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Musical 'Allegiance,' inspired by George Takei childhood, a missed chance
Internment camps, racial discrimination and an atomic bomb blast are challenging topics to incorporate into a satisfying night of theater.
 
Broadway's 'King Charles III' ingenuous, intriguing
The kingdom is uneasy. The monarch grows more isolated by the day. The ghost of a dead royal prowls the castle. Meanwhile, advisers plot the king's downfall and the prince seems unsure what to do.
 
A new online streaming service launches on Monday that hopes to one day become the Netflix of Broadway, offering high-definition broadcasts of top theatrical events to computers and phones.
 
A couple of big-time movie stars will be appearing off-Broadway next fall when Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo star in a production of William Shakespeare's "Othello" at New York Theatre Workshop.
 
Benedict Cumberbatch, who recently begged fans not to film him playing the lead in "Hamlet," has broken a record while being filmed playing the lead in "Hamlet."
 
These are trying times at the Broadway show "Therese Raquin" -- first a show was interrupted by a man in the audience who threw flowers and now star Keira Knightley has had to withdraw from Wednesday's performance.
 
Keira Knightley's Broadway debut halted by man, flowers
Keira Knightley's Broadway debut was interrupted when a member of the audience shouted at the actress and threw a bouquet of flowers at the stage before being escorted from the theater.
 
Brian Friel, the Tony Award-winning playwright who created "Dancing at Lughnasa" and more than 30 other plays, has died in Ireland at the age of 86.
 
Sheri Goldhirsch, who rose from an intern to help lead the Young Playwrights Inc., which has nurtured and developed playwrights ages 18 and under, died, according to the group. She was 55.
 
New York's Metropolitan Opera has broken more than a century of tradition in Verdi's "Otello" with a production whose title character, in a reflection of modern racial sensibilities, does not perform in blackface.
 
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