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It's back: The Big Apple Circus returns with clowns, acrobats and animals. Shows run through March 27.
It's back: The Big Apple Circus returns with clowns, acrobats and animals. Shows run through March 27. (Bertrand Guay/big Apple Circus)
Friday, March 5, 2010


Prices listed where available.


"BEAUTY AND THE BEAST" Friday and Thursday at 10 and 11:30, Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 and 1, through April 11. The Puppet Co. Playhouse presents the classic fairy tale. Glen Echo Park, Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-5380. $10.

"THE NEW MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY" Friday and Tuesday-Thursday at 10:30, Saturday and Sunday at 11 and 1:30, through April 6. Based on the popular series of children's books by Jeff Brown. Glen Echo Park, Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2270. $15, $12 age 12 and younger.

THE BANJO MAN Friday at 10:30. The Banjo Man performs folk- and bluegrass-inspired children's songs. Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. $5.

"ANANSI THE SPIDER IS LOST" Friday at 7 and Saturday at 2. Bowie State University Theater Department presents Kinetics Dance Theatre and BSU Dancers in an African tale told through music and dance. Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Rd., Bowie. 301-860-4000. $5, $3 children through high school.

"AURÉLIA'S ORATORIO" Friday at 7, Saturday at 2 and 7 and Sunday at 2. The show, starring Aurélia Thierrée, includes dancing, puppetry, acrobatics and more, set to a score of chamber music and gypsy jazz. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. 202-547-1122. 877-487-8849. $20-$25.

"HANSEL AND GRETEL" Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 3 and 7:30 and Sunday at 3. The Children's Theatre, a division of Encore Stage & Studio, presents the classic fairy tale. Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. 703-548-1154. $10, $8 children, seniors and students.

"HOLES" Friday at 7:30, Saturday and Sunday at 3, through March 14. A cast of elementary, middle and high school students performs the play about Stanley Yelnats, who is sent to a juvenile correctional facility and forced to dig holes. McLean Community Center, Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-0123. 202-397-7328. Best for age 7 and older. $14, $10 McLean district residents.

"OUR PLACE IN SPACE" Friday and Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 1:30 and 3, through March 28. Explore the cause of day and night, the importance of the sun and learn about the universe and the planetarium. Arlington Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-228-6070. $3, $2 seniors and age 12 and younger.

"PAPER TALES FROM THE ORIGAMI SWAMI" Saturday at 9:30 and 11. Storyteller Megan Hicks takes the audience into a world of imagination where a square of paper becomes an acrobat, a fireman's hat, a sailboat, a get-well note, a disguise for a spy or a kiss goodbye. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. Best for age 4 and older. Free tickets distributed 30 minutes before each show.

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