Theater Week – Pollen Season

May 1, 2018

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through May 7, 2018

 
OPENING:

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, The Fruit, 305 S Dillard St, Durham. Continues May 10-12 at Mystery Brewery in Hillsborough, 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: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Continues through May 20. Fletcher Theater, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

Waitress – Touring production of the 2015 musical, based on Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 film. 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
 

ONGOING:

* Hand to God – A puppet used in a Christian-ministry youth performance may be Satan. Theatre in the Park presents Robert Askin’s 2011 dark comedy. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

* Peter and the Starcatcher – Based on a young adult novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Rick Elice’s 2009 play is a prequel of sorts to J.M. Barrie’s story of Peter Pan. Directed by Rod and Nancy Rich. Presented by NRACT. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* Plaza Suite – Three one-acts about white heterosexual couples, all taking place in the same hotel room. Cary Players presents Neil Simon’s 50-year-old comedy. Directed by Bruce Ackerman. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Avenue, Cary.
caryplayers.org

* ShakesBEER II: The Bard Strikes Back – “Hold my beer, I’m gonna do an alcohol-themed evening of Shakespeare.” Bare Theater’s site-appropriate presentation returns. Directed by Dustin Britt, with fight choreography by Heather J. Strickland, musical direction by Camille Watson, and additional words by Charles Keith. This week: Tuesday 8:00 Watts & Ward 200 S Blount St, Raleigh; Wednesday 8:00 Ponysaurus Brewing 219 Hood St, Durham; Thursday 8:00 Imurj 300 S McDowell St, Raleigh. Closes Thursday.
baretheatre.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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Theater Week – Paradise Lost

April 4, 2018

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 9, 2018

 
OPENING:

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey – Citizens of a seaside New Jersey town – all portrayed by David Henderson – react to the disappearance of a missing teenager in Honest Pint Theatre production of James Lecesne’s 2015 solo drama. Directed by Susannah Hough. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through April 21. Leggett Theatre, William Peace University Campus, Raleigh.
honestpinttheatre.org

* The Color Purple – Touring production of the 2005 musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel. This week only: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Closes Sunday. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

* Escape to Freedom – MOJOAA’s immersive and interactive show returns, with actors guiding and thrwarting audiences as they try to escape antebellum slave life. Staged on the site of what was once the largest slave plantation in Wake County. Two nights only: Saturday and Sunday at 6:00, 7:30, and 9:00. Moredecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa St, Raleigh. (Note: Performances usually fill, advance ticket purchase recommended; wear comfortable shoes as you will be moving through the park during the experience.)
mojoaa.org

* Into the Woods – Pauper Players, UNC’s student-run musical theater group, presents the 1986 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine fairytale musical. No director listed. This week: Friday-Monday 7:30. Closes Monday. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

Leaving Eden – Mike Wiley’s new play – scored by singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett – follows decades of history in a small North Carolina town where the citizens who make up its economic backbone are also its most vulnerable. Vivienne Benesch directs PlayMakers’ world-premiere production. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 22. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* Truth Against the World – A solo play about Frank Lloyd Wright, written and directed by Christine Toy Johnson. Presented by University Theatre. This week only: Monday and Tuesday April 2-3, 7:30. Kennedy-McIlwee Theater, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu
 

ONGOING:

* Punch the Clock – Little Green Pig presents an Elvis Costello review. One night only: Friday 8:00. Mystery Brewery, 437 Dimmocks Mill Rd, Hillsborough.
littlegreenpig.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 – Black Theater

March 13, 2018

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through March 19, 2018

 
THEATER FESTIVAL:

Bullcity Black Theater Festival – A two-week festival bringing together playwrights, directors, choreographers, dramaturgs, and actors from some of the Triangle’s premier Black theater groups, including Black Ops, Black Poetry Theatre, and MOJOAA. The festival will present staged readings of new plays the first week, as well as hosting free Community Conversations the second week, plus free theater workshops and a playwrighting masterclass with Howard L. Craft. Produced by Black Ops Theatre.
This Week:
• Thursday 7:30: 12.21.09 by NaTasha Thompson. A woman must decide who will have custody of her child during her tour in Afghanistan. Directed by Kyma Lassiter. Presented by Black Ops Theatre Company.
• Friday 7:30: Definition of a Hero by Dasan Ahanu. Examines the idea of a hero through rhyme, rhythm, music, and thought-provoking verse. Presented by Black Poetry Theatre
• Saturday 7:30: Raissanour by Monet Marshall. A one-act, one-woman play with 7 actors. A play within a play, a whodunit, and a performance piece rolled into one. Presented by MOJOAA Performing Arts.
• Saturday March 17 – Workshops:
• 11:00am – Playwriting Masterclass with Howard Craft (fee required)
• 1:00pm – The Playground: Acting workshop with Lakeisha Coffey
• 3:00pm – Soulprovisation: Movement workshop with Tristan Parks
Continues through March 24. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org
 

