Theater Downtown ARENA STAGE/KREEGER -- "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," through Dec. 29. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2:30 and 8, Sunday at 7:30, Tuesday at 7:30, Wednesday at noon and 7:30, Thursday at 8. "South Pacific," Friday at 8, Saturday at 2:30 and 8, Sunday at 7:30, Tuesday-Wednesday at 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 and Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30; Tuesday at 7:30, Wednesday and 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-Wednesday a 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 9, Saturday at 6 and 9, Sunday at 3:30, Tuesday-Thursday at 8. At the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

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. "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.

ALDEN THEATER -- "A Christmas Carol," through Dec. 28. Friday at 7:30, Saturday-Sunday at 1 and 3, Thursday at 7:30. McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-9223.

BLACKROCK CENTER FOR THE ARTS -- "Danny and Sylvia," through Sunday. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3. 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. Call 301-528-2260.

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

"THE IN SERIES" -- "Maria La O," Friday at 8. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-237-9834.

LUMINA STUDIO -- "As You Like It/Do Your Own Thing," Friday at 5 and 8:30, Saturday-Sunday at 1 and 4:30. Takoma Theatre, Fourth and Butternut streets NW. 301-589-1941.

METROSTAGE -- "The Crummles' Christmas Carol," through Dec. 31. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7, Tuesday through Thursday at 8. 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 703-548-9044.

NATIONAL THEATRE/HAYES GALLERY -- "A Renaissance Christmas," 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.

QUEST PRODUCTIONS -- "Wings," through Dec. 21. Thursday at 8. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. 800-494-8497.

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 -- "A Broadway Christmas Carol," through Dec. 29. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 3 and 7:30, Wednesday-Thursday at 8. East-West Highway and Waverly Street, Bethesda. 240-644-1100.

SCENA -- "Shopping and . . . " through Dec. 22. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3, Wednesday and 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. 29 in the Milton Theatre: Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7, Tuesday-Thursday at 8. "Bat Boy the Musical," through Dec. 29 in SecondStage: Friday-Saturday at 8:30, Sunday at 7:30, Thursday at 8:30. 1333 P St. NW. 202-332-3300.

THEATER OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT -- "Children of War," through Sunday. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. 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 at 8, Sunday at 3 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. Friday-Saturday at 7:30, Thursday at 7:30. 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.

WOOLLY MAMMOTH -- "The Day Room," through Jan. 12. Monday-Tuesday at 8 (pay-what-you-can), Wednesday-Thursday at 8. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 202-393-3939 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

Baltimore | Out of Town CENTER STAGE -- "No Foreigners Beyond This Point," through Dec. 22. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2:30 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7:30, Tuesday at 8, Wednesday at 1 and 8, Thursday at 7. 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.

FELLS POINT Corner Theatre -- "My Uncle Scrooge," through Dec. 22. Friday at 8, Saturday at 3 and 8, Sunday at 7. 251 S. Ann St., Baltimore. 410-276-7837.

MARYLAND ENSEMBLE THEATRE -- "Reckless," through Dec. 21: Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. "The Eight Reindeer Monologues," through Dec. 21: Friday at 10:30. Frederick County Cultural Arts Center, 15 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 301-694-4744.

Community Theater BURTONSVILLE PLAYERS -- "Over the River and Through the Woods," Friday-Saturday at 8. Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-441-8770.

ENCORE THEATRICAL ARTS -- "Let It Snow" Through Dec. 22. Saturday at 1 at 1, 4 and 8; Sunday at 1 and 4. At the Ernst Community Cultural Center at the Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Tnpk. 703-222-5511.

FUN COMPANY -- "The Dangerous Christmas of Little Red Riding Hood," through Dec. 29. Wednesday-Thursday at 10. At the Cultural Arts Center of Frederick County, 15 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 301-694-4744.

LITTLE THEATRE OF ALEXANDRIA -- "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" through Sunday . Friday at 8, Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 4. 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. 703-683-0496.

LUMNIA STUDIO Theater -- "As You Like It," through Sunday. Friday at 5 and 8:30, Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 4:30. "Electra," through Sunday. Saturday and Sunday at 8:30. Takoma Theatre, Fourth and Butternut Streets NW. 301-589-1941.

RIVERDALE BAPTIST CHURCH -- "The Living Christmas Tree -- The Gospel According to Scrooge," through Saturday. Friday and Saturday at 7:30. 1177 Largo Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-249-9111.

