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    Crossing the Line

    "She could be abrasive. She could scare the shit out of people," a former student of the late Uta Hagen told Back Stage West columnist Jean Schiffman. Though famous for her tough-love techniques, Hagen had a reputation for also treating her students as colleagues and never putting them down. Hagen ...

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    Illuminating Reality

    Liev Schreiber has filled pretty big shoes as an actor. He played Orson Welles in the TV movie RKO 281, which chronicled the making of Citizen Kane and made insane dedication appealing. He stepped into the Laurence Harvey role in last year's remake of The Manchurian Candidate, holding his ...

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    Help From Her Friends

    For Jill Soloway, becoming a writer began with Courteney Cox's Asshole. That was the name of the short story—a humorous tale about work, fame, and the bleaching of certain areas told from the point of view of a celebrity's personal assistant—that Soloway felt finally legitimized her ...

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    ACTOR'S ACTOR Purefoy, James Purefoy

    James Purefoy may not be a household name, but that's just how the British actor likes it. Though he's worked steadily for the last 20 years and watched his theatre co-stars Jude Law and Joseph Fiennes go on to fame and fortune in American movies, Purefoy was more ...

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    Grounded for Life

    Eugene Levy gives new meaning to the term "character actor." Over the course of his career, he has delivered an entire cast of distinctive personas, from idiot newscaster Earl Camembert in SCTV and gentle, out-of-it folksinger Mitch Cohen in A Mighty Wind to endearing, hopelessly unhip Jim's Dad in ...

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    Test Flight

    The first time I saw Margaret Easley onstage was in July 2003, when I was reviewing a show at the ACME Comedy Theatre. As female actors don't always fare so well in the sketch medium, I was impressed by the women in the ensemble of The Sunday Show Reloaded ...

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    Hit List

    In an industry in which it's all too tempting to pigeonhole actors into a "type," it's interesting that Gary Cole seems to have cornered the market on two types of characters that couldn't be further apart. With his all-American good looks and an innate air of seriousness ...

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    Going for the Gold

    Jeremy Piven knows agents, as anyone who has seen his ferocious, take-no-prisoners, Emmy-nominated performance on HBO's Entourage can attest. Piven embodies the fast-talking, Viagra-swilling überagent Ari Gold with an accuracy that is frequently frightening and consistently entertaining. It's also a persona most actors are probably all too familiar ...

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    Paul Provenza still remembers the first time he

    Paul Provenza still remembers the first time he heard the joke. "I was about 18 or 19. I had just started doing standup and was hanging at the Improv in New York," says the actor-comedian, with a fond smile. "I was huddled around a table with a bunch of people ...

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    Diane Lane is not entirely at ease being a movie

    Diane Lane is not entirely at ease being a movie star. A versatile, under-the-radar actor, yes—but a celebrity? She's still working on that. "I'm trying to get comfortable with the idea of expectation, I'm trying to get comfortable with the idea of some form of accountability ...