OPENING:

Beanstalk! The Musical – Raleigh Little Theatre’s Family Series presents a musical version of the fairy tale. Directed by Kathleen Rudolph. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through April 1. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Murder Ballad – New company Two Way Street Theatre presents the 2012 musical by Juliana Nash and Julia Jordan about an ill-fated love affair. Directed by Greta Marie Zandstra, music directed by Joanna Li. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Mystery Brewing Company, 437 Dimmocks Mill Rd, Hillsborough.
facebook.com

No Exit – L’enfer, c’est les autres. Pequod Productions presents Jean-Paul Sartre’s 1944 existentialist drama. Directed by Kurt Benrud. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00, Monday 7:30. Continues through March 25. Page-Walker Arts Center, Cary.
facebook.com

* The Wizard of Oz – Touring production based on the 1939 film. Hosted by Broadway Series South and NC Theatre. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Memorial Auditorium, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com
 

ONGOING:

Ain’t Misbehavin’ – NRACT presents the 1978 musical revue celebrating the amazing Fats Waller and other performers and songwriters of the 1920s and 1930s Harlem Renaissance. Two alternating casts, so plan to see it twice. Directed by Liz Grimes Droessler. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through March 25. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

Framing the Shot – “Nothing validates your life more than someone trying to kill you.” Two women deal with photography, friendship, and possibly fatal self-validation in a comedy thriller by Allan Maule. Directed by Ira David Wood IV; presented by Sonorous Road. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through March 25. Sonorous Road Theatre, 3801 Hillsborough St (Royal Bakery building), Raleigh.
sonorousroad.com
 
* A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Theatre Raleigh’s Family Series presents a shortened, child-friendly production of Shakespeare’s comic fantasy. Director not listed. This week: Friday 6:00, Saturday 3:00 and 6:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com
 

SPECIAL EVENT:

* Blood, Soil, and the Stage: Meet the Playwrights – North Carolina playwright Mike Wiley has two world-premiere plays opening in the Triangle this spring: Leaving Eden beginning April 7 at PlayMakers Rep, and Blood Done Sign My Name starting May 11 at Raleigh Little Theatre. In this free public event hosted by the two companies, actors will perform scenes from each show, followed by a discussion and Q&A moderated by PRC’s Vivienne Benesch and RLT’s Charles Phaneuf, and also including musician Laurelyn Dossett and author Tim Tyson. One night only: Wednesday 7:30. Hayti Heritage Center, Durham.
 

* – 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 – Beholder

February 28, 2018

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through March 5, 2018

 
OPENING:

* Art – A staged reading of Yasmina Reza’s 1994 satirical comedy about modern art and white male friendship. Directed by Dana Marks. Presented by Little Green Pig. One night only: Wednesday 8:00. Arcana, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Theatre Raleigh’s Family Series presents a shortened, child-friendly production of the Shakespeare comic fantasy. Director not listed. This week: Friday 6:00, Saturday 3:00 and 6:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through March 18. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com

The Phantom of the Opera – The thing that wouldn’t die! Touring production of the 1986 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. This week: Wednesday 7:30, Thursday 1:00 and 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Continues through March 11. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

* Utopia Machine – Interactive multimedia performance about the attraction and danger of interacting with – and being manipulated by – a ubiquitous social machine. Devised by Daniel Dillaplane, presented by the UNC Department of Communication. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
comm.unc.edu
 

ONGOING:

Assassins – Theatre in the Park presents Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s 1990 musical about individuals who attempted to kill US Presidents. Directed by David Henderson; music director Diane Pettaway. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through March 11. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

The Christians – The pastor of a megachurch experiences a revelation that challenges the core beliefs of his congregation. Preston Lane directs Lucas Hnath’s 2014 religious drama. Presented by PlayMakers Rep in rotating Repertory with Tartuffe. This week: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through March 10. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* Gidion’s Knot – A fraught parent-teacher conference about a student’s suicide takes some surprising turns in Bartlett Theater’s production of Johnna Adams’ 2012 drama. Directed by Bryan Conger. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Durham Arts Council, Durham.
bartletttheater.org

* Little Shop of Horrors – Raleigh Little Theatre presents the perennial 1982 rock musical horror comedy, based on the 1960 movie. Directed by Patrick Torres. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org
 
* A Midsummer Night’s Dream – PlayMakers’ Mobile Shakespeare presents a free six-actor 90-minute touring version of the Shakespeare comedy. This week: Saturday 3:30 SouthWest Durham Regional Library, Sunday 2:00 CAM in Raleigh, Sunday 7:30 PlayMakers Studio UNC Campus. Closes Sunday.
playmakersrep.org

The Moors – Spinster sisters, living in a lonely manor house on the titular landscape, seek to take control of their narratives in Jen Silverman’s decidedly modern 2016 take on 19th century gothic romanticism. Directed by Jules Odendahl-James; presented by Manbites Dog Theater. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 2:00. Continues through March 10. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

