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Theater & art

‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’ explores women’s roads not taken

“The generations change. But the choices remain the same.’’

That was the movie poster tagline — glib, catchy, possibly even containing a grain of truth — for 1977’s “The Turning Point.’’ Written by Arthur Laurents and directed by Herbert Ross, the film starred Shirley MacLaine as a woman who walked away from a potential career in ballet to raise a family, then envies the friend, played by Anne Bancroft, who danced her way to stardom. The dancer, meanwhile, battles her own wave of misgivings about the family life she missed out on.

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