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CHEERED AND JEERED:
OF THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY
"Ike" print campaign dress worn by Eisenhower supporters during the 1956
From an "I Like Ike" campaign dress to the autopsy tools used to examine Abraham Lincoln, it's a
collection that causes giggles and gasps.
Last night the Smithsonian traveling exhibit, The
American Presidency: A Glorious Burden, opened at the LBJ Library and Museum in Austin,
Cheered and jeered. Praised and roasted. Admired and ridiculed. The President of the United
States has been
at the focal point of American history - from George Washington to George W. Bush.
Presidency: A Glorious Burden" draws from the vast Smithsonian collection of American history
to tell the
story of the men who have sat in this nation's highest office.
"The Presidency has made every man who occupied it, no matter how small, bigger than he was;
and no matter how big, not big enough for its demands." Lyndon B. Johnson
Visitors can see how the Presidency affects
the men in
the Oval Office.
The exhibition, comprised of various objects related to the presidency, is a full-scale traveling
version of the
permanently installed exhibition of the same title at the Smithsonian's National Museum of
History, Behring Center.
Top hat worn by Grover Cleveland at his first inauguration on March 4, 1885.
Among the exhibition's highlights are:
A surveyor's compass used by George Washington at Mount Vernon
The brass inkwell used
Abraham Lincoln while writing the first draft of the Emancipation Proclamation
case used by
George Washington in the revolutionary war
A CBS microphone used by Franklin D.
Roosevelt during his
A life preserver from John F. Kennedy's yacht, The Honey Fitz
Autopsy kit used on President Lincoln.
by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy
The gavel used during Bill Clinton's impeachment trial
Top hat and
overcoat worn by Grover Cleveland at his First Inauguration on March 4, 1885
Warren G. Harding
The Founding Fathers knew nothing of the political campaigns we know today. Many warned
against the rising
dissension that parties reflected and helped to create. In those years it was even considered
undignified for candidates to
solicit votes from the people.
Silk pajamas belonging to President Harding. Smithsonian Institution
The campaign trail that we know today was a late nineteenth-century invention. Before then, most
remained silent, or, like Benjamin Harrison, conducted "front porch campaigns" from which they
made speeches and
William Jennings Bryan inaugurated the first "whistle stop" campaign in 1896, a
type of train tour
made famous by Harry Truman in his dramatic election victory of 1948.
The nation's first presidential inauguration occurred on April 30, 1789, when George Washington
took the oath of office
at New York City's Federal Hall in front of a large crowd.
Inaugural addresses have varied. At 8,445 words, William Henry Harrison's 1841 speech was the
longest in history,
although, with his death a month later, his administration was the shortest.
By contrast, George
inaugural address in 1793 was the shortest on record, only 135 words. Lincoln's second inaugural
speech ("With malice
toward none, with charity for all . . ."); Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first ("The only thing we have
to fear is fear
itself."); and John F. Kennedy's ("Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can
do for your country.")
rank among the most inspirational of inaugural addresses.
Sheet music for President Monroe's Inauguration in 1820.
The current custom of having inaugural parades on Pennsylvania Avenue following presidential
addresses began in
1889. Before then, parades started at the White House and escorted the president to the Capitol.
Occasionally, presidents simply opened the doors of the White House to the public, as in 1829,
when a horde of 20,000
callers forced Andrew Jackson to flee to a nearby hotel.
Inaugural parades have included celebrities, bands, and floats of all types, while the tradition of
inaugural balls has
waxed and waned over the years. No official balls were held between 1913 and 1929 or during
World War II, but they
made a comeback after the war. Six balls were held for Richard Nixon's inauguration in 1969, and
in 1981, for the first
time, a ball was held overseas, honoring Ronald Reagan in Paris.
In describing the exhibit, Smithsonian Secretary Lawrence M. Small said, "We expect our
president to be a
diplomat, general economist, inspirational leader, and a dozen things more. There's not a tougher
job in the world, and this timely traveling exhibition tells the inside story of this job. It's an excellent
example of the Smithsonian's effort to reach out to all Americans with fascinating artifacts backed by
This exhibition features themed sections such as Presidential Campaigns, Creating the
Presidency, Presidential Roles and Assassination and Mourning.
