Theater Downtown

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

FORD'S THEATRE -- "A Christmas Carol," through Dec. 31. Friday at 7:30, Saturday-Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30, Tuesday at 7:30, Wednesday-Thursday at 1 and 7:30. 511 10th St. NW. 703-218-6500 or 202-347-4833.

NATIONAL THEATRE -- "Les Miserables," through Jan. 4. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7:30, Tuesday-Thursday at 8. 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 2 and 7:30, Tuesday at 7:30, Wednesday at noon and 7:30, Thursday at 8. The Lansburgh, 450 Seventh St. NW. 202-547-1122 (TDD: 202-638-3863).

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

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

Around Town

ACTORS THEATRE -- "After Dark," through Dec. 22. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 7, Thursday at 8. 1409 Playbill Cafe, 1409 14th St. NW. 800-494-8497 or 202-319-1919.

ACTORS' THEATRE -- "Naked Boys Singing!" through Jan. 26. Friday at 8, Saturday at 7 and 10, Sunday at 3, Wednesday-Thursday at 8. Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. 800-494-8497 or 202-319-1919.

AFRICAN CONTINUUM THEATRE CO. -- "Blood Knot," through Sunday. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2 and 8. AFI Theater, Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

CHERRY RED PRODUCTIONS -- "Dingleberries," through Dec. 28. Friday-Saturday and Thursday at 8. Warehouse Next Door, 1017 Seventh St. NW. 202-298-9077.

FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY --

"Love's Labour's Lost" by Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, through Sunday. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7:30. 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.

"THE IN SERIES" -- "Maria La O," through Dec. 13. Sunday at 4. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-237-9834.

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

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

OLNEY -- "The Secret Garden," through Dec. 29. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7:30, Tuesday at 7:30, Wednesday-Thursday at 8. 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. 301-924-3400.

PURCHASED EXPERIENCES -- A play by Mac Wellman, through Sunday. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3. 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.

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.

ROUND HOUSE -- "The Cherry Orchard," through Dec. 8. Friday at 8, Saturday at 3 and 8, Sunday at 3 and 7:30, Thursday at 8. East-West Highway and Waverly Street, Bethesda. 240-644-1100.

SCENA -- A play by Mark Ravenhill, through Dec. 22. Sunday-Thursday at 8. Warehouse Theatre, 1021 Seventh St. NW. 703-684-7990.

SIGNATURE -- "The Christmas Carol Rag," through Dec. 29. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2 and 7, Tuesday-Thursday at 8. 3806 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. 703-218-6500.

STANISLAVSKY STUDIO -- "Host and Guest," through Dec. 22. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. 202-265-3748.

STUDIO -- "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: Friday-Saturday at 8:30, Sunday at 7:30, Wednesday-Thursday at 8:30. 1333 P St. NW. 202-332-3300.

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

THEATER OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT -- "Children of War," through Dec. 15. Thursday at 8. Center for the Arts Theater Space, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-218-6500 or 703-993-8888.

TRUMPET VINE -- "Icarus," through Dec. 22. Friday-Saturday and Wednesday-Thursday at 8. Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. 703-912-1649.

WASHINGTON IMPROV THEATER -- through Dec. 28. D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-244-8630 or 202-462-7833.

WASHINGTON SHAKESPEARE CO. -- "A Midsummer Night's Dream," through Jan. 4. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2, Thursday at 8. Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. 800-494-8497 or 703-418-4808.

WASHINGTON STAGE GUILD -- "All the World," through Dec. 8. Friday at 8, Saturday and 2:30 and 8, Sunday at 2:30. Arena Stage at 14th and T, 1901 14th St. NW. 240-582-0050.

Baltimore | Out of Town

CENTER STAGE -- "No Foreigners Beyond This Point," through Dec. 22. 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.

EVERYMAN -- "A Delicate Balance," through Dec 22. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2:30 and 8, Sunday at 2:30, Wednesday-Thursday at 7:30. 1727 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 410-752-2208.

LYRIC OPERA HOUSE -- "Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk," through Sunday. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7. 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. 410-481-7328 or 410-494-2712.

MARYLAND ENSEMBLE THEATRE -- "Reckless," through Dec. 21: Friday-Saturday at 8. "The Eight Reindeer Monologues," through Dec. 21: Friday at 10:30. Frederick County Cultural Arts Center, 15 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 301-694-4744.

MORRIS A. MECHANIC THEATER -- "Seussical the Musical," through Dec. 8. Tuesday-Thursday at 8. 1 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 410-752-1200 or 410-625-4230.

Community Theater

PRINCE GEORGE'S LITTLE Theatre -- "A Christmas Carol," through Dec. 8. Thursday at 8. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710 (TDD: 301-277-0312).

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.

SILVER SPRING STAGE -- "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window," through Dec. 14. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. 10145 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-593-6036.

Dinner Theater

CHESAPEAKE MUSIC HALL -- "A Christmas Carol," through Dec. 26. Friday-Saturday, dinner at 6:30, show at 8; Sunday, dinner at 1, show at 2:30; Wednesday, brunch at 11:30, show at 1. 339 Busch's Frontage Rd., Annapolis. 410-626-7515 or 800-406-0306.

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 -- "Annie Get Your Gun," through Feb. 12. 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.

DanceMETROPOLITAN BALLET THEATRE -- "The Nutcracker," through Dec. 8. Friday at 11 and 3, Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 5. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. 301-279-5301.

FAIRFAX BALLET -- "The Nutcracker," Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 2 and 7:30, Sunday at 2:30. Fairfax High School, 3500 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax. 703-378-7706.

SAN FRANCISCO BALLET -- "Ballo della Regina," "Dances at a Gathering" and "Sandpaper Ballet," Friday at 7:30 and Sunday at 1:30 and 7:30. "Serenade," "Chi Lin" and "Prism," Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30. Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

ALEXANDRIA BALLET -- "The Nutcracker" (shortened version), through Dec. 22. Saturday and Sunday at noon, 1:30, 3 and 4:30. The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. 703-548-0456.

MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV and AXIS Dancers -- Monday at 7:30, in a benefit for the Center for International Rehabilitation and VSA Arts. Kennedy Center Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

PILOBOLUS -- through Dec. 7. "Tsu-Ku-Tsu," "Symbiosis," "Walklyndon," "Untitled" and "Ben's Admonition," Tuesday-Thursday at 8. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

AMERICAN U. DANCE DEPT. -- through Dec. 9. Wednesday-Thursday at 8. Experimental Theatre, American University, 4000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2567.

TOWSON U. DANCE CO. -- "The Nutcracker," through Dec. 7. Thursday at 8. Stephens Hall Theatre, 8000 York Rd., Towson. 410-704-2787.