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  1. Waiting For Madoka: Absurdism in Madoka Magica

    Even though precisely nobody asked for this article, I just couldn’t get the topic out of my head. I may be the only person in the world who enjoys the anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica and the Samuel Beckett play Waiting For Godot equally, but hopefully I might be able to persuade some of you to join me soon. You see, though these two works seem to have nothing in common, they’re both actually wonderful explorations of the school of thought known as absurdism.

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  2. Eve Ensler Responds to Concerns Over the Vagina Monologues‘ Inclusivity

    Lot to vag-parse here.

    Last week women's college Mount Holyoke was the subject of intense scrutiny over a campus theater group's decision to effectively "retire" the Vagina Monologues in favor of creating an original and more inclusive play in a similar style. So what does Eve Ensler think?

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  3. Women’s College Retires Vagina Monologues Over Inclusivity Concerns

    What's so special about your vagina?

    Women's college Mount Holyoke announced in a campus-wide e-mail recently that the school will be retiring Eve Ensler's seminal play The Vagina Monologues over concerns that the text isn't sufficiently intersectional.

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  4. Amy Poehler Named Pudding Queen (Basically) By Hasty Pudding; Awarded With Parade, Pot of Pudding

    Is the award alliteration based?

    On January 29th, Amy Poehler will join the ranks of past pudding prize-winners Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Helen Mirren when she leads a parade before being presented with a "Pudding Pot" in Harvard Square by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, a historic Harvard student society. I don't understand Boston, but I sure like the sound of it.

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  5. Review: Bradley Cooper is The Elephant Man in Broadway Revival

    And now I am emotionally compromised.

    Previews for The Elephant Man have begun. After thirty-three years, the Tony Award-winning play has returned to the Booth Theatre, where the original Broadway production was staged. It is back -- and words can’t begin to describe how wonderful it is.

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  6. Let It Gore: Awesome Middle School Students Stage Bloody Frozen Satire Based On Game of Thrones

    My sun and...line!

    Theater nerds will take what is theirs with fire and blood, pending approval from the PTA of course: for the second year in a row, Parkview Middle School in Jefferson, Indiana is going to spill a lot of red food coloring in the name of art.

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  7. Stream Yourself Some Culture: Globe Theater Offers New On-Demand Player for Shakespeare Productions

    Yes that is Arthur Darvill. You're welcome.

    Back in the day, if you wanted to watch a Shakespeare play—or any work of Elizabethan-era theater, really—you had to schlep yourself over to a disgusting outdoor theater and, unless you could afford the exorbitant costs for seats. stand with a bunch of other plebes in a tightly packed standing-room-only gravel pit. But we live in the future now, where we can stream those plays directly into our eyeballs via magic screens! Isn't life amazing?

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  8. Benedict Cumberbatch Looks Like He’s About to Leap Out Of My Computer Screen and Kill Me

    Turn that frown upside down, Richard III!

    Benny, I... I didn't mean it when I said you're being cast in so many things and talked about so much that I'm maybe getting a little fatigued of your presence. I swear. And I've never used the Benedict Cumberbatch Name Generator; I don't even know what that is! Stop looking at me like that.

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  9. Things We Saw Today: The Villains of Guardians of the Galaxy Are Lookin’ Good

    Hey there, Nebula.

    Collider has two Guardians of the Galaxy Empire magazine covers, one of the villains (above) and one of the good guys. Nice.

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  10. Things We Saw Today: A Discworld Cake, Complete With Giant Turtle

    Note: not a full-size replica.

    I can't say that I've ever wondered what the Great A'Tuin tastes like, but apparently it's filled with chocolate mint grasshopper cake. (by Art2Eat Cakes, via That's Nerdalicious!)

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  11. It’s Official: J.K. Rowling Will Write a Staged Prequel to Harry Potter

    Of course, it's sadly devoid of Mauraders.

    We all knew that J.K. Rowling wasn't going to be able to stay away from her beloved wizarding franchise for very long after it ended, but we all sort of thought that she'd be too busy with Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them to get much else done. Apparently, however, she's looking to bring the Boy Who Lived to live theater as well.

