Theater Week – My Dreams, My Works, Must Wait

March 19, 2019

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through March 25, 2019

 
OPENING:

* Dream Boy – A gay teenager in the rural South of the 1970’s searches for escape and safety. A staged reading of Eric Rosen’s adaptation of the Jim Grimsley novel. Directed by Joseph Megel. Presented by the UNC Process Series. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30. Center for Dramatic Art, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
cvnc.org

A Good Little Rain – A young woman struggles with her self-image in a memory play by Natalie Sherwood. Directed by Mike Mellas. Presented by University Theatre’s Open Door Series. This week only: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Kennedy-McIlwee Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

In a Word – When their child goes missing, a young couple find themselves in an absurdist nightmare. Jules Odendahl-James directs Lauren Yee’s 2015 dark comedy for Bulldog Ensemble Theater. This week: Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 7. The Fruit, 305 South Dillard Street, Durham.
bulldogdurham.org

* The King and I – Touring production of the 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Presented by NC Theatre and DECPA. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Memorial Auditorium, DECPA, Raleigh.
nctheatre.com

* No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks – Chicago shadow-puppet collective Manual Cinema concludes its Duke residency with two performances of its latest work, a celebration of the poet and activist Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize. Written by Eve L. Ewing and Nate Marshall, music by Jamila Woods and Ayanna Woods. This weekend only: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Reynolds Theatre, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
dukeperformances.duke.edu

Where Words Once Were – Theatre Raleigh’s Family Series presents Finegan Kruckemeyer’s 2015 fable about a dystopia where words are rationed. Directed by Noah Putterman. Recommended for ages 9 and up. This week: Friday 7:00, Saturday and Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 7. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com
 

ONGOING:

Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds – A Jamaican boy discovers the wonders of the outside world. Adapted by Michael J. Bobbitt from Cedella Marley’s story, featuring songs by Bob Marley. Directed by Deb Royals-Mizerk; presented by Raleigh Little Theatre’s Family Series. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues with a sensory-friendly performance on Saturday March 31. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Bonnie and Clyde – Two sociopaths go on a robbery and murder spree during the Depression-era in this 2009 musical. Directed by Jeri Lynn Schulke. Music director Joanna Li. Presented by NRACT. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through March 31. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* Constellations – Two people experience their relationship through a prism of parallel timelines in Nick Payne’s 2012 drama. Directed by Chris Woodworth. Presented by Bartlett Theater. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Stadium 10 Theater, Northgate Mall, Durham.
bartletttheater.com

* The Devil and Mark Twain – Twain battles writer’s block and his own personal demons as he attempts to complete Huckleberry Finn, in the premiere of a one-man show written and performed by Paul Newell. Presented by The ArtsCenter and Full Nelson Playwrights Theater. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

* LITE 2019 Presents a Festival of One-Act Plays – Eight short plays by seven playwrights. Co-sponsored by Cary Playwrights Forum under its Independent Producers Series. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30. The Cary Theatre, 122 East Chatham Street, Cary. Closes Saturday.
caryplaywrightsforum.org
 

* – Closes this week

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions. For a more complete listing of area events, we recommend the arts calendar at CVNC.org. For updates on area auditions, we recommend the Triangle Auditions group on Facebook. For a listing of what else area theaters have in store this season, click on the Triangle Season Schedules tab at the top of the page.

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Theater Week – Willkommen

January 23, 2019

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through January 28, 2019

 

OPENING:

Ashe in Johannesburg – “Athletes, especially black athletes, must use every resource at their command to right things that are wrong.” In 1973, African American tennis star Arthur Ashe travels to South Africa and confronts its apartheid policies. World premiere of a new play by Hannah Benitez, commissioned and produced by Burning Coal Theatre. Directed by Jerome Davis. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 10. Burning Coal, Murphey School, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh.
burningcoaltheatre.org

The Herd – A woman arranges a family gathering for the 21st birthday of her severely disabled son, but things don’t go as planned. David Henderson directs Rory Kinnear’s 2013 dark comedy for Honest Pint Theatre. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 10. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
honestpinttheatre.org

Jump – Two grieving strangers meet on a bridge discover the magic of hope. Charly Evon Simpson’s whimsical new play is presented by PlayMakers Rep as part of National New Play Network’s Rolling World Premiere. Directed by Whitney White. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 10. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* Miss Saigon – DPAC presents a touring production of the 1989 musical, a loose adaptation of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly transposed to Vietnam during the closing days of the war. Village Voice critic Michael Feingold famously disliked the show when it opened on Broadway in 1991: “Every civilization gets the theater it deserves, and we get Miss Saigon, which means we can now say definitively that our civilization is over.” Celebrate the end of civilization this week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Closes Sunday. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

