- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 7, 2007

THEATER

After Darwin

n A comic play-within-a-play about a director who is casting a production about the conflict between Darwin and a creationist colleague. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. March 9-31. Journeymen Theater Ensemble at the Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $15-$20. 202/669-7229.

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. Through 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. Through March 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.

The Pillowman

n A writer’s dark fables come to life and are the only clue to a string of recent murders. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. March 14-April 22. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $29-$55. 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.

37 Stones, or the Man Who Was a Quarry

n Mark has 38 comedic problems: The first 37 are recurring kidney stones and the 38th is his mother. 8 p.m. Thursday- Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday. March 9-31. Charter Theatre at Theater on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $20-$25. 703/409-2372.

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.

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.

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

George M!

• 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

• 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

• Blair Mansion Mysteries performance. 7:30 p.m. March 9-10. Blair Mansion Inn Restaurant, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. $52.95. 301/588-6646.

DANCE

Dance Place

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

• Edgeworks Dance Theater. 8 p.m. March 10, 7 p.m. March 11. $7-$20.

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