- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 14, 2007

THEATER

Carnival!

n Lili, a girl from a small village in France, joins the Grande Imperial Cirque de Paris and becomes a pawn in the rivalry between the troupe’s magician and its puppeteer. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Feb. 17-March 11. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. $25-$90. 202/467-4600.

The Constant Wife

n The Middletons were happily married for 15 years, until family and friends discover one of them having an affair and must wrestle with revealing the truth. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through March 11. Olney Theatre Center 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $36-$46. 301/924-3400.

Crave

n Four nameless characters tell their tales of disintegration and isolation against the pressures of love, loss and longing. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through April 1. Signature Theatre, 2800 S. Stafford St., Arlington. $37-$63. 703/820-9771.

Gem of the Ocean

n In August Wilson’s 1904 Pittsburgh, a mystical 285-year-old matriarch leads a spiritual journey to a mythical city where troubled souls that seek solace in her house can finally be set free. 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 18. Arena Stage, Fichandler Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $52-$66. 202/488-3300.

Into the Woods

n The Stephen Sondheim musical that combines the tales of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Ridinghood with an original story of a baker and his wife who desperately want children but must remove the curse standing in their way. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 25. Signature Theatre, 2800 S. Stafford St., Arlington. $37-$63. 703/820-9771.

The Jitney

n August Wilson’s play recreates 1970s Pittsburgh, where jitney drivers must struggle with gentrification, individual responsibility and the definition of community. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 18. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. $25-$52. 202/347-4833.

King Lear

n The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of Shakespeare’s drama about the trials of an aging king. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 25. Folger Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. $32-$50. 202/544-7077.

Little Red Riding Hood

n The fable is brought to life with large-scale puppets, live actors and marionettes. 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Through May 25. Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. $12-$15. 703/824-6200.

Lypsinka: The Passion of Crawford

n Actor John Epperson pays tribute to screen queen Joan Crawford utilizing the actress’s own words. Times vary. Sunday. Through Feb. 25. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $34-$48. 202/332-3300.

Macbeth

n A wordless version of Shakespeare’s tragedy blends dance, movement and music. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 25. Synetic Theater at the Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St., Rosslyn. $15-$25. 703/824-6200.

Orson’s Shadow

n Orson Welles, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh and Joan Plowright all come to life in the comedy that reimagines the backstage drama that accompanied a 1960 production of Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros.” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 25. Round House Theatre Bethesda, 4545 East West Highway, Bethesda. $45-$55. 202/644-1100.

Richard III

n King Richard seduces and slaughters his enemies in order to obtain and retain the crown in this Shakespeare drama. 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 18. Shakespeare Theatre Company, 450 Seventh St. NW. 202/547-1122.

Rough Magic

n After being imprisoned for 500 years, a man named Caliban escapes to modern-day New York City, where he joins forces with a magical dramaturg and a love-struck lifeguard. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through Feb. 25. Rorschach Theatre at the Sanctuary Theatre, 1459 Columbia Road NW. $10-$20. 202/452-5538.

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.

Sleeping Arrangements

n A coming-of-age saga of family rejuvenation. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 18. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. $15-$45. 800/494-8497.

The Small Things

n The last two people left in the world have to speak to stay alive. Who will have the last word? 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 25. Solas Nua at the Flashpoint Mead Theatre Lab, 916 G St. NW. $15-$20. 800/494-4897.

The Snow Queen

n A holiday fable of a sister’s journey to save her brother from being turned into ice by the evil Snow Queen. Noon Saturday-Sunday. Through Feb. 25. Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. $12-$15. 703/824-6200.

365 Days/365 Plays Festival

n Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks’ tour de force, a play for each day of the year, presented by different arts organizations in weekly cycles of seven plays each. Catalyst Theater will conduct a reading on Feb. 17 at 4:15 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Arts Center, 545 Seventh St., SE. www.studiotheatre.org/365.

Trouble in Mind

n After being imprisoned for 500 years, a man named Caliban escapes to modern-day New York City, where he joins forces with a magical dramaturg and a love-struck lifeguard. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through March 4. CenterStage, 700 North Calvert St., Baltimore. $10-$60. 410/3332-0033.

Twelfth Night

n Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identity, romance and reunion. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through March 3. Firebelly Productions at Theater on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $12-$15. 703/409-2372.

Two By Pinter: The Collection and The Lover

n Two drama-filled works by Harold Pinter involving couples. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 25. Rep Stage at Howard County Community College, 1901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $12-$24. 410/772-4900.

Vigils

n A woman clings to her dead husband’s talkative soul as she attempts to see someone new. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 25. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. $22-$52. 202/393-3939.

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

Here’s Love: “The Miracle on 34th Street” Musical

• A musical adaptation of the popular holiday favorite. Through Feb. 18. 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. Feb. 16. 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.

A Murderous Matrimony

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

DANCE

Dance Place

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

n Black Expressions Hip-Hop Festival. 8 p.m. Feb. 17, 4 p.m. Feb. 18. $7-$20.

George Washington University

Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St., NW. 202/397-SEAT.

n Flamenco Festival : Sara Baras. 8 p.m. Feb. 15-16. $20-$65.

n Flamenco Festival : Compania Rafaela Carrasco. 8 p.m. Feb. 17. $20-$60.

The Kennedy Center

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

n Matthew Bourne and New Adventures. “Edward Scissorhands.” 7:30 p.m. Through Feb. 16, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17-18. $29-$84.

n Bolshoi Ballet, “Cinderella.” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-23. $47-$125.

n Bolshoi Ballet, “Don Quixote.” 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24-25. $47-$125.

The Music Center at Strathmore

5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. 301/581-5100.

n Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. 8 p.m. Feb. 15-16. $28-$60.

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