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    Tapping Into History

    hile most 11-year-olds occupy their free time riding bicycles and playing video games, Newark, New Jersey-born Savion Glover was busy working on his flourishing career as a tap dancer at that age. Glover made his Broadway stage debut starring as the title role in the Tony Award-winning musical The Tap ...

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    Still Growing

    I had a feeling Matthew Broderick would be a little tired of any discussion remotely involving his 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. But it's impossible, I think, to not make some mention of Ferris when speaking of his career.

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    Scary Business

    Shakespeare did it. So did Molière and Harold Pinter, David Mamet and Sam Shepard. Even Tennessee Williams took his turn on the stage, late in his career. So it shouldn't surprise knowledgeable audiences at Houston's Alley Theatre that an actor they saw twice has returned—as a playwright.

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    On the Job

    Ned Beatty has about as many faces as the characters he's played—from a bumbling small-time politico in Robert Altman's 1975 film Nashville to the despotic head of a struggling broadcast company in Sidney Lumet's Network (earning Beatty his only Oscar nomination) to Lex Luthor's right-hand ...

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    Making Her Mark

    Beth Henley was depressed. The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright had reached that point in her life we all eventually come to, where we try to figure out the meaning of life and what the hell we're doing on this planet, anyway. Henley and a friend had been having dinner at ...

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    Ken Ruta Living Treasure

    Were he not the consummate classical and contemporary actor that he is, Ken Ruta would be an actor's actor just for the backstage stories he can tell. Now 67, the San Francisco-based performer and director has exquisite recall of an artistically (if not monetarily) rich life in the theatre ...

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    Reluctant Greatness

    organ Freeman would much rather show you what he does best than talk about his work. Actually, he'd rather be at home with his family on his 44-acre Mississippi farm than anywhere near a journalist's tape recorder. In a recent interview, this 63-year-old no-nonsense actor tried to play ...

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    Driving Out Demons

    Texas-born Del Shores and his Southern-fried humor—peppered with a dash of angst—seem to go together like biscuits and gravy. Yet his five plays have all premiered locally, so Los Angeles can truly claim this popular country-boy playwright as its own. In Shores' latest play, Southern Baptist Sissies, the ...

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    Scary Parts

    The first image that pops into my head when I think of Willem Dafoe is the scene in David Lynch's 1990 dark comedy Wild at Heart in which Dafoe, as the white-trash criminal Bobby Peru, proceeds to simultaneously repulse, terrorize, and even seduce Laura Dern's naïve character, Lula ...

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    Not Done Yet

    ack Stage West recently went backstage with Nora Dunn, who was in the midst of rehearsals for George Furth's reworked play Precious Sons. Dunn portrays a wife and mother of two in this darkly comic story set in the late 1940s. The play debuted on Broadway four years ago ...