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  • The tribute to Ms. Bausch, the late German performer and choreographer, "Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: World Cities 2012," is at Sadler's Wells ( sadlerswells.com) June 6-July 9, while Mr. Wilson directs Philip Glass's four-act, five-hour opera "Einstein on the Beach" at the Barbican, May 4-13 (ticket holders are encouraged to leave their seats when called to by nature—or thirst or hunger).

    All of Britain Will Be a Stage

  • Helpfully, movie audiences spurred to see the actual ballet at the center of Mr. Aronofsky's overwrought film could have more than a few "Swan Lake" misconceptions corrected by attending American Ballet Theatre's two-act reworking of the onetime four-act work, which began a weeklong run on Monday.

    These Ladies of the Lake Sprout No Feathers

  • Helpfully, movie audiences spurred to see the actual ballet at the center of Mr. Aronofsky's overwrought film could have more than a few "Swan Lake" misconceptions corrected by attending American Ballet Theatre's two-act reworking of the onetime four-act work, which began a weeklong run on Monday.

    These Ladies of the Lake Sprout No Feathers

  • This modern staging of Cinderella, as told in Jules Massenet's four-act opera, features Anne-Catherine Gillet, Rinat Shaham, Sophie Marilley and Frédéric Antoun in the lead roles, with musical direction by Alain Altinoglu and Samuel Jean.

    What's On Around Europe

  • The story first inspired a four-act ballet of that name in St. Petersburg in 1864.

    Forgoing the Classics, but Still Nothing New

  • Almost blind and 90 years old, Alicia Alonso, Cuba's prima ballerina assoluta, presents an unforgettable three-act incarnation of Tchaikovsky's classic, four-act ballet with her Ballet Nacional de Cuba.

    What's On Around Europe

  • Idle thought (not that I have any other kind): The "cold open" or the "teaser" in television series really fits that "four-act" structure well.

    More on Prologues

  • "We're drawing on the world of horror, fantasy and sci-fi [which is] very niche and typically relatable to a smaller audience, but how we structure the show itself is actually a pretty standard sitcom with a very standard four-act structure [including] a, b and c story lines," Devin said.

    Katla McGlynn: "Ugly Americans" Gives Modern Monsters a Home in New York City

  • First, the children entertained us with a four-act musical drama that told the story of the importance of educating young girls.

    Maura Keefe: Meeting the Women of Ghana

  • First, the children entertained us with a four-act musical drama that told the story of the importance of educating young girls.

    Meeting the Women of Ghana

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