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Toni Morrison
Next season at Center Stage: 'Jazz,' Sondheim, Mamet
Next season at Center Stage: 'Jazz,' Sondheim, Mamet

The theme of Center Stage's 2011-2012 season might be summed up as rhythm — from the distinctive beat of "Jazz," a world premiere adapted from the Toni Morrison novel of that name, to the percussive profanity of David Mamet's "American Buffalo"; from the improvised patter of Second City to the intricate rhymes and melodic pulse of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods." "We're willing not to play it safe," said Center Stage resident dramaturg Gavin Witt, who helped plan the season with what he described as "a think tank" of senior management. This is the first lineup in two decades not generated by Irene Lewis, who...