To tell the story of the American Presidency, the exhibit will feature five audio-visual
presentations and two interactive experiences. The key storytellers, however, are the more than 350 artifacts on view in
The American Presidency, most drawn from the Smithsonian's holdings of more than 3 million
objects, by far the largest collection of its kind in the nation.
The traveling exhibit will be on display through September 5.
The 28th season of the world-renowned eclectic arts festival opened Friday in Charleston, South
Spoleto Festival USA was founded in 1977 as the American counterpart to the Festival dei Due
Mondi (Festival of Two Worlds) in Spoleto, Italy.
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo
Menotti began the Italian festival in 1958 as a forum for young American artists in Europe
Gian Carlo Menotti. Photo by; Derry Moore
When Maestro Menotti planned an American festival, he searched for an American city that
would offer the charm of Spoleto, Italy, and also its wealth of theaters, churches, and other performance spaces.
Charleston, South Carolina was the choice.
A city that had been home to the first theater in
America, the first ballet company in America, and is still home to the oldest musical organization in the country,
Charleston is small enough to be dominated by non-stop arts events during the 17-day festival, but also large
and sophisticated enough to provide a knowledgeable audience and appropriate
For 17 days each year, the arts become the most important activity in Charleston. 2,400 jobs
are generated each year by the festival with $42 million influx of dollars into Charleston and $73 million into
South Carolina annually. The event fills theaters,
churches, and outdoor spaces with over 120 performances of
opera, theater, dance, and music, as well as the visual arts.
Among the hot ticket events are:
A Large Attendance in the Antechamber conceived, written and performed by Brian Lipson.
Actor Brian Lipson impersonates the Victorian scientist Sir Francis Galton - eventually over the
objections of Sir Francis Galton himself - in a piece of theater that is part lecture, part
An eccentric genius boasting one of the highest IQ's ever recorded, Sir Francis Galton welcomes
audiences to his ornately outfitted antechamber for a chat on his various theories ranging from brewing the
perfect cup of tea to selective breeding, which he is believed to have pioneered. Both funny
and sobering, Large Attendance examines this unconventional man and his complex
First performance tonight, May 30, with the final performance on June 8th.
The Doctor and the Patient,
Rezo Gabriadze's new stage work, features fantastically colored flying scenery, transforms the tale
of late-night sojourn by a doctor and his mentally ill patient into a moving and visually stunning
theatrical experience. Part absurdist drama, part fantasy-allegory, the five-character ensemble work features
Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jon DeVries, Luis Perez and
Yvonne Woods. Last performance of this work on June 12th.
The ambitious task of staging the Tang Hsien-tsu (1550-1616) opera The Peony Pavilion -
penned in 1598 - required a 1,800-gallon tank filled with plants, goldfish and ducks. Performed in 55 acts,
the 18-hour event, directed by Chen Shi-Zheng, is being presented in six episodes, with two
complete cycles during
Spoleto's 17-day run. The opera, branded "feudal, superstitious and pornographic" in China, got
its first full-length performance in nearly 400 years at Lincoln Center's 1999 arts festival.
That was a co-production of the Lincoln Center Festival, Festival D'Automme a Paris with Parc
de la Villette and Theatre de Caen. The Hong Kong Arts Festival and the Sydney Festival.
Rebirth of a Nation, by DJ Spooky, who was born Paul Miller, incorporates footage from
D.W. Griffith's 1915 silent film, which celebrates the Ku Klux Klan. This new creation mixes scenes
from the film
with new video and an audio mix of hip-hop music and original violin compositions to create
his view of the United States and its history.
Conversation With, conducted by CBS News' Sunday Morning's Emmy Award-winning
correspondent Martha Teichner, is a lively and stimulating series of dialogues with festival artists.
is free of charge and take place in the Recital Hall.
