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    Andrew Ableson & Jeff Sugarman

    Andrew Ableson and Jeff Sugarman, currently appearing in Orson's Shadow at the Black Dahlia Theatre—as, respectively, Kenneth Tynan and Laurence Olivier—each carved out an impressive resumé prior to relocating to Los Angeles. Ableson, an English native with a background in multimedia performance, has numerous London stage credits ...

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    Beau and Jordan Bridges

    It helps to have a father who knows a little something about the biz—and a grandfather, an uncle, two brothers, and a sister. Indeed there's no shortage of talent in the acting dynasty started by actor Lloyd Bridges. Yet more than simply offering his sons that first break ...

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    God Channel

    Surely there is nothing more challenging for the modern stage actor than the Greek tragedies. By contrast even Shakespeare seems contemporary. A Greek play was originally a one-time event staged in an outdoor amphitheatre for thousands—the townspeople en masse. Tradesmen participated as the generic chorus. Actors wore masks to ...

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    Caroline Aaron: Back to the Source

    Not that long ago, had you told Caroline Aaron she would trade her cramped but beloved New York digs for a home in Los Angeles, she'd have called you crazy. But that's exactly what happened to the veteran stage and screen actor when she came to L.A ...

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    A Very Brady Sequel

    If you don't know who Wayne Brady is, you will. Many have already enjoyed his hilarious antics on the ABC improvisational comedy show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, hosted by Drew Carey. The talented Brady hopes if he keeps playing his cards right, audiences will get to know him ...

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    Self-Employed

    by Laura Weinert

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    Billy Dee Williams Revisited

    It's been a while since Billy Dee Williams has shaken things up on-screen, but his latest performance in Jordan Walker-Pearlman's distinguished first film, The Visit, due in theatres next month, should remind audiences just how effective this actor can be when given strong material. He was recently nominated ...

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    Theatrical at Heart

    What on earth is it about ABBA? Is it the buoyancy of the music—its shameless, unadulterated pop-ness? The fanciful, shiny, out-there costumes? The beat? The fantastic fusion of the voices of the four members—Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, and Agnetha Faltskog? Some people may scoff, but anyone ...

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    Laura Kenny Quite a Character

    If Laura Kenny had been around in 1930s and '40s Hollywood, it's a good bet that this mainstay of Seattle's theatre scene would have been cast in the kind of roles that kept Marjorie Main, Marie Dressler, Thelma Ritter, and other such successful character actresses in demand. As ...

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    Serving His Material

    Back Stage West recently caught up with the New York-based Steve Buscemi while he was visiting Los Angeles to promote his second feature directorial effort, Animal Factory, based on the novel by reformed felon and ex-convict Edward Bunker, who co-produced the film and adapted the screenplay with Buscemi. Animal Factory ...