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    How to Make the Best of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

    Peter Michael Marino gives tips on how to make your show a success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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    Playing Cops (and Robbers Too)

    Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I played a police officer on stage. I immediately discovered why cops walk in that funny, lumbering way: It's the holster. It gets in the way of holding your arms straight down at your sides.

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    Chris DeCarlo and Evelyn Rudie Dispense Common Submission Sense

    Santa Monica Playhouse co-artistic directors Chris DeCarlo and Evelyn Rudie want to see smarter submissions.

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    Be a Smart Actor

    Knowing what to use and when to use it is important for your success as an actor. You can't bring the whole kitchen sink in with you every time you go to perform or audition.

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    The Technique of Process

    What inspires you? What blocks you? What rocks you? What delights and repels you?

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    Hey, Teach!

    With apologies to Paul Simon, there must be 50 ways to find a teacher. Check out the Back, Jack. Back Stage, that is, and other trade publications with ads and listings.

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    All Alone

    Solo theater is not standup comedy. Solo theater is acting. You take the emotional journey—as every character in the play.

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    'Improvising' in Scripted Comedy

    I'm often asked by people who have seen "The 39 Steps"—in which I'm performing on Broadway, along with Jill Paice, Jeffery Kuhn, and Sean Mahon—how much of the show is improvised.

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    Life Coach Justina Vail Wants You to be Happy

    Justina Vail, author of "How to Be a Happy Actor in a Challenging Business," explains the importance to your career of choosing happiness.

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    Acting as Dating

    We hear this all the time: Be willing to suffer for your art. But how do you know if you even want to make the necessary sacrifices to be an actor?