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    WELCOME TO L.A : Actors who've made it big and actors who've just made it here describe everything you need to know about the Hollywood initiation period.

    Actors flock to Los Angeles every day for the obvious reasons. Hollywood is the mecca of film and television production. Lively small theatres dot the landscape. Successful Broadway musicals venture out West to the Music Center, the Shubert, or the Pantages. The weather is suitable for tanning and everyone knows ...

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    ACTOR'S ACTOR : Lane Smith Act Fast

    When veteran actor Lane Smith was in the Army, he was assigned to Tracking Station #8 in Santiago, Chile to help track the orbit of the first American space satellite, Explorer I. But then the U.S.S.R. beat the Americans into space by launching Sputnik I and II ...

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    "Ballyhoo" and Brotherly Love: Alfred Uhry's Olympic Premiere

    thought, there's three disparate elements: Hitler. Christmas. And Scarlett O'Hara. This is a field that I can deal with!" declares Pulitzer- and Oscar-winning writer Alfred Uhry, in a puckish humor about his latest play, "The Last Night of Ballyhoo."

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    FACE TO FACE: Louis LaRusso II - Sweating for "Sweatshop"

    Writer-director Louis LaRusso II stresses that "Sweatshop" is a period piece and should be viewed in that context. Set in