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Basil Twist: A Genius, With Many A String Attached

The innovative puppeteer Basil Twist is the focus of a mini-festival in Washington, D.C. this spring. Performances include the underwater Symphonie Fantastique and Arias With a Twist, featuring renowned drag artist Joey Arias. Elizabeth Blair talks with Twist about his singular creations.
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Shakespeare's Accent: How Did The Bard Really Sound?

"To be or not to be" may be the question, but there's another question that's been nagging Shakespeare scholars for a long time: What did Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet really sound like when The Bard's work was first performed more than four centuries ago?
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'Edith Can Shoot' Centers On Precocious Young Girl

Edith is a protective 12-year-old who carries around a giant stuffed frog and a rifle. She and her 16-year-old brother Kenny are latchkey kids, growing up in rural America. They are characters in the play Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them, by Filipino-American Rey Pamatmat. They play was just named as a finalist for the American Theater Critics Association's Steinberg Award for New Plays.
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The Sarah Play: A Theater Company Remembers One Of Its Own

Maryland's Round House Theatre is about to present the 10th annual Sarah Play, produced by area high school students to honor the memory of Sarah Emily Metzger, a Round House intern who died in a car accident.

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D.C.'s Howard Theatre Gets A New Lease On Life

Developers are pouring millions of dollars into the renovation of a historic D.C. theater that helped launch the careers of Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald.

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A 'Shinsai' To Aid Japan's Theater Community

The word carries "disaster" in its meaning, but this weekend it's the name for a series of stage benefits across the U.S. and around the globe, all to commemorate the first anniversary of the massive Tohoku earthquake and tsunami — and fund relief efforts for Japanese artists.
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Mike Nichols: 'Salesman' By Day, Artist Always

Director Mike Nichols' story can be traced from Nazi Germany to Hollywood and Broadway. Over more than 50 years in show business, he's done serious (The Graduate), he's done shtick (Spamalot) and now he's doing a revival. Nichols' production of Death of a Salesman opens March 15.

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