In Lynn Nottage's play Sweat, Jason (Stephen Michael Spencer, left) and Chris (Tramell Tillman) are workers at a steel tubing plant in Reading, Pa. Nottage says she wanted to write about "how poverty and economic stagnation were shifting the American narrative." Colin Hovde/C. Stanley Photography/Arena Stage hide caption

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In The Glory of the World, 17 actors, all men, mark author and Catholic monk Thomas Merton's 100th birthday. Bill Brymer/BAM hide caption

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Ade, played by Nana Sam Elliott-Sackeyfio glows in new love at a private dinner, in the production of Bananas and Groundnuts. Courtesy of Roverman Productions hide caption

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Violet Newman is one of five young girls who make up the cast of Employee of the Year, one of the plays being featured at this year's Under the Radar Festival. Maria Baranova/Courtesy of the Public Theater hide caption

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To mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, the Folger Shakespeare Library is sending the first printed collection of all his plays out on tour. Folger Shakespeare Library hide caption

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"In material like this, I hope that there is a danger in what we're doing. I hope we are on a razor's edge." Leslie Odom Jr. gets into character as Aaron Burr on the Hamilton set. Josh Lehrer hide caption

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Alex Brightman stars as Dewey Finn — a rocker turned substitute teacher — in the musical adaptation of School of Rock. Matthew Murphy/O&M Co. hide caption

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Andrew Lloyd Webber Says Music Empowers In 'School Of Rock'

The composer teamed up with Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, to create the new rock musical adaptation of the 2003 movie.

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Shanice Williams and Amber Riley were two of the stars of NBC's The Wiz Live! Virginia Sherwood/NBC hide caption

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NBC Raises Its Musical Game With 'The Wiz Live'

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says NBC's production of The Wiz was "fully and fearlessly filled with blackness."

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Griffin Matthews stars in Invisible Thread, a semi-autobiographical musical he co-wrote with his partner, Matt Gould. Joan Marcus/Courtesy of Polk and Company hide caption

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