The Big Three

April 13, 2006|By JESSICA BRANDT

THEATER

MORALITY WITH WIT

At the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, the Royal Shakespeare Company will debut the first part of its two-part production of The Canterbury Tales.

In this new adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer's classic, a series of colorful characters tell spirited, bawdy tales that provide serious moral lessons as well as wit and humor.

Co-directors Rebecca Gatward and Jonathan Munby will present the stories in different styles to reflect the variety of narrative voices presented in the original. The result is a lighthearted look at 14th-century English traditions and values.

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The Canterbury Tales, Part One will run Saturday through May 6 at the Eisenhower Theater at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington. Part Two runs Wednesday through May 7. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $25-$78. To purchase, visit kennedy-center.org or call 800-444-1324.

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[JESSICA BRANDT]

SKATING COOL OPERATORS

The John Hancock Champions on Ice Tour will make a stop in Washington on Saturday for two performances at the Verizon Center. There, Olympic competitors Michelle Kwan, Irina Slutskaya, Sasha Cohen, Evgeni Plushenko will take to the ice, joined by Maryland's Kimmie Meissner, who took gold at the World Figure Skating Championships in Calgary last month. The ice show also features three specialty comedy and acrobatic acts.

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Champions on Ice will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Verizon Center, 601 F St. N.W., Washington. Tickets are $30-$175 (Scout, youth and senior discounts available). Call 410-547-SEAT or visit ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit championsonice.com.

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[JESSICA BRANDT]

PASSOVER

GATHER THE FAMILY

On Sunday, the Jewish Museum of Maryland will hold a Passover family program featuring a puppet show by Becky Gordon and Yofi-Tofi Puppets. Young participants will have the opportunity to create their own puppets, participate in spring-themed craft activities and take part in a scavenger hunt. For older visitors, there will be tours of the exhibits Cabin Fever: Jewish Camping and Jewish Commitment and Hello Gorgeous! Fashion, Beauty and the Jewish-American Ideal. Also, tours of the historic synagogues of the museum will be given at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

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The event will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St. The puppet show begins at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for nonmembers. Call 410-732-6400.

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[JESSICA BRANDT]

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