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In Tracy Letts' new play The Minutes, a city council meeting takes a turn for the worse when a town's founding myth is questioned. Michael Brosilow/Courtesy of Steppenwolf Theatre Company hide caption

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A Play About Politics For (But Not About) The Age Of Trump

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In "Gardens Speak," visitors lie in graves 10 at a time, listening to recorded stories of those killed in the Syrian uprising. Tania El Khoury/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Stories Of Syria's Uprising, And Its Backyard Funerals, In 'Gardens Speak'

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Danny Skinner portrays Patrick Star and Ethan Slater is SpongeBob SquarePants in SpongeBob SquarePants, the musical. Joan Marcus/Courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown hide caption

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SpongeBob's Bikini Bottom On Broadway — And In Danger

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Kennedy Center Celebrates Latest Honorees, But Without The First Family

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Cellos are lined up backstage at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra before a Nov. 8 rehearsal of Schubert's Ninth Symphony. The CITES Rosewood regulations have made some musicians apprehensive about taking instruments containing the wood across international borders. Meg Anderson/NPR hide caption

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The Tree That Rocked The Music Industry

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In The Wolves, characters are known only by their jersey numbers. Playwright Sarah DeLappe says she wanted to portray them "not as daughters, not as girlfriends, not as sexual objects, but as athletes." Julieta Cervantes/Courtesy of Lincoln Center Theater hide caption

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Like A War Movie, But 'On A Planet Of Teenage Girls'

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Three Generations Of Actresses On How Ageism Affects Women In Hollywood

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Katrina Lenk's and Tony Shalhoub's characters have an almost-romance in The Band's Visit. Matthew Murphy/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Broadway's 'The Band's Visit' Tells A Story Of Common Ground Between Cultures

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Jonathan Groff plays an FBI agent and criminal profiler in the Netflix series Mindhunter. Patrick Harbron/Netflix hide caption

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'Mindhunter' Actor Jonathan Groff On His Most Life-Altering Roles

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While in the film "Circle of Life" is sung by a voice off-screen, Rafiki takes on the opening number in the The Lion King musical. Joan Marcus hide caption

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Bold Experiment Turned Broadway Hit, 'Lion King' Continues To Thrill — And Heal

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Sakdiyah Ma'ruf is a comedian in Indonesia. Now she is breaking ground as a stand-up comedian who wears a hijab while openly mocking religious fundamentalists. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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She Watched Bootleg Episodes Of Seinfeld, Now The Indonesian Comic Performs Stand-Up

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Denise Gough as Emma, an actress who goes into rehab after coming unhinged onstage, in People, Places & Things. Gough won an Olivier award for the role during the play's London run. Teddy Wolfe hide caption

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'People, Places & Things' Is A Clear-Eyed Look At Addiction

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In A Climate Of Fear, A Comedian Remembers What Makes Her Brave

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