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    A Meeting of the

    CAMBRIDGE, MASS.-Con-viviality and an oddball note of mutual amusement characterized the two seminars open to the press in a three-day event dubbed ACT II (Act I took place 26 years ago), or The Second Annual Congress of Theatre.

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    PROFILE : Wilde at Heart - Stephen Fry is witty, informed, and no stranger to criticism. Who better to play Oscar Wilde?

    Stephen Fry was born to be Wilde--or at least to play him. One of the most widely recognized celebrities in Britain, Fry is known as much for the wit of his writing as he is for the stature of his

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    Arts Grant Deadline Approaching

    The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) has announced that applications for its Fund For Small Theatre grants are available. The application deadline is Fri., May

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    Lar Lubovitch Dance Co. Awarded $150,000

    The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company has just been awarded a grant of $150,000 by the Irene Diamond Fund. The Fund will provide $50,000 on an annual basis for each of the next three

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    BISTRO BITS - First Time at Bat

    YPICALLY, I WILL NOT GO TO SEE A PERFOR-mer's first cabaret show. As I've said previously, I believe that newcomers should be given the chance to develop their talent free from the pressures (and potential pain) of public criticism. Occasionally, I will see a debut--if, for example, something ...

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    Shakespeare Producers Seize Stratford Spotlight

    In Stratford, England, the birthplace of the Bard, an historic first gathering of Shakespearean theatre's leaders from England, Canada, and the United States sparked raging debates over cutting Shakespeare, imposing directorial concepts on the Bard's work, attempting to restage "Elizabethanesque" productions, and "casting the classics" concerns in America ...

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    "CREATURE," MUS'L READING

    Casting for a staged reading of "CREATURE: An Alternative 'Frankenstein.' " Tobin James Mueller, music and lyrics; Tobin and Richmond Shepard, book. This will be the first staged reading of a new musical slated for a large Off-Broadway theatre, March 1997. Readings will be at The John Houseman Theatre, Mon. Dec ...

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    Our Dec. 7 winner: We asked readers to connect Mat

    Our Dec. 7 winner: We asked readers to connect Matthew Broderick (Project X) to Patrick Stewart (The X-Men) and received the best response from Mark Perew of Santa Ana. His link-up: Patrick Stewart starred in Lady Jane with Cary Elwes, who also starred in Glory with Matthew Broderick. Nice one ...

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    Karen Kondazian's The Actor's Way : Finding the Pride of the Pride

    Mark Brandon describes the once-in-a-lifetime challenge of casting "The Lion King," and the daily challenge of helping actors give their best