- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 4, 2007

THEATER

Agnes of God

• Science and faith collide when a postulant nun gives birth and claims it was a virgin birth. 8 p.m. Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13; 2 p.m. Oct. 14. Through Oct. 14. Silver Spring Stage, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $13-$18. 301/593-6036.

Ah, Wilderness!

• A teenage boy learns about life in Eugene O’Neill’s only comedy. 8 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. matinees. Through Oct. 6. American Century Theater at Gunston Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $23-$38. 703/998-4555.

Ambition Facing West

• Children flock to the West to pursue dreams of opportunity as parents struggle to hold the family together. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 13. Oct. 11-Nov. 4. Theater Alliance at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $30. 866/811-4111

Blind Date/Cita a ciegas

• A blind writer sits on his favorite park bench and connects with the personal stories of strangers. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 14. Gala Hispanic Theatre at the Tivoli, 3333 14th St. NW. $26-$34. 202/234-7174.

Caligula

• Camus’ exploration of tyranny in the person of the Roman Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, commonly known as Caligula. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Pay-what-you-can previews 8 p.m. Oct. 11, 12, 14, 15. Opens 8 p.m. Oct. 16. Oct. 11-Nov. 11. Washington Shakespeare Company at the Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $25-$50. 703/418-4807.

Dearly Departed

• A dysfunctional family tries to deal with confrontations and funerals. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 6. Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. $15. 301/441-8770.

The Fall of the House of Usher

• Edgar Allan Poe’s thriller takes a trip through the sullen route of the human psyche. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 31. Synetic Theatre at the Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 North Kent St., Arlington. $15-$35. 703/824-8060.

Gossip, Lies and Secrets

• In Angela Barrow-Dunlap’s stage play, one woman severs the bond of commitment among her friends when she writes a novel that reveals all their secrets. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 9-14. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. $33.50-$49.50. 202/397-SEAT.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

• The long-running off-Broadway revue, a Seinfeldian musical about relationship madness, opens the revitalized Bethesda movie house. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Oct. 4-Feb. 17. Bethesda Theatre, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. $40-$75. 301/657-7827.

A Lesson Before Dying

• In the deeply prejudiced society of Bayonne, La., two black men are grappling to attain their manhood. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through Oct. 14. Round House Theatre, 4545 East West Highway, Bethesda. $10, $50-$60. 240/644-1100.

Merrily We Roll Along

• Stephen Sondheim’s reinvention of the Kaufman-Hart musical takes a tuneful trip through the personal and professional lives of three friends. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through Oct. 14. Signature Theatre, 2800 S. Stafford St., Arlington. $40-$69. 703/820-9771.

My Children! My Africa!

• Athol Fugard’s tale of friendship between two teenagers, one black and one white, in apartheid-torn South Africa. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 7 p.m. Sunday. For additional performances, call for times. Through Oct. 21. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $39-$55. 202/232-7267.

Of Mice and Men

• Friendship leads two men to find work and a life for themselves during the Depression. Call for times. Through Oct. 21. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $25-$41. 301/924-3400.

A Shayna Maidel

• A family’s strength and power endures through separation and tragic incidents of the Holocaust. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through Nov. 4. Rep Stage, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $12-$25. 410/772-4900

Shear Madness

• 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 NW. $34. 202/467-4600.

The Taming of the Shrew

• Shakespeare explores the institution of marriage, separation between men and women, and the complicated road to love. Call for times. Through Nov. 18. Shakespeare Theatre Company at Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. $23.50-$79.50. 202/547-1122.

The Trial

• Kafka’s tale of Joseph K., arrested and tried without being told why. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Oct. 13, 20, 27 and Nov. 3. Catalyst Theater Company at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $10. 800/494-TIXS.

Well

• Mother knows best in a Tony Award-nominated comedy about childhood and family. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through Oct. 14. 1101 Arena Stage, Sixth St. SW. $47-66. 202/488-3300.

STAGE

The Capitol Steps

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202/397-SEAT.

• 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.

• 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.

