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An old crush is remembered via childhood memories and an unusual anecdote.

"Then he began wearing pastel skateboarding-themed shirts. SKATEBOARDING IS NOT A CRIME, one said. Wallace Marguerite is not committing a crime, Stella thought. It was novel and thrilling, true whether or not he was a skateboarder. She never saw a skateboard."

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In 1902, a poet attempts to stage the world’s first “perfume concert.”

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On the assassination of a half-Palestinian, half-Jewish cultural revolutionary.

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A son tries to make sense of his mother’s end.

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On tragedy, mythology, and the spectacular crash of the Spider-Man musical and its creator, Julie Taymor.

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The macabre, ultra-violent plays put on at the Grand Guignol defined an era in Paris, attracting foreign tourists, aristocrats, and celebrities. Goering and Patton saw plays there in the same year. But the carnage of WWII ultimately undermined the shock of Guignol’s brutality, and audiences disappeared.

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Tony Kushner and the burdens of being one of the last public intellectuals in American theater.

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At three NYC comedy theater/schools, students and students-turned-instructors (a “benign pyramid scheme”) pursue the elusive simulacrum of human interaction that is longform improvisation.