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  12. J.K. Rowling Is Developing a Harry Potter Prequel for the London Stage

    This is just like magic!

    When the last Harry Potter movie came out in 2011, no one expected there to be plans for a new film series within two and a half years, never mind a new film series and a new play.* And yet that’s exactly what's happened. In September Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was announced, and now we’ve learned that J.K. Rowling is developing a Harry Potter play for the West End. Accio tickets to London! *It makes sense, because dolla dolla bills y’all, but I refuse to be cynical about more Harry Potter.

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  13. Dramélie: Amélie Director Slams Proposed Musical

    In Which We Make A Terrible Pun

    Yesterday we reported that the adorably whimsical French film Amélie is being turned into a musical. But despite the fact that it's not even been written yet, said musical already has found an impassioned critic in a quite unlikely form: The film's director. Don't hold back, Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Tell us what you really think.

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  14. Because Your Life Needs More Whimsy, There’s Going To Be An Amélie Musical

    it's time to play the music

    Franky, I'm surprised it's taken this long.

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  15. A Peek Into The Alternate Universe Where Patrick Stewart Has Hair, Is Still Friends With Ian McKellen

    i'll just leave this here

    At first, I had some trouble recognizing Sir Patrick Stewart without his signature lack of locks. Fortunately, I just used context clues to figure out that it must be Sir Patrick Stewart, since Sir Ian McKellen is next to him. Because they are the perfect pair on inseparable best buddies. Here, the pair are actually playing Hirst and Spooner in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, though the play will be paired with Waiting For Godot, in which the two play Vladimir and Estragon at Berkley Repertory Theatre in Berkley, California through August 31. For east coast fans, the show is coming to Broadway via the Cort Theatre, and will open November 24. You can check out a video teasing the plays at EW. (via Entertainment Weekly) Previously in Patrick Stewart

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  16. The Muppets Might Be Coming to Broadway. In Real Life, Not In a Movie.

    it's time to play the music

    Never have I been happier to live in New York City.

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  17. Pictures From the London Theater Production of Princess Mononoke

    Fashion for Nonhumans

    The Whole Hog Theatre company's Studio Ghibli-acknowledged production of Princess Mononoke is on break for a bit, but will be returning to the New Diorama Theatre in London to play another dozen sold out shows in June. Hayao Miyazaki's epic has been adapted for live theater with some impressive puppets in place of the many animal and non-human characters, and, in keeping with the movie's environmentalist themes, they've been constructed entirely from recycled items.

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  18. Things We Saw Today: Doctor Who‘s Ten and Eleven, Together at Last

    Things We Saw Today

    Courtesy of Doctor Who's official Twitter account. Bask in the glory.

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  19. WiredArts Fest Encourages Audience to Tweet During Shows

    I don't think there is a rule in society that is both so universally agreed upon, but still ignored as not using a cell phone in a theater. Everyone hates it, but everyone does it at some point. At the WiredArts Fest, though, not only is cell phone use allowed -- it's downright encouraged. They want you tweeting about the shows, snapping pictures with Instagram, and even streaming the events from the comfort of your home. It's a new approach to the relationship between social media and theater, and it's one I'm kind of into.

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  20. As Long as They’re Seated Behind Me: Theater Introduces “Tweet Seats” for Social Media Addicts

    Pros and Cons

    As a life-long amateur musician who gets snooty when people clap between the movements of a sonata, I'm probably not the best person to be receptive to any kind of electronic introductions to a performance or screening. Usually when we hear about theater owners making concessions to people who leave their phones on, it's in regards to a movie theater, with all their wooing of the modern audience and needing to wring profit out of every possible moment. But this case is of a repertory theater's production of Carlo Goldoni's 1743 Servant of Two Masters, and while the restrictions placed on these Tweet Seats will probably keep them from annoying other audience members there's just something about the principle of the thing that makes me hope it never happens at any theater I go to.

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