- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 31, 2007

THEATER

The Countess

n In Victorian England, a critic’s young wife scandalously divorces him to marry his protege. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 4. Washington Stage Guild, 1901 T St. NW. $35-$40. 240/582-0050.

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. Feb. 5-April 1. Signature Theatre, 2800 S. Stafford St., Arlington. $37-$63. 703/820-9771.

Desire Under the Elms

n Eugene O’Neill’s tragic play in which a dysfunctional family falls apart because of incest, lies and murder. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 3. American Century Theater at Gunston Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $23-$29. 703/553-8782.

Emergence-See

n When a slave ship emerges in front of the Statue of Liberty, New York falls into a whirlwind of emotion in this Daniel Beaty one-man show. 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Feb. 2-3. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $21. 202/488-3300.

Gem of the Ocean

n In 1904 Pittsburgh, a mystical 285-year-old matriarch leads a spiritual journey to the mythical city of Bones, a place 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.

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.

Lypsinka: The Passion of Crawford

n Actor John Epperson pays tribute to the screen queen Joan Crawford utilizing the actress’ own words. Times vary. Sunday. Feb. 7-25. 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.

Mojo Mickybo

n Two Belfast boys, one Protestant and one Catholic, make their way through war-torn streets as modern day outlaws. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Through Feb. 3. Keegan Theatre at Theater on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $15-$20. 703/892-0202.

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.

The Seven Ages of Mime

n An eclectic blend of live music, acrobatics and physical dramatization from renowned mime Mark Jaster. 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 3. Round House Theatre Silver Spring. 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $15-$35. 202/644-1100.

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 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.

The Tempest

n Shakespeare’s tale of freedom, temperance, repentance and forgiveness. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 3. Keegan Theatre at the Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St., NW. $20-$25. 703/892-0202.

This Is How It Goes

n Neil LaBute’s tension-filled play about a tumultuous interracial love triangle. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 11. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $40-$55. 202/332-3300.

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. Metro Stage will conduct a reading on Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. www.studiotheatre.org/365.

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. Feb. 2-25. 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.

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. 2-3. Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. $52.95. 301/588-6646.

DANCE

Dance Place

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

• VTDance. 8 p.m. Feb. 3, 4 p.m. Feb. 4. $7-$20.

George Mason Center for the Arts

4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 703/993-8650.

• Cirque Eloize “Rain.” 8 p.m. Feb. 2; 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 3. $22-$44.

The Kennedy Center

Eisenhower Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

• The Washington Ballet, “Noche Latina!” 8 p.m. Through Feb. 2; 2:30 and 8 p.m. Feb. 3; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4. $19-$115.

The Kennedy Center

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

• Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. 7 p.m. Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7-9, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10; 1:30 p.m. Feb. 11. $30-$79.

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