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    Barney Cheng: Hollywood Beginning

    Barney Cheng is in shock. People have been telling him he's the highlight of Woody Allen's latest film, Hollywood Ending, in which he plays to perfection Chou, a naïve Chinese-American translator hired to help a director (played by Allen) communicate with his non-English-speaking cinematographer (a scenario inspired by ...

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    Once Is Not Enough

    It takes a special kind of gypsy to move from a longtime New York City residence to a ranch in Texas one week, then to headline at a cabaret in SoCal the next. And no one would be more at home doing so than Betty Buckley is.

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    Test Flight

    The first time I saw Margaret Easley onstage was in July 2003, when I was reviewing a show at the ACME Comedy Theatre. As female actors don't always fare so well in the sketch medium, I was impressed by the women in the ensemble of The Sunday Show Reloaded ...

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    Known Quantities

    Just how important is it for actors to know and trust their directors when tackling particularly challenging roles? "Collaborating with people you've collaborated with before is where you want to be ideally. It's terribly important if you are embarking on some of the more ambitious projects," said Deborah ...

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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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    'You Got the Part'

    Chris Messina shares that auditions are not usually his strong suit. "I'm scared when people go, 'I love auditioning.' I hate it. I'm bad at it," he admits.

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    Shulman's Way

    Michael Shulman is frequently cast as a young innocent, but he didn't start his new production company, Starry Night, to combat typecasting by creating roles for himself. "I want to be involved in the creative process and to understand how projects get made," he says. "I will not be ...

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    Knowing What Works

    "I don't know why he thought I could do this," Wood says. "But I thought he must know what he's doing, because he's Woody Allen."

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    Phoenix Rising

    Several years ago, Jennifer Lynch answered her phone in the middle of the night and heard a voice mutter, "You're the sickest bitch I know."

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    Action 'Jackson'

    The cast of "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson"—a wild rock musical written and directed by Alex Timbers, with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman—doesn't sweat the move to Broadway.