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St. James Theatre (New York, NY)
246 West 44th St.

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Based on the plays Miles Gloriosus, Pseudolus, and Mostellaria by Plautus (251-183 B.C.)

This hysterical musical features a beloved score by Stephen Sondheim and an uproarious book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. The musical's original Broadway production won several Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Book. Forum has also enjoyed several Broadway and West End revivals.



A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum tells the bawdy story of Pseudolus, a slave in ancient Rome, who goes to great lengths to gain his freedom by securing a courtesan for his young master, Hero. Scheming slaves, mistaken identities and courtesans each with their own gimmick deliver on the promise of the famous opening number, that there will be comedy tonight.


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STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/8/16- A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
by Stage Tube - May 8, 2016

Today in 1962, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum opened at the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon Theatre), where it ran for 964 performances. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus, specifically Pseudolus, Miles Gloriosus and Mostellaria, the musical tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The musical's original 1963 Broadway run won several Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Book. A Funny Thing has enjoyed several Broadway and West End revivals and was made into a successful film starring the original lead of the musical, Zero Mostel. (more...)

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Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, May 8, 2016 - Sunday, May 8, 2016. (more...)

National Sawdust to Present 'Kaze (The Wind) / Harmonic Constellations' with Mari Kimura, 6/9
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

On June 9, National Sawdust, 80 N. Sixth Street, Brooklyn, will present 'Kaze (The Wind) / Harmonic Constellations,' an evening of two premieres starring Mari Kimura, the renowned violinist/composer who is best known for her use of subharmonics and interactive motion sensor technologies. The evening will offer debut performances of 'Kaze (The Wind),' an audio/visual chamber piece composed by Kimura, and 'Harmonic Constellations,' an entrancing work of microtonal harmonies composed for her by Michael Harrison. It will also unveil µgic, a new digital music controller, and launch two CDs. (more...)

Charles Busch, Lorna Luft & More Coming to Feinstein's/54 Below in June
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2016

This June, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin to Depart
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

?Derek Blount, Chairman, WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors today announced the departure of Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin who has accepted a position as Head of Fine Arts with Greenhill School in Addison.  Terry will begin his new position at Greenhill on July 1, 2016.   (more...)

Gettysburg Community Theatre Presents A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE This June
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2016

Gettysburg Community Theatre, the non-profit 501c3 organization located in the original Elks Lodge building at 49 York Street within the first block of Lincoln Square in historic downtown Gettysburg, will present their first non-musical in their 7 year history when they present the Pulitzer Prize Winning Drama A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. The show is playing two weekends only; Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 2pm June 17-26, 2016. Tickets can be ordered online at www.GettysburgCommunityTheatre.org or by calling 717-334-2692. (more...)

5TH ANNUAL BLUMEY AWARDS: Recognizes Excellence in High School Theater
by Quinn Austin - May 27, 2016

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UPDATE: Tickets for SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Starring Jake Gyllenhaal Now Sold Out
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

Tickets for the event went on sale at noon today, May 25th, and according to the event's official web site, they have now sold out! (more...)

Tony Braithwaite to Perform at Arden Theatre Company, 6/17-18
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

Arden Cabaret Series, in its inaugural season at the Arden Theatre Company, presents entertainer, actor and comedian Tony Braithwaite. Braithwaite will take the stage Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18, 2016, at 8pm in the Arden's 100-seat Studio Theatre at the Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. 2nd Street in Old City, Philadelphia. (more...)

The Fifth Annual Blumey Awards Winners Announced!
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

The fifth annual Blumenthal Performing Arts High School Musical Theater Awards culminated Sunday, May 22, at a gala award celebration where winners in 12 categories were announced and nominees for Best Actor, Best Actress and Wells Fargo Best Musical performed live on stage at the Belk Theater. The Blumey Awards were presented by Wells Fargo. (more...)

West End's SUNNY AFTERNOON Now Booking Into October 2016
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

Due to public demand, the multi-Olivier award-winning hit British musical SUNNY AFTERNOON has announced another extension to its West End run, until 29 October 2016. The extension will take the show's West End run past the two year mark. (more...)