May 31; David Gordon, choreographer/director of The Chairs, and performer Valda
Gordon's wife and artistic partner of 40 years, discuss their collaboration and the process of
June 5; Chen Shi-Zheng, director of The Peony Pavilion and Spoleto Festival USA
Nigel Redden discuss the process of bringing The Peony Pavilion to life.
June 7; DJ Spooky (Rebirth of a Nation) and Brian Lipson (A Large Attendance in the
Antechamber) discuss the challenges of transforming controversial source material into
June 11; Chamber Music audience favorite, the St. Lawrence String Quartet talks about the
making music together.
The festival runs through June 13.
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A TRIBUTE TO CHOREOGRAPHER MARY
ANTHONY a lady who inspired and enriched the lives of generations of dance
Her company, the Mary Anthony Dance Company, has performed her work for more than four
decades, and her students have numbered among our most talented dancers and
She will be honored by screening Tonia Shimin’s new documentary film Mary Anthony: A
Life in Modern Dance, followed by a discussion with Anthony and Shimin, led by Deborah
Jowitt, chief dance critic for The Village Voice.
Monday, June 7 at the 92nd Street Y in NYC.
PETER FRAMPTON will be
signing copies of his latest CD Now at one of the Las Vegas Borders book stores on June 5.
JOE TORRE IN CONVERSATION WITH BOB
The New York Yankees manager discusses his career, passions and causes with
award-winning journalist, sports commentator and talk show host Bob Costas, whose
HBO show On The Record is in its third season.
Thursday, June 10, at the 92nd Street Y in NYC.
GOLDIE HAWN discussing the
importance of laughter June lst at Proctor & Gamble Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio.
THE JURY IS IN - PREMIERE OF THE NEW
Homicide: Life on the Street veterans Tom Fontana, Barry Levinson, James
Yoshimura, and Jim Finnerty reunite for The Jury, a new episodic drama exploring criminal cases from
the point of view of the jury, rather than police officers, judges, or attorneys. Reminiscent in concept
of the classic television drama Twelve Angry Men, this new series is, in Fontana's words,
"the opposite of Law & Order.... It's less about legal issues than it is about emotional, human issues."
The Museum will premiere the pilot episode of the Fox series, directed by Levinson - whose
feature film credits include Diner; Rain Man, and Good Morning, Vietnam, followed by a
In Person: Tom Fontana, Writer/Executive Producer and
Barry Levinson, Director/Executive Producer.
Thursday, June 3, at the Museum of Television & Radio in New York.
BIRTHDAY BOY former New
York Mayor Rudy Giuliani spent his 60th birthday last Friday flying to Las Vegas.
He wasn't trying
to delay hitting the big six-zero by three hours. Rather, with fresh breath and a bright smile,
he needed to be in Sin City to deliver a keynote
speech Saturday at 8 a.m., at the Paris Hotel, to the Discus Dental Convention - billed as
America's leading manufacturer and distributor of tooth whitening,
oral hygiene, and aesthetic dental products.
The day before, Hall of Fame quarterback
Terry Bradshaw was the keynoter.
Both men were SRO.
25 ANNIVERSARY GOODMAN THEATRE GALA
featuring Lily Tomlin. This special gala celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Goodman
Theatre Women's Board will feature An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin.
Tomlin was recently honored as the 2003 recipient of the prestigious Mark Twain Prize
for American Humor in Washington DC.
Saturday, June 5th, at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago. Entertainment, dinner, and dancing
to the David Humphreys Orchestra.
Individual tickets are $500. Tables of ten are $5,000, $10,000, $15,000, and
SIERRA ARTS BENEFIT John
McEuen, founder of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, will headline a benefit concert for Sierra Arts at the Boomtown
Convention Center in Reno, NV on Thursday, June 3.
