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    'Taking' the Lead

    Demetri Martin is one of the hottest comedians working today, with 12 years of standup and a 2007 Comedy Central special under his belt, and now his own TV series.

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    $1 Million Reasons to Act in Chicago

    In addition to having a great local talent pool, there’s currently a bill going through state legislature giving actors up to $1 million in salary incentives.

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    Jack Kehler

    Where you've seen him: If Jack Kehler looks familiar, you've probably caught him in one of about 100 television and movie appearances. Like all great character actors, Kehler slips in and out of comedic and dramatic roles with ease, doing consistently remarkable work. He also appears frequently on ...

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    The Nicholas Brothers

    For me the dancing Nicholas Brothers always seemed to be the spice in the broth of 1940s movie musicals, the cherry on Fred Astaire's smooth frosting, the piquancy in Gene Kelly's homey stews.

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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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    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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    Dream Catcher

    In an industry where innovative ideas and originality are rare and elusive, the Versailles, France,–born Michel Gondry is considered a comet, blasting his way through music videos, commercials, and films and setting the bar higher each time for imitators. Many who have gone from directing music videos and commercials ...

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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 ...

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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 ...