Theater Downtown

ARENA STAGE/KREEGER -- "Ain't Misbehavin': The Fats Waller Musical Show," through May 25. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2:30 and 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).

FORD'S THEATRE -- "1776," through June 1. Friday-Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2:30, Tuesday at 7:30, Wednesday-Thursday at noon and 7:30. 511 10th St. NW. 703-218-6500 or 202-347-4833.

LINCOLN THEATRE -- "Soul Spectacular on Ice," through April 13. Thursday at 7:30. 1215 U St. NW. 202-432-7328 or 202-328-6000.

NATIONAL THEATRE -- "42nd Street," through April 12. 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 -- "Richard III," through May 18. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 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 9, Saturday at 6 and 9, Sunday at 3:30 and 7, Monday at 8, Tuesday-Thursday at 5 and 8. At the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

WARNER THEATRE -- "Madea's Class Renion," through Sunday: Friday at 8, Saturday at 2, 5:30 and 9, Sunday at 3 and 7:30. 13th and E NW. 202-783-4000 or 202-432-7328.

Around Town

AFRICAN CONTINUUM THEATRE CO. -- "From the Mississippi Delta," through April 27. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2, Thursday at 8. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. 800-494-8497.

BARNS OF WOLF TRAP -- Second City National Touring Company comedy troupe, Thursday at 8. The Barns of Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-218-6500 or 703-938-2404.

BLACKROCK CENTER FOR the Arts -- "On the Bedpost Overnight," storytelling by Jon Spelman, Friday at 8. 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260.

CHERRY RED PRODUCTIONS -- "Penetrator," through May 17. Friday-Saturday at 11. Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-298-9077.

D.C. ARMORY -- The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus," through April 21. Wednesday-Thursday at 7:30. 2001 East Capitol St. SE. 202-432-7328 or 202-547-9077.

FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY -- "Elizabeth the Queen," through May 4. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7:30, Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30. 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.

INTERACT THEATRE CO. -- "Forever Ivor," Sunday at 7. Free. Briggs Memorial Baptist Church, 5144 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. 703-848-2632.

JOHN ADDISON CONCERT Hall -- Deborah Jean Templin in "Unsinkable Women," Wednesday at 8. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070 (TDD: 301-203-3803).

LE NEON -- "La Vagabonde," through April 19. Friday at 8, Saturday at 4 and 8, Sunday at 2. Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. 703-243-6366.

METROSTAGE -- "Sidney Bechet Killed a Man," through Sunday. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 703-218-6500 or 703-548-9044.

NATIONAL THEATRE/HAYES GALLERY -- Source Theatre's 10-Minute Plays, Monday at 6 and 7:30. Free. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372.

PATRIOT CENTER -- "Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus," through Sunday. Friday at 10:30 and 8; Saturday at 11, 3 and 8; Sunday at 1 and 5. George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 202-432-7328 or 703-993-3000.

RESTON COMMUNITY CENTER -- Kathryn Grody in "Falling Together, a Mom's Life in the Middle," 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 -- "Family Stories: a Slapstick Tragedy," through May 10. "Pay-what-you-can" previews, Wednesday-Thursday at 8. Calvary Methodist Church, 1459 Columbia Rd. NW. 703-715-6707.

ROUND HOUSE/BETHESDA -- "Speaking in Tongues," through April 27. 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.

SCENA -- "The Good Thief," through April 13. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3 at Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW; Wednesday-Thursday at 8 at Warehouse Next Door, 1019 Seventh St. NW. 703-684-7990.

SCENA -- "The Memorandum," workshop production, Tuesday at 8. Czech Embassy, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW 202-274-9100, Ext. 3413.

SIGNATURE -- "Follies," through May 11. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2 and 7, Wednesday-Thursday at 8. 3806 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. 703-218-6500.

