Alan Rickman has played Professor Severus Snape throughout the Harry Potter series. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Danny Burstein, as Buddy Plummer, performs "Buddy's Blues," the high-energy song-and-dance number at the end of Follies, with Jenifer Foote (left) and Kiira Schmidt. Joan Marcus hide caption

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Triple-dog-dared: Jonathan Burke, George Wolffe, Nicholas Daniel Gonzalez and Adam Pelty re-create a much-loved scene from A Christmas Story in the new stage musical version. Carol Rosegg hide caption

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The Book Club Play, revamped by author Karen Zacarias as part of her residency in the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage, is a comedy about life, love and literature.The cast included (from left) Eric Messner, Kate Eastwood Norris, Tom Story, Ashlie Atkinson and Rachael Holmes. Stan Barouh/Arena Stage hide caption

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Michael Kahn (right) directs Holly Twyford, Tracy Lynn Middendorf and Steven Culp in his 2011 production of Old Times. Scott Suchman hide caption

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Theodore Hardeen (right) poses with brother Harry Houdini around 1901. Although Hardeen was the less-famous brother, he was also a magician and escape artist who continued to perform Houdini's routines after his death.

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Ari Graynor (left) and Steve Guttenberg star in Woody Allen's "Honeymoon Hotel." It is one of three one-act comedies that make up Relatively Speaking, directed by John Tuturro.

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