The Big Three

August 31, 2006

THEATER

IBSEN'S 'ENEMY'

Idealism, character assassination and political suicide are on the docket at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, where Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People opens the 2006-2007 season on Tuesday. Using a translation by Rick Davis (former associate artistic director of Center Stage) and Brian Johnston, the production is directed by Kjetil Bang-Hansen, resident director of Nationaltheatret in Oslo and author of a 1972 book on An Enemy of the People.

Joseph Urla stars as idealistic Dr. Stockmann, who expects to be esteemed for his revelation that the local tourist baths are polluted. Instead, he is branded with the epithet that is the play's title. The cast also features Caitlin O'Connell, Rick Foucheux and Philip Goodwin. Bang-Hansen and designer Timian Alsaker have moved the 19th century Norwegian drama to a mid-1930s, black-and-white world where the characters also dress in blacks, whites and grays.

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Showtimes at the Shakespeare Theatre, 450 7th St., N.W., Washington, where the production is currently in previews, are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and most Sundays; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and most Sundays, and noon Oct. 18, through Oct. 22. Tickets are $19-$76.25. Call 877-487-8849 or visit shakespeare theatre.org.

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[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

STAMP SHOW

BALPEX EVENT AT HUNT VALLEY

You don't have to be a philatelic fanatic to attend the Balpex stamp show at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, tomorrow through Sunday. The 68th annual stamp show, presented by the Baltimore Philatelic Society, is open to all. Some 55 dealers will set up their rare, antique, unique and colorful stamps, while national and international organizations, including the U.S. Postal Service, will display exhibits. There'll be information for young collectors, activities for children and free appraisals of stamps (Saturday only).

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The show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley. $4 admission is good for all three days. Children 17 and younger admitted free each day. Visitors ages 60 and older admitted free Sunday. Call 410-332-4741 or visit balpex.org.

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[LORI SEARS]

TOUR

FREDERICK DOUGLASS WEEKEND

Follow the footsteps of Maryland abolitionist Frederick Douglass this weekend at "Douglass Days in Baltimore." Sunday is the 168th anniversary of Douglass' escape from slavery, and Baltimore Black Heritage Tours is noting the milestone all weekend with walking tours and lectures on the noted emancipationist, author and statesman.

The public is einvited to a lecture at 9:30 a.m. each day at Broadway and Thames Street by BBH Tours president Lou Fields on "The Legacy of Frederick Douglass in Baltimore: 1826-2006." At 10 a.m., the Frederick Douglass Path2Freedom walking tour will pass by places where Douglass lived as a slave, learned to read and write, worked, worshiped and built five townhouses. At noon, visitors will head to the new Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park, 1417 Thames St., for another talk on Douglass and tours of the exhibits in the park's museum. Refreshments will be provided.

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The talks, walking tours and museum tours are Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tour, lecture and museum admission are $12.50 for adults; $6 for children. Call 410-783-5469 or visit bbhtours.com.

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[LORI SEARS]

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