- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 21, 2008

All That I Will Ever Be

• Playwright Alan Ball explores the relationship of two men living in Los Angeles — one white, one Middle Eastern. Stage 4, Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Through March 9. $25-$29. 202/332-3300, www.studiotheatre.org

Annie

• The Broadway hit looks to a bright tomorrow in the midst of the Great Depression. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Feb. 26-March 2. $38.50-$70. 202/397-SEAT, www.warnertheater.com

Argonautika

• Jason and the Argonauts look for the Golden Fleece and find a world of adventure in a restaging by director Mary Zimmerman. Shakespeare Theatre Company at Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Sundays except Feb. 24; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Through March 2. $23.50-$79.75. 202/547-1122, www.shakespearetheatre.org

August Wilson’s 20th Century: Gem of the Ocean

• Staged readings by 30 well-known actors of the playwright’s cycle of 10 plays, each chronicling a different decade of the 20th century. “Gem of the Ocean” takes place at the century’s beginning. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 7:30 p.m. March 4 and 5; 2 p.m. March 8 and 30. $65. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

August Wilson’s 20th Century: Joe Turner’s Come and Gone

• Staged readings by 30 well-known actors of the playwright’s cycle of 10 plays, each chronicling a different decade of the 20th century. “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” takes place in the 1910s. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 7:30 p.m. March 6-8 and 30. $65. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

August Wilson’s 20th Century: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

• Staged readings by 30 well-known actors of the playwright’s cycle of 10 plays, each chronicling a different decade of the 20th century. “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is set in the 1920s. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 2 and 7:30 p.m. March 9; 7:30 p.m. March 11 and April 1. $65. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

August Wilson’s 20th Century: The Piano Lesson

• Staged readings by 30 well-known actors of the playwright’s cycle of 10 plays, each chronicling a different decade of the 20th century. “The Piano Lesson” represents the 1930s. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 7:30 p.m. March 12, 13, 15 and April 2. $65. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

August Wilson’s 20th Century: Seven Guitars

• Staged readings by 30 well-known actors of the playwright’s cycle of 10 plays, each chronicling a different decade of the 20th century. “Seven Guitars” is set in the 1940s. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 7:30 p.m. March 14 and April 3; 2 p.m. March 15 and 16. $65. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

August Wilson’s 20th Century: Fences

• Staged readings by 30 well-known actors of the playwright’s cycle of 10 plays, each chronicling a different decade of the 20th century. “Fences” is set in the 1950s. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 7:30 p.m. March 16, 18, 19 and April 4. All performances sold out. $65. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

August Wilson’s 20th Century: Two Trains Running

• Staged readings by 30 well-known actors of the playwright’s cycle of 10 plays, each chronicling a different decade of the 20th century. “Two Trains Running” represents the 1960s. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 7:30 p.m. March 20, 21, 25; 2 p.m. April 5. $65. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

August Wilson’s 20th Century: Jitney

• Staged readings by 30 well-known actors of the playwright’s cycle of 10 plays, each chronicling a different decade of the 20th century. “Jitney” takes place in the 1970s. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 2 and 7:30 p.m. March 22; 7:30 p.m. March 26 and April 5. $65. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

August Wilson’s 20th Century: King Hedley II

• Staged readings by 30 well-known actors of the playwright’s cycle of 10 plays, each chronicling a different decade of the 20th century. “King Hedley II” is set in the 1980s. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 2 and 7:30 p.m. March 23; 7:30 p.m. March 27; 2 p.m. April 6. $65. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

August Wilson’s 20th Century: Radio Golf

• Staged readings by 30 well-known actors of the playwright’s cycle of 10 plays, each chronicling a different decade of the 20th century. “Radio Golf” takes place in the 1990s. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 7:30 p.m. March 28, 29 and April 6; 2 p.m. March 29. $65. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

The Book Club Play

• A new member disturbs a book club’s settled universe in the world premiere of Karen Zacarias’ comedy. Round House Theatre, 4545 East West Highway, Bethesda. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 3 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Through March 2. $25-$60. 202/644-1100, www.roundhousetheatre.org

The Brothers Karamazov

• Director John Langs’ award-winning visionary approach to Anthony Clarvoe’s adaptation of Dostoevsky’s classic novel. Theater Alliance at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Feb. 28-March 13. $20-$30. 202/399-7993, www.theateralliance.com

