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From Russia, With Mimes

From Russia, With Mimes
Saturday, March 31, 2007

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Your baby Einstein has books, puzzles, vocabulary builders. But global perspective? No, sadly, that’s one thing the tyke just might be lacking.

For the first time, Imagination Stage has called in troupes from all sorts of international locales and has put together programming intended to school little ones in the ways of the world (and it all falls over spring break). Among the highlights of the weeklong Edgefest, which kicks off today:

Toys Theater (from St. Petersburg, Russia) features four mimes who are deaf performing vignettes. As with every day of the festival, your kids can steep themselves in drama and crafts workshops, a film screening and staged readings before and after the shows. Beginning in the morning and lasting much of the day, these activities are the best things about the festival. 12:30 and 3:30 today and tomorrow.

Our favorite event has to be Kevin Reese’s “A Perfect Balance,” a one-man show inspired by mobile artist Alexander Calder. Reese is American, as was Calder, but your child would sound worldly indeed name-dropping Calder in casual conversation, no? In conjunction with this show, Reese will host several mobile-making workshops. Monday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday and Thursday, catch Montreal’s DynamO Theatre working its acrobatic magic on “me me me,” about a girl taunted by her classmates for being smart. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. both days.

There are loads of activities, but registration is required for many of the workshops, and they’re filling up fast.

$20 (includes admission to all Edgefest events the day of show); $16 per day if purchasing tickets for more than one day. 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660. See http://www.imaginationstage.org for schedule of all Edgefest events.

— Lavanya Ramanathan

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