Playwright Lisa Kron performs her new work, The Veri**on Play. It's a bitter satire on the tangles of automated customer service. Alan Simons hide caption

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Puppeteer Basil Twist poses with Ballerina, the marionette at the center of a tragic love triangle in his adaptation of Petrushka. Doriane Raiman/NPR hide caption

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How were William Shakespeare's words pronounced more than 400 years ago? A new recording from the British Library aims to replicate the authentic accent of Shakespeare's day. Above, a depiction of the dramatist at work in his study, by A.H. Payne. Edward Gooch/Getty Images hide caption

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George Gershwin's most famous works include Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris and the opera Porgy and Bess. Warner Archives hide caption

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Isabella Dawis plays the protective 12-year-old Edith in the Mu Performing Arts production of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, by Rey Pamatmat. Michal Daniel/Mu Performing Arts hide caption

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Prepping for a New York City Shinsai benefit, actors Angel Desai (left), Olivia Oguma, Paolo Montalban, Thom Sesma, Cindy Cheung and Johnny Wu rehearse songs from Pacific Overtures in a Lincoln Center studio. Erin Baiano/Lincoln Center Theater hide caption

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In the course of his career, director Mike Nichols has won Emmy Awards, Tony Awards, an Oscar and a Grammy. Matt Sayles/AP hide caption

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Zumba dance classes are all the rage, but some critics say the fitness craze shouldn't be considered Latin dance. Christopher Futcher/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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