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Gay Shakespeare

The lowdown -- Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare's problem plays, and in its production opening tomorrow, Mobtown Players gives some of those problems a gender-bending modern slant. Director Ryan Whinnem has set the dark comedy in the 1980s and turned Claudio's illicit lover, Juliet, into a man named Julio. In Whinnem's interpretation, the play becomes a commentary on gay-marriage legislation: Claudio is imprisoned not for impregnating his fiancee, but for trying to marry Julio. Carlos Del Valle plays Claudio, Bradley Burgess is Julio, Diana Cherkas is Claudio's sister Isabella, and, in another gender reversal, Allison Joyce plays the Duke of Vienna's deputy, who is now called Angela (instead of Angelo).

If you go -- Show times at Mobtown, 3600 Clipper Mill Road, are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Feb. 26, through March 11. Tickets are $12. ($5 from each Feb. 26 ticket will benefit Equality Maryland.) For more information, call 410-467-3057 or visit mobtown


Poulenc Trio

The lowdown -- Named for one of the 20th century's greatest French composers, the Francis Poulenc Trio provides a distinctive blend of instrumental colors - oboe, bassoon and piano. And the players, oboist Vladimir Lande, bassoonist Bryan Young and pianist Irina Lande, provide distinctive music-making. Hear them Saturday at the College of Notre Dame.

If you go -- The Francis Poulenc Trio performs at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Marikle Chapel, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St. Admission is free. For more information, call 410-532-5386 or visit


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