Cabrillo Music Theatre's THE LITTLE MERMAID to Swim into TOCAP This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Now Cabrillo Music Theatre brings this amazing story to life with THE LITTLE MERMAID, live on stage! This is not simply a children's show - it's a brand-new fully-developed Broadway musical, in the spirit of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE LION KING, and MARY POPPINS, and Cabrillo Music Theatre's production will be the first in the region! (more...)

Fiasco Theater's INTO THE WOODS Headed to Menier Chocolate Factory
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

Following great critical success in New York, innovative and ground breaking theatre company Fiasco bring their enchanting reinvention of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's masterpiece Into The Woods to the Chocolate Factory this Summer. The production opens on 12 July, with previews from 1 July, and runs until 17 September. (more...)

Tony Award Countdown: 30 Years In 30 Days, Michael Crawford in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, 1988
by Michael Dale - May 16, 2016

Before taking on the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's international smash, Crawford was best known for his physical comedy. (more...)

BWW Review: Comedy Takes the Stand in Eventide's FORUM
by Kristen Morale - May 12, 2016

Everyone is familiar with the works of Stephen Sondheim, quite the musical genius himself: his contributions to everything from 'West Side Story' to 'Sweeney Todd' have really set him apart from others in the musical theater realm; his style is so eclectic, his music so beautiful, that any show which bears his name is most likely going to be something great. Not necessarily a fan of comedy but having great admiration for and desire to see any type of musical I have the opportunity of seeing, Sondheim's 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum' is a musical I have not had the pleasure of seeing before the Eventide Theatre Company showed me just how wonderful a show it truly it. The number of laughs and clever moments planned (and disasters diverted or avoided) are as plentiful as the amount of words in the title of this musical. The show is a farce, so anything and everything can happen, so long as one character's involvement in the continuous hoax is constantly given complete attention to and, ironically, prone to the greatest bout of almost far-fetched confusion that can be had. Yes, 'Forum' not only provides perpetual laughs had by both the sheer unknowingness of all the characters of what, exactly, is going on (not to mention each individual is quite the character on his/her own), but the music is wonderful and upbeat, the plot is lighthearted and there just really is not a reason to be mentioned why this musical is anything but pure, adulterated fun (which doesn't mean what you think!) Eventide should be extremely proud of this production now brought to their stage, and as this was my first time seeing it, I can now confidently share with others the enthusiasm felt that night as I watched magic unfold. (more...)

BWW Review: Rodgers and Sondheim's DO I HEAR A WALTZ? Elegantly Presented By Encores!
by Michael Dale - May 12, 2016

The 1965 musical version of Arthur Laurents' THE TIME OF THE CUCKOO is the only Rodgers and Sondheim musical. (more...)

Carole Demas, Kristoffer Lowe & More to Close Out Cabaret Series at Irvington Town Hall Theater
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

 Irvington Town Hall Theater in association with NiCori Studios and Productions announces the finale Cabaret on the Hudson for the 2015/2016 season on Sunday, April 10 at 3pm. Cabaret on the Hudson is a series that features outstanding cabaret performers, each bringing a 25 minute sampling of their New York City cabaret shows to Westchester, NY. Many of the performers are Broadway veterans and have performed in New York City venues such as 54 BELOW, the Oak Room at the Algonquin, Birdland, Feinstein's at Loews Regency, Iridium, the Metropolitan Room and Jazz at Lincoln Center to name a few. Cabaret on the Hudson will be hosted by multi-nominated Cabaret singer and host of the Music at the Mansion series, Corinna Sowers Adler and will feature James Horan on piano.   (more...)

Nathaniel Hackmann, James Leo Ryan & Kathryn Porterfield to Star in TUTS' OLIVER!; Full Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) has introduced the cast of Oliver! This classic comes to life on the stage from April 5 - 17, 2016 in Sarofim Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Nathan Lane in Talks to Join Andrew Garfield & More in National Theatre's ANGELS IN AMERICA
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

National Theatre's upcoming production of ANGELS IN AMERICA is close to enlisting a stage legend for its starry company. (more...)

