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    Lea Salonga: Her Own Rules

    In her native country of the Philippines, Lea Salonga has long been recognized for her accomplishments in the entertainment business. But it wasn't until she assumed the role of Kim in the hit Broadway musical Miss Saigon that she received the same kind of recognition here in the States.

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    The Shows Must Go On

    It's been exactly a month since the world as we know it changed. Among theatre folks, our colleagues in New York are suffering the most from the fallout of Sept. 11, being so physically close to the tragedy and in many cases losing their jobs (if not their friends ...

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    Etta Murfitt & Will Kemp

    They play larger-than-life 1950s American types, denizens of an auto repair shop in a sweltering town: He plays Angelo, a sweet boy seduced by a rugged drifter named Luca, framed for murder, imprisoned, and seeking retribution at any cost; she's Rita, his sweetheart and the town's emotional caretaker ...

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    Giving Pause

    Those famous pauses; the mystery-and-menace quotient; the edgy, comic tone; the musical everyday language; the characters' erratic behavior—acting in the plays of Harold Pinter is a challenge. (Americans have the additional unavoidable burden of the British accents.)

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    Pulling Truth

    "I was very red-ee-kull." "You were very what?" I asked.

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    Team of One

    Vivica A. Fox prides herself on playing strong characters with mass sex appeal—a beauty with brains, if you will. Her list of credits reflects this goal, undeniably. Of course, the strength came after the sex appeal.

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    Learning a New Language

    If you've ever found yourself befuddled trying to take direction on the set, you'll be happy to know that some directors—not satisfied with what they've learned in film school (or on the job) about working with actors—are taking independent acting classes, either as observers or ...

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    Reluctant Raconteur

    Deep in the View Askew Production bungalow at CBS studios in Burbank, Kevin Smith lightly tapped his cigarette lighter on his desk. Like the desks of most creative people, it overflows with papers and random objects, among them an Advil bottle placed haphazardly atop one pile and a Playboy magazine ...

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    Nothing Doing

    Before I ever had my first formal acting class, I took improvisation classes. San Francisco old-timers may remember the Committee and its offshoot, the Wing, and the public workshops the Wing held in North Beach.

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    Holly Cruikshank: Height of Her Craft

    Eye-catching banners showing a jazzy blonde in a little yellow dress hang over L.A.'s busiest streets, advertising Contact's run at the Ahmanson. But Holly Cruikshank, a stunningly beautiful brunette, is starring as the Girl in the Yellow Dress. What does it feel like to work a lifetime ...