Tartuffe – A religious conman ingratiates himself with a family in Molière’s 1662 comedy, adapted by David Ball. Directed by Saheem Ali. Presented by PlayMakers Rep, in rotating repertory with The Christians. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30. Continues through March 11. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.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 – Sky Light

January 30, 2018

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through February 5, 2018

 

OPENING:

* Buy My Soul and Call It Art – Performance art exhibition created by Monét Noelle Marshall exploring the relationship between Black performance and mainstream arts spaces, the emotional labor of Black artists, the importance of Black joy, and the connection between the slave market and the arts market. (Opened January 26.) This week: Saturday various times beginning at 7:00, Sunday beginning at 3:00. Closes Sunday. Living Arts Collective, 410 West Geer Street, Durham.
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The Christians – The pastor of a megachurch experiences a revelation that challenges the core beliefs of his congregation. Preston Lane directs Lucas Hnath’s 2014 religious drama. Presented by PlayMakers Rep in rotating Repertory with Tartuffe. This week: Thursday 7:30. Continues through March 10.
playmakersrep.org

* Les Misérables – Touring production of the 1985 musical, based on Victor Hugo’s 1862 musical. This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

Tartuffe – A religious conman ingratiates himself with a family in Molière’s 1662 comedy, adapted by David Ball. Directed by Saheem Ali. Presented by PlayMakers Rep, in rotating repertory with The Christians. This week: Saturday 7:30. Continues through March 11. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org
 

ONGOING:

An Act of God – God wants to set the record straight in this 2015 comedy by David Javerbaum (written before November 8, 2016 when we all discovered there is no God.) Directed by Bunny Safron. Presented by NRACT and Actors Comedy Lab. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 11. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* 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. Closes Saturday. 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: Wednesda-Saturday 8:15. Closes Sunday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

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

* 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. Closes Sunday. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.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 – Brrr!

January 2, 2018

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through January 8, 2018

 
OPENING:

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. Continues through February 18. Ward Theatre, 4905 Pine Cone Drive, Suites 11 & 12, Durham.
wardtheatrecompany.com

* On Your Feet! – Touring production of a juke box bio-musical based on the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan. This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.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 – Farewell Angelina

November 28, 2017

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through December 4, 2017

 

OPENING:

A Charlie Brown Christmas – Stage adaptation of the 1965 Christmas TV special. Presented by Theatre in the Park. No director listed. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday 11:00/2:00/5:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through December 10. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

* A Christmas Story – Everybody run, Ralphie’s got a gun. Cary Players presents the stage version of the 1983 movie based on stories by Jean Shepherd. No director listed. This week only: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 3:00 and 7:30. Closes Sunday. Cary Arts Center.
caryplayers.org

Cinderella – Raleigh Little Theatre’s annual holiday musical staging of the Charles Perrault fairy tale, adapted and composed by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy. Directed by Rod and Nancy Rich. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through December 17. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour – Holiday-themed songs and drag performance, featuring contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Presented by Murray and Peter. One show only: Tuesday 8:00. Carolina Theatre, Durham.
carolinatheatre.org

Peter Pan & Wendy – A new stage adaptation of the J.M. Barrie story, adapted by Lillian White and the Burning Coal Theatre Company. Directed by Lillian White. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 17.
burningcoal.org

* Home for the Holidays! – In 1960’s North Carolina, a family faces being separated at Christmas, unless a miracle happens. Written and directed by Jane Underhill. Presented by The Prime Time Players. This week only: Wednesday 2:00 at the Passmore Center, 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough; Thursday and Saturday 2:00 at Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.
orangecountync.gov

* School of Rock – Through unlikely circumstances, an unsuccessful rock musician takes over as the music teacher at an elite prep school. Rock ensues. Touring production of the 2015 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, based on the 2003 Richard Linklater/Mike White/Jack Black movie. This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com
 

ONGOING:

Dot – A dysfunctional family with an aging mother reunites for the holidays in her West Philly neighborhood. PlayMakers Rep presents Colman Domingo’s 2016 comedy-drama. Directed by Nicole A. Watson. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 10. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Lake Placid – Set in upstate New York during the 1980 Winter Olympics, Little Green Pig’s improvised play with music presents a different story and a different guest star every night. Directed by Jaybird O’Berski; music by Louis Landry. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, “blue show” Saturday 10:00. Continues through December 9. Presented at a new performance space: The Fruit, 305 S. Dillard, Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – An annual presentation of Broadway Series South, this stage musical version of the Beloved Holiday Classic™ is based on the venerable 1964 Rankin/Bass animated TV Xmas special (which vastly expanded the mythology of Johnny Marks’ 1949 hit song for Gene Autry — itself based on a 1939 Christmas promotional coloring book created by Robert L. May for Montgomery Ward in Chicago). Get your tickets early — this one sells faster than the bargain table at Misfit Toys “R” Us. This week: Friday 6:30, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 and 2:00. Continues through December 24. 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.


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