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MOCA has lacked an effective director for nearly 20 years. It's time for change

For art museums, is there a director’s gene? A distinctive bit of DNA material that distinguishes between a successful museum director and a successful curator?

If so, the Museum of Contemporary Art needs to start DNA testing of potential candidates to fill the directorship being vacated by Philippe Vergne.

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MOCA director Philippe Vergne to depart

The Museum of Contemporary Art, ensconced in uncertainty and internal strife for months, announced Friday that director Philippe Vergne is leaving.

The board of trustees will not renew Vergne’s five-year contract, which expires in March. The museum said the decision was mutual.

MOCA announced the news to staffers in a morning meeting Friday.

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In Atwater, a dark secret at the center of 'Forever Bound'

Suspending disbelief for Steve Apostolina’s play “Forever Bound” premiering at the Atwater Village Theatre proves a tall order.

Not that the production doesn’t feature many obvious virtues, including Ann Hearn Tobolowsky’s crackerjack direction and an able cast, including Apostolina himself, along with French Stewart, Rob Nagle and Emily Goss, all excellent.

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'Solo' hits the big screen minus one classic 'Star Wars' moment: the Fox Fanfare

When “Solo” blasts into theaters Friday, audiences will hear Chewbacca’s trademark growl, the not-always-reliable engine of the Millennium Falcon and even the music of John Williams, who composed new themes for the latest episode in the expanding “Star Wars” universe.

What they won’t hear is a piece of music that heralded all the early “Star Wars” movies: the 20th Century Fox Fanfare.

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The 99-Seat Beat: An immersive stage adaptation of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'
The Actors Co-op production of 'Violet' might make you believe in miracles

Like its title character, the small-scale musical “Violet” wishes merely to be seen, whole and true.

Set in September 1964, the story follows Violet — in her late 20s, her face disfigured by a childhood accident — as she travels across the South looking for a miracle.

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