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Mike Nichols' theater legacy: Laughter and tears with equal genius
Mike Nichols' theater legacy: Laughter and tears with equal genius

Whenever Mike Nichols worked in the theater, it was inevitably an event, the focal point of the season — the show you simply had to get tickets to or be left in the conversational cold. When he directed “Waiting for Godot” with Steve Martin and Robin Williams at Lincoln Center’s relatively small Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in 1988, Broadway was suddenly in eclipse. When he directed “The Seagull” in Central Park with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Natalie Portman in 2001, theatergoers were camped outside the Public Theater hoping to score a seat for the next night’s show. I knew I arrived as a critic when my request to the publicist at the...

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