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The Play's The Thing — High School Productions Down The Decades

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Rediscovering The Thrill Of George Balanchine's New York City Ballet

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Nearly 200 Comedians, All Playing The Same City

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Remember that scene from Dirty Dancing when Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey practice their lifts in a lake? Turns out they weren't the only ones in the water; choreographer Kenny Ortega was right there beside them. The Kobal Collection hide caption

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You Might Not Know Kenny Ortega, But You Probably Know His Choreography

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Mark Cuban, left, as President of the United States, faces killer sharks with Ian Ziering in the Syfy film Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! The Global Asylum/Syfy hide caption

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Syfy's 'Sharknado 3' Fails At Being Really Good Bad Television

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Theodore Bikel, Who Starred In Broadway's 'Fiddler On The Roof,' Dies

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Orange Is the New Black star Uzo Aduba, left, and So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley announce the nominees for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP hide caption

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Emmy Nominations For 'Transparent,' Tatiana Maslany Showcase New Talent

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Robin Thede is head writer for Comedy Central's The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. She's previously been a reporter for E! News, a writer for BET's Real Husbands of Hollywood and head writer for The Queen Latifah Show. Jaxonphotogroup/Courtesy of Robin Thede hide caption

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In The Writer's Room, One Woman Quietly Makes Late Night History

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The Internet erupted this week in protest over the outrageous behavior of theater audiences and their mobile devices. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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'Who Does That?!' Broadway Stars React To Badly Behaved Audiences

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Judicial Differences Take Center Stage In 'Scalia V. Ginsburg'

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Damon Daunno (Curly) and Amber Gray (Laurey) star in director Daniel Fish's experimental retelling of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! Cory Weaver/Courtesy of Bard College hide caption

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The Mornin' Ain't So Beautiful For This Dark 'Oklahoma!' Production

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (right) stars opposite Rob Corddry in the HBO series Ballers. Jeff Daly/HBO hide caption

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USA's 'Mr. Robot,' HBO's 'Ballers' Among Picks For Best Summer TV Series

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