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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 ...

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    Taking a Beating

    Because of his latest work, Bully, some critics and audience members are calling filmmaker Larry Clark a pornographer.

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    Charlayne Woodard & Marc Wolf

    Charlayne Woodard and Marc Wolf are two actors who have perfected their abilities to tell stories. Their respective solo shows In Real Life and Another American: Asking and Telling (performing in repertory at the Mark Taper Forum) are clear indications of their polished skills.

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    Down With the Real People

    When Irish actor Stephen Rea was shooting The Crying Game, he played opposite non-actor Jaye Davidson.

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    Restless Jester

    Actor and clown Bill Irwin arrives for an interview in American Conservatory Theater's conference room wearing a baseball cap and sweatshirt. Tall, rangy, and blue-eyed, his Irish lineage evident in his fair complexion and clean-cut features, he might be mistaken for a Little League coach but for the dog-eared ...

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    Really Scared

    I recently watched a perfectly good stage actor indicate fear and horror by bugging out his eyes. I couldn't really blame him. Playing panic convincingly was always one of my Achilles' heels, too. I remember in one screwball comedy, no matter how much I tried to imagine that I ...

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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 ...