Theater Downtown

ARENA STAGE/FICHANDLER -- "The Misanthrope," through Sunday. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2:30 and 8, Sunday at 7:30. 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300 (TDD: 202-484-0247).

ARENA STAGE/KREEGER -- "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," through Dec. 29. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2 and 7:30, Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30, Thursday at 8. 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300 (TDD: 202-484-0247).

ARENA STAGE/OLD VAT -- "Downstairs" new play reading series, through Saturday. "Method Skin" by Jerome Hairston, Friday at 8. "Hold Please" by Annie Weisman, Saturday at 8. 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300 (TDD: 202-484-0247).

NATIONAL THEATRE -- "Man of La Mancha," through Nov. 10. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2, Tuesday-Thursday at 8. 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 800-447-7400 or 202-628-6161.

SHAKESPEARE THEATRE -- "Much Ado About Nothing," through Jan. 5. Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30, Thursday at 8. The Lansburgh, 450 Seventh St. NW. 202-547-1122 (TDD: 202-638-3863).

TERRACE -- "Medea" by Abbey Theatre, through Nov. 9. Thursday at 7:30. At the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

THEATER LAB -- "Shear Madness," indefinitely. Friday at 9, Saturday at 6 and 9, Sunday at 3:30 and 7, Tuesday-Thursday at 8. At the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

WARNER THEATRE -- "Fosse," through Sunday. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7:30. 13th and E NW. 202-783-4000 or 202-432-7328.

Around Town

CAPITAL RENAISSANCE -- "The Colored Museum," through Sunday. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2:30 and 8, Sunday at 4. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. 877-426-9372.

CHARTER THEATRE -- "Poe and All That Jazz," through Sunday. Friday at 8, Saturday at 3 and 8, Sunday at 8 (all shows are "pay-what-you-can"). National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-7009.

CHERRY RED PRODUCTIONS -- "Thumbsucker," through Nov. 9. Friday-Saturday at 8 and 10, Thursday at 8. D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-298-9077 or 202-462-7833.

CLARICE SMITH PERFORMING Arts Center -- Comedians Marc Maron and Roy Zimmerman, Wednesday-Thursday at 8. University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787.

FOUNTAINHEAD/KEEGAN -- "Come Back, Little Sheba," through Nov. 12. Saturday at 2, Sunday-Tuesday at 8. Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. 703-920-5923.

GALA HISPANIC THEATRE -- "Puente," through Nov. 8. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 4. Warehouse Theatre, 1021 Seventh St. NW. 202-234-7174.

KEEGAN THEATRE -- "The Glass Menagerie," through Nov. 17. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2, Thursday at 8. Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run, Arlington. 703-527-6000.

LITTLE GLOBE THEATER -- "Knoyugogh," through Nov. 17. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2 and 8, Wednesday-Thursday at 8. Robert Cole Studios, 1708 15th St. NW. 202-234-9495.

METROSTAGE -- "Three Sistahs," through Dec. 1. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2 and 7. 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 703-548-9044.

MISTER MAYHEM STUDIOS -- "Closer," through Nov. 17. Wednesday-Thursday at 8. Art-O-Matic, 401 M St. SW. 202-262-9149.

NATIONAL THEATRE/HAYES GALLERY -- "Precious Lam'," Monday at 6 and 7:30. Free. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372.

OLD TOWN THEATER -- Bob Somerby's "Material World," through Nov. 15: Friday-Saturday and Thursday at 8. "The Crawl Space Waltz," through Wednesday: Wednesday at 8. 815 1/2 King St., Alexandria. 703-535-8022.

OLNEY -- "Driving Miss Daisy," through Sunday. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8,Sunday at 2. 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. 301-924-3400.

PURCHASED EXPERIENCES -- A play by Mac Wellman, through Dec. 1. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3, Thursday at 8. Art-O-Matic, 401 M St. SW. 202-361-9138.

REP STAGE -- "Faith Healer," through Nov. 24. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30. Theatre Outback, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 410-772-4900.

