Theater

Downtown

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

EISENHOWER -- "On Golden Pond," through Oct. 17. Tuesday-Thursday at 8. At the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

FORD'S THEATRE -- "The Matchmaker," through Oct. 24. Friday-Saturday and Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30. 511 10th St. NW. 703-218-6500 or 202-347-4833.

LINCOLN THEATRE -- "Tambourines to Glory," through Sunday. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2:30. 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 noon and 7:30, Wednesday at 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

AFRICAN CONTINUUM Theatre Company -- "A Lesson Before Dying," through Oct. 10. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2, 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 at 8, Wednesday-Thursday at 8. Theater II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. 703-553-8782.

BIG APPLE CIRCUS -- "Picturesque," through Oct. 11. Friday at 7, Saturday- Sunday at 12:30 and 4:30, Tuesday- Thursday at 7. Dulles Town Center, Route 7 and Route 28, Dulles. 202-397-7328 or 800-922-3772.

BLACKROCK CENTER For the Arts -- Comedian Chip Franklin, Friday at 7:30 and 9:30. 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260.

CATALYST THEATRE -- "The Elephant Man," through Oct. 16. Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30, Thursday at 7:30. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 800-494-8497 or 202-547-6839.

CENTER FOR THE ARTS -- "Stupid Frailty: Performance Works by Laura Zam," through Sept. 28. Monday-Tuesday at 4:30 and 7:30. Harris Theater, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-218-6500 or 703-993-8888.

CHARTER THEATRE -- "The Subject," through Oct. 17. Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 3 and 7:30, Sunday at 7:30, Thursday at 7:30. National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-7009.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL -- "Varekai," through Oct. 24. Friday at 8, Saturday at 4 and 8, Sunday at 1 and 5, Tuesday- Wednesday at 8, Thursday at 4 and 8. RFK Stadium parking lots, 22nd and East Capitol streets. 800-678-5440.

CLARICE SMITH CENTER -- "Storytelling and Song in the Griot Tradition" by Charlotte Blake Alston, through Oct. 1. Thursday at 8. Kogod Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, Stadium Drive and Route 193, College Park. 301-405-2787.

LANDLESS THEATRE CO. -- "Diamond Dead," through Oct. 31. Thursday at 7:30. D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833.

OLNEY THEATRE -- "Venus," through Sunday. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2. 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. 301-924-3400.

REP STAGE -- "The Seagull," through Oct. 10. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2:30 and 8, Sunday at 2;30 and 7:30. Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 410-772-4900.

RESTON COMMUNITY CENTER -- "The History of America (Reduced)" by the Reduced Shakespeare Company, Sunday at 8. 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. 202-397-7328 or 202-312-1555.

RORSCHACH THEATRE -- "The Tale of a Tiger," through Oct. 3. Saturday at 5 and 8, Sunday at 5, 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.

ROUND HOUSE/SILVER SPRING -- "Tabletop," through Nov. 7. Wednesday at 7:30, Thursday at 8. 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 240-644-1100.

RUDE MECHANICALS -- "Hamlet," through Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 7:30. D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 301-317-9438 or 202-462-7833.

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 and 7, Tuesday-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.

TRUMPET VINE -- "Desire," through Oct. 16. Friday-Saturday and Wednesday- Thursday at 8. Theater on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. 703-912-1649.

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

Baltimore | Out of Town

CENTER STAGE -- "Lady Windermere's Fan," through Oct. 24. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7:30, Tuesday-Thursday at 8. 700 N. Calvert St., Baltimore. 410-332-0033.

EVERYMAN -- "Uncle Vanya," through Oct. 17. 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 -- "The Play About the Baby," through Oct. 10. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. 251 S. Ann St., Baltimore. 410-276-7837.

MARYLAND ENSEMBLE THEATRE -- "Democracy: A Work in Progress," through Oct. 23. Friday-Saturday at 8. 31 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 301-694-4744.

THE THEATRE -- "As You Like It" by Cambridge University students, through Sunday. Saturday at 8:30 and Sunday at 4. 291 Gay St., Washington, Va. 540-675-1253.

WAYSIDE -- "Robert E. Lee and John Brown: Lighting the Fuse," through Oct. 9. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2:30 and 8, Sunday at 2:30, Wednesday-Thursday at 8. 7853 Main St., Middletown, Va. 540-869-1776.

Community Theater

GREENBELT ARTS CENTER -- "An American Daughter," through Oct. 9. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-441-8770.

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.

McLEAN THEATRE ALLIANCE -- "Wait Until Dark," through Oct. 2. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. Alden Theater, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-9223.

STERLING PLAYMAKERS -- "A Star Is Dead," with dinner, through Saturday. Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 12:30 and 7:30. Reservations required. Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. 703-437-6117.

College

GEORGE MASON U. -- "Silence and Darkness: A Live Movie for the Cell Phone Age," through Oct. 3. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2, Thursday at 8. Harris Theatre, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-218-6500 or 703-993-8888.

U. OF MARY WASHINGTON -- "Antigone," through Sunday. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. Klein Theatre, University of Mary Washington, 1301 College Ave., Fredericksburg. 540-654-1124.

Dinner Theater

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 Sunday. 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 -- "The Goodbye Girl," through Nov. 6. 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.

Dance

DAKSHINA -- "Songs of My Life," Friday and Saturday at 8. Kogod Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787.

EL TEATRO DE DANZA Contemporanea de El Salvador -- "Solo Por Hoy" ("Only for Today"), Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 4. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1711.

"METRO DC DANCE AWARDS" -- Monday at 7:30, with performances by Arachne Aerial Arts, Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company, Ludovic Jolivet, Tappers With Attitude, Tiempo de Tango, Young Dancers of Washington Ballet and Ziva's Spanish Dance Ensemble. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

ANJANI AMBEGAOKAR -- North Indian Kathak dance, Tuesday at noon. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, First and Independence SE. 202-707-5510.

CHITRESH DAS DANCE CO. -- "East As Center," through Oct. 2. Thursday at 10 a.m. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1711.