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In a new $35 million musical, the star attraction is 20 feet tall and requires 15 people to operate. He's an engineering marvel — and also basically a giant monkey puppet.
Author: Jeff Lunden
Posted: November 7, 2018, 1:51 pm
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! celebrates its 20th anniversary with a special episode this weekend. WWDTM host Peter Sagal reflects on the show's history with Scott Simon.
Posted: October 27, 2018, 12:13 pm
In Mother of the Maid, Glenn Close returns to the New York stage to portray a 15th-century peasant woman with a remarkable adolescent daughter she loves — and can't protect.
Author: Scott Simon
Posted: October 20, 2018, 12:12 pm
In a new take on Moliere's Tartuffe, the original production's "dangerous priest" villain is now portrayed as a manipulative Imam who preys on a Muslim family.
Author: Vicki Barker
Posted: October 14, 2018, 10:01 pm
Sell/Buy/Date is a one-woman-play about the sex industry. NPR's Shereen Marisol Meraji speaks with playwright Sarah Jones about how she portrays 19 different characters.
Posted: October 13, 2018, 10:14 pm
The Los Angeles Philharmonic, which begins to mark its centennial this fall, is credited with helping to bring high culture and great composers to L.A.
Author: Mandalit del Barco
Posted: October 8, 2018, 9:55 pm
Restless Creature, now available on Netflix, chronicles Wendy Whelan's recovery from hip surgery and her final performance with the New York City Ballet. Originally broadcast July 10, 2017.
Author: Terry Gross
Posted: October 5, 2018, 6:11 pm
At 94, Mike Nussbaum is reportedly the oldest working stage actor in the country. He is currently starring in a play at the Northlight Theatre in Skokie, Ill.
Author: Scott Simon
Posted: September 29, 2018, 12:00 pm
She's known for celebrity imitations: Hillary Clinton and Owen Wilson, Jennifer Lopez and Bjork, and so on. Now, as she joins Saturday Night Live's full cast, she's learning what else she can do.
Author: Elizabeth Blair
Posted: September 29, 2018, 11:27 am
How has an animated show about a horse-human hybrid become so relevant?
Posted: September 27, 2018, 9:06 pm
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