PROBLEM: When the Glendale Centre Theatre in California began work on Pajama Game this summer, special effects designer Nick Van Houten wondered how to keep actors safe while the jealous Hines throws knives at a girlfriend he fears is cheating on him. “In a proscenium production, as a fellow deck crew friend of mine tells me, there is an operator scrunched inside the desk who releases the knives on cue [as the actor makes a throwing motion.]” Sounds like a plan — but ...

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