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Michael Kahn On Directing Theater, Ditching Exams

Michael Kahn began directing plays as a child, and since then has become one of the most respected directors in classical theater. He formerly taught at New York's famed Julliard School. Now he's celebrating his 25 years leading the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. He speaks with Michel Martin about casting more actors of color, boosting culture in Washington and causing trouble as a college student.
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Doris Day Wins Career Achievement Award

Steve Inskeep reports on the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's Career Achievement Award. The 2011 recipient is Doris Day.
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Houdini Relative Unlocks Some Family Secrets

You'd think if you were a relative of someone as famous as Harry Houdini, you'd know it. But George Hardeen, 59, didn't find out he was Houdini's great-nephew until he was a teenager. His grandfather was Houdini's brother. But the family DNA wasn't something anyone really talked about.
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'Chinglish' Opens On Broadway

Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Henry Hwang's new play Chinglish opens on Broadway after a sell-out run in Chicago. Author of the hit play M. Butterfly, Hwang is back to exploring the complexities of the clash of Asian and American cultures.
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On Broadway, John Turturro Offers Three For One

Actor John Turturro is best known for roles in movies by Spike Lee, the Coen Brothers and others, but this month he's making his debut as a Broadway director. Turturro is directing three one-act plays by three big-name writers: Ethan Coen, Elaine May and Woody Allen.
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Arts Giving Is Up, But Hold The Applause

While the overall U.S. economy seems to be stuck in neutral, one bright spot is that charitable giving to the arts is up 5 percent more than last year. It's good news, but a new study cautions that much of that support serves audiences that are wealthier and whiter than the country as a whole.
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'Hamlet' On An Elevator? The Bard Gets A New Venue

The elevator lunch crowd of a Los Angeles office building is the last place you'd expect to encounter William Shakespeare, but that's just where the Salty Shakespeare theater group is taking him.
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Frank Langella On Acting, Aging And Being Very Bad

The man who once brought Richard Nixon to life onstage returns in a Broadway revival of Man and Boy. He explains how he plays a villain learning to cope with a conscience — and why the 1963 show's theme still resonates.

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