The Chairs

• Ionesco at his absurdist best, as an old couple chats with invisible guests. Scena Theatre at the Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Feb. 25-March 30. $20-$30. 703/683-2824, www.scenatheatre.org

Cookin’ at the Cookery

• Washington premiere of the award-winning musical about the blues and jazz singer Alberta Hunter. MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday; 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through March 9. $35-$40. 703/548-9044, www.metrostage.org

The Cripple of Inishmaan

• Martin McDonagh’s comic play set in 1930s Ireland finds young Cripple Billy awaiting the arrival of a Hollywood director who is expected on a neighboring island. Silver Spring Stage, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. March 2 and 16. Feb. 22-March 16. $13-$18. 301/593-6036, www.ssstage.org

Doubt: A Parable

• John Patrick Shanley sets his Pulitzer- and Tony-winning drama in a ‘60s-era Bronx Catholic school, where a nun suspects a popular new priest of improper conduct with a male student. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays; 7:30 p.m. Sundays and Feb. 26. Through March 9. $25-$48. 301/924-3400, www.olneytheatre.org

Ella

• Plumbing the heart and soul of Ella Fitzgerald in the regional premiere of this new musical, with Tina Fabrique as the First Lady of Song. Arena Stage Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. Call for times. Through Feb. 24. $57-$76. Some performances sold out. 202/488-3300, www.arenastage.org

Frida Kahlo, La Pasion/Frida Kahlo, the Passion

• Argentine playwright Ricardo Halac explores the tormented life of the renowned Mexican artist. U.S. premiere. In Spanish with English surtitles. Teatro de la Luna at Theater II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Saturdays. Post-performance discussions Fridays. Through March 1. $20-$30. 202/882-6227, 703/548-3092, teatrodelaluna.org

Happy Birthday, Wanda June

• A husband, long thought dead, returns home to find anarchy in Kurt Vonnegut’s comedy-drama set in the 1970s. The American Century Theater at Gunston Theater II, 2700 South Lang Street, Arlington. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and March 19 and 26; 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and March 9 and 16. March 7-29. $23-$29. 703/998-4555, www.americancentury.org

Hedda Gabler

• The Ibsen classic. Washington Shakespeare Company at the Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Pay-what-you-can to $30. Through March 9. $30. 703/418-4808, www.washingtonshakespeare.org

The Hostage

• The IRA takes an innocent British soldier hostage in Brendan Behan’s play with music, set in a rowdy Dublin brothel. Keegan Theatre at the Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Feb. 21-March 29. $25, $30. 703/892-0202, Ext. 2, www.keegantheatre.com

Kiss of the Spider Woman

• The Tony-winning Kander and Ebb musical that finds harmony between two very different men forced to share a jail cell in Argentina. The first play in Signature’s three-month celebration of the composer and lyricist. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays; 7 p.m. Sundays. March 11-April 20. $45-$69. 703/820-9771, www.signature-theatre.org

Last Days of the Killone Players

• The Celtic Tiger gobbles up even the remnants of Ireland’s community theater in Eric Lucas’ look at a dying art. Keegan Theatre at Theater on the Run, 3700 South Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. March 6-April 5. $15, $20. 703/892-0202, Ext. 2, www.keegantheatre.com

Low Tide Hotel

• Straight from the 2007 Capital Fringe Festival, this “dada day at the beach” draws its inspiration from vintage maritime luggage labels, literature and song. Happenstance Theater at Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. 7 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays; 3 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Through Feb. 24. $15.

Long Day’s Journey into Night

• O’Neill’s masterwork follows the Tyrone family on one fateful, heart-rending day in the summer of 1912. Firebelly Productions at Theater on the Run, 3700 South Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Through March 2. $5-$15. 703/409-2372, www.firebellyproductions.net

Macbeth

• Blood and betrayal in Shakespeare’s Scottish tragedy. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays; 7 p.m. Sundays. Feb. 28-April 13. $25-$55. 202/544-7077, www.folger.edu

Major Barbara

• A Salvation Army major, Barbara Undershaft, finds her idealism tested in Shaw’s exploration of poverty, faith and justice. Shakespeare Theatre Company, 450 Seventh St. NW. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday except Feb. 26 and March 18; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday except Feb. 24. Feb. 19-March 23. $23.50-$79.75. 202/547-1122, www.shakespearetheatre.org

Miller Festival: Death of a Salesman

• Willy Loman takes stock of his life in Arthur Miller’s masterpiece. In repertory with “A View From the Bridge” as part of Arena’s celebration of the playwright. Arena Stage Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. Call for times. March 14-May 18. $47-$66. 202/488-3300, www.arenastage.org

