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Theater & art

For period-loving star, a role in ‘Pygmalion’

WILLIAMSTOWN — Robert Sean Leonard wasn’t buying it.

Inside an airy upstairs rehearsal room at Williamstown Theatre Festival, in front of tall windows framing the distant Berkshire Hills, Leonard was trying to find his way through a moment in Act 4 of “Pygmalion.” Reprising a role he played to acclaim earlier this year at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, he was Professor Henry Higgins, having it out with Heather Lind’s Eliza Doolittle, who has decided to leave him. Something in the way Leonard had been asked to move across the stage struck him as false.

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