Theater Downtown

ARENA STAGE/KREEGER -- "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," through Dec. 29. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 7:30, Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30, Thursday at 8. 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-330 (TDD: 202-484-0247).

LINCOLN THEATRE -- Comedian Bill Maher, Friday at 8. 1215 U St. NW. 202-432-7328 or 202-328-6000.

NATIONAL THEATRE -- "Man of La Mancha," through Sunday. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7:30. 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 800-447-7400 or 202-628-6161.

SHAKESPEARE THEATRE -- "Much Ado About Nothing," through Jan. 5. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 7:30, Monday at 7:45, 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 Sunday. Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 2 and 7:30, Sunday at 2. 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 -- The United States Army Soldier Show, Saturday at 7:30 (free, but tickets required; call 703-806-6393). "Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk," through Nov. 17: Tuesday and Thursday at 8. 13th and E NW. 202-783-4000 or 202-432-7328.

Around Town

AFRICAN CONTINUUM THEATRE CO. -- "Blood Knot," through Dec. 1. Thursday at 8. AFI Theater, Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

ALDEN THEATER -- The Aquila Theatre Company, through Wednesday: "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Tuesday at 8; "The Importance of Being Earnest," Wednesday at 8. McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-9223.

CAVEGIRL PRODUCTIONS -- "Ellipsis," through Nov. 22. Wednesday-Thursday at 8. Art-O-Matic, 401 M St. SW. 301-613-6436.

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

DANCE PLACE -- "Slanguage" by Universes, through Nov. 16. Friday at 8, Saturday at 7 and 9, Sunday at 4. 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600.

D.C. ARTS CENTER -- "Pockets," through Nov. 15. Thursday at 7:30. 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833.

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

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, Thursday at 8. 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 703-548-9044.

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

NATIONAL WILDLIFE VISITOR Center -- Kaiulani Lee in "A Sense of Wonder," Friday at 7. On Powder Mill Road between Route 197 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. 301-497-5763.

OLD TOWN THEATER -- Brett Leake's "Knuckleball," through Nov. 16. Friday-Saturday at 8. 815 1/2 King St., Alexandria. 703-535-8022.

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.

QUOTIDIAN THEATRE -- "A Doll's House," through Dec. 8. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. 301-816-1023.

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.

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 Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 8. Calvary Methodist Church, 1459 Columbia Rd. NW. 703-715-6707.

ROUND HOUSE -- "The Cherry Orchard," through Dec. 1. Friday at 8, Saturday at 3 and 8, Sunday at 3, Wednesday-Thursday at 8. East-West Highway and Waverly Street, Bethesda. 240-644-1100.

SIGNATURE -- "The Christmas Carol Rag," through Dec. 22. Tuesday-Thursday at 8. 3806 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. 703-218-6500.

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. 17 in the Mead Theatre: Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30, Sunday at 2:30 and 8, Wednesday-Thursday at 7:30 (Sunday matinee is a "pay-what-you-can" show; tickets go on sale Sunday at 12:30). "The Shape of Things," through Dec. 15 in the Milton Theatre: Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7, Wednesday-Thursday at 8. "Bat Boy the Musical," through Dec. 8 in SecondStage: Thursday at 8:30. 1333 P St. NW. 202-332-3300.

TEATRO DE LA LUNA -- "El Gran Deschave/Final Feliz" ("Hurtful Truths/Happy Ending"), in Spanish with English interpretation, through Nov. 23. Friday at 8, Saturday at 3 and 8, 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. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 4, 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. Arena Stage at 14th and T, 1901 14th St. NW. 240-582-0050.

WASHINGTON STORYTELLERS' Theater -- "Deus Ex Machina," storytelling by Reuben Jackson, Amy Saidman and Diane Macklin, Tuesday at 8. HR-57, 1610 14th St. NW. 301-891-1129.

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

AMERICAN U. -- Nick Flynn reads his poetry, Wednesday at 8. Butler Pavilion Board Room, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2971.

FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY -- Naomi Shihab Nye, Nathalie Handal, Elmaz Abi-Nader and other read their poetry, Wednesday at 7:30. 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.

BORDERS BOOKS -- Ursula Hegi reads from her short stories, Tuesday at 7:30. Free. 5871 Crossroads Center Way, Baileys Crossroads. 703-998-0404.

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- Wednesday at 8, Thursday at 7. 700 N. Calvert St., Baltimore. 410-481-6500 or 410-332-0033.

Community Theater

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.

FREDERICKTOWNE PLAYERS -- "Our Town," through Nov. 17. Friday-Saturday at 8. Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 301-228-2828 (TDD: 301-228-2838).

GREENBELT ARTS CENTER -- "Brightness Falls," through Nov. 16. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-441-8770.

KENSINGTON ARTS -- "Side Show," through Nov. 23. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3. 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.

SECOND STAR PRODUCTIONS -- "The Music Man," through Dec. 7. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3. Bowie Playhouse, White Marsh Park, 6314 Crain Hwy., Bowie. 301-858-7245.

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

YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS THEATER -- "Youth or Dare Tour," Saturday at 1. D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-387-9173.

College

AACC -- "Peter Pan," through Nov. 24. Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 2 and 7:30, Sunday at 2. Pascal Center, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. 410-777-2457.

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

CATHOLIC U. -- "Ah, Wilderness!," through Nov. 17. Thursday at 7:30. Hartke Theatre, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-4000.

GEORGETOWN U./MASK & BAUBLE -- "Falsettos," through Nov. 23. Thursday at 8. Poulton Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O NW. 202-687-6783.

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

HCC -- "Yo Mama's Cookin'," improv comedy, Thursday at 8. Theatre Outback, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 410-772-4900.

HOWARD U. -- "Our Infinite Variety," through Nov. 23: "Walking Like a Lion: Experimenting With Ntozake Shange," Wednesday-Thursday at 7:30. Ira Aldridge Theater, Howard University, 2455 Sixth St. NW. 202-806-7700.

MARY WASHINGTON -- "Blithe Spirit," through Nov. 24. Thursday at 8. Dupont Hall, Mary Washington College, 1301 College Ave., Fredericksburg. 540-654-1124.

MONTGOMERY COLLEGE/ROCKVILLE -- "Electra," through Nov. 17. Wednesday-Thursday at 8. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Manakee St., Rockville. 301-279-5301.

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

High School

GAR-FIELD -- "Auntie Mame," through Nov. 16. Thursday at 7:30. 14000 Smoketown Rd., Woodbridge. 703-730-7000.

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.

DanceSISTER'S TROUSERS -- Friday at 6. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

RENNIE HARRIS -- "Hip-Hop Legends," Saturday at 7. Center for the Arts Concert Hall, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-218-6500 or 703-993-8888.

WORD DANCE THEATER -- Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3. Black Rock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260.

GEORGIAN STATE DANCE COMPANY -- Sunday at 2. Center for the Arts Concert Hall, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-218-6500 or 703-993-8888.

CELLICION TRADITIONAL Zuni Dancers, Wednesday at noon. Free. Neptune Plaza, Library of Congress, First and Independence SE. 202-707-5510.

CELLICION TRADITIONAL Zuni Dancers, Wednesday at 6. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

GMU DANCE COMPANY -- through Nov. 16. Thursday at 8. Harris Theater, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-218-6500 or 703-993-8888.