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Actor Mark Rylance, seen here as Thomas Cromwell in Masterpiece's Wolf Hall, views Cromwell as a survivor who knows how to manipulate power to his advantage. "He has the mind of a chess player," Rylance says. Giles Keyte/Playground & Company Pictures for Masterpiece/BBC hide caption

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'Wolf Hall' On Stage And TV Means More Makeovers For Henry VIII's 'Pit Bull'

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In 1985, Gene Saks wins the Tony Award for best director of a play for his staging of Neil Simon's hit comedy Biloxi Blues, an autobiographical story of World War II. It was Saks' third Tony. Ron Frehm/Associated Press hide caption

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William Electric Black Tackles Gun Violence In 5 Ambitious Plays

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Soprano Catalina Cuervo, singing the role of Frida Kahlo, rehearses with bass baritone Ricardo Herrera, singing the role of Diego Rivera, on Feb. 21, 2015 at the Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit. Veronica Zaragovia/KUT hide caption

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Detroit's 'Frida' Aims To Build Latino Audiences For Opera

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Helen Mirren (in blue) plays Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience, a play that imagines the private conversations between the queen and her prime ministers. Joan Marcus/Courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown hide caption

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Helen Mirren Extends Her Elizabethan Reign In 'The Audience'

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David also co-created the NBC series Seinfeld. That show's character George Costanza is loosely based on David. Thos Robinson/Getty Images for The New Yorker hide caption

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Larry David's First Time On Broadway: 'It's Not So Easy!'

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Jacobs-Jenkins has written a trilogy of plays that explore race in America. Imogen Heath hide caption

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One Playwright's 'Obligation' To Confront Race And Identity In The U.S.

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This scene from the 1958 film Gigi shows stars Louis Jourdan sitting across from Leslie Caron, with Maurice Chevalier standing to the front of them. Anonymous/Associated Press/MGM hide caption

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'Shesh Yak' Explores A Society Torn Apart By The Syrian Civil War

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John Cameron Mitchell will play Hedwig on Broadway until April 26. Joan Marcus/Courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown hide caption

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For John Cameron Mitchell, Midlife Crisis Means Returning To 'Hedwig'

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Larry David hasn't been in a play since the eighth grade, but he's written and stars in a new comedy called Fish in the Dark, directed by Anna D. Shapiro. "I didn't think it was going to get any laughs at all," he says. "The first time we did it, like every laugh was a surprise to me because I was expecting nothing." Joan Marcus/Courtesy of Philip Renaldi Publicity hide caption

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Much To His Chagrin, On Broadway Larry David Has To 'Wait And Talk'

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Football rules, uniforms, helmets and protective gear have changed a lot over the years. Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images hide caption

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Why Do We Love Football So Much? Theater Tackles Tough Questions

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Every Brilliant Thing, starring Jonny Donahoe, follows a son's efforts to fight his mother's deep depression. Matthew Murphy/Courtesy of O&M Co. hide caption

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One-Man Show Casts 'Brilliant' Light On Realities Of Suicide, Depression

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Side Show tells the true story of conjoined twins who go from a freak show to vaudeville and try, unsuccessfully, to find love along the way. "We just did not get enough bodies and butts in seats that translate into word of mouth," says Side Show producer Darren Bagert. Above (from left): Ryan Silverman, Emily Padgett, Erin Davie and Matthew Hydzik. Joan Marcus /O+M Co. hide caption

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How Broadway Is Losing Its 'Middle Ground'

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