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Elizabeth Stanley plays Mary Jane Healy, a central character in Jagged Little Pill. Matthew Murphy/Courtesy of the artist. hide caption

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The Angst Of The '90s Is Alive On Broadway

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Jenny Slate's new Netflix comedy special is Stage Fright. JoJo Whilden/Netflix hide caption

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'Sorrow Is Not The Same As Pessimism': Comedian Jenny Slate

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Inspired by E.M. Forster's Howards End, Matthew Lopez wrote The Inheritance, which explores different generations of gay men, and the legacy they pass on to one another. Pictured above are Samuel H. Levine, left, Kyle Soller and Andrew Burnap. Marc Brenner/Polk & Co. hide caption

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Ghosts Haunt 'The Inheritance,' From E.M. Forster, To The Generation Lost To AIDS

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Mary-Louise Parker stars (with Will Hochman) in the new two-person Broadway drama The Sound Inside. Jeremy Daniel/Courtesy of The Sound Inside hide caption

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'I'm A Purist': Mary-Louise Parker Returns To Broadway For A New Challenge

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The Savitsky Cats are now scampering through New York City's Lincoln Center as one of the new star attractions of the Big Apple Circus. The Gingerb3ardMen/Courtesy of Big Apple Circus hide caption

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These Circus Cats Will Jump Through Hoops — Thanks To Training (And Treats)

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Not My Job: We Quiz 'Hamilton' Star Leslie Odom Jr. On Ben Franklin

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David Hasselhoff performs during a concert in Berlin on Oct. 3 — Germany Unity Day. In 1989, his song "Looking for Freedom" was the anthem to many Germans' newfound freedom. Frank Hoensch/Getty Images hide caption

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David Hasselhoff Is Still Big In Germany 30 Years After His Berlin Wall Show

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John Witherspoon leaves a taping of The Late Show with David Letterman in New York in December 2009. Actor-comedian Witherspoon, who memorably played Ice Cube's father in the Friday films, has died at age 77. Charles Sykes/AP hide caption

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Dave Chappelle accepts the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. PBS will air a television special of the ceremony in January. Tracey Salazar/Courtesy of the Kennedy Center hide caption

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'The Best Part Of The First Amendment': Dave Chappelle Accepts Mark Twain Prize

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Choreographer and director Mark Morris, pictured here at a rehearsal in 2017, will release a new memoir called Out Loud. Beowulf Sheehan/Courtesy of Mark Morris Dance Group hide caption

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'Everybody's Other Than Everybody Else': Choreographer Mark Morris

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Anthony Roth Costanzo stars in the title role of the Metropolitan Opera's production of Philip Glass' Akhnaten. Richard Hubert Smith/English National Opera/Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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After Nearly Losing His Voice To Cancer, Anthony Roth Costanzo Takes On 'Akhnaten'

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Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne, his co-director and co-writer on the new show Why? Pascal Victor/ArtComArt hide caption

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At 94, Director Peter Brook Is Still Asking The Deep Questions

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A video of an unidentified woman singing a famous Puccini aria on the platform of a Los Angeles Metro stop has gone viral. Above, passengers board a Metro train at the Culver City station in Culver City, Calif., on April 26, 2016. Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Recipients of the 2019 MacArthur fellowships, otherwise known as the "genius" grants. (Two of this year's fellows declined photographs.) John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hide caption

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Gina Yashere is a co-creator of the new CBS sitcom Bob Hearts Abishola. She speaks above at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival hide caption

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There Was 'No Chance Of Me Going Into The Arts,' Says Comedian Gina Yashere

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The playwright Jeremy O. Harris, 30, began writing Slave Play at Yale School of Drama. It is set to open in October on Broadway. Quil Lemons/Courtesy of 'Slave Play' hide caption

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With 'Slave Play,' A Young Playwright Provokes His Way To Broadway

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María Fernanda Papa, 16, wanted to continue the dance education she'd begun back home in Venezuela. She's now enrolled at a school run by Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida in North Miami Beach. Patricia Laine Romero/Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida hide caption

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The Next Stage: How Young Venezuelan Artists Continue Their Studies In The U.S.

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