Russell Peters has made a career of poking fun at ethnic peculiarities. He is now one of the highest-earning comedians. Michael Tullberg/Getty Images hide caption

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Nikkole Salter as Taylor (from left), Jason Dirden as Kent, Billy Eugene Jones as Flip and Rosie Benton as Kimber in Stick Fly at Arena Stage. Scott Suchman/Arena Stage hide caption

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Jimmy Wilson plays Barack Obama during a rehearsal of Hope: The Obama Musical Story in Germany. Michael Probst/AP hide caption

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Robert M. Johanson and Anne Gridley in Romeo and Juliet. Paula Court hide caption

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Oh, Henrik: In the new Broadway revival of A Little Night Music, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka and Ramona Mallory play Henrik and Anne — two roles that mean a little more than most in Mallory's household. Joan Marcus hide caption

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Sarah King as Princess Florine and Dion Page as the Bluebird in the South African Ballet Theatre's production of The Sleeping Beauty. John Hogg/Courtesy South African Ballet Theatre hide caption

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