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Theater & art

Stage Review

Roles of a lifetime in ‘Vera Stark’

The very title of Lynn Nottage’s “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark’’ makes clear how the rest of the world sees Vera: as an afterthought.

But Vera, an African-American maid in the 1930s, sees herself in an entirely different light. She is aiming at, and planning for, a career on the big screen.

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