STUDIO -- "The Play About the Baby," through May 4. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7, Tuesday-Thursday at 8 (Tuesday is a "pay-what-you-can" show; tickets go on sale at the box office Tuesday at 6). 1333 P St. NW. 202-332-3300.

SYNETIC THEATER -- "Salome," through May 25. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2, Thursday at 8. Stanislavsky Theater Studio, 1742 Church St. NW. 202-265-3748.

TEATRO DE LA LUNA -- "El Invitado" ("The Houseguest"), through Friday. Friday at 8. Kogod Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787.

TRUMPET VINE -- "The Borderland," through Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 8. Theater on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. 703-912-1649.

WASHINGTON IMPROV THEATER -- "Big Bang," through April 12. Friday-Saturday at 7:30 and 10, Thursday at 10. D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833.

WASHINGTON SHAKESPEARE CO. -- "Henry V," through April 26: Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 (Saturday matinee is a "pay-what-you-can" show) and 8, Sunday at 2, Thursday at 8. "The Young Turg," play reading by Arlington Dramatists Project, Monday at 8. Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. 800-494-8497 or 703-418-4808.

WASHINGTON STAGE GUILD -- "The Philanderer," through April 13. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2:30 and 8, Sunday at 2:30, Thursday at 7:30. 1901 14th St. NW. 240-582-0050.

WOOLLY MAMMOTH -- Sandra Tsing Loh in "I Worry," through April 20. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2 and 7, Tuesday-Thursday at 8. AFI Theater, Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 202-393-3939 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

Literary Events

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

FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY -- Jamaica Kincaid reads from her fiction, Friday at 8. 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.

LISNER AUDITORIUM -- David Sedaris reads from his comic essays, Wednesday at 8. 730 21st St. NW. 202-432-7328 or 202-994-6800.

Baltimore | Out of Town

CENTER STAGE -- "Mary Stuart," through May 4. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 7:30, Tuesday-Thursday at 8. 700 N. Calvert St., Baltimore. 410-481-6500 or 410-332-0033.

CHESAPEAKE CENTER FOR Creative Arts -- "Do You Believe in Magic," Saturday at 2 and 8. A benefit for Anne Arundel County Volunteer Fire Fighters. 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, Md. 410-636-6597.

EVERYMAN -- "My Children! My Africa!," through April 13. 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 -- "Vast Difference," through Sunday. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. 251 S. Ann St., Baltimore. 410-276-7837.

LYRIC OPERA HOUSE -- "Rent," through Sunday: Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7:30. "Some Like It Hot," through April 13: Tuesday-Thursday at 8. 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. 410-481-7328 or 410-494-2712.

MORRIS A. MECHANIC THEATER -- "Jesus Christ Superstar," through April 13. Tuesday-Thursday at 8. 1 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 410-752-1200 or 410-625-4230.

THEATRE PROJECT -- "Roxi Starr in 3-D With Elvis," through April 13. Friday-Saturday and Thursday at 8. 45 W. Preston St., Baltimore. 410-752-8558.

WEINBERG CENTER FOR THE ARTS -- "The Miracle Worker" by Montana Repertory Theatre, Friday at 7:30. 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 301-228-2828 (TDD: 301-228-2838).

Community Theater

BETH EL CONGREGATION -- Bernie Dean in "The Rothschilds," Saturday at 8. 3830 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. 703-370-9400.

BURTONSVILLE PLAYERS -- "Assassins," through May 3. Friday-Saturday at 8. Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel. 301-617-9906.

LITTLE THEATRE OF ALEXANDRIA -- "The World Goes 'Round," through April 26. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3, Wednesday-Thursday at 8. 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. 703-683-0496.

MONTGOMERY PLAYHOUSE -- "Communicating Doors," through April 13. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3. Rosborough Cultural Arts Center, Asbury Methodist Village, 201 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-977-5751.

SECOND STAR PRODUCTIONS -- "The Curious Savage," through Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 8. Bowie Playhouse, White Marsh Park, 6314 Crain Hwy., Bowie. 301-858-7245.

