William Russell (John Larroquette, right), a blue-blooded, Harvard-educated former secretary of state, matches wits with rival presidential candidate Joe Cantwell (Eric McCormack), a scrappy conservative senator in the Broadway revival of The Best Man. Joan Marcus/ hide caption

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A Mud-Slinging Political Drama Returns To Broadway
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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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Customer Service Nightmares, Now Onstage
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Stella And Stanley Shouting Contest
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Lost Play Found: The 'Exorcism' Of Eugene O'Neill
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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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Basil Twist: A Genius, With Many A String Attached
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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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Shakespeare's Accent: How Did The Bard Really Sound?
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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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A Gershwin Biopic That Ain't Necessarily So True
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'A Salesman' Lives On In Philip Seymour Hoffman
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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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'Edith Can Shoot' (And Knit A Family Together)
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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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A 'Shinsai' To Aid Japan's Theater Community
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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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Mike Nichols: 'Salesman' By Day, Artist Always
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In his solo show, Shatner shares stories about his childhood, his father, and his lengthy acting career. Joan Marcus hide caption

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In 'Shatner's World,' Stories About Acting, Loss, Life
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In a recent article for Smithsonian Magazine, Teller (right), half of the magic team Penn & Teller, explains the art and science of mental manipulation. Courtesy of Penn & Teller hide caption

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Teller Talks: The Science Behind Magic Tricks
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The Theatrical Curtain Call: More Than Just Bows
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American Capitalism, A Song And Dance Story
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