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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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    The Elephant in the Room

    Elephant, directed by Gus Van Sant, was inspired by the mass shootings at Columbine High School in April 1999. Using the routine of a an ordinary high school day as its backdrop, Van Sant worked with actual high school students to create a film that depicts the lives of average ...

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    Nothing Doing

    Before I ever had my first formal acting class, I took improvisation classes. San Francisco old-timers may remember the Committee and its offshoot, the Wing, and the public workshops the Wing held in North Beach.

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    Prince of a Guy

    There's a unique and universal reaction one encounters when mentioning Cary Elwes' name. While the actor may not boast the marquee power of a Tom Cruise or the pin-up status of a Brad Pitt, it seems everyone knows his name. People's eyes light up immediately, generally followed by ...

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    Theatre's True Revolutionary

    Edward Albee, arguably our greatest living playwright, is sitting in his Tribeca loft home, pondering the lingering effects of his Tony Award–winning play The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? recently playing at the Mark Taper Forum. Adamantly opposed to the idea of purposeful shock or controversy in playwriting, he ...

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    At 'Home' on Stage

    Performing the nine one-act plays of Horton Foote's "The Orphans' Home Cycle" is a daunting challenge. But five of the main actors wouldn't have it any other way.

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    Brave New World

    Writer-director James Cameron is keenly aware that many actors are concerned about this new technology and what it means for the future of their careers.

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    The American Nightmare

    At the center "August: Osage County" is the battle between pill-popping matriarch Violet and her eldest daughter, Barbara, played on tour by Estelle Parsons and Shannon Cochran.

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    Learning a New Language

    If you've ever found yourself befuddled trying to take direction on the set, you'll be happy to know that some directors—not satisfied with what they've learned in film school (or on the job) about working with actors—are taking independent acting classes, either as observers or ...

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    Down With the Real People

    When Irish actor Stephen Rea was shooting The Crying Game, he played opposite non-actor Jaye Davidson.