A portion of concert proceeds will benefit Sierra Arts. The non-profit organization serves
the northern Nevada arts community with the Sierra Arts gallery, financial and technical assistance
programs, as well as
art education and community efforts such as the after school YouthReach Nevada arts
BENEFIT CONCERT FOR THE FOLKSBIENE YIDDISH THEATER
A Tribute to the Yiddish Song in an evening of Yiddish memories and classic
The Klezmatics, The New Yiddish Chorale with Zalmen Mlotek as Musical
Isaac Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall, NYC. Thursday, June 3,
BOBBY SHORT who has
been performing at
the Cafe Carlyle for 36 years, becomes Dr. Bobby Short on June 3 when the City
University of New York
confers upon him a Doctorate of Music in ceremonies at Manhattan Center. Short, 79, in
the middle of his
spring engagement at Cafe Carlyle, through June 26, will end his long career at with the
conclusion of his fall
engagement, on Dec. 31.
THE OSACR HAMMERSTEIN AWARD HONORING
will be presented at an Award Gala June 7th by the York Theatre
The Oscar Hammerstein Award is presented for lifetime achievement in musical theatre,
and is named for the lyricist-librettist who helped to define the American
Composer Jerry Herman and gossip queen Liz Smith are the honorary
The award was created by the late Janet Hayes Walker, and is administered
by The York Theatre Company with the endorsement of the Hammerstein family and the
Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization.
The York Theatre Company has been a vital part of the New York theatre scene for 35
years. It is the only theatre in the city-and one of the few in the country-entirely dedicated to
developing and fully producing new musicals and to the rediscovery of
neglected musical gems of the past.
The June 7th event begins with cocktails followed by the performance at the Citigroup
Executive Auditorium. The champagne dinner will be held at the University Club.
BROADWAY'S STARS IN THE ALLEY - an annual, free outdoor concert sponsored by Continental Airlines and produced by the
League of American Theatres and Producers takes place June 2.
Performances from the following shows are slated to participate;
A Raisin in the Sun,
Assassins, Avenue Q,
Bombay Dreams, Caroline, or Change,
Chicago, Disney's Beauty and the Beast,
Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street,
Frozen, Golda's Balcony,
Hairspray, I Am My Own Wife,
Jumpers, Little Shop of Horrors,
Mamma Mia!, Movin' Out,
Rent, Sly Fox,
The Boy From Oz, The Lion King,
The Phantom of the Opera,
The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie,
Wicked, and Wonderful Town.
The free June 2 concert takes place in Shubert Alley, right at the epicenter of the
Broadway Theatre District in Midtown Manhattan.
THE WINTER'S TALE by William Shakespeare
opens the Theatricum Botanicum's 2004 summer repertory season beginning June
Celebrating the transformative power of storytelling, Theatricum Botanicum artistic
director Ellen Geer has chosen a multicultural cast which includes Theatricum company
members Ted Barton, Alan Blumenfeld, Willow Geer, Larry Gelman, Abner
Genece, William Dennis Hunt, Jim LeFave, Melora Marshall, Earnestine Phillips,
and Jeff Wiesen.
The Winter's Tale opens Sunday, June 6 and continues every Sunday
afternoon through September 26 in the Theatricum's 299-seat outdoor amphitheater
in the midst of the Santa Monica Mountains.
One of Shakespeare's last plays, The Winter's Tale was written about 1610,
based on a novella by Shakespeare's enemy and arch rival Robert Greene. It was
performed at the Globe Theatre and at court in 1611, and first published in 1623.
Shakespeare's later plays - The Winter's Tale, Pericles, Cymbeline, and The
Tempest - defy classification. Many scholars now regard these works as the
culmination of his brilliance as he combined his mastery over many different genres
into single works.
In 1979 Geer became artistic director of Theatricum Botanicum, her father's theater,
and has acted in and directed over fifty of the theater's plays. She is currently on the
faculty of the UCLA Theater Arts Department. The Theatricum Botanicum is a recipient
of the prestigious Margaret Harford Award - the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle's
highest honor - for Sustained Excellence in Theater.
The beginnings of the Theatricum Botanicum can be traced to the early 1950s when
Will Geer, a victim of the McCarthy era blacklist - before he became known as the
beloved Grandpa on TV's The Waltons - opened a theater for blacklisted actors
and folk singers on his property in Topanga.