STERLING PLAYMAKERS -- "The Crucible," through Sunday. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. Sterling Middle School, 201 W. Holly Ave., Sterling. 703-437-6117.

College

CATHOLIC U. -- "Radium Girls," through April 13. Wednesday-Thursday at 7:30. Hartke Theatre, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-4000.

GEORGETOWN U./MASK & BAUBLE -- "Twelfth Night," through April 12. Friday-Saturday and Wednesday- Thursday at 8. Poulton Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O NW. 202-687-6783.

UDC -- "All of Us: A Plea for Peace," through Saturday. Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 3 and 7:30. University Auditorium, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-274-5749.

High School

BETHESDA-CHEVY CHASE -- "Steel Magnolias," through Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 7:30. 4301 East-West Hwy., Bethesda. 240-497-6346.

BISHOP IRETON -- "The King and I," through Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 7:30. 201 Cambridge Rd., Alexandria. 703-522-1313.

DUKE ELLINGTON -- "Hair," through April 12. Thursday at 7:30. 3500 R St. NW. 202-965-3141.

GEORGETOWN VISITATION -- "The Sound of Music," through April 12. Thursday at 7:30. 1524 35th St. NW. 202-377-3350.

MONTGOMERY BLAIR -- "West Side Story," through Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 7:30. 51 University Blvd. E., Silver Spring. 301-649-2800.

Dinner Theater

CHESAPEAKE MUSIC HALL -- "The Music Man," through May 3. 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.

LAZY SUSAN -- "Guys and Dolls," through July 6. Friday, dinner at 6:30, show at 8; Saturday, dinner at 7, show at 8:30; Sunday, dinner at 6, show at 7:30; Tuesday-Thursday, dinner at 6:30, show at 8. U.S. 1 at Furnace Road, Woodbridge. 703-550-7384.

LORENZO'S -- "Jukebox Jubilee," through June 29. 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 -- "Fiddler on the Roof," through May 11. 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 -- "Fiddler on the Roof," through June 15. 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 -- "Bye Bye Birdie," through May 3. Friday-Saturday and Thursday, dinner at 6, show at 8; Sunday, brunch at 12:30, show at 2. 5 Willowdale Dr., Frederick. 301-662-6600.

WEST END DINNER THEATRE -- "The Pirates of Penzance," through June 29. Friday-Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday, dinner at 6, show at 8; Sunday matinee, dinner at noon, show at 2. 4615 Duke St., Alexandria. 703-370-2500.

DanceTOWSON U. DEPARTMENT OF Dance -- "L.O.V.E. Project," Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 2. Studio Theatre, Center for the Arts, Towson University, 8000 York Rd., Towson. 410-704-2787.

WASHINGTON BALLET -- "Rubies," "Unknown Territory" and a world premiere by Trey McIntyre, Friday at 8, Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 2:30. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

CREACH & COMPANY -- "Study for a Resurrection," Friday at 8. Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park. 301-405-2787.

NANCY HAVLIK DANCE Performance Group -- "The Stars Are Wide," Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 7. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600.

MELANIE GEORGE -- "Cadences," Saturday at 8, Sunday at 7. Joy of Motion Dance Center, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-362-3042.

GRUPO CORPO -- "21" and "Santaugustin," Wednesday at 8. Center for the Arts Concert Hall, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-218-6500 or 703-993-8888.

PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY and Houston Ballet, "Celebrating an Icon: The Legacy of Paul Taylor," through April 13. "In the Beginning," "Company B," "Offenbach Overtures" and "Promethean Fire," Wednesday and Thursday at 8. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

GESEL MASON -- Wednesday at 8. Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. 703-476-1111.

GWU DEPARTMENT OF Theatre and Dance -- "Danceworks," through April 12. Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30. Marvin Center Theatre, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. 202-994-6178.

FURNITURE MOVING COMPANY -- through April 12. Thursday at 8. Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park. 301-405-2787.