Theater

Downtown

ARENA STAGE/FICHANDLER -- "M. Butterfly," through Oct. 17. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 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).

LINCOLN THEATRE -- "Tambourines to Glory," through Sept. 26. Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2:30, Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30. 1215 U St. NW. 202-397-7328 or 202-328-6000.

SHAKESPEARE THEATRE -- "Macbeth," through Oct. 24. 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 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 -- "Meet the Browns," through Sept. 19. Wednesday- Thursday at 8. 13th and E NW. 202-783-4000 or 202-397-7328.

Around Town

AFRICAN CONTINUUM Theatre Company -- "A Lesson Before Dying," through Oct. 10. Thursday at 8. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. 800-494-8497 or 202-529-5763.

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

CATALYST THEATRE -- "The Elephant Man," through Oct. 16. "Pay-what- you-can" preview, Friday at 7:30; regular prices, Saturday and Thursday at 7:30. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 800-494-8497 or 202-547-6839.

CLARICE SMITH CENTER -- Dan Kamin in "Comedy in Motion," Tuesday at 5:30. Kogod Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, Stadium Drive and Route 193, College Park. 301-405-2787.

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

GROSVENOR AUDITORIUM -- Carl Hancock Rux in "Mycenaean," through Sep. 17. Thursday at 8. National Geographic Society, 1600 M St. NW. 202-785-9727.

METROPOLITAN EBONY THEATRE -- "Outdoor Recess," through Sept. 19. Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30, Sunday at 2:30, Thursday at 7:30. 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.

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" preview, Friday at 8; regular prices, Saturday at 8, 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. Friday at 8, Saturday at 3 and 8, Sunday at 3, Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30, Thursday at 8. East-West Highway and Waverly Street, Bethesda. 240-644-1100.

RUDE MECHANICALS -- "Hamlet." Friday-Saturday at 8: Sellers Theatre, Laurel High School, 8000 Cherry Lane, Laurel. Thursday at 7:30: D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 301-317-9438.

SCENA -- "Ivona, Princess of Burgundia," through Oct. 3. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3, Wednesday-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. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 (matinee is a "pay-what-you-can" show) and 7, 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 OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT -- "Nathan the Wise," through Saturday. Saturday at 8. Theater Space, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-218-6500 or 703-993-8888.

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

WASHINGTON IMPROV THEATER -- "Trash," through Saturday: Saturday at midnight. "Motley," through Sunday: Sunday at 7:30. "Pronto," through Oct. 2: Friday-Saturday at 10. D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833.

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 -- "The Play About the Baby," through Oct. 10. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. 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 Saturday. Friday- Saturday at 8. 31 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 301-694-4744.

OLD OPERA HOUSE -- "The Miss Firecracker Contest," through Sept. 19. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2:30. 204 N. George St., Charles Town, W. Va. 304-725-4420 or 888-900-7469.

WAYSIDE -- "Robert E. Lee and John Brown: Lighting the Fuse," through Oct. 9. Saturday at 8, Thursday at 8. 7853 Main St., Middletown, Va. 540-869-1776.

Community Theater

LITTLE THEATRE OF ALEXANDRIA -- "George Washington Slept Here," through Oct. 2. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3, Wednesday-Thursday at 8. 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. 703-683-0496.

College

U. OF MARY WASHINGTON -- "Antigone," through Sept. 26. Thursday at 8. Klein Theatre, University of Mary Washington, 1301 College Ave., Fredericksburg. 540-654-1124.

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.

Dance

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

"COLLABORATIVE ARTS FESTIVAL" -- Saturday at 7:30. DC Dance Collective, 4908 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-362-7244.

NAOKO MAESHIBA -- "Trace," Tuesday and 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).

ANDANZA -- Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).