performance. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5. 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.
DAR Constitution Hall
18th and C streets, Northwest. 202/397-SEAT.
So You Think You Can Dance Live Tour. 8 p.m. Oct. 10. $37.50-$53.50.
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. Mondays. $32.
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.
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.
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 of the month (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 the 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.