- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 28, 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. Through 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 in Somerset Maugham’s comedy. 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.

Drama Under the Influence

n A play about three female playwrights — Rachel Crothers, Gertrude Stein and Dorothy Parker — who influenced their generation during the first and second world wars by pushing literary boundaries. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through March 24. American Century Theater at Gunston Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $23-$29. 703/553-8782.

Family Secrets

n The story of a Jewish family transplanted from the Bronx to Southern California. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. March 7-April 15. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. $15-$45. 800/494-8497.

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

n Two lonely mid-life lovers, a short-order cook and a waitress, try to forge a relationship in Terrence McNally’s two-person play. 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 April 8. Arena Stage, Kreeger Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $52-$66. 202/488-3300.

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.

Insurrection: Holding History

n Before 189-year-old TJ dies, he wants his great-great-grandson to take him back to Virginia in this time-bending comic fantasy. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. March 1-25. Theater Alliance at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $26. 202/396-0050.

Kiss Me, Kate

n Cole Porter’s musical version of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew.” 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through March 17. Washington Savoyards at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $35-$45. 202/399-7993.

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 March 11. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $34-$48. 202/332-3300.

Richard III

n King Richard III 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.

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.

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. Round House Theater will conduct a reading on March 4 at 7 p.m. at the Round House Education Center, 925 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring. www.studiotheatre.org/365.

Trouble in Mind

n It’s 1957 and Wiletta Mayer has the lead role in an anti-lynching Broadway play but trouble surfaces when she clashes with the white director over her “take” on the role and whether the play has begun to say the things that can’t be said. 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. 410/332-0033.

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.

Writer’s Cramp

n A comedic look at the literary mores of an overlooked, under-appreciated Scottish writer named F.S. McDade. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through April 7. Scena Theatre at the Warehouse Theatre, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $15-$32.50. 703/683-2824.

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 March 4. 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.

Warner Theatre

13th and E streets Northwest. 202/397-SEAT.

n Ron White. 7:30 p.m. March 1. 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. March 2. $44.75.

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

George M!

n Rags-to-riches story of George M. Cohan. Through June 10. 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.

Murder Upon Request

n 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.

Mystery in Mo-Town I

n Blair Mansion Mysteries performance. 7:30 p.m. March 2-3. Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. $52.95. 301/588-6646.

DANCE

American Dance Institute

1570 E. Jefferson St., Rockville. 301/984-3003.

• Arpino Apprentices of the Joffrey Ballet. 7:30 p.m. March 3, 1:30 p.m. March 4. $10-$20.

Dance Place

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

• Coyaba Dance Theater. 8 p.m. March 2, 3 p.m. March 3, 4 p.m. March 4. $7-$20.

The Kennedy Center

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

• New York City Ballet, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” 7:30 p.m. March 1-2, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. March 3-4. $29-$99.

The Music Center at Strathmore

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

• Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. 8 p.m. March 6. $21-$35.

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