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AUGUST 27-SEPTEMBER 1
A square-jawed, handsome square with eyes an impossible blue and a voice impossibly white—the kind of voice made to sing “The Impossible Dream” and sing it straight-faced. Yes, if Robert Goulet didn’t have a sense of humor about himself, our laughter would be much more cruel. And yet, when he sings songs like “Dream”—which he will be doing in this production of Man of La Mancha—respect must be paid. For Goulet continues to bravely tilt at the windmills of popular taste that have deemed his skills irrelevant. Oh, he once tried to become “hip,” to add some “kick” to his songbook. My father went to see him during this Nehru-jacketed phase. Came home, removed his belt, and whipped the bejesus out of the program in disgusted frustration. So it’s back to the classics for Bob. But don’t worry. Dad’s sitting this one out. Performances are at 8 p.m.; matinees Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, 1624 Trap Rd., Vienna. $16-42. (703) 255-1860. (Dave Nuttycombe)