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An ad for a StageNorth theater production of “The Vagina Monologues” had the word “vagina” X-ed out when it appeared in Monday’s Ashland Daily Press. A newspaper spokesman said the company didn’t want to offend elderly readers or children. Theater members were surprised by the controversy.

Censored theater ad stirs debate in Ashland

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By Christa Lawler / Duluth News Tribune

The word “vagina” in the title of a StageNorth theater production that opens this week is mostly obscured beneath five X’s — at least in the advertisement that ran in Monday’s Ashland Daily Press.

It’s a doctored version of the title of the popular Eve Ensler play “The Vagina Monologues,” which runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and includes a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday at the theater in Washburn.

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