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If you sleep with your overwashed, eyeless Chucky plush but aspire to run with the tutu-and-slipper crowd, then the Shanghai Ballet’s performance of Coppelia is a doll-come-to-life tale you can take pride in attending. Since its debut in 1870, Coppelia has been one of the most popular and most performed comedy ballets, as well as an important link between the Romantic and classical styles of the dance. All this despite the non-Italianness of its old toymaker and the non-nose-growingness of its doll. And, no worries, Kevin Bacon talked with the city fathers: The Shanghai hoofers can spread their Terpsichorean goodwill (today, after all, is Sunday) without fear of reprisal. The curtain goes up at 2 p.m. at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $24-$48. (703) 218-6500. (Josh Levin)