Since 1973, the Theatricum has
presented Shakespeare and the classics in repertory in its scenic, outdoor
amphitheater in rustic Topanga Canyon; the 299-seat amphitheater is situated in a
natural canyon ravine, where audiences are able to relax and enjoy the wilderness in
and around the stage area during an afternoon or evening's performance.
theaters in the Los Angeles area which stage continuous runs of a single play, the
Theatricum, using a company of actors, performs four plays each season on a rotating
basis. By the end of the summer, when all four plays are up and running, it is possible
to see a performance of each in a single weekend.
IN THE BASIE MILLER MOOD celebrating 100 years of the music of Count Basie and Glenn Miller.
The musical celebration is directed and choreographed by Mercedes Ellington with Frank
Owens as musical director. The best of music and swing will be performed by a talented
company of singers and dancers. Produced by Vincent Curcio and Artistic Supervisor Donald
Saddler, they are joined on the Artistic Advisory Board by Dr. Mary C. Henderson.
At the White Barn Theatre in Manhattan by special arrangement with Lucille Lortel
Theatre Foundation. June 4-26.
starring Kelly McGillis opens June lst in Detroit at the Fisher Theatre with shows through June 30.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS bids farewell to Tony nominated Hunter Foster on June 6th - ironically the day of the Tony' awards. Joey
Fatone, The 'N Sync guy, will begin performances as Seymour Krelbourn on June 24. Foster's
understudy, Jonathan Rayson, takes over the part from June 8 through June 23.
Gordon Twist and Karla Burns
Tony nominee Karla Burns' one-woman musical show about Hattie
McDaniel, written by Larry Parr, wraps up this evening at the Miller Concert Hall at
Duerksen Fine Arts Center at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.
Burns, a graduate of Wichita State University, with a major in opera, frequently returns to
her hometown to visit her mother.
The soprano first performed Hi-Hat-Hattie in Wichita in 1994. She's brought it
back for four performances this weekend - backed by
Gordon Twist, her accompanist since 1991, who flew in from New York to be at the
Playing Hattie McDaniel is a comfortable fit for Burns. Both Burns and McDaniel were
born in Wichita and both played Queenie in Show Boat.
McDaniel was the first black actress to win an Oscar and Burns was the first black
actress to win the coveted British Olivier award for supporting actress in Show
Boat. Burns has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Metropolitan
Opera and at Carnegie Hall. She won the Drama Desk Award for her role of Queenie in
the Broadway revival of Show Boat in the 1982-83 season, was nominated for
the Tony Award for that role.
She received the Kansas Governor's Arts Award in 1991.
Last year Burns returned to Wichita with her Boogie with Burns Broadway Revue,
and then hosted her two-week workshop, Broadway Tunes with Tweenies for budding young
musical theater performers, catering exclusively to children ages nine through 13. Classes focused
on Broadway and Hollywood music, singing, and dancing, with enrollment limited to 25
William Blinn. A play with music examines the life of Hattie McDaniel, America's first Black
Oscar winner, during that time
when she fought for the role of "Mammy" in Gone With The Wind and the
subsequent turmoil this event brought into her life.
Hattie's story is that of a woman who sought only
to entertain, but found her success thrust her into the role of flag bearer at the front of the parade of the
newly emerging civil rights movement of the era. Though that role was not one she sought out, it was the one
that ultimately brought her a deeper satisfaction than any attempted in front of the camera.
Playwright Blinn has worked the better part of the past three decades as a writer and
producer in the television industry. He is the recipient of multiple Emmy, Golden Globe and Writers
Guild Awards for such presentations as Brian's Song, Roots, and Fame, among others. Most
produced the film version of Starsky & Hutch.
Spencer Scott directs the production that features Carl Crudup, Carla Drew, Alexis
D. Gilbert, Stephen Grove, Deizsa Jackson, Craig Johnson, Jacquelyn Levy, Valerie J. Ludwig,
Larry J. Robinson and
Scenic design is by Vincent Roca. Sound Design by Ron Wyand. Costume Design by
Donna Fritsche and Lighting Design is by John Lant.
Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre
June 4-July 10, Long Beach, CA.