Robin Sokoloff to Present Two New Plays & New York Launch of THE EASY HOUR
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

Robin Sokoloff and The Schulberts will present the newest musical by the writing/producing duo Charlie Schulman & Michael Roberts, GOLDSTEIN, directed by Christopher Scott. The musical, which is aimed for an Off-Broadway production, will be presented on Monday, June 13th at 7pm at Loft227 (227 W 29th Street). (more...)

Photo Flash: American Theater Company Presents XANADU
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

American Theater Company (ATC) opens musical comedy Xanadu, the final production of its Legacy Season, this Sunday, June 5. Presented as a tribute to ATC's late Artistic Director PJ Paparelli-a not-so-secret fan of this camp classic-Xanadu is directed by Lili-Anne Brown and runs at ATC now through July 17, 2016. The production has music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar and a book by Douglas Carter Beane, based on the 1980 Universal Pictures film of the same title. (more...)

Kathleen Marshall to Host 'A FUNNY THING HAPPENED' at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

Sometimes a single song can save a show. This June, three-time Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall comes to the Feinstein's/54 Below stage to share the nail-biting stories behind the 11th-hour songs that saved the day and became Broadway classics in "A Funny Thing Happened: Songs From The Road To Broadway," direct from a sold-out run at the 92nd Street Y. (more...)

Breaking News: Robert Fairchild, Mara Davi, Jason Tam, Sabrina Bryan & More Will Lead A CHORUS LINE at The Hollywood Bowl
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2016

Casting for the Hollywood Bowl's upcoming production of A Chorus Line, which won the Tony® Award for Best Musical, has been announced: Sabrina Bryan as Valerie Clark, Robert Fairchild as Mike Costa, Spencer Liff as Larry, Ross Lynch as Mark Anthony, in addition to Mara Davi as Maggie Winslow, Denis Lambert as Gregory Gardner, J. Elaine Marcos as Connie Wong, Jason Tam as Paul San Marco, and Leigh Zimmerman as Sheila Bryant. Additional casting will be announced at a later date. (more...)

Nathan Lane, Susan Brown and James McArdle Join the National Theatre's ANGELS IN AMERICA
by Marianka Swain - Jun 14, 2016

The National Theatre confirms today that Susan Brown, Nathan Lane, James McArdle, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett will join Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough and Russell Tovey in the cast of Tony Kushner's Angels in America. (more...)

Rehearsals for Fiasco Theater's INTO THE WOODS at Menier Chocolate Factory Now Underway
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

Following their success at the Tony Awards last night, where they won Best Musical Revival for The Color Purple and Cynthia Erivo won Best Actress in a Musical, the Menier Chocolate Factory announces that rehearsals start today in New York for innovative and ground breaking theatre company Fiasco's enchanting reinvention of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's masterpiece Into The Woods. Both Sondheim and Lapine will join the company in rehearsal this week. The production opens on 12 July at the Menier, with previews from 1 July, and runs until 17 September. (more...)

TexARTS' A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Opens Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

TexARTS will present "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" as part of our fully-staged youth summer musical. This is the eighth year TexARTS has offered this summer musical theatre intensive program. Over thirty students rehearse the summer musical during a three-week camp with nationally recognized guest artists. The summer program concludes with two performances opened to the public on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 at 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for June 13-19, Featuring Nicolette Robinson, The Skivvies, and More!
by Louisa Brady - Jun 12, 2016

Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: A Funny Thing Happened: Songs from the Road to Broadway; Broadway's Best Musical Comedy Stars!; Tom Wopat at The Metropolitan Room; The Skivvies at 54 Below; and Nicolette Robinson at 54 Below. (more...)

