Fiona Shaw rehearses for her role as the Virgin Mary in The Testament of Mary. Irish novelist Colm Toibin's one-woman play opens April 22 at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theater. Hugo Glendinning/ hide caption

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"Beauty is not just for the imagination. It's actually a way of altering human behavior for the better." — Bill Strickland TED hide caption

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Bill Strickland: Can Beauty Change A Life?

Civic leader Bill Strickland says beauty can rescue young people from poverty.

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Cameron Russell: Does Being Beautiful Make You Happy?

Cameron Russell has spent the last decade modeling. Being beautiful has given her unexpected gifts, and believe it or not, a fair dose of insecurity.

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Denis Dutton: Are Some Things Universally Beautiful?

Philosopher Denis Dutton says the places and people we find attractive can be traced to the preferences of ancient man.

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Johanna Day as Margie and Andrew Long as Mike in the recent Arena Stage production of David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People. The childhood friends drift apart as their lives take on very different socioeconomic dimensions. Margot Schulman/Arena Stage hide caption

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Adam Kantor and Betsy Woolfe star in the current off-Broadway revival of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years. The Hartman Group / Second Stage Theatre hide caption

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Nellie McKay, David Shiner and Bill Irwin use old-time comedy, newfangled tricks and zany music to score laughs in their new theatrical revue, Old Hats. Joan Marcus hide caption

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Laura Osnes appears in the title role of a new Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. Though her career began unconventionally, she's already had considerably conventional success. Carol Rosegg hide caption

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