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April 06, 2006

`Body Language'

The lowdown -- Body Language, a new tribute musical featuring the songs of Patti LaBelle, will arrive in Washington tomorrow for an exclusive five-show engagement at the Warner Theatre. Written by Emmy winner Michael Ajakwe Jr. as part of his effort to "bring more soul the great white way," this romantic comedy offers 14 choreographed LaBelle favorites, including "New Attitude," "Stir it Up" and "Lady Marmalade." Audience members are encouraged to attend in their favorite '80s attire. During each intermission, the person the audience judges to have the best costume will win an iPod.

If you go -- Performances are tomorrow through Sunday at the Warner Theater, 513 13th St. N.W, Washington. Show times are 8 p.m. tomorrow, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $27.50-$42.50. For more information, go to bodylanguagetheplay. com. For tickets, call Ticketmaster at 800-551-7328 or go to tick etmaster.com.

JESSICA BRANDT

Classical music

The lowdown -- Classical music fans who are not heading to the Piano Celebration at Shriver Hall this weekend have a very attractive alternative to consider, thanks to the Candlelight Concert Society in Columbia -- the Pavel Haas Quartet. Named for the Czech composer who died at Auschwitz, the Prague-based string quartet has won top prizes at competitions and accolades across Europe. This concert, part of its North American debut tour, includes works by Haas and two of the greatest Czech composers, Bedrich Smetana and Leos Janacek.

If you go -- The concert is at 8 p.m. Saturday at Howard Community College's ILB-100 (across from Smith Theatre), 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. For tickets, call 410-480-9950.

TIM SMITH

Walton's feast

The lowdown -- When the Washington Chorus performs Sir William Walton's brilliant and stirring Belshazzar's Feast, his widow, Lady Susana Walton, a brilliant figure in her own right, will be in the audience. She'll also take part in a pre-concert conversation about life with her eminent husband and the exotic garden they created on the island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples.

If you go -- The concert is at 3 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 1:30 p.m.) Sunday at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia and New Hampshire avenues Northwest, Washington. For tickets, call 202-467- 4600 or visit www.thewashing tonchorus.org.

TIM SMITH

Updated Aeschylus

The lowdown -- Monday, the Shakespeare Theatre Company will debut its production of Aeschylus' The Persians with a new version by Ellen McLaughlin, directed by Ethan McSweeny. Based on one of the seven surviving plays by the first of the great Greek tragedians, The Persians is a cautionary tale about the perils of power and pride. Cast members, including Helen Carey, Erin Gann, Scott Parkinson and Ted van Griethuysen, will hold a discussion after Wednesday's performance.

If you go -- Performances run Tuesday through May 21 at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, 450 Seventh St. N.W., Washington. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays (except April 11); 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 7:30 p.m. Sundays; matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays (except April 9) and a matinee at noon May 3. Tickets are $14.25-$71.25. For more information, call 202-547-1122 or visit shakespearetheatre.org.

JESSICA BRANDT

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