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Missed the Shakespeare Theatre’s Free for All at Carter Barron? Don’t worry, the Merry Wives are not the area’s only affordable creations by Willy. With the New Dominion Shakespeare Festival’s The Comedy of Errors, you get two for the price of one. Doppelgþngers, that is: The play features two sets of identical twins searching for each other at a turn-of-the-century sea-side boardwalk. Remember Big Business with Lily Tomlin and Bette Midler? It’s kinda like that. With an Austin Powers-meets-Gilbert and Sullivan set and tongue-in-cheek Saturday-morning sound effects, “This production,” as director Joyce Peifer says, “is definitely one for the entire family.” It’s a good bet for your children’s first Shakespearience: The cast members are gifted at conveying the meaning of the play’s difficult language through their bodies and voices, and because Errors is scatological, slapstick, and well-made, your kids will actually understand what’s going on. Settled in the Carter Center in Manassas, Vpstart Crow Productions, the NDSF’s parent organization, brings the Bard to a locale not known primarily for its cultural offerings; but, as the program proclaims, “the NDSF will continue to bring you the best theatre this area has to offer.” The area in question may not be Broadway, or even downtown D.C., but for the money and the convenience, this production makes a lot more sense than trucking the kids over to the Lansburgh at $56 a pop. At 8 p.m. Friday, June 25, and Saturday, June 26, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 27, at the Cramer Center, 9008 Center St., Manassas. $18-$21. (703) 365-0240. (Amanda Fazzone)