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    Moises Kaufman Finds Metaphor in Simon Gray's 'The Common Pursuit'

    Helming Roundabout Theatre production, experimental artist Moises Kaufman moves outside his comfort zone in tackling realistic play.

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    More Than 'Skin' Deep

    Playing a biographical figure poses a host of challenges—most pointedly accuracy, or at least capturing the person's essence.

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    Labor Pains

    Giving birth to a character in a new show has long been one of Alice Ripley's ambitions.

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    What's Up With... Anthony Michael Hall

    How you know him: Anthony Michael Hall first appeared on TV in the early 1980s in Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, The Gold Bug, and Jennifer's Journey. His first feature film break came in 1982 with Six Pack.

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    Clark Middleton & Christopher Thornton

    Actor Clark Middleton describes himself as "one ear short of being bionic." The proud owner of new hips, knees, and a shoulder—replaced due to rheumatoid arthritis—was just recovering from surgery a few years ago when playwright John Belluso handed him the script for his new piece, The Body ...

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    Zoe Caldwell & Judith Ivey

    Opera and Broadway mesh this week when the Los Angeles Opera presents its first-ever summer event, A Little Night Music. It stars Zoe Caldwell as the grande dame Madame Armfeldt and Judith Ivey as her actress-daughter Desirée in one of Stephen Sondheim's best-known musicals.

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    Australian for Actor

    Without question, Cate Blanchett's physical elegance permeates her roles. Like a dancer, she seems to have complete physical and emotional control over her onscreen work, lending her characters dignity—whether they are queens or housewives. But forget her gracefulness for a second, and what soon becomes clear is the ...

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    Idris Elba Has Been a Gangster, a Gumshoe, and Now a God

    Idris Elba's casting in "Thor" prompted grumblings among fanboy purists. The actor is playing a character who was white in the Marvel comic.  "It is what it is," Elba says. "People are shallow."

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    Shira Lazar: A Back Stage Exclusive

    "I love people, and the Internet happens to have the most people," says Shira Lazar. A web early adopter, she brings old-school journalistic chops to covering the world of new media.

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    Making Her Mark

    Beth Henley was depressed. The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright had reached that point in her life we all eventually come to, where we try to figure out the meaning of life and what the hell we're doing on this planet, anyway. Henley and a friend had been having dinner at ...