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'60s 'Dish' Maggie Smith Says, 'That Was Never Me'

"It must be lovely to be beautiful, but that's a really difficult thing to lose," says Smith, now 81. Best known in the U.S. for her role in Downton Abbey, she's now starring in The Lady in the Van.
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Years After Its Curfew Killed Theater, Ghana Gets A Second Act

Back in the '80s, Ghanaian theater went dark under military curfew. Now, a dapper businessman-turned-playwright is leading an onstage revival — and doing it with a sense of humor.
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Why Do Theater? Every Year, International Festival Looks For Answers

Organizers of Under the Radar regularly search the globe for cutting-edge theater that is urgent and relevant. This year's festival features works from Rwanda, the U.S. and Japan.
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75 Years Of 'Pal Joey'

Penguin Classics has published a 75th Anniversary presentation of the John O'Hara novel, and the libretto and lyrics of the musical. Scott talks to Thomas Mallon, who wrote the book's forward.
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'Caucus: The Musical' Jabs At Political Process

With the real Iowa caucuses just weeks away, lines are being learned, moves choreographed, audiences are being wooed. It's all part of what's become an every four years-tradition in Iowa, featuring local residents.
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400 Years After His Death, Shakespeare's First Folio Goes Out On Tour

The First Folio is the first printed collection of all of Shakespeare's plays, assembled by two of his buddies after he died. Without it, plays like Macbeth and Twelfth Night might not have survived.
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100 Years On, Cleveland Play House Stays True To Its Regional Mission

It's been called the oldest professional regional theater in the United States. The Cleveland Play House was founded in 1915 by a group of artists and social activists dissatisfied with the commercial fare that dominated theaters at the time. The theater has had its ups and downs, but it's stayed true to its original mission of presenting challenging work with a primarily local cast and crew.
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A New Biography of Soul Legend and Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Otis Redding (Rebroadcast)

"Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" was one of the most popular songs of the 20th century. Three days after he wrote it, Otis Redding died in a plane crash. We dive into a new biography of soul legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Otis Redding.

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Egypt Raids 2 Major Independent Cultural Institutions In 2 Days

Authorities targeted an art gallery and a publishing house in Cairo that are pillars of the independent cultural scene. The raids have raised concerns about freedom of expression in Egypt.
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A Princess In Patchwork: Sewing For The Miss Florida Seminole Princess Pageant

The Miss Florida Seminole Princess Pageant features intricate outfits that combine traditional Seminole patchwork techniques with modern twists, like rayon and lace.

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