Jessica Chastain makes her Broadway debut as Catherine Sloper in The Heiress. Chastain says she was moved by the arc of her character's story — initially defined by the men in her life, but ultimately finding strength in herself. (c) 2012 Joan Marcus hide caption

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The cast rehearses a scene from Jack Kerouac's only play, The Beat Generation. Courtesy of the Merrimack Repertory Theater hide caption

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Mary Bridget Davies as Janis Joplin and Sabrina Elayne Carten as Blues Singer in the Cleveland Play House production of One Night with Janis Joplin. Janet Macoska/Arena Stage hide caption

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Teagle F. Bougere plays the titular Invisible Man in The Studio Theatre's adaptation of Ralph Ellison's novel. Astrid Riecken/The Studio Theatre hide caption

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The original Vienna production of a new musical based on the novel Rebecca didn't fall prey to the woes plaguing a planned New York staging. VBW hide caption

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In Ohio Impromptu, one of three short plays featured in Sounding Beckett, the silent character (Philip Goodwin, left, with Ted van Griethuysen) inspired music based on knocks and repetitions. Jeremy Tressler/Sounding Beckett hide caption

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LCT3's Claire Tow Theater is a two-story structure built on a steel truss that straddles the roof of Lincoln's Vivian Beaumont Theater. Before or after performances, theatergoers can mingle over drinks at a roofdeck bar that overlooks Lincoln Center and the surrounding neighborhood. Francis Dzikowski/ESTO/Courtesy of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture hide caption

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Natalie Charle Ellis, Scott Richard Foster, Jenny Lee Stern and Marcus Stevens are part of Gerard Alessandrini's Forbidden Broadway troupe, which is returning to the stage after a three-year hiatus. Carol Rosegg/Forbidden Broadway hide caption

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In Porgy and Bess, David Alan Grier plays the drug dealer Sporting Life, a role closely associated with Sammy Davis Jr. and Cab Calloway. Courtesy of the American Repertory Theater hide caption

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