Theater

Downtown

ARENA STAGE/FICHANDLER -- "M. Butterfly," through Oct. 17. 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).

SHAKESPEARE THEATRE -- "Macbeth," through Oct. 24. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 7:30, Tuesday at 7:45, 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, 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

AMERICAN CENTURY -- "The Time of Your Life," through Oct. 9. Thursday at 8. Theater II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. 703-553-8782.

CATALYST THEATRE -- "The Elephant Man," through Oct. 16. Thursday at 7:30. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 800-494-8497 or 202-547-6839.

FILENE CENTER -- "The King and I," through Sunday. Friday at 8, Saturday-Sunday at 2 and 8. Wolf Trap Park, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860.

FOUNTAINHEAD -- "Betrayal," through Sept. 11. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Thursday at 8. Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. 703-920-5923.

LONGACRE LEA -- "Man With Bags," through Sunday. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. Callan Theater, Catholic University, 3801 Harewood Rd. NE. 202-460-2188.

METROPOLITAN EBONY THEATRE -- "Outdoor Recess," through Sept. 19. Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30, Sunday at 2:30. Queen Anne Fine Arts Building, Prince George's Community College, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. 301-322-0444.

OLNEY THEATRE -- "Venus," through Sept. 26. 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.

RENEGADE -- "La Cage Aux Folles," through Sunday. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2. Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. 301-871-1487.

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. 202-397-7328 or 202-312-1555.

RORSCHACH THEATRE -- "The Tale of a Tiger," through Oct. 3. "Pay-what- you-can" previews, Tuesday-Thursday at 8. Calvary Methodist Church, 1459 Columbia Rd. NW. 800-494-8497 or 202-452-5538.

ROUND HOUSE/BETHESDA -- "Living Out," through Oct. 10. Wednesday at 7:30 (Wednesday is a "pay-what-you-can" show), Thursday at 8. East-West Highway and Waverly Street, Bethesda. 240-644-1100.

SCENA -- "Ivona, Princess of Burgundia," through Oct. 3. Thursday at 8. Warehouse Theatre, 1021 Seventh St. NW. 703-684-7990.

SIGNATURE -- "One Red Flower," through Oct. 3. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2 and 7, Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30, Thursday at 8. 3806 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. 703-218-6500.

STUDIO -- "The Russian National Postal Service," through Oct. 24. Wednesday-Thursday at 8. 1333 P St. NW. 202-332-3300.

SYNETIC THEATER -- "Host and Guest," through Oct. 16. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3, Thursday at 8. Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. 703-824-8060.

THEATER ALLIANCE -- "Mary's Wedding," through Sunday. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. 800-494-8497 or 202-396-2125.

VENUS -- "Bad Girls III, the Redemption," through Sept. 12. Friday-Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 3, Wednesday-Thursday at 7:30. Warehouse Theatre, 1021 Seventh St. NW. 301-470-2406, Ext. 4.

WASHINGTON IMPROV THEATER -- "Trash," through Sept. 11: Saturday at midnight. "Motley," through Sept. 12: Sunday at 7:30. D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833.

WASHINGTON SHAKESPEARE CO. -- "The Tempest," through Sunday. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 (Saturday matinee is "pay-what- you-can"). Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. 800-494-8497 or 703-418-4808.

WOOLLY MAMMOTH -- "Lenny & Lou," through Sept. 26. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2 and 7, Wednesday- Thursday at 8. D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497 or 202-393-3939.

Baltimore | Out of Town

FELLS POINT CORNER -- "Partners," through Sunday. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 7. 251 S. Ann St., Baltimore. 410-276-7837.

HIPPODROME -- "The Phantom of the Opera," through Sept. 19. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 1 and 6:30, Tuesday-Thursday at 8. France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore. 410-481-7328 or 410-752-7444.

MARYLAND ENSEMBLE THEATRE -- "Proof," through Sept. 11. Friday- Saturday at 8. 31 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 301-694-4744.

WAYSIDE -- "The Spitfire Grill," through Saturday. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2:30 and 8. 7853 Main St., Middletown, Va. 540-869-1776.

Community Theater

ANNAPOLIS SUMMER GARDEN -- "Crazy for You," through Sunday. Friday-Sunday at 8:30. 143 Compromise St., Annapolis. 410-268-9212.

Dinner Theater

CHESAPEAKE MUSIC HALL -- "West Side Story," through Sept. 18. Friday-Saturday, dinner at 6, show at 8; Sunday, buffet at 12:30, show at 2:30; Wednesday, buffet at 11, show at 1. 339 Busch's Frontage Rd., Annapolis. 410-626-7515 or 800-406-0306.

LAZY SUSAN -- "The Spitfire Grill," through Oct. 3. 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.

TOBY'S -- "Godspell," through Sept. 26. 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 -- "Lullabies of Broadway," through Saturday. Friday- Saturday, dinner at 6, show at 8. 5 Willowdale Dr., Frederick. 301-662-6600.

Dance

KANKOURAN WEST AFRICAN Dance Company -- "Circle of Praise," 21st anniversary celebration, Saturday at 8. Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 202-518-1213.

SANKOFA WEST AFRICAN Dance Theatre, Sunday at 4. Free. Harborplace Amphitheater, Pratt and Light streets, Baltimore. 800-427-2671 or 410-332-4191.

MERCE CUNNINGHAM DANCE Company -- "Split Sides" and "Ground Level Overlay," through Sept. 10. Wednesday and Thursday at 8. Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787.

NATYA KALA MANDIR SCHOOL of Bharatha Natyam -- "An Evening of Indian Music and Dance," Thursday at 7:30. Free. Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd., Towson. 410-337-6390.