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Playwright Paula Vogel is known not just for her work on Broadway — but for the generations of famous playwrights whose careers she has nurtured. Above, Jessica Lange in Paula Vogel's Mother Play. Joan Marcus/Second Stage hide caption

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In honor of Mother's Day, here's 'Mother Play' — which gestated for 40 years

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English actress Judi Dench at a dress rehearsal of 'Hamlet', making her London debut as Ophelia in 1957. Bob Haswell/Getty Images hide caption

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Judi Dench reflects on a career built around Shakespeare

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To help the group feel like a band, Will Butler had them open for him in Brooklyn. Julieta Cervantes/Stereophonic hide caption

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A new play peers into a band's life, from the inside

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Amber Iman and Eden Espinosa in Lempicka. Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman/Lempicka hide caption

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'Lempicka' showcases a little-known queer artist's dazzling life

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Activists from Extinction Rebellion, left and center, protest during a performance of An Enemy of the People on Broadway, starring Jeremy Strong, right. Extinction Rebellion NYC hide caption

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Extinction Rebellion NYC

'We want to help': Why climate activists are trying something new

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Playwright Christopher Durang appears on stage with producers to accept the award for best play for "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" at the 67th Annual Tony Awards, on June 9, 2013, in New York. Also on stage are actors, background from left, Shalita Grant, Kristine Nielsen and Billy Magnussen. Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP hide caption

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Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Conn., celebrated leaving its home of nearly 60 years with a community parade on Oct. 15, 2022. "The entire city is now our stage," said artistic director Jacob Padrón. Lotta Studio/Long Wharf Theatre hide caption

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Teacher Leslie Jones, center, poses with students from Alexandria City High School's drama department students in northern Virginia. Alexandria City High School hide caption

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Alexandria City High School

Virginia high school students take center stage for Black History Month celebration

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The Good, Bad, & Groundlings cast photo (2023) David Crabb, Emily Pendergast, Lyric Lewis, Julian Gant, Leonard Robinson, Greg Worswick, Matt Cook, Chris Eckert, Lauren Burns, Eliot Schwartz, Jay Renshaw, Allison Dunbar, Patty Guggenheim, Tru Valentino, SHAWN BISHOP/The Groundlings hide caption

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The Groundlings Theatre celebrates 50 years of wild and wacky characters

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Chita Rivera in May 1977. Evening Standard/Getty Images hide caption

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Chita Rivera, Broadway's 'first great triple threat,' dies at 91

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Brian d'Arcy James and Kelli O'Hara star in a new Broadway adaptation of the 1962 film Days of Wine and Roses. Joan Marcus hide caption

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'Days of Wine and Roses,' a film about love and addiction, is now a spirited musical

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A bench is seen at the entrance of the Freedom Theatre in the Jenin refugee camp 10 days after a raid by Israeli forces, Dec. 23, 2023. Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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How a West Bank Palestinian theater went from symbol of hope to casualty of war

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Singer and composer H. Sinno is bringing a site-specific opera to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Temple of Dendur. Derrick Kakembo /The Metropolitan Museum of Art hide caption

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An ancient Egyptian temple in New York inspires a Lebanese American musician

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Jacqueline Novak in her new comedy special, Get on Your Knees. Emily V. Aragones/Netflix hide caption

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Anna Deavere Smith takes on the words of real Americans - and emulates them on stage. Maury Phillips/Getty Images for The Broad Stage/Photo courtesy of Anna Deavere Smith hide caption

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Jaquel Spivey, Angourie Rice and Auli'i Cravalho in Mean Girls. Jojo Whilden/Paramount hide caption

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Sondheim had the highest standards for himself, the director of Here We Are said. Emilio Madrid/Here We Are hide caption

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Stephen Sondheim is cool now

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