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In Broadway's 'Wit,' A Documentary Of Our Demise

Cynthia Nixon, best known for her glamorous role in Sex and the City, stars in a Broadway revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit. Jeff Lunden talks with Nixon — and Wit's playwright Margaret Edson — about depicting disease and pain with humor.
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Ralph Fiennes On Taking Risks With 'Coriolanus'

Ralph Fiennes is known for being a multi-faceted character actor. On film, he's immersed himself in roles as varied as a Hungarian count to one of the most memorable screen villains, Lord Voldemort. But his latest role, as Shakespeare's Coriolanus, may be one of his most challenging, the actor says.
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Is It Ok To Leave A Show After Intermission?

Have you ever gone to a concert or a play and, for whatever reason, just didn't come back after intermission? Some people have no qualms about leaving. Others wouldn't dream of it, no matter how awful the performance.
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Wim Wenders On 'Pina': A Dance Documentary In 3-D

Germany's official entry at the 84th Oscars is Pina, a documentary showcasing the groundbreaking work of the late choreographer Pina Bausch. Director Wim Wenders discusses Bausch, representing dance on screen, and working in 3-D.
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Eddie George Trades Touchdowns For Togas

The Heisman Trophy-winning football player has moved from the field to the stage. He's pursuing an acting career and plays the title role in Julius Caesar at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival.
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'Intergalactic Nemesis': From Radio To Page To Stage

Three actors, one foley artist, one keyboardist and 1,200 graphic novel images share the stage in the performance of this live-action, science-fiction graphic novel. The Intergalactic Nemesis started as a radio play, morphed into a graphic novel and is now a live performance that combines all of the above.
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Playwright Battles For Injured Vets On Stage

The more Kate Wenner heard about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the more she felt compelled to act. Wenner was struck by the thousands of U.S. troops returning with traumatic brain injuries. To make people take notice, she wrote a stage play about troops with TBIs. NPR's Daniel Zwerdling reports.
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South Park Creators Talk 'Book Of Mormon'

Trey Parker and Matt Stone talk about their blasphemous, hilarious and oddly endearing Broadway hit, which led the Tony nominations field this year — and will probably go down in history as the only Broadway musical ever to combine Mormons, Uganda, filthy language and a chorus line.

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