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    Deborah Kara Unger: Talent Will Out

    Few actors manage the transition between independent and studio films so effortlessly as Deborah Kara Unger. Since the beginning of her career—in the 1989 miniseries Bangkok Hilton—Unger has alternated between studio films such as Payback and The Game and indies such as Sunshine and Thirteen, the only consistent ...

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    Laura Kenny Quite a Character

    If Laura Kenny had been around in 1930s and '40s Hollywood, it's a good bet that this mainstay of Seattle's theatre scene would have been cast in the kind of roles that kept Marjorie Main, Marie Dressler, Thelma Ritter, and other such successful character actresses in demand. As ...

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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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    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 ...

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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.