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Rain Pryor

An artist with one of the most recognizable names in show business is bringing new visibility to a small theater company in Baltimore.

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"The Entertainer"

Lyle Talbot's Hollywood career spanned four decades, from near-stardom alongside Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis to roles in Ed Wood's famously terrible B-movies. Margaret Talbot's new book paints a portrait of her father and Tinseltown's golden years in "The Entertainer."

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D.C. Theater World Pays Homage To Benefactor Jaylee Mead

We'll revisit our profile of Jaylee Mead, a top contributor to the D.C. theater scene, who died in September at the age of 83.


Kathie Lee Gifford Takes Evangelism To Broadway

Kathie Lee Gifford is best-known to millions of people as the perky morning TV host, who spent years paired with Regis Philbin and is now on the Today show. But Gifford has written the script and lyrics for a new Broadway musical, Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson. How will Gifford fare in the pressure cooker of Broadway?
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Lean & Hungry Theater: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Set in the Prohibition Era, Lean & Hungry's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" recasts many of Shakespeare's classic characters as gangsters and molls.

Past is Present in 'An Enemy Of The People'

Although it was written in 1882, Henrik Ibsen's play An Enemy of the People still resonates today. Richard Thomas and Boyd Gaines, the stars of a new production of the play, join Ira Flatow to talk about the play's themes of power and truth, and the role of whistle-blowers.

Pacino To Earn $125,000 Per Week In 'Glengarry'

Actor Al Pacino is returning to Broadway in November to star in David Mamet's classic play, Glengarry Glen Ross. He's playing a different character from the one he playd in the movie version 20 years ago. According to Bloomberg News, he's making $125,000 per week, plus a cut of the show's profits — one of the biggest pay packages ever for a Broadway performer.

A Celebration Of Janis Joplin And All Her Swagger

In her short time on the scene, Joplin helped define the music of a generation with her bluesy rasp. A musical honoring her talent and her muses is playing now in Washington, D.C. While it doesn't get into the darker chapters of her life, the show is captivating lifelong fans — including the lead actress.