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Theater returns to Aleppo amid war

Locals in rebel-held Aleppo defied air raids and artillery shells to see the first play to be held in the area since the Syrian uprising began.
Civilians walk past damaged buildings in Aleppo's eastern district of Tariq al-Bab September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Hosam Katan (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) - RTR481GO

ALEPPO, Syria — When you hear that a theatrical show will be performed in a rebel-controlled area of Aleppo, one might be forgiven for assuming it was a joke in the wake of destruction, devastation and death.

You smile and laugh a bit. Then, you look at the invitation card … Yes, there is a theatrical show on stage … a real stage, with sound effects, lighting and actors.

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