RESTON COMMUNITY CENTER -- Byron Motley in "Hitmakers, Heroes and Homeruns," Saturday at 3. 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. 703-476-1111.

RONALD REAGAN BUILDING -- The Capitol Steps comedy troupe, indefinitely. Friday-Saturday at 7:30. Amphitheater, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1555.

RORSCHACH THEATRE -- "Ubu Roi," through Nov. 9. Friday at 8, Saturday at 8 and 10:30, and Thursday at 8. Calvary Methodist Church, 1459 Columbia Rd. NW. 703-715-6707.

ROUND HOUSE -- "The Cherry Orchard," through Dec. 1. Wednesday-Thursday at 8. East-West Highway and Waverly Street, Bethesda. 240-644-1100.

STANISLAVSKY STUDIO -- "Host and Guest," through Dec. 1. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2, Thursday at 8. Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. 202-265-3748.

STUDIO -- "Privates on Parade," through Nov. 10 in the Mead Theatre: Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7, Wednesday-Thursday at 7:30. "The Shape of Things," through Dec. 15 in the Milton Theatre: Wednesday-Thursday at 8. 1333 P St. NW. 202-332-3300.

TEATRO DE LA LUNA -- "El Gran Deschave/Final Feliz" ("Hurtful Truths/Happy Ending," through Nov. 23. Thursday at 8. Theater II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. 202-882-6227 or 703-548-3092.

THEATER ALLIANCE -- "The Gospel of St. John," through Nov. 24. Thursday at 8. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. 800-494-8497 or 202-396-2125.

THEATER J -- "Death and the Maiden," through Dec. 1. Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3 and 7:30, Wednesday-Thursday at 7:30. Goldman Theater, D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497 or 202-777-3229.

WASHINGTON STAGE GUILD -- "All the World," through Dec. 1. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2:30 and 8, Sunday at 2:30, Thursday at 7:30. Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. 240-582-0050.

WEST END -- "Late Nite Catechism," through Nov. 24. Friday at 8, Saturday at 5 and 8, Sunday at 3 and 7, Tuesday-Thursday at 8. 4615 Duke St., Alexandria. 703-370-2500 or 866-686-7469.

WOOLLY MAMMOTH -- "Kiki & Herb in Pardon Our Appearance," through Nov. 17. Friday at 8, Saturday at 8 and 10:30, Sunday at 7, Wednesday-Thursday at 8. Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. 800-494-8497 or 202-393-3939.

Literary Events

FOLGER LIBRARY SERIES -- David Antin and John Yau read their poetry, Tuesday at 8. Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O NW. 202-544-7077.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN in the Arts -- Claire Messud reads from her works, Friday at 7. 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.

Baltimore | Out of Town

CENTER STAGE -- "Peter Pan," through Nov. 24. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7:30, Tuesday-Thursday at 8. 700 N. Calvert St., Baltimore. 410-481-6500 or 410-332-0033.

FELLS POINT CORNER -- "Scotland Road," through Dec. 1. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. 251 S. Ann St., Baltimore. 410-276-7837.

LYRIC OPERA HOUSE -- "Spiderman Live," through Sunday. Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 12:30, 4 and 7:30, Sunday at 1 and 4:30. 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. 410-481-7328 or 410-494-2712.

SHRIVER HALL -- The Capitol Steps comedy troupe, Friday at 7:30. Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 410-516-7157.

Community Theater

BURTONSVILLE PLAYERS -- "The Woman in Black," through Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 8. Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel. 301-617-9906.

FOUNDRY PLAYERS -- "Working," through Nov. 17. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2:30. Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St. NW. 202-332-3454.

GREENBELT ARTS CENTER -- "Brightness Falls," through Nov. 16. Friday-Saturday at 8. 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-441-8770.

KENSINGTON ARTS -- "Side Show," through Nov. 23. Friday-Saturday at 8. 3710 Mitchell St., Kensington. 301-547-7101.