Summer Stages: BWW Top Picks for Summer Theater in West Virginia
by Johnna Leary - Jun 10, 2016

Opposite of many summer stock seasons offering Golden Age musicals and classic plays, theaters in West Virginia this summer will offer many new, thought-provoking premieres, modern twists on classic works of theater and contemporary musicals in some of the state's professional theaters. Listed below are four of the top picks for live theater shows this summer, but these are only a small offering of the many fantastic performances and live theater seasons occurring in West Virginia. (more...)

Thank You For Coming Out to Team Up with FUN HOME for Improv Workshop
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2016

In anticipation of Pride Week, Thank You For Coming Out (TYFCO) is teaming up with Fun Home to hold an improv workshop benefiting the organizations I'm From Driftwood and How We G.L.O.W. Each of the four groups amplify the LGBTQ voice in a different way and aim to promote an understanding among communities. This workshop will encourage empathy, inclusivity and acceptance within the LGBTQ community by using and teaching the ideals of improv - listening, trust, respect, affirmation and connection with each other through the principle of Yes, And. TYFCO and Fun Home's main goal is that both I'm From Driftwood and How We G.L.O.W. can take what they learned back to their organizations and continue to inspire others. (more...)

The Skivvies, Nicolette Robinson & More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2016

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

ShawChicago to Present MARK TWAIN IN PERSON
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2016

ShawChicago presents Jeff Award nominee Richard Henzel performing in his signature piece, Mark Twain In Person. This production will be at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60610 on June 20 at 7 PM. Dessert and wine reception will follow the performance. (more...)

VIOLET, SWEENEY TODD & More Set for Skylight Music Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

Skylight Music Theatre Artistic Director Viswa Subbaraman today announced Skylight Music Theatre's 2016-17 Season. (more...)

Bristol Riverside Theatre to Close 2015-16 Season with MAN OF LA MANCHA
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

Bristol Riverside Theatre concludes its 2015-2016 season daring audiences to "dream the impossible dream" with the ever-popular musical Man of La Mancha running May 10-June 5.  With music by Mitch Leigh, lyrics by Joe Darion, and book by Dale Wasserman, the production is directed by Keith Baker and features the triumphant return of Gypsy star Robert Newman, joined by Sharon Alexander, Julian Brightman, Lauren Cupples, Robert Farruggia, Tamra Hayden, Christopher Roche, Danny Rutigliano, Dwayne Alistair Thomas, and Danny Vaccaro.  The cast is supplemented by the ensemble of Rajeer Alford, Daniel Bontempo, Elena Camp, Will Connell, Stephan Dagrosa, John DiFerdinando, Adam Hoyak, Kevin Murray, and Victor Rodriguez. (more...)

MIDNIGHT AT THE NEVER GET Extends at Don't Tell Mama
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

The premiere staging of the new musical MIDNIGHT AT THE NEVER GET, which opens this week at Manhattan cabaret institution Don't Tell Mama, has announced that it will extend. A fifth performance will be added to the limited run due to popular demand. The show, which stars Sam Bolen and Mark Sonnenblick, was written by Sonnenblick, and directed by Don't Tell Mama's Associate Director of Programming Max Friedman. (more...)

2016 Blumey Awards Nominations Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Blumenthal Performing Arts is pleased to announce the 72 nominees - six each in 12 categories - competing in the 5th Annual High School Musical Theater Awards, also known as The Blumey Awards, presented by Wells Fargo on Sunday, May 22, in Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. (more...)

Broadway Experts Set for TexARTS Summer Intensive
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

?TexARTS will offer a series of Masters' Workshops led by Broadway veterans during its annual Summer Musical Theatre Intensive, this year's production will be Stephen Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Joining in the line-up is Broadway casting director, Jay Binder, premiere acting coach, Matthew Corozine and former Rockette Kelly King. (more...)

Ed Hoopman, Erica Spyres and Mark Pierre to Lead Lyric Stage's PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston's 2015-16 season closes with an acclaimed new play (partly inspired by the theatricality of Nicholas Nickleby) that uses ingenious stagecraft, the talents of a dozen of our favorite actors, and the limitless possibilities of your imagination to create theatrical magic. (more...)

