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"Mad Men," the award-winning hit series about morally compromised New York advertising executives in 1960s Manhattan, returns next month for its final seven episodes. The influential show, which debuted on the AMC cable network in 2007, earned millions of fans around the globe thanks to stellar writing, powerful acting and a painstakingly detailed retro aesthetic. Its depiction of 1960s cool has become such a part of US culture that props from the show were donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History on Friday. In the final episodes -- the second half of season seven -- viewers will learn the fate of the seductive and mysterious Don Draper (Jon Hamm), a gifted and charismatic ad man who has built his adult life on a falsehood.
The two characters in Venezuelan playwright Virginia Urdaneta's new play come together doing something that real people in her homeland spend long hours doing, across the country, every day: waiting in line to buy scarce products from barren supermarket shelves. As the South American oil giant has gone from boom to bust in recent years, shortages, violent crime and the temptation to move abroad have become inescapable markers of Venezuelans' daily reality. The trend is an antidote to Venezuela's mainstream theater scene. "Venezuela is living a moment of pure absurdity.
Scheherazade, the story-telling Arabian queen from "One Thousand and One Nights," has captured the Western artistic imagination for centuries. In her latest incarnation, she is depicted by a violin as an empowered yet persecuted modern woman. John Adams, one of the leading US composers, has created a new Scheherazade who is chased by religious fanatics in the turmoil of the Arab Spring in a work which premiered Thursday evening at the New York Philharmonic. Adams called his 40-minute work a dramatic symphony -- the term coined by Berlioz for an orchestra pushing the boundaries of narrative -- and the violin expresses the full range of emotion of Scheherazade.
NEW YORK (AP) — Green Day front man and "American Idiot" co-creator Billie Joe Armstrong's new musical, the final installment of Dominique Morisseau's Detroit trilogy and the world premiere of a David Yazbek musical will be the highlights as the Atlantic Theater Company celebrates its 30th anniversary season.