LITTLE THEATRE OF ALEXANDRIA -- "The Heiress," through Nov. 23. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3, Wednesday-Thursday at 8. 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. 703-683-0496.

PORT CITY PLAYERS -- "The Waverly Gallery," through Nov. 16. Friday-Saturday at 8. T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St., Alexandria. 703-838-2880.

SHADOWS OF LIGHT -- "The Beams Are Creaking," through Nov. 9. Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 2:30. First Baptist Church of Clarendon, 1210 N. Clarendon St., Arlington. 703-593-7642.

VIENNA -- "Same Time Next Year," through Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 8. Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna. 703-255-6360.

College

AMERICAN U. -- "Wonderful Wanna Bs: One-Act Plays by Moliere and Caleen Sinnette Jennings," through Nov. 16. Thursday at 8. Experimental Theatre, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2587.

GEORGE MASON U. -- "Lion in the Streets," through Sunday. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2. Harris Theatre, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-993-8888.

GEORGETOWN U./NOMADIC -- "The Laramie Project," through Nov. 9: Friday at 8, Sunday at 2, Thursday at 8. "Theatrical Shorts," through Nov. 10: Saturday at 8, Wednesday at 8. Walsh Hall, 1225 36th St. NW. 202-687-1859.

GEORGE WASHINGTON U. -- "Lear and Her Children," through Sunday. Friday-Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2. Marvin Center Theater, 800 21st St. NW. 202-432-7328 or 202-994-6178.

MONTGOMERY COLLEGE/TAKOMA Park -- "Go the Distance," through Nov. 17. Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. Black Box Theatre, Montgomery College, 7600 Takoma Ave., Takoma Park. 301-650-1387.

Dinner Theater

CHESAPEAKE MUSIC HALL -- "Fiddler on the Roof," through Nov. 23. Friday, dinner 7, show at 8:30; Saturday, dinner at 6:30, show at 8; Sunday, dinner at 1, show at 2:30. 339

Busch's Frontage Rd.,

Annapolis. 410-626-7515 or 800-406-0306.

LORENZO'S -- "Annie," through Nov. 24. Friday-Saturday, dinner at 6:30, show at 8; Sunday, dinner at 4:30, show at 6; Thursday, dinner at 6:30, show at 8. 9603 Deereco Rd., Timonium. 410-560-1113.

RIVERSIDE CENTER -- "Oliver," through Jan. 26. Friday-Saturday and Wednesday-Thursday, dinner at 6:30, show at 8; Sunday matinee, dinner at 1:30, show at 3. 95 Riverside Pkwy., Fredericksburg, Va.

540-370-4300.

TOBY'S -- "Jekyll & Hyde," through Nov. 17. Friday-Saturday and Tuesday-Thursday, dinner at 6:15, show at 8:15; Sunday matinee, buffet at 10:30, show at 12:30; Sunday evening, dinner at 5:15, show at 7:15. 5900 Symphony Woods Dr., Columbia. 301-596-6161.

WAY OFF BROADWAY -- "The Mousetrap," through Nov. 16. Friday-Saturday, dinner at 6, show at 8; Sunday, dinner at 12:30, show at 2. 5 Willowdale Dr., Frederick. 301-662-6600.

DanceLAKOTA SIOUX DANCE THEATRE -- Friday at 7:30. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th and Constitution NW. 202-357-3030.

KATHY HARTY GRAY DANCE Theatre, Friday and Saturday at 8. Schlesinger Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. 703-413-3811 or 703-922-0962.

LOS QUETZALES MEXICAN Dance Ensemble, Saturday at 7. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394.

FOOTWORKS PERCUSSIVE DANCE Ensemble -- "The Crossing," with musician Tim O'Brien, Saturday at 8; discussion at 7. Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787.

NEJLA Y. YATKIN -- "Gravity," Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 4. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600.

TEHREEMA MITHA DANCE Company -- Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 7. Joy of Motion Dance Center, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-362-3042.