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    Defining Moments

    I find it difficult not to bring up the events of Sept. 11 when doing press interviews these days. That is because many of us in the industry feel a little silly talking about such relatively unimportant things as movies. Laura Dern, thankfully, reminded me that as much as our ...

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    Rosario Dawson: Kid No More

    Rosario Dawson had no acting experience prior to her breakout performance in the 1995 controversial film Kids. Director Larry Clark spotted Dawson while she was sitting on the stoop of her Manhattan home and cast her in his unrehearsed cinema verité-style film.

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    Shaw's Second Sex

    For an actress with an affinity for classics of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, one of the most pleasurable challenges, along with tackling the flawed heroines of Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekhov, must be to play one of George Bernard Shaw's smart, loquacious, thoroughly modern Millies.

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    Local Heroes

    In the past, Theatre LA's board of governors has given out two special Ovation Awards—the James A. Doolittle Award for Leadership in Theatre, and the Career Achievement Award—to folks with little in common.

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    His Way

    Some say fame changes a person. I hoped that was not the case with Billy Bob Thornton, with whom I first had the pleasure of speaking five years ago when Sling Blade was about to put him on the map. Back then, at the beginning of the wave of attention ...

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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.