Character-Building Experience: "It's a kind of alchemical process," says actor John Lithgow about the process of creating a role. "Some of it is you, and some of it is pure calculation." WVIZ/PBS ideastream hide caption

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Re-Election Or Bust: In the American premiere of Vaclav Havel's Leaving, Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn plays a retired head of state who has trouble letting go of the perks of office. Jim Roese hide caption

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In The Burnt Part Boys, teenagers Chet (Andrew Durand), Jake (Charlie Brady), Pete (Al Calderon) and Frances (Molly Ranson) all set out for the mines that killed their fathers -- some meaning to destroy them, others to prevent their destruction. Joan Marcus hide caption

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The cast of the Broadway revival of Promises, Promises includes Sean Hayes (center) in the role originated by Jerry Orbach in 1968. Joan Marcus hide caption

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Lynn Redgrave made her Broadway debut in Black Comedy on Feb. 5, 1967. AP Photo hide caption

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Lynn Redgrave paid tribute to her actress mother, Rachel Kempson, in a solo show titled Rachel and Juliet. Mig Dooley/Folger Theatre hide caption

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Adrian Kohler, co-founder of the company that made War Horse's puppets, uses the techniques and tools of shipbuilding -- his father was a shipwright -- to build his creations. Simon Annand hide caption

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Running For Profit: Enron tells the story of how the company's chief executive officer, Jeffrey Skilling (Norbert Leo Butz, left), and chief financial officer, Andrew Fastow (Stephen Kunken, right), brought about the corporation's downfall. Joan Marcus hide caption

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Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth star in a new Broadway revival of Promises, Promises. Hayes says that he's had to overcome "a little added pressure and a little added fear" on stage because of his singing role. Joan Marcus hide caption

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