The Big Three

November 17, 2005

THEATER

SEEING DOUBLE

Brother will meet brother and East will meet West in the Shakespeare Theatre's production of The Comedy of Errors, opening at the Washington theater Sunday under the direction of Douglas C. Wager. For this play about two pairs of twin brothers separated at birth, designer Zack Brown has created a surrealistic set, inspired by Salvador Dali and M.C. Escher, and Middle Eastern costumes with Western touches. The production also has an original score, composed by Fabian Obispo, that blends traditional Middle Eastern music with modern trip hop. The cast is headed by Paul Whitthorne and Gregory Wooddell as one set of brothers, and Daniel Breaker and LeRoy McClain as their twin servants. Also featured are Ralph Cosham, Floyd King and Baltimorean Tana Hicken.

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Show times for "The Comedy of Errors," currently in previews at the Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. N.W., Washington, are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and most Sundays; 8 p.m. most Thursdays-Saturdays; with matinees at 2 p.m. most Saturdays and Sundays, and Dec. 23 and 28, and noon Dec. 21 and Jan. 4, through Jan. 8. Tickets are $14.25-$71.25. Call 877-487-8849.

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[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

FAMILY

HORSE POWER

The Lipizzaner stallions are galloping into Washington this weekend. A group of 30 horses and riders and a crew of 40 from the Spanish Riding School of Vienna is visiting the United States for a series of equestrian shows through December. On Saturday and Sunday, the graceful white Lipizzaners will perform their choreographed routines at the MCI Center in Washington. This U.S. tour celebrates the 60th anniversary of the rescue of the ancient breed by Gen. George Patton during World War II, when the school and its horses were at risk of being destroyed. The school, founded in 1572, trains the horses for six to eight years, developing their intricate movements, which include trotting in place and performing pirouettes.

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The shows are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the MCI Center, 601 F St. N.W., Washington. Tickets $33-$153. Call 410-547-SEAT or visit ticket master.com.

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[LORI SEARS]

THANKSGIVING PARADE

CLOWNS, ELVISES, BANDS, FLOATS AND MORE

Love a parade? Then you'll want to catch the grand Best Buy Thanksgiving Parade Saturday along Pratt Street. The annual parade features floats, unique characters and marching bands. Winnie-the-Pooh, Robin Hood, Annie and Charlotte's Web characters join the Children's Playhouse of Maryland along the parade route. The Ballet Folklorico "Mexico Vivo" will perform traditional Mexican dances. There will also be equestrian units, including the Zydeco Cowboyz and the Shining Eye Persherons.

And don't miss the Clown Corps' volunteer clowns, magicians and jugglers, characters from the Night of 100 Elvises, the Edmondson Village Steppers, the Salvation Army with the Boys and Girls Club and bands from Polytechnic Institute and Western Senior High School. Santa Claus (in what may be his first appearance of the season) will arrive by Corvette at the end of the procession. Parade emcees will be Keith "Chop Chop" Fisher from Magic 95.9-FM and Neke and Konan from 92Q-FM.

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The parade steps off at 11 a.m. Saturday from the intersection of Pratt and Eutaw streets and continues east on Pratt Street. It disbands at Pratt Street and Market Place. Reviewing stand is at Pratt and Gay streets. Free. Call 877-BALTIMORE or visit promotionandarts.com.

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[LORI SEARS]

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