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Theater & art

Critic’s Notebook

In gratitude for Michelle Obama’s applause

If you worry about the vitality and visibility of live performance in an increasingly screen-centric culture, Michelle Obama deserves a prominent spot on your list of people to be thankful for this weekend.

In the past four years, she hasn’t just given her regards to Broadway; she has repeatedly lent her headline-making presence to the theater — that indispensable yet perennially embattled art form — while embracing challenging fare, not just safe, escapist hits.

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