* Songs for Drella: A Song Cycle About Andy Warhol – Little Green Pig presents Lou Reed and John Cale’s 1989 tribute to Andy Warhol, performed in its entirety. This week only: Saturday and Sunday 8:00. Living Arts Collective, 410 W Geer St, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

Spring Awakening – Teenagers discover sexuality and things don’t go well. Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s 2006 musical based on the still shocking 1891 play by Frank Wedekind gets its third local production in the last three years, this time by Duke’s student musical theater group Hoof ‘n’ Horn. Directed by Tori Trimm; musical direction by Julia Nicholas. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 3. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
tickets.duke.edu

The Talk – In a divided America, an African American father has a difficult conversation with his son. Written and performed by Sonny Kelly. Directed by Joseph Megel. Presented by StreetSigns and Bulldog Ensemble Theater. This week: Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 10 at The Fruit, 305 South Dillard Street, Durham. (Continues February 14-17 at Historic PlayMakers Theatre, 122 East Cameron Avenue, UNC, Chapel Hill.)
piedmontperformancefactory.org
 

ONGOING:

* Measure for Measure – An unstable ruler, abuse of power, the stuggle for female agency: Raleigh Little Theatre presents Shakespeare’s rumination on virtue and sin. Directed by Rebecca Blum. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org
 

* – Closes this week

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions. For a more complete listing of area events, we recommend the arts calendar at CVNC.org. For updates on area auditions, we recommend the Triangle Auditions group on Facebook. For a listing of what else area theaters have in store this season, click on the Triangle Season Schedules tab at the top of the page.


Theater Week – Air Lines

August 21, 2018

Kane Smego. Image: msmoody photos.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through August 27, 2018

 

OPENING:

* Temples of Lung and Air – A Hip-Hop odyssey through race and identity, written and performed by Kane Smego. Directed by Joseph Megel; presented by StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance. Post-show conversations, plus pass the mic events featuring various Triangle performance poetry groups – see website for details. This week only: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday 7:30 and 10:30, Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Kenan Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org
 

ONGOING:

In the Heart of the Fire – In their 19th annual giant puppet performance for all ages, Paperhand Puppet Intervention presents tales of fire, of giants and trolls, of trickster creators, and how we came to be human. This week: Friday-Sunday 7:00. Preshows at 6:20. Continues through September 3, plus September 14-23 at Forest Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill. September 7-9 at NC Museum of Art, Raleigh.
paperhand.org

* It’s Only a Play – Eight white people – a producer, playwright, director, assorted actors, and friends – gather at a New York apartment for the opening night party of a Broadway play they are involved in. Theatre in the Park presents Terrence McNally’s 1982 comedy, directed by Jesse R. Gephart. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.org

Sister Act – Nun run: A club singer witnesses a murder and goes into hiding at a convent. Hijinks ensue. Raleigh Little Theatre presents the 2006 musical adaptation of the 1992 film. Directed by Nancy Rich. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 9. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org
 

* – Closes this week

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions. For a more complete listing of area events, we recommend the arts calendar at Indyweek.com. For updates on area auditions, we recommend the Triangle Auditions group on Facebook. For a listing of what else area theaters have in store this season, click on the Triangle Season Schedules tab at the top of the page.


Theater Week – Every Time We Say Goodbye

May 8, 2018

Design: Natalie Nobles. MDT building mural: Michael Brown. Photo: Ed Hunt.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through May 14, 2018

 
OPENING:

Blood Done Sign My Name – Set in Oxford, North Carolina, Mike Wiley’s play – adapted from the memoir by Timothy Tyson – tells the true story of a racially motivated 1970 murder and its aftermath. Directed by Joseph Megel; presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through June 3. (Note: this week and next week’s performances have already sold out; check with box office for wait list information.) RLT, Raleigh. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre.
raleighlittletheatre.org

Dry Powder – Sonorous Road’s new rep company presents Sarah Burgess’s 2016 dark financial comedy set in a private equity firm. Directed by Mark Filiaci. Presented by Sonorous Road Repertory Company. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 27. Sonorous Road, 3801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh.
sonorousroad.com

* Make / Believe – Culture Mill presents an immersive theatrical event in a secret, site-specific location, probing the value of artistic experiences within a society driven by commercial market forces. Directed by Tommy Noonan, with original text by John Justice and Tommy Noonan. This weekend only: Friday-Sunday 5:00. Advance registration required, starting location emailed upon registration. UPDATE: All registration is full. Check with Culture Mill for more info.
culturemill.org

* Trust the Bus – Culture Mill resumes its series of site-specific performances in secret locations. This weekend: Friday-Sunday 5:00, starting at Saxapahaw General Store, Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw. Advance registration required. UPDATE: All registration is full. Check with Culture Mill for more info.
culturemill.org

