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Race on stage

Theater | Plays show what radical progress looks like
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 11/06/09, 04:29 am

The Obama presidency, for all its problems, still signifies a breakthrough in U.S. race relations. A musical and a drama that opened in New York theaters last month, and are likely to have long runs on Broadway or in repertory around the country, suggest a movement away from pessimism.

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Life saver

Theater | Irena's Vow brings a pro-life message to a blue state
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 6/20/09, 12:00 am

When CBS on June 7 televises the Tony Awards for the best of Broadway, Tovah Feldshuh, lead actress in Irena's Vow, will not be a nominee. Her absence from the list was a leading omission, according to New York City Theater.

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Jets and Sharks

Theater | Updated West Side Story is still sweet
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 4/11/09, 12:00 am

West Side Story lit up Broadway in 1957. The movie version (1961) won 10 Oscars. The musical included both luminous melodies and a social message about the dangers of urban gangs (born-in-N.Y. "Jets" vs. Puerto Rican immigrant "Sharks"). At the Broadway premiere last month of a slightly updated version, the great songs remained but the semi-move toward contemporary relevance faltered.

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