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Pasadena Playhouse Fantasticks

My high school theater experience was limited to what our department could afford to produce. Besides a Thornton Wilder play, The Fantasticks was an ideal choice for a theater program with zero budget - this was almost entirely due to its lack of essential props and minimal set design. Though high school students may not have grasped the finer nuances or deeper meanings in the script (and may have been forced to cut entire songs from the performance

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Rent cast

With a new, young cast comes a new production with slight changes to the original direction of Rent. At the August 24 press preview for the 20th anniversary tour of Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning musical Rent, the cast performed the iconic second-act opener “Seasons of Love” starting in a circle formation, holding hands. Members of the press were caught off guard by the staging, as it is customary that Act II start in a straight line. So, when the tour launches September 12 in Bloomington, IN, is that how “Seasons” will start? “I don’t know yet,” explains director Evan Ensign. “I did that only because

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Wells Fargo Ad

Wells Fargo has managed to cause an uproar not only in the arts community, but seemingly everywhere. Their Teen Day ad campaign - which represented arts careers as less worthy than science-based ones - has infuriated many working artists and arts supporters. Soon after, Wells Fargo issued an apology for the campaign, claiming that they support all art forms and always have. My question is simple: how does such a controversial ad slip past the editors in the first place? The answer may simply lie

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Moulin Rouge movie

John Logan is adapting the Oscar-nominated film about a poet obsessed with a charismatic singer. Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 Oscar-nominated film Moulin Rouge is being adapted as a stage musical with a book by Tony Award winner John Logan and direction by Tony nominee Alex Timbers. It will be titled Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Logan won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle and Drama League awards for

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Yasmina Reza's "Art"

The notable Serenbe Playhouse announces its limited run of Art by Yasmina Reza in September, taking place at the Atlanta Contemporary in Atlanta, Georgia. My first experience with Yasmina Reza's Art was - yes, you guessed it - in an art gallery. My theater-major colleagues were studying the play and decided to mount a few select scenes from the Tony-winning show in our campus' on-site gallery, which boasted its own coffee shop and many original pieces created 

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