DC Improv

1140 Connecticut Ave., NW. Tuesday-Thursday 8:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Sunday 8 p.m. 202/296-7008

• Jake Johannsen. Through Oct. 7. $15

Olney Theatre Center

2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. 301/924-3400.

• “Late Nite Catechism.” One-woman comedic show that takes audience members back to Latin Mass, meatless Fridays, and rulers across knuckles. Call for times. Oct. 4-Nov. 11. $25-$46.

Signature Theatre

4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703/ 820-9771.

• “The Word Begins.” Spoken word artists Steve Connell and Sekou take on controversial issues and race relations. Call for times. Through Dec. 2. $41-$63

SPECTACLE

Dulles Town Center

45630 Dulles Center Blvd., Sterling, Va. 703/573-SEAT.

• The Big Apple Circus. Animals, clowns, aerialists, the works. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Monday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Through Oct. 8. Dulles Town Center, 45630 Dulles Center Blvd., Sterling. $16-$50. 703/573-SEAT.

DINNER THEATER

Blair Mansion Mysteries

Blair Mansion Inn, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. Performances every Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $44.50. 301/588-6646.

• “Blairwitch Project.” Oct. 5-27

Toby’s Dinner Theatre

5900 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia, Md. 8:15 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 12:30 and 7:15 p.m. Sunday. $28.50-$47. 301/596-6161.

• “Titanic, the Musical.” The Tony-winning show that first opened on Broadway in 1997. Through Nov. 11.

Lazy Susan Dinner Theater

10712 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Doors open 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 703/550-7384.

• “Clue, the Musical.” The world’s best-known suspects come to life in the board-game-turned-musical. Through Oct. 14.

Mystery Dinner Playhouse

Doubletree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, Crystal City. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 888/471-4802.

• “Here’s Killing You, Kid.” There is a new sleuth in town, and he has a case to solve. Through Oct. 30.

FESTIVALS

All Roads Film Festival

National Geographic Society, Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. 202/857-7700. Screenings at various times. Oct. 4-7. $7-$9, festival pass $45-$63. Complete schedule at nationalgeographic.com/allroads.

• Fourth annual four-day multimedia event featuring stories of minority cultures told through film, photography and music.

• Festival art market. International foods and handicrafts by global artisans. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 6, 7.

Festival of Hispanic Theater

Gunston Arts Center, Theater Two, 2700 S. Lang Street, Arlington. Oct. 9-Nov. 17. In Spanish with live English dubbing at most performances. Individual events $25-$30, three-ticket pass $65-$80. 703/548-3092 or teatrodelaluna.org.

• Tenth international festival. More than five weeks of dance, mime and drama with two or three performances each week by troupes from Argentina, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

The Hyman S. and Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival

Most events at the Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Oct. 6-16. Individual events $5-$30, with some free. Festival pass $55-$75. 202/777-3250 or washingtondcjcc.org/litfest.

• Ten days of readings, interpretation, storytelling and music in 18 programs featuring well-known writers of fiction and non-fiction.

• “Finding Home: A Theatrical Celebration of Jewish Short Stories.” Opening night readings by Naomi Jacobson, Isabel Thompson, Jerry Whiddon and Harry Winter, directed by Nick Olcott. 8 p.m. Oct. 6.

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Intersection of Route 450 and Crownsville Road, Crownsville, Md. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 21. $8-$18. Children 6 and younger admitted free. 800/296-7304 or rennfest.com.

• A 16th-century English village re-created with crafts, food, games and live performances on eight stages.

DANCE

Atlas Performing Arts Center

Lang Theatre, 1333 H St. NE. 202/399-7993.

• Washington Ballet Studio Company: Moon/Dance. 8 p.m. Oct. 11, 12. $18-$33

Black Rock Center For the Arts

12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. 301/528-2260

• Tehreema Mitha Dance Company and Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company. 8 p.m. Oct. 6. $20, $25.

George Mason University Center for the Arts

4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 888/945-2468.

• Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. 8 p.m. Oct. 6, 4 p.m. Oct. 7. $22-$44.

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