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    This Could Be You!!

    BackStage.com is sponsoring their second Great American Headshot/Resume Competition. If you missed it the first time, here's your shot to be featured on BackStage.com

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    Intimate Moments

    Playing off one another moment by moment is, along with strong objectives, perhaps the most important aspect of good acting.

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    Objectively Speaking

    Whenever I talk to practitioners about the craft of acting—which I do constantly for this column—there is one technique that is always mentioned, no matter what approach we're investigating, no matter what the medium (film, TV, stage), no matter whether we're discussing auditions or performances.

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    Knight Vision

    Ian McKellen has a face for the movies—one of the great faces, it now seems. This was not always self-evident: Photos of the venerated actor in early stage and screen performances—and even as recently as such films as Scandal, Cold Comfort Farm, and The Ballad of Little Jo ...

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    All of Her

    Great actors bring all of themselves to any role. In the case of Helen Mirren, that's a lot—decades of both wild living and sedate gardening, and a dizzyingly diverse career, from Shakespeare to soft porn, from itinerant avant-garde theatre to the BBC detective thriller she's still best ...

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    Simple Gifts

    Before undertaking a Molière play, it's helpful to know something about the enormously popular 17th century French comic playwright. Born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin in Paris, son of a successful tradesman, he left his social class for the lowly life of an actor. Acting, writing, directing, and managing his own theatre ...

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    Quick-Change Artists

    Quick costume changes—which delight audiences and turn backstage into a living hell—are a common feature of contemporary plays. So says South Coast Repertory costume designer Shigeru Yaji. "A lot are written like screenplays," he explained, "so the times and places change with short scene after short scene."

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    Almost Famous

    The first thing you should know about Billy Crudup is that he has no intentions of selling out.

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    Wishing Well

    Last year at this time, for this column, I asked actors what their New Year's resolutions were. The responses were personal and varied. One actor talked about resolving to enter auditions as herself, not as who she felt she was expected to be. Another was determined to get cast ...

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    Lesley Fera: Going Bold

    Lesley Fera has the prettiest dress. It's a long thing, a deep shade of red with a sheer black sheath over it, and it has that sort of smoky allure that only a few women can carry off.