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For Mary Zimmerman, overseeing 'Guys and Dolls' at the Wallis, it starts with imagination

For Mary Zimmerman, overseeing 'Guys and Dolls' at the Wallis, it starts with imagination

In the center of the rehearsal room stands a cluster of men of all ages and sizes. They're in street clothes, but from their loose postures and colorful New York patois, they are instantly recognizable as the semi-shady, thoroughly lovable gamblers of "Guys and Dolls."

Director Mary Zimmerman has microscoped in on about 10 seconds of comic movement and is fine-tuning from the sideline.

She instructs the clump of gamblers, along with an insistent police lieutenant and a nightclub chanteuse who's been waiting 14 long years to walk down the aisle, to creep two steps closer, then another two steps closer, to the reluctant groom, who backs an equal number of steps away....

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