Wakey, Wakey – “We’re here to say goodbye.” For its final production, Manbites Dog presents Will Eno’s 2017 comic meditation on the sorrow and joy accumulated on life’s journey. Expect laughter. Expect tears. Expect celebration. Directed by Jeff Storer. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 2:00. Continues through June 10. (Note: no performances the week of May 14-20.) Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org
 

ONGOING:

The Changeling – The Adaptation and Reenactment of the 17th-Century Jacobean Tragedy by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley, As Performed by the Inhabitants of Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern Under the Direction of Jaybird O’Berski. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Mystery Brewery, 437 Dimmocks Mill Rd, Hillsborough. Continues May 17-19 at Culture Mill in Saxapahaw.
littlegreenpig.com

A Night with Janis Joplin – Touring production of a jukebox musical featuring songs by Joplin and the women artists – Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone, Bessie Smith – who inspired her. Presented by NC Theatre. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Continues through May 20. Fletcher Theater, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com
 

* – Closes this week

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions. For a more complete listing of area events, we recommend the arts calendar at Indyweek.com. For updates on area auditions, we recommend the Triangle Auditions group on Facebook. For a listing of what else area theaters have in store this season, click on the Triangle Season Schedules tab at the top of the page.


Theater Week – Working on a Building

January 16, 2018

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through January 22, 2018

 
OPENING:

Master Builder – Little Green Pig presents Tamara Kissane’s new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s 1892 drama about ambition and power. Directed by Kevin Ewert. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Continues through February 3. Mystery Brewing Company, 437 Dimmocks Mill Rd, Hillsborough.
littlegreenpig.com

The Miraculous and the Mundane – Members of an African American family in Durham find their lives turned upside down when the patriarch falls ill and ties of kinship start to fray. First staged in a workshop presentation last year, Howard L. Craft’s newest play returns for its full production premiere. Directed by Joseph Megel. Presented by Manbites Dog. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Continues through February 3. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

The Normal Heart – In the early 1980s, a mysterious and devastating new illness that seems to be targeting gay men is ignored by politicians and the press. Burning Coal presents Larry Kramer’s milestone 1985 drama. Directed by Emily Ranii. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 4. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org
 

ONGOING:

* Love Letters – Sandy Duncan and Ira David Wood III star in A.R. Gurney’s 1988 epistolary drama about two people who exchange letters over the course of half a century. Presented by NC Theatre; director not listed. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Sunday. Fletcher Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

The Mound Builders – An archaeological dig in the midwest uncovers fault lines of friends and family. Ward Theatre presents a revival of the 1975 Lanford Wilson drama. The production will feature a rotating cast of actors, check the schedule for more information. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:30. Continues through February 18. Ward Theatre, 4905 Pine Cone Drive, Suites 11 & 12, Durham.
wardtheatrecompany.com

What We’re Up Against – A woman in a male-dominated architecture firm takes on its glass-ceiling culture. Raleigh Little Theatre presents Theresa Rebeck’s very timely 2017 workplace comedy. Directed by Heather J. Strickland. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through January 28. All remaining performances are listed as sold out; check with box office for wait list information. Note: Performances at Leggett Theatre, Peace University, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org
 

ALTERNATIVE PERFORMANCE:

* No Shame Theatre – Monthly open performance venue for original, short form theater and performance. One night only: Saturday 8:00 (sign-up to perform: 7:00). The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org
 

* – Closes this week

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions. For a more complete listing of area events, we recommend the arts calendar at Indyweek.com. For updates on area auditions, we recommend the Triangle Auditions group on Facebook. For a listing of what else area theaters have in store this season, click on the Triangle Season Schedules tab at the top of the page.


Theater Week – Fog of War

September 12, 2017

 

Virtual avatar of “Michael” (Trevor Johnson) in Closer Than They Appear – Icarus Studios

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 18, 2017

 
OPENING:

The Cake – A baker finds it hard to reconcile her religious beliefs with a wedding cake order for two women about to be married. PlayMakers Rep begins their new season with a new comedy by Bekah Brunstetter. Directed by Jeffrey Meanza. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 1. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

California Suite – Forest Moon presents Neil Simon’s 1976 comedy anthology of four short plays, all set in the same room of a Los Angeles hotel. Directed by Lisa Binion. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 24. Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St, Wake Forest.
forestmoontheater.org

Closer Than They Appear – Incorporating virtual reality animated landscapes designed by Jared Mezzocchi, Christine Evans’ play tells the story of an Iraq War veteran undergoing PTSD therapy. Directed by Joseph Megel. Presented by Piedmont Performance Factory, in partnership with The Process Series. This week: Thursday and Friday previews 8:00, Saturday 8:00 (opening night), Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 1. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
piedmontperformancefactory.org

