"It sums up the best of times, the worst of times," says Leslie Jacobson about her production of "A ... My Name is Alice," a Washington premiere of a successful off-Broadway show about the foibles and follies of being a woman in the '80s.

This show is also a season premiere, as Horizons Theatre enters its second decade. "We wanted to do something that would piece together a lot of what we've been about during these years," says Jacobson. "Though there's been a lot of versatility, there's also been a unifying thread."

Using comedy and music, the five-person cast of "A ... My Name is Alice" performs more than a dozen "sketches," including one encounter between a superachiever yuppie mother who is cut down to size by a tyrannical kindergarten teacher, a satire of feminist poetry and a more serious number about the relationship between a woman and her mother. Most of the humor is only gentle jabbing, designed to let audience members, especially the women, laugh at themselves.

"We think everyone will identify with at least one thing in the show," says Jacobson. "These are timeless themes for all of us."

The show runs Thursdays through Sundays at 8 p.m. Call 342-5503 for information.