DUCK HUNTER SHOOTS ANGEL by Mitch Albom, the best-selling author of Tuesdays With Morrie and The Five People
You Meet in Heaven, will have previews of his latest play begin June 24, with the show opening
July 2, at the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan.
Albom is now officially part of the Purple Rose family, writing plays for the
Purple Rose Theatre to premiere. In addition to rehearsals currently taking place for Duck Hunter Shoots
Angel, Albom has just sent the theatre the first draft of a new play schedule for production in
In Duck Hunter Shoots Angel Joseph Albright and Wayne David Parker play two
Alabama swamp poachers who believe they shot a celestial being.
The cast also includes Wallace Bridges, Ryan Carlson, Jessica Cloud, Randolph
Fitzpatrick, James Krag, Grant R. Krause, and Jenny McKnight.
AUDRA McDONALD with
Ted Sperling, Music
Director and Pianist. This program will feature the world premiere of a song cycle
commissioned by The Carnegie Hall Corporation, entitled The Seven Deadly Sins, comprising seven
pieces for soprano and quintet.
The composers and lyricists who will contribute to the project are Jeff Blumenkrantz,
Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, Ricky Ian Gordon, Jake Heggie, Michael John LaChiusa, Steve Marzullo
and Mark Campbell, and John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey. The concert will also include works from the
American songbook repertoire, including a piece from Adam Guettel's The Light in the Piazza. June 2,
4, 8 and 10 in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in NYC.
FLEETWOOD MAC perform
Tuesday, June l at the Montage Mountain Amphitheatre in Scranton, PA. On Thursday the show is at the
Tweeter Center at the
Waterfront in Camden, N.J. Saturday they are on stage at Hersheypark Stadium in
HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS open a three
nighter Friday the Historic Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA.
HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH on stage Thursday
at the Wolf Trap Filene Center in Vienna, VA. On Friday the guys perform at the Mann
Center in Philadelphia. Saturday the show is at Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, MA and next
Sunday, June 6, they star at the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, MA.
FRANK SINATRA, JR
singing Sinatra June 5th at The Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA.
DAVID BOWIE in the
spotlight Tuesday at the
Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH. On Wednesday the performer stars at the
Casino in Uncasville, CT. Friday finds him at the Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theatre
in Wantagh, New
York and he closes out the week, Saturday, at the P.N.C. Bank Arts Center in Holmdel,
JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY the
Grammy award-winning country singer will perform on Saturday, June 5, at the Silver
Legacy's Grand Exposition Hall in Reno, NV.
KD LANG at the Verizon
Hall at Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on Friday, June 6.
JOHNNY MATHIS crooning
Friday, June 6, at the Music Hall Center in Detroit.
AFRICAN CHILDREN'S CHOIR the internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated African Children's Choir will appear in concert June 6
at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, in Omaha, NE. Admission is free of charge.
The African Children's Choir is a group of 26 African children, ages 5 through 12, who are
selected from those most needy in Africa. They perform a wide variety of songs. Drums and ethnic
instrumentation accompany African tunes. Also included in the program are well-loved children's songs,
popular gospel tunes and lively spirituals.
with eighteen platinum albums under their belt, these classic rockers return to Wolf Trap
to perform the songs that made them legends, including Nights in White Satin and Voices in The Sky. June lst at
Wold Trap in Vienna, Virginia.
BARBARA COOK'S BROADWAY
A Lincoln Center Theater Special Event. Barbara Cook, who captivated LCT audiences
in her brilliant "Mostly Sondheim" concert two years ago, continues her run at LCT at the Mitzi E.
Newhouse Theater beginning June 2nd. Accompanied by her longtime - 30 years - musical director Wally
Harper, Ms. Cook will take audiences on a musical tour of the Golden Years of Broadway
For two decades, from 1951 to 1971, the talented lady was a leading star of several
Broadway musicals, creating roles in such classics as Candide, The Music Man and She Loves
Me. In Barbara Cook's Broadway, the legendary performer will share her favorite songs and
reminisce about this magical period in the history of musical theater.
At the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in NYC. June 2-26.
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