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 at 7:30, Wednesday at noon and 7:30. 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300 (TDD: 202-484-0247).

ARENA STAGE/KREEGER -- "Anna in the Tropics," through Nov. 21. 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).

EISENHOWER -- "On Golden Pond," through Oct. 17. Friday at 8, Saturday- Sunday at 2:30 and 8, 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 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.

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

WARNER THEATRE -- Comedians Tim Conway and Harvey Korman, Thursday at 6 and 8:30. 13th and E NW. 202-783-4000 or 202-397-7328.

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 at 8, Saturday at 2:30 and 8, Sunday at 2:30, 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- Wednesday at 7, Thursday at 11 and 7. Dulles Town Center, Route 7 and Route 28, Dulles. 202-397-7328 or 800-922-3772.

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.

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. Warehouse Second Stage, 1019 Seventh St. NW. 202-333-7009.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL -- "Varekai," through Oct. 24. Friday at 8, Saturday at 4 and 8, Sunday at 1 and 5, 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, Friday at 8. "Embedded" by the Actors' Gang, through Oct. 8: Wednesday-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. Friday-Saturday and Thursday at 7:30. D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833.

OLNEY THEATRE -- "Blithe Spirit," through Nov. 7. "Pay-what-you-can" preview, Tuesday at 7:30; regular prices, Wednesday-Thursday at 8. 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. "A Cuckold's Tale," staged reading, Monday at 7. Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 410-772-4900.

RESTON COMMUNITY CENTER -- "The Matt and Ben Show," Sunday at 8. "The Sayings of Junebug Jabbo Jones, Volume II, Wednesday 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 Sunday. Friday at 8, Saturday at 5 and 8, Sunday at 5. Calvary Methodist Church, 1459 Columbia Rd. NW. 800-494-8497 or 202-452-5538.

ROUND HOUSE/BETHESDA -- "Living Out," through Oct. 10. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3 and 7:30, 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. Friday at 8, Saturday at 3 and 8, Sunday at 3, Wednesday at 7:30, Thursday at 8. 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 240-644-1100.

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

SIGNATURE -- "One Red Flower," through Sunday. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2 and 7. 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, 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.

TRUMPET VINE -- "Desire," through Oct. 16. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2:30, Wednesday-Thursday at 8. Theater on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. 703-912-1649.

WASHINGTON IMPROV THEATER -- "Pronto," through Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 10. D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833.

Literary Events

FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY -- Norman Mailer discusses his works, Friday at 8. 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.

MEYER AUDITORIUM -- Orhan Pamuk reads from his novel "Snow," Wednesday at 7. Freer Gallery of Art, 12th and Independence SW. 202-633-1000.

RESTON COMMUNITY CENTER -- Tony Kushner talks with Ann Rodriguez, Saturday at 8. 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. 703-476-1111 or 703-476-4500.

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 at 8, Wednesday at 1 and 8, 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.

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

DAMASCUS THEATRE CO. -- "Annie," through Oct. 10. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. Damascus Performing Arts Center, 9815 Main St., Damascus. 301-253-6210.

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 Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 8. 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. 703-683-0496.

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

PORT CITY PLAYHOUSE -- "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," through Oct. 16. Friday-Saturday at 8. Nannie J. Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria. 703-838-2880.

SILVER SPRING STAGE -- "Ravenscroft," through Oct. 30. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. 10145 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-593-6036.

College

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

GEORGE WASHINGTON U. -- "The Glass Menagerie," through Oct. 10. Wednesday- Thursday at 7:30. Marvin Center Theater, 800 21st St. NW. 202-432-7328 or 202-994-6178.

GOUCHER COLLEGE -- "Stop Kiss," through Oct. 10. Wednesday-Thursday at 8. Dunnock Theatre, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd., Towson. 410-337-6512.

HOWARD U. -- "The Fantasticks," through Oct. 16. Wednesday-Thursday at 7:30. Ira Aldridge Theater, Howard University, 2455 Sixth St. NW. 202-806-7700

U. OF MARYLAND -- "Our Town," through Oct. 15. Thursday at 7:30. Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park. 301-405-7847.

Dinner Theater

LAZY SUSAN -- "The Spitfire Grill," through Sunday. Friday, dinner at 6:30, show at 8; Saturday, dinner at 7, show at 8:30; Sunday, dinner at 6, show at 7:30. U.S. 1 at Furnace Road, Woodbridge. 703-550-7384.

TOBY'S -- "Miss Saigon," through Nov. 21. 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

CHITRESH DAS DANCE CO. -- "East As Center," Friday at 8 and Saturday at 3. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1711.

"DANCE DC FESTIVAL" -- Saturday at 11:30 a.m., by local troupes; concert at 7. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600.

SOMAPA THAI DANCE COMPANY, DC Youth Ensemble and the Vietnamese Traditional & Folk Dance Troupe, Saturday at 6. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

WASHINGTON KOREAN DANCE Company, Saturday at 7:30. Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Tnpk., Annandale. 703-698-8144.

TEHREEMA MITHA DANCE Company -- Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 7. Joy of Motion Dance Center, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 301-581-9520 or 202-362-3042.

KANKOURAN, THE SILK ROAD Dance Company, the Spanish Dance Society and Tappers With Attitude, Sunday at 6. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

HARRY VENGHETTE SCOTT JR. -- "Dancing From Africa to Broadway," Monday at 6 and 7:30. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 800-447-7400 or 202-628-6161.

KATHY HARTY GRAY DANCE Theater -- Monday at 8:15. A benefit for the Pentagon Memorial Fund. Rachel Schlesinger Arts Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. 703-413-3811.

FREEFALL -- Tuesday at 5:30. Dance Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787.