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    'Acting-Shmacting'

    Rubinek is refreshingly straightforward. Though he is delighted to be playing Dr. Arthur "Artie" Nelson, the mysterious yet methodical Secret Service agent on Syfy's "Warehouse 13," he says much of the acting is "shmacting.

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    Labor Pains

    Giving birth to a character in a new show has long been one of Alice Ripley's ambitions.

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    Shira Lazar: A Back Stage Exclusive

    "I love people, and the Internet happens to have the most people," says Shira Lazar. A web early adopter, she brings old-school journalistic chops to covering the world of new media.

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    Moises Kaufman Finds Metaphor in Simon Gray's 'The Common Pursuit'

    Helming Roundabout Theatre production, experimental artist Moises Kaufman moves outside his comfort zone in tackling realistic play.

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    Zoe Caldwell & Judith Ivey

    Opera and Broadway mesh this week when the Los Angeles Opera presents its first-ever summer event, A Little Night Music. It stars Zoe Caldwell as the grande dame Madame Armfeldt and Judith Ivey as her actress-daughter Desirée in one of Stephen Sondheim's best-known musicals.

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    Australian for Actor

    Without question, Cate Blanchett's physical elegance permeates her roles. Like a dancer, she seems to have complete physical and emotional control over her onscreen work, lending her characters dignity—whether they are queens or housewives. But forget her gracefulness for a second, and what soon becomes clear is the ...

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    More Than 'Skin' Deep

    Playing a biographical figure poses a host of challenges—most pointedly accuracy, or at least capturing the person's essence.

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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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    Adapting and Adopting

    "Orphan" marks the first produced screenplay by David Leslie Johnson, who crafted a chilling and compelling script for director Jaume Collet-Serra.

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    Schmooze Alarm

    If anyone has proved the Woody Allen maxim that "80 percent of success is showing up," it's actor-producer Dan Griffin. In 1995, he went to the set of the TV series "Central Park West" for three days straight, hoping to land a background role.