Murder Mystery Classic LAURA to Play Stoneham Theatre This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

Everyone is a suspect in the murder of Laura Hunt, an irresistibly attractive business woman trying to make her way in the world of advertising. A hard-boiled detective on the case becomes infatuated with her portrait after reading her memoirs, but her closest friends don't trust him. The twists and turns of this film noir classic, adapted for the stage, will have you guessing whodunit. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Red Bull Theater's SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL Celebrates Opening Night
by Jennifer Broski - Apr 25, 2016

Red Bull Theater's production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL, directed by Marc Vietor, opened just last night, April 24.  BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside the special night below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Brent Hill, Esther Hannaford, and More in Adelaide's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2016

The cult musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors has commenced its Australian Tour. Starring Brent Hill and Esther Hannaford, the production premiered at Hayes Theatre Co in Sydney to rave reviews and will be followed by seasons in Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and a newly announced Sydney return season. (more...)

Photo Coverage: First look at Little Theatre Off Broadway's A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM: the Musical
by Jerri Shafer - Apr 22, 2016

A musical, non-stop laugh-fest with plot twists and turns, cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for his freedom. (more...)

SISTER ACT, WEST SIDE STORY & More Set for Theatre By The Sea's Summer 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

 Bill Hanney is pleased to announce the full lineup for the 2016 Summer Season at the historic Theatre By The Sea (TBTS). (more...)

10 on Tuesday with...Bill Larkin
by Misha Davenport - Apr 19, 2016

Chicago musical funny man Bill Larkin sits down for 10 on Tuesday (more...)

Red Bull Theater's Starry SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL Opens This Sunday
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

This Sunday (April 24th) marks the opening of Red Bull Theater (Jesse Berger, Artistic Director) production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL, directed by Marc Vietor. (more...)

BWW Features: Rachel Black: The exception that proves the rule
by Caroline Sposto - Apr 18, 2016

Majoring in Theatre is a bold decision. Committing four formative years and thousands of dollars ought to pay off. College costs have increased exponentially, and (STEM) science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors seem to be the only sought after grads these days. This is why, according to The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, only 8% of today's college students are majoring in humanities. (more...)

BWW Review: American Stage in the Park Presents MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
by Peter Nason - Apr 18, 2016

Michael Ray, Chris Crawford and Scott Daniel dazzle in this hilarious musical. (more...)

Middlebury Community Players to Present A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

? It's a toga party!  Middlebury Community Players presents one of the brightest and funniest musicals ever written, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, at the Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, Vermont.  Opening April 28 and closing May 7, the show runs Thursday through Sunday the first weekend and Thursday through Saturday the second weekend.  Showtimes are 8:00 for April 28, 29, 30 and May 5, 6 and 7 with 2:00 matinees on May 1 and 7.  Tickets are $15 for the Thursday shows, $23 for all other performances ($18 for students with ID), and can be purchased at the box office, (802) 382-9222, or online at www.townhalltheater.org.  ASL interpretation will be available at the May 1 show. (more...)

New Schulman & Roberts Musical GOLDSTEIN to Receive Industry Presentation
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

Manhattan Musical Theater Lab and The Schulberts will present the newest musical by the writing/producing duo Charlie Schulman & Michael Roberts, GOLDSTEIN, directed by Christopher Scott. The musical, which is aimed for an Off-Broadway production, will be presented on Friday, April 15 at 3pm and Monday, April 18 at 7pm at the Actors Temple Theatre (339 West 47th Street). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Red Bull Theater's THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

Opening Night is set for April 24th for the Red Bull Theater production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL, directed by Marc Vietor. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Award-winning Psychological Thriller DEATH AND THE MAIDEN Comes to Melville Theatre This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2016

An Olivier Award-winning play comes to Melville Theatre this May, looking at what happens when a former political prisoner confronts her alleged tormentor years later. (more...)

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