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead – A group of teenagers must deal with drug use, sex, depression, suicide, abuse, and rabies, in Bert V. Royal’s unauthorized 2004 parody of Peanuts. Presented by NRACT. Directed by Pete Comperatore. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 1. NRACT, Leadmine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

Escape to Freedom – Interactive experience about attempted escapes from antebellum slave life. Presented by MOJOAA. This week: Friday and Saturday 6:00, 7:30, 9:00. Continues through September 23. Mordecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa St, Raleigh.
mojoaa.org

* PlaySlam! 2017 – Twelve playwrights enter with two short plays each, at the end of the night one leaves with a cash prize, as determined by audience vote. One night: Saturday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org
 

ONGOING:
 
* Bad Mothers & Neglectful Wives – A devised theater performance by local women artists, created and presented by Summer Sisters, inspired by the January 2017 Women’s March and other women-led political movements from the past and present. Directed by Rachel Klem and Carissa White. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* Crowns – Raleigh Little Theatre presents Regina Taylor’s 2002 musical play, which tells the story of six African-American women through the hats they wear to church. Adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry. Directed by Terra Hodge. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

King Lear – An aging ruler makes a series of increasingly bad executive decisions, resulting in a hostile takeover. Honest Pint presents the Shakespeare tragedy in association with Sweet Tea Shakespeare. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Preshow 45 minutes before curtain. Continues through September 24. Leggett Theatre, William Peace University, Raleigh.
honestpinttheatre.org

* Of Wings and Feet – Acclaimed local company Paperhand Puppet Intervention returns for its 18th annual giant puppet theater pageant, which explores “the magic and mystery of the living land, sea, and sky in an epic spectacle of struggle and resistance for our times.” Final performances this weekend: September 16-17 at the Carolina Theatre, 310 S. Greene St in Greensboro.
paperhand.org

* Yes to Nothing – World premiere of a play by Mara Thomas about four punk rockers navigating the 1980s music scene, and their lives 20 years later. Presented by Little Green Pig. Directed by Caitlin Wells. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. The Pinhook in Durham.
littlegreenpig.com
 

IMPROV:

* Hush Hush – Mettlesome presents an evening of the worst kept secrets in Durham in which one special guest shares a secret they never thought they’d say out loud. This month’s special secret-sharing guest: Filmmaker and photographer D.L. Anderson. One night: Friday 10:00 (following Summer Sisters’ performance of Bad Mothers and Neglectful Wives). No advance tickets, door sales only. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org
 

* – Closes this week

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions. For a more complete listing of area events, we recommend the arts calendar at Indyweek.com. For updates on area auditions, we recommend the Triangle Auditions group on Facebook. For a listing of what else area theaters have in store this season, click on the Triangle Season Schedules tab at the top of the page.


Theater Week – Miracle

March 21, 2017

 

Trevor Johnson and Lakeisha Coffey in The Miraculous and the Mundane.
Photo: Ed Hunt

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through March 27, 2017

 

OPENING:

* The Journey Continues – A story of “reconciliation, forgiveness and hope” set in the fashion industry. Presented by Tamara Adams. This week only: Friday 7:00, Saturday 2:00 and 7:00. Sonorous Road Theatre, 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
sonorousroadtheatre.com

The Miraculous and the Mundane – Members of an African American family in Durham find their lives turned upside down when the father becomes ill. Joseph Megel directs a workshop production of the newest play by Durham writer Howard L. Craft. Presented by Manbites Dog Theater and StreetSigns. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 1. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

The Wolf – Theatre Raleigh’s Family Series presents a dance-theater kids’ version of Little Red Riding Hood and other fairy tales. This week: Thursday and Friday 6:00, Saturday and Sunday 3:00 and 6:00. Continues through April 2. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com
 

ONGOING:

* 13, the Musical – A teenage boy has to relocate from New York City to Indiana in the 2008 musical by Jason Robert Brown, Dan Elish and Robert Horn. Directed by Joel Rainey. Presented by NRACT. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

When She Had Wings – A young girl who dreams of being a pilot encounters a bird-like woman who may or may not be Amelia Earhart. Raleigh Little Theatre’s Youth Series presents Suzan Zeder’s 2015 play, directed by Patrick Torres. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through April 2. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org
 

ALTERNATIVE PERFORMANCE:

* No Shame Theatre – Monthly open performance venue for original, short form theater and performance. One night only: Saturday 8:00 (sign-up to perform: 7:00). The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org
 
 

* – Closes this week

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions. For a more complete listing of area events, we recommend the arts calendar at Indyweek.com. For updates on area auditions, we recommend the Triangle Auditions group on Facebook. For a listing of what else area theaters have in store this season, click on the Triangle Season Schedules tab at the top of the page.


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