Miller Festival: A View From the Bridge

• An Italian-American longshoreman from Brooklyn betrays his family even as he tries to save it. In repertory with “Death of a Salesman” as part of Arena’s celebration of playwright Arthur Miller. Arena Stage Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. Call for times. March 14-May 18. $47-$66. 202/488-3300, www.arenastage.org

Mrs. Warren’s Profession

• G.B. Shaw’s look at what happens when a young, college-educated woman discovers that her mother has made her living as a prostitute. Rep Stage, Black Box Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Through Feb. 24. $17-$25. 410/772-4900, www.repstage.org. See the Web site for special events keyed to the performances.

My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy

• Steve Solomon’s one-man off-Broadway show is touted as one part lasagna, one part kreplach and two parts Prozac. Bethesda Theatre, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 5 and 9 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Feb. 21-March 26. $40-$75. 301/657-7827, www.bethesdatheatre.com

The Pirates of Penzance

• The Washington Savoyards swash and buckle through Gilbert and Sullivan’s farcical operetta. Lang Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays; 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Feb. 23-March 9. $45. 202/399-7993, www.atlasarts.org, www.savoyards.org

The Price

• Arthur Miller’s family drama about the price of a lifetime of choices. Theater J, Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursdays, Sundays; 8 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. March 8-April 18. $15-$20. 202/518-9400, 800/494-8497, www.theaterj.org

The Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)

• The world’s greatest story as most people don’t remember it. In repertory with “The Complete History of America.” Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. Call for times. March 11-April 13. 202/547-3230, 202/547-1122, www.shakespearetheatre.org/harmancenter

The Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Complete History of America (abridged)

• The madcap trio works its way from George Washington to Watergate and beyond in 90 minutes. In repertory with “The Bible.” Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. Call for times. March 11-April 13. 202/547-3230, 202/547-1122, www.shakespearetheatre.org/harmancenter

Romeo and Juliet

• Shakespeare’s tale of the star-crossed lovers told through movement, music and drama but without words. Synetic Theater at the Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through March 8. $15-$35. 703/824-8060, www.synetictheater.org

Shear Madness

• The long-running whodunit comedy continues indefinitely. Kennedy Center Theater Lab, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 p.m. Friday, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, 3:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday. $34. 202/467-4600.

The Skin of Our Teeth

• Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-winning comedy about the end of the world. Rorschach Theatre at The Sanctuary Theatre, Casa del Pueblo Methodist Church, 1459 Columbia Road NW. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. Through March 16. $12-$20. 202/452-5538, www.rorschachtheatre.com

Southside

• Staged reading of a theatrical documentary that follows one child’s journey from naive student to convicted killer. DreamCity Theatre Group at The Mead Theatre Lab, Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-24. $10 suggested donation. Tickets: 202/315-1340 or e-mail [email protected] Information: flashpointdc.org, dreamcitytg.org

Stunning

• A 16-year-old Syrian Jewish girl in Brooklyn discovers a new world through a friendship with her black maid. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and March 10 and 11; 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays. March 10-April 6. $24-$57. 202/393-3939, www.woollymammoth.net

Swimming in the Shallows

• Adam Bock’s quirky comedy deploys Buddhist monks, sharks, dream sequences and a wedding. Catalyst Theater Company at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays. Through March 8. $10. 202/494-3776, www.catalysttheater.org

Tu Ternura Molotov/Your Molotov Kisses

• A mysterious package arrives for a professional urban couple as they prepare to have a baby in Gustavo Ott’s commentary on political incorrectness. In Spanish with English surtitles. GALA Hispanic Theater at the Tivoli Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 24. $15-$50. 202/234-7174, www.galatheatre.org

Three Ways to Get a Husband

• Sistahs on the hunt for Mr. Right in the romantic comedy. With Leon, Billy Dee Williams, Shirley Murdock, Lenny Williams and Courtney “Goldie” Jackson. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday. March 11-16. $35.50-$52.50. 202/397-SEAT, www.warnertheater.com

25 Questions for a Jewish Mother

• Judy Gold, worried about becoming her mother, sets out to discover what makes a Jewish mother in this solo comedy turn. Theater J, Goldman Theater, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursday, Sundays; 8 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays; noon Wednesdays. Through Feb. 24. $15-$50. 202/777-3210, 800/494-8497, washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts

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