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THE ASHTRAY By Errol Morris. (University of Chicago, $30.) In 1972, Thomas Kuhn, the philosopher of science who invented the idea of “paradigm shifts,” threw an ashtray at Morris, then a graduate student. The two disagreed about the nature…

Shortly after beginning her first season as assistant conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra four years ago, Karina Canellakis got one of those big breaks. The orchestra’s music director, Jaap van Zweden, was injured, and she was asked to…

This season’s Broadway revival of “Children of a Lesser God” will close this month, its run shortened because of weak sales. The play’s lead producer, Hal Luftig, announced late Tuesday that he would close the production on May 27,…

Theater is a collaboration but not usually a commune. That may help explain why Caryl Churchill’s “Light Shining in Buckinghamshire” — which she wrote, in 1976, after a three-week workshop with actors helping to develop the characters and scenes…