STERLING PLAYMAKERS -- "A Christmas Carol," through Dec. 15. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8 and Sunday at 2 at Sterling Middle School, 201 W. Holly Ave., Sterling. 703-437-6117.

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

WASHINGTON REVELS -- "The Christmas Revels" through Sunday. Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 2 and 7:30, Sunday at 2. Lisner Auditorium. 202-432-7328.

YOUNG ARTISTS THEATER -- " A Holiday Happening," through Dec. 28. Friday at 7, Saturday at 1,4 and 7 and Sunday at 1 and 4. Cherry Tree Center, Routes 29 and 216, Laurel. 301-604-2844.

College/High School

BETHESDA-CHEVY CHASE High School -- "Les Miserables," through Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 7:30. 4301 East-West Hwy., Bethesda. 240-497-6346.

HOWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE -- "Hellcab," through Sunday. Friday and Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3. Theatre Outback, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 410-772-4515.

HOWARD UNIVERSITY -- "Black Nativity," through Sunday. Friday at 8, Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3 and 7:30. Cramton Auditorium, 2455 Sixth St. NW. 202-806-7194.

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; Tuesday, brunch at 11:30, show at 1; Wednesday, brunch at 11:30, show at 1; Thursday, 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.

WEST END DINNER THEATRE -- "Home for the Holidays," through Dec. 31. Friday-Saturday at 8. Sunday at 2 and 8. Tuesday at 8, Wednesday at 2 and 8, Thursday at 8. 4615 Duke St., Alexandria. 703-370-2500.

DanceWASHINGTON BALLET -- "The Nutcracker," through Dec. 22. Friday at 7, Saturday at 2 and 7, Sunday at 1, Thursday at 7. The Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-432-7328.

BOLSHOI BALLET -- "The Nutcracker," through Sunday. Friday at 7:30, Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 7:30. Kennedy Center Opera House. 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

MANASSAS DANCE COMPANY -- "The Nutcracker," Friday at 8, Saturday at 7 and Sunday at 5. Stonewall Jackson Senior High School, 8860 Rixlew Lane, Manassas. 703-257-1811.

IMAGES OF CULTURAL Artistry Inc -- Friday-Saturday at 8. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600.

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.

MIA SAUNDERS School of Ballet, "The Nutcracker," Saturday at 2 and Sunday at 3. Centreville High School Theatre, 6001 Union Mill Rd., Clifton. 703-830-2558 or 703-222-5730.

ROCKVILLE CIVIC BALLET -- "The Nutcracker," through Sunday. Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30, Sunday at 2:30. The F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Dr. Rockville. 240-314-8690.

MOMENTUM DANCE THEATRE -- "The Nutcracker," Friday and Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3 at Hine Junior High School, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE. 202-432-7328.

CROSSROADS DANCE PROJECT -- "The Gift of the Nutcracker" (adaptation), Saturday at 2:30 and 7. Thomas Jefferson Community Theater, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. 301-263-2861.

NATIONAL BALLET -- "The Nutcracker," through Dec. 21. Saturday at 3 and 7:30, Sunday at 3, Monday at 10:30, Tuesday at 10:30. Hallam Theater at Prince George's Community College, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. 301-218-9822 or 301-261-0261.

CENTER FOR BALLET ARTS -- "The Nutcracker" (shortened version), Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 3. $10, $9 students, $8 seniors and children 12 and younger. Fairfax High School Theatre, 3500 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax. 703-273-5344.

SISTERS TROUSERS Dance Company -- "Women of Character: An Evening of Modern Dances," Saturday at 8. Joe's Movement Emporium, 3802 34th St., Mt. Rainier. 301-699-1819.

AXIS DANCE COMPANY and Cristal Truscott/Progress Theater -- Sunday at 7:30: Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. 202-467-4600.

"CREATIVE DIMENSIONS" -- Sunday at 7:30, with Ziva's Spanish Dance Ensemble, WordSoundAction & Ballet Company and Jayamangala. Robert E. Parilla Theater, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. 301-552-0070 or 240-476-4680.

NATIONAL PERFORMANCE Network -- Monday at 8, with Jon Spelman, Edgeworks Dance Theater, Gesel Mason and others; Tuesday at 8, with Reggie Wilson, Amii LeGendre and Peggy Shaw. Dance Place, 3225 Eigth St. NE. 202-269-1600