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Deaf West revisits 'Spring Awakening' with fresh vigor at the Wallis
Deaf West revisits 'Spring Awakening' with fresh vigor at the Wallis

Deaf West Theatre has a way of reimagining musicals. The company's practice of assigning certain roles to two actors, one singing, the other signing, opens the art form up to deaf performers and theatergoers. But it's more than just that: At its best, this approach to casting throws fresh aesthetic light on shows we assumed we already knew. Certainly that was the case with the company's most famous production, "Big River," which made it to Broadway in 2003 and was honored with a Tony for theatrical excellence. A 2009 revival of "Pippin" at the Mark Taper Forum found new communicative purposes for an army of Bob Fosse jazz hands. And a fresh take on...

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