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    Wingless Flight

    Here's Paul Giamatti's take on his Sideways co-star, Thomas Haden Church: "He's a very ... have you talked to him?" Giamatti pauses to laugh. "It's all out there with Tom. He's not hiding anything, that guy. It's all right there. He's an incredibly open ...

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    LaBute Lightens Up

    Playwright-filmmaker Neil LaBute's latest directorial effort, "Death at a Funeral," takes an absurd situation—a wake gone wrong—and plays the farcical bits for all they're worth.

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    Mary Louise Wilson Takes a Long Journey in Amy Herzog's '4000 Miles'

    The veteran actor tackles a family drama playing at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre

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    Hugh Laurie: 'House' Calls

    Hugh Laurie can play dumb like nobody's business. Best known for his naïve befuddlement in classic English series such as Jeeves and Wooster and Blackadder, the actor took stupidity to sublime new heights. So it's interesting to find Laurie so good at being smart, playing the brilliant but ...

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    Unmanning Shakespeare

    If you're a woman who has always secretly longed to play Hamlet or Othello, come on out of the closet. In a reversal that's no more than divine justice—considering that in Shakespeare's time women did not appear onstage—there are now companies on both coasts (and ...

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    First Love

    Anna Chlumsky is a native Chicagoan and proud of it. But despite hailing from one of the improv comedy capitals of the world, she never formally trained in the art.

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    VIDEO: An Evening With... 'Me and Orson Welles'

    Back Stage recently talked to actor Christian McKay about his role in the film "Me and Orson Welles," as part of the 'Evening With...' series.

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    The Shows Must Go On

    It's been exactly a month since the world as we know it changed. Among theatre folks, our colleagues in New York are suffering the most from the fallout of Sept. 11, being so physically close to the tragedy and in many cases losing their jobs (if not their friends ...

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    Rodney Gilfry & Jason Graae

    The worlds of opera and musical theatre are generally regarded as quite separate, though the musical grew out of operetta, which grew out of opera. In an era in which such shows as Contact and The Car Man blur the line between dance theatre and traditional Broadway fare, musical productions ...

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    She's No Angel

    Actresses tend to be described in physical terms: dazzling, luscious, flawless. Upon meeting Claudia Shear, currently starring as Mae West in the Pasadena Playhouse production of her play Dirty Blonde, the first adjective that might pop into one's head is "effectual." When our original meeting place, a hotel pub ...