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    ACTOR ALERT

    A few weeks ago, Back Stage carried a casting notice asking actors to send in pix and resumes for a theatre company to present an original play. One actor responding to the notice informed us that he received a call from the director of the company to prepare a monologue ...

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    NYSCA Announces $7.7M in Grants

    The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) announced this week the first of three sets of grants it will award in 1998. These gifts benefit 214 separate New York theatre, dance, and music organizations. The awards total $7,727,575. The grants, according to NYSCA, "will provide New ...

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    New Vice President At TVI Actors Studio

    David Donovan, New York director of TVI Actors Studio, has been promoted to vice president. He has been with TVI for seven years, and will coordinate workshops in Boston, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, in addition to New York

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    LONDON BY GEORGE : Backward and Forward.

    Last season belonged to Stoppard and Marber. Now it's Reza, Hare, Hall--and Tony

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    Ashley's Show to Go On

    Elizabeth Ashley, who suffered a nearly all-consuming four-alarm fire at her Union Square apartment last week, is "reconstructing the basics of her life," Barbara Carroll, a spokeswoman for "If Memory Serves," the Off-Broadway play for which Ash-ley will begin re-hearsals on Oct. 26, told Back Stage. "She's staying with ...

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    Online Casting System Now Being Offered

    A newly developed computer casting system, MSC-Media Service & Consulting, offers a "no-stress" way to find acting work. For a registration fee between $33-$66 a year, the company provides its clients with an E-mail address, and enters them into a database for agents. Information: (305)

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    Critic's Picks

    ¥ ACME Schmacme, presented by and at the ACME Comedy Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Ave., Hollywood. Through July 25. (213)

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    Obituaries

    Alan Barwiolek,