Theater

Downtown

ARENA STAGE/KREEGER -- "Anna in the Tropics," through Nov. 21. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7:30, Tuesday at noon, Wednesday at 7:30, Thursday at 8. 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300 (TDD: 202-484-0247).

CONCERT HALL -- "Mark Twain Prize for American Humor" award ceremony and performance, Monday 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 Sunday. Friday-Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2:30. 511 10th St. NW. 202-397-7328 or 202-347-4833.

SHAKESPEARE THEATRE -- "Macbeth," through Sunday. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2. 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 -- Comedian Sinbad, Sunday at 7. "Guilty Until Proven Innocent," through Oct. 31: Tuesday- Thursday at 8. 13th and E NW. 202-783-4000 or 202-397-7328.

Around Town

BLACKROCK CENTER for the Arts -- "Host and Guest" by Synetic Theater, Saturday at 8. 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260.

CENTER FOR THE ARTS -- "By the Hand of the Father" by About Productions, Monday at 8. Center for the Arts Concert Hall, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-218-6500 or 703-993-8888.

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

CLARICE SMITH CENTER -- "An Enchanting Evening of Chinese Traditional Performing Arts" by the Washington Chu Shan Chinese Opera Institute, through Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 8; family matinee, Saturday at 3. Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, Stadium Drive and Route 193, College Park. 301-405-2787.

D.C. ARTS CENTER -- "No Guts, No Glory" by Precipe Improv Theater, through Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 10. 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833.

FLESH & CANDOR ENSEMBLE -- "Revolution (Tingle Tangle No. 1)," through Nov. 7. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 7:30. Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. 202-783-3933.

"THE IN SERIES" -- "Looking South," cabaret with Cantare & Friends, through Tuesday. Sunday at 4 and Tuesday at 7:30. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. 202-518-0152.

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.

LISNER AUDITORUM -- "Creature From the Black Lagoon," 3-D film with live music by the Jazz Messengers, Monday at 8. 730 21st St. NW. 202-397-7328 or 202-994-6800.

METROSTAGE -- "One Good Marriage," through Nov. 21. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2 and 7, Thursday at 8. 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 800-494-8497 or 703-548-9044.

OLNEY THEATRE -- "Blithe Spirit," through Nov. 7. 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.

PARILLA PERFORMING ARTS Center -- "Mickey Rooney: The One Man One Wife Show," Saturday at 8. Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. 301-279-5301.

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 -- "Accidental Death of an Anarchist," through Nov. 14. Friday-Saturday and Thursday at 8. Calvary Methodist Church, 1459 Columbia Rd. NW. 800-494-8497 or 202-452-5538.

ROSSLYN SPECTRUM -- Chris Sullivan in "Rob Becker's Defending the Caveman," through Nov. 28. Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 5 and 8, Sunday at 3, Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30. 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. 202-397-7328.

ROUND HOUSE/SILVER SPRING -- "Tabletop," through Oct. 31. Friday- Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3 and 7:30, Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30, Thursday at 8. 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 240-644-1100.

SIGNATURE -- "A Cockeyed Optimist," cabaret evening with Judy Simmons, through Saturday: Friday at 8, Saturday at 7 and 9. "The Highest Yellow," through Dec. 12: 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 Sunday: Friday at 7:30, Saturday-Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30. "The Russian Readings," through Sunday: "Slingshot" and "Love," Friday at 8:30; "YoU" and "Cinzano," Saturday at 8:30; "The Sakhalin Wife" and "How I Ate a Dog," Sunday at 8:30. 1333 P St. NW. 202-332-3300.

TEATRO DE LA LUNA -- "La Lechuga" ("The Lettuce"), in Spanish with English interpretation, through Nov. 13. Friday at 8, Saturday at 3 and 8, Thursday at 8. Theater II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. 202-882-6227 or 703-548-3092.

THEATER ALLIANCE -- "Sky Girls," through Monday. Sunday-Monday at 8. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. 800-494-8497 or 202-396-2125.

WAREHOUSE NEXT DOOR -- "Checkpoint," staged reading, through Tuesday. Sunday at 2 and 7:30, Monday-Tuesday at 7:30. 1017 Seventh St. NW. 202-783-3933.

WASHINGTON STAGE GUILD -- "Pound," through Nov. 28. Thursday at 7:30. 1901 14th St. NW. 240-582-0050.

WOOLLY MAMMOTH -- "Grace," through Dec. 19. "Pay-what-you-can" previews, Monday-Tuesday at 8; regular prices, Wednesday-Thursday at 8. Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. 800-494-8497 or 202-393-3939.

Literary Events

FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY -- Reginald Gibbons reads his poetry, Friday at 7:30. 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.

Baltimore | Out of Town

BALTIMORE SHAKESPEARE Festival -- "Julius Caesar," through Oct. 31. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 5. 3900 Roland Ave., Baltimore. 410-837-4143.

CENTER STAGE -- "Lady Windermere's Fan," through Sunday. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2. 700 N. Calvert St., Baltimore. 410-332-0033.

HIPPODROME -- "Grease," through Sunday: Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 1:30 and 6:30. "Russell Simmons's Def Poetry Jam," through Oct. 30: Thursday at 8. France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore. 410-547-7328 or 410-752-7444.

MARYLAND ENSEMBLE THEATRE -- "Democracy: A Work in Progress," through Saturday. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8. 31 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 301-694-4744.

OLD OPERA HOUSE -- "Wait Until Dark," through Oct. 31. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2:30. 204 N. George St., Charles Town, W. Va. 304-725-4420 or 888-900-7469.

PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP Theatre -- "Aria Da Capo" and "One for the Road," through Nov. 7. Friday-Saturday at 8. 28 E. Ostend St., Baltimore. 410-659-7830.

THEATRE PROJECT -- "Whispers," through Sunday. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3. 45 W. Preston St., Baltimore. 410-752-8558.

WAYSIDE -- "Blithe Spirit," through Nov. 13. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2:30 and 8, Sunday at 2:30. 7853 Main St., Middletown, Va. 540-869-1776.

Community Theater

FORWARD ARTISTS COLLECTIVE -- "Checkpoint," staged reading, through Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 8. Grace Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-492-0424.

GEORGETOWN THEATRE CO. -- "Halloween in Georgetown," readings of works by Edgar Allan Poe, Thursday at 7:30. Grace Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 703-271-7770.

LAUREL MILL PLAYHOUSE -- "One-Act Play Festival," through Nov. 6. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. 508 Main St., Laurel. 301-617-9906.

MOUNT VERNON PLAYERS -- "The Student Prince," through Oct. 31. Friday- Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2. Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-783-7600.

PRINCE GEORGE'S LITTLE Theater -- "LadyWindermere's Fan," through Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 8. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710 (TDD: 301-277-0312).

PROVIDENCE PLAYERS -- "Heaven Can Wait," through Oct. 30. Friday-Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2. James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church. 703-425-6782.

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

VIENNA THEATRE COMPANY -- "Pack of Lies," through Oct. 30. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna. 703-255-6360.

College

CATHOLIC U. -- "The Secret Garden," through Sunday. Friday-Sunday at 8. Hartke Theater, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5358.

GEORGE MASON U. -- "An Ideal Husband," through Oct. 31. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2, Thursday at 8. Harris Theater, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-218-6500 or 703-993-8888.

GEORGETOWN U. -- Linn Maxwell in "A Whole Lotte Lenya," through Friday. Friday at 1:15 and 7. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O NW. 202-687-3838.

GEORGE WASHINGTON U. -- "City of Angels," through Oct. 31. Wednesday- Thursday at 7:30. Marvin Center Theater, 800 21st St. NW. 202-397-7328 or 202-994-6178.

NOTRE DAME -- "Jane," through Oct. 31. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 410-532-5543.

Dinner Theater

CHESAPEAKE MUSIC HALL -- "Kiss Me, Kate," through Nov. 13. Friday-Saturday, dinner at 6, show at 8; Sunday, buffet at 12:30, show at 2:30. 339 Busch's Frontage Rd., Annapolis. 410-626-7515 or 800-406-0306.

LAZY SUSAN -- "Anything Goes," through Dec. 31. 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.

RIVERSIDE CENTER -- "Man of La Mancha," through Nov. 21. 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.

TIMONIUM -- "It's 11 p.m., Where Are Your Parents?," through Oct. 30. 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.

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

TEWA DANCERS OF THE NORTH -- Friday at noon and Saturday at 2. Free. National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth and Independence SW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

WASHINGTON BALLET -- "Giselle," through Sunday. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2:30 and 8, Sunday at 2:30. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

MANASSAS DANCE COMPANY -- Saturday at 7 and Sunday at 5. Metz Middle School, 9700 Fairview Ave., Manassas. 703-218-6500 or 703-257-1811.

BALLET ARTS ENSEMBLE of Fairfax, Saturday at 7:30. Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Tnpk., Annandale. 703-273-5344.

BAILES INEDITOS -- Saturday at 8. Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-0123.

LEVYDANCE -- Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 7. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600.

ARTS UNITED OF WASHINGTON -- "Meet Me at the Cafe," through Oct. 31. Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 7. Jack Guidone Theater, Joy of Motion Dance Center, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-362-3042.

FOOTWORKS PERCUSSIVE DANCE Ensemble -- Sunday at 3 and 4:30, "Incredible Feets," a family program. Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 410-480-9950.

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

ED TYLER -- 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).