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Compare it to other Canadian imports: It’s more romantic than ice fishing, more humorous than the Barenaked Ladies, more kid-friendly than Alanis Morissette, more action-packed than a Peter Jennings newscast, and, best of all, cheaper than a case of Molson Ice. Caravan StageBarge has floated its boat all the way from Vancouver to Alexandria to perform Trapped: A Whale of a Tale. The play, based on Farley Mowatt’s A Whale for the Killing, is a modern telling of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” Sit comfortably on the bank of the Potomac as you watch a 90-foot Thames sailing barge, the Amara Zee, transform into the ghost ship that is the setting for the true tale of a fin whale trapped in a tidal pond in Newfoundland in 1969. You can also expect traditional folk music and, according to the play’s press kit, the “interplay of surreal and real levels.” Sounds kind of like Pamela Anderson Lee. Trapped opens today at 8:30 p.m. at Jones Point Park, 1 Lee St., Alexandria. $12. (703) 838-4200. (Amanda Fazzone)