Theater

Downtown

ARENA STAGE/FICHANDLER -- "The Importance of Being Earnest," through Dec. 26. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7:30, Tuesday at noon and 7:30, Wednesday at 7:30. 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300 (TDD: 202-484-0247).

FORD'S THEATRE -- "A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas," through Jan. 2. Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30. 511 10th St. NW. 703-218-6500 or 202-347-4833.

NATIONAL THEATRE -- "Movin' Out," through Dec. 19. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7:30, Monday- Wednesday at 8. 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 800-447-7400 or 202-628-6161.

SHAKESPEARE THEATRE -- "Pericles," through Jan. 2. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7:30, Tuesday at 7:30. 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 -- "A Tuna Christmas," through Sunday. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7. 13th and E NW. 202-783-4000 or 202-397-7328.

Around Town

AFRICAN CONTINUUM Theatre Company -- "Two Trains Running," through Nov. 28. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2, Tuesday- Wednesday at 8. Kennedy Center Film Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 202-529-5763.

AMERICAN CENTURY -- "Paradise Lost," through Dec. 18. Friday-Saturday and Wednesday at 8. Theater II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. 703-553-8782.

COOLIDGE AUDITORIUM -- "Voices of War: A Vietnam Nurse's Journey" by American Place Theatre, through Nov. 24. Monday and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Free. Library of Congress, First and Independence SE. 202-707-1071.

DIDACTIC THEATRE CO. -- "Stop Kiss," through Sunday. Friday-Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2. Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. 202-248-0179.

FOLGER -- "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," through Dec. 19. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7:30, Tuesday- Wednesday at 7:30. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.

"IN SERIES" -- "Returning to Neruda's World," through Monday. Saturday at 7, Monday at 7:30. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. 202-518-0152.

KEEGAN THEATRE -- "True West," through Dec. 19. Friday-Sunday at 8. Old Town Theater, 815 1/2 St., Alexandria. 703-527-6000.

LAKE BRADDOCK SECONDARY School -- The Capitol Steps comedy troupe, Sunday at 7. A benefit for the school theater program. 9200 Burke Lake Rd., Burke. 703-455-1762.

METROSTAGE -- "One Good Marriage," through Nov. 28. Friday at 8, Saturday at 6 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7. 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 800-494-8497 or 703-548-9044.

OLNEY THEATRE -- "Carousel," through Dec. 26. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7:30, Tuesday at 7:30, Wednesday at 8. 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. 301-924-3400.

QUOTIDIAN THEATRE -- "The Weir," through Nov. 28. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. 301-816-1023.

REP STAGE -- "St. Nicholas," through Sunday in Theatre Outback. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2:30 and 8, Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30. Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 410-772-4900.

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 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.

ROSSLYN SPECTRUM -- Chris Sullivan in "Rob Becker's Defending the Caveman," through Dec. 12. Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 5 and 8, Sunday at 3, Wednesday at 7:30. 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. 202-397-7328.

ROUND HOUSE/BETHESDA -- "The Diary of Anne Frank," through Dec. 12. Friday at 8, Saturday at 3 and 8, Sunday at 3, Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30. East-West Highway and Waverly Street, Bethesda. 240-644-1100.

SCENA -- "The Fever," through Jan. 3. Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30. Warehouse Theatre, 1021 Seventh St. NW. 703-684-7990.

SIGNATURE -- "The Highest Yellow," through Dec. 12. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2 and 7, Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30. 3806 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. 703-218-6500.

SOUTH RIVER HIGH SCHOOL -- The Capitol Steps comedy troupe, Saturday at 8. 201 Central Ave. E., Edgewater. 410-798-6121.

STUDIO -- "Ivanov," through Dec. 12: Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7, Tuesday-Wednesday. Will Power in "Flow," through Dec. 5: Friday at 7:30, Saturday-Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 (Saturday matinee is "pay-what- you-can"), Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30. 1333 P St. NW. 202-332-3300.

THEATER ALLIANCE -- "Montana 1948," through Monday. Sunday-Monday at 8. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. 800-494-8497 or 202-396-2125.

THEATER J -- "A Bad Friend," through Nov. 28. Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3 and 7:30, Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30. Goldman Theater, D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497 or 202-777-3229.

WASHINGTON SHAKESPEARE CO. -- "Titus Andronicus," through Dec. 31. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 (matinee is "pay-what-you-can") and 8, Sunday at 2. Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. 800-494-8497 or 703-418-4808.

WASHINGTON STAGE GUILD -- "Pound," through Nov. 28. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2:30 and 8, Sunday at 2:30. 1901 14th St. NW. 240-582-0050.

WATERSIDE SEVEN COLLECTIVE -- "Red: An Evening of Short Plays," through Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 8. Mead Theatre, 916 G St. NW. 202-258-1993 or 240-338-8007.

WOOLLY MAMMOTH -- "Grace," through Dec. 19. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2 and 7, Wednesday at 8. Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. 800-494-8497 or 202-393-3939.

Literary Events

FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY -- Jimmy Santiago Baca and Enrique Cortazar read their poetry, Monday at 8. 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.

Baltimore | Out of Town

CENTER STAGE -- "The Price," through Dec. 12. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7:30, Tuesday-Wednesday at 8. 700 N. Calvert St., Baltimore. 410-332-0033.

EVERYMAN -- "The Drawer Boy," through Dec. 19. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2:30 and 8, Sunday at 2:30, Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30. 1727 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 410-752-2208.

FELLS POINT CORNER -- "Enrico IV," through Nov. 28. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. 251 S. Ann St., Baltimore. 410-276-7837.

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

Community Theater

FOUNDRY PLAYERS -- "The Laramie Project," through Sunday. Friday- Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2:30. Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St. NW. 202-332-3454.

GOSHEN UNITED Methodist Church -- "God's Trombones," through Sunday. Saturday at 3 and 7, Sunday at 4. 19615 Goshen Rd., Gaithersburg. 240-683-5530 or 888-891-0800.

GREENBELT ARTS CENTER -- "Godspell," through Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 8. 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-441-8770.

KENSINGTON ARTS -- "The Rocky Horror Show," through Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 8. Kensingtown Town Center, 3710 Mitchell St., Kensington. 301-547-7101.

LITTLE THEATRE OF ALEXANDRIA -- "Over the River and Through the Woods," through Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 8. 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. 703-683-0496.

ROCKVILLE MUSICAL THEATER -- "Ragtime," through Saturday. Friday- Saturday at 8. F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. 301-908-2498.

SILVER SPRING STAGE -- "Proof," through Dec. 11. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. 10145 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-593-6036.

STERLING PLAYMAKERS -- "Charlotte's Web," through Sunday. Friday at 8, Saturday at 2:30 and 8, Sunday at 2:30. Sterling Middle School, 201 W. Holly Ave., Sterling. 703-437-6117.

College

AACC -- "Pippin," through Sunday. Friday-Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2. Pascal Center for Performing Arts, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. 410-777-2457.

CATHOLIC U. -- "The Anastasia Trials," through Sunday in the Callan Theatre: Friday-Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2. "The Land Where the Good Songs Go," through Sunday in Ward Recital Hall: Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-4000 or 202-319-5414.

COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN Maryland -- "A Night of Improv With Trix: Whose ASL Line Is It?," Saturday at 7. 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 410-767-6962.

GEORGETOWN U./MASK & BAUBLE -- "The Love of the Nightingale," through Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 8. Poulton Hall, 37th and P NW. 202-687-4111.

MONTGOMERY COLLEGE -- "Nickel and Dimed," through Sunday. Friday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. 301-279-5301.

TOWSON U. -- "The Other Shore," through Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 8. Villa Julie College, 1525 Greenspring Valley Rd., Stevenson. 410-704-2787.

UDC -- "Zooman and the Sign," through Saturday. Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 3 and 7:30. University Auditorium, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-274-5749.

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

High School

ANNANDALE -- "The Phantom Tollbooth," through Saturday. Friday at 7, Saturday at 1 and 7. 4700 Medford Dr., Annandale. 703-642-4245.

CALVERT -- "The Boy Friend," through Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 7:30. 600 Dares Beach Rd., Prince Frederick. 410-586-1374 or 410-535-7330.

EINSTEIN -- "The Curious Savage," through Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 7:30. 11135 Newport Mill Rd., Kensington. 301-929-2200.

GAR-FIELD -- "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," through Saturday. Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 5. 14000 Smoketown Rd., Woodbridge. 703-730-7000.

GEORGETOWN VISITATION -- "The Curious Savage," through Sunday. Friday-Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2. 1524 35th St. NW. 202-337-3350, Ext. 2518.

LANGLEY -- "A Midsummer Night's Dream," through Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 7:30. 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean. 703-287-2700.

WALT WHITMAN -- "Les Miserables," through Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 7:30. 7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda. 301-320-6569.

WASHINGTON-LEE -- "Much Ado About Nothing," through Saturday. Friday-Saturday at 7:30. 1300 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-228-6200.

Dinner Theater

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-Wednesday, dinner at 6:30, show at 8. U.S. 1 at Furnace Road, Woodbridge. 703-550-7384.

RIVERSIDE CENTER -- "Man of La Mancha," through Sunday. Friday-Saturday, 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 -- "Home for the Holidays," through Dec. 23. Friday- Saturday, dinner at 6:30, show at 8; Sunday, dinner at 4:30, show at 6. 9603 Deereco Rd., Timonium. 410-560-1113.

TOBY'S -- "Miss Saigon," through Sunday. Friday-Saturday, 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

SHARON MANSUR -- Friday at 6. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

KATHY HARTY GRAY DANCE Theatre -- "Merging Cultures," Friday at 8. Schlesinger Arts Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. 703-413-3811.

NOCHE FLAMENCA -- Friday and Saturday at 8. Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 202-518-1213.

GEORGE WASHINGTON U. Dance Dept, Friday and Saturday at 8. Marvin Theatre, 800 21st St. NW. 202-994-6178.

GOUCHER COLLEGE DANCE Company, Friday and Saturday at 8. Kraushaar Auditorium, 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd., Baltimore. 410-337-6333.

KANKOURAN WEST AFRICAN Dance Company, Saturday at 4. Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive and North Charles Street, Baltimore. 410-396-6314.

MICHAEL MINERY'S TAPAHOLICS -- Saturday at 8. Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-0123.

TAYLOR 2 DANCE COMPANY -- Saturday at 8. Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. 703-476-4500.

CARLA & COMPANY -- Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 4. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600.

INTIMO with Carmela Greco, Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 7. Jack Guidone Theater, Joy of Motion Dance Center, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-362-3042.

THE JOFFREY BALLET -- "The Nutcracker," through Nov. 28. Wednesday at 7:30. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).