Martin Andrucki, a Bates College professor of art, was talking about Oliver Cromwell and the repression of theater in England during the Reformation when he pointed over the heads of a dozen Colby, Bowdoin and Bates students, past a double-decker bus that was careening through London's Bloomsbury Square, and down toward The Strand a few blocks away. "There's a place called The Temple Bar. Have you seen it??" he asked. "That's the boundary between the City of London and Westminster." It marks the line between the city, where theater and dancing were forbidden in the 1640s, and the West End- Westminster, Kensington, Mayfair and Soho- where, 350 years after Cromwell scowled at their sacrilegious play acting, theaters still thrive.

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