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Helen Mirren Extends Her Elizabethan Reign In 'The Audience'

Playwright Peter Morgan eavesdrops on more than 60 years of private conversations between Queen Elizabeth II, played by Mirren, and her prime ministers in The Audience.
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Larry David's First Time On Broadway: 'It's Not So Easy!'

The comedian wrote and stars in Fish in the Dark, a play about rivalries and dysfunction when a family patriarch dies. David says the idea came to his "twisted mind" when his friend's dad passed away.
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One Playwright's 'Obligation' To Confront Race And Identity In The U.S.

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has written a trilogy of provocative and fantastical explorations of race. His latest, based on a 1859 melodrama, pokes fun at conventions while raising difficult questions.
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'Shesh Yak' Explores A Society Torn Apart By The Syrian Civil War

The off-Broadway production is the work of a Syrian playwright trying to sort out the fear and distrust that have torn his country apart. It's written for audiences who only know Syria from the news.
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For John Cameron Mitchell, Midlife Crisis Means Returning To 'Hedwig'

Hedwig and the Angry Inch's hero is once again being played by the man who created every punk and glam-rock inch of her. "I feel like I'm doing this to find out what's next in my life," Mitchell says.
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Much To His Chagrin, On Broadway Larry David Has To 'Wait And Talk'

"I like to interject, and there's no interjections here," says the comedian behind Curb Your Enthusiasm. It's "very unnatural for an interrupter." David makes his Broadway debut in Fish in the Dark.
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Why Do We Love Football So Much? Theater Tackles Tough Questions

A play based on interviews with former NFL players, their families and fans digs deep: What's so fun about a sport that devastates bodies and brains? And what if it can't be made safer?
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One-Man Show Casts 'Brilliant' Light On Realities Of Suicide, Depression

The off-Broadway play Every Brilliant Thing tackles its dark subject through audience participation and comedy. Both critics and audience members have described it as incredibly moving.
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How Broadway Is Losing Its 'Middle Ground'

Producer Darren Bagert says there's boom or bust environment on Broadway — you're either a huge hit or you close quickly. Two of the fall's most highly anticipated musicals are closing this month.
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New Requirements Leave Smaller Theaters Out Of Helen Hayes Awards

The Helen Hayes Awards now come with new requirements for what actors are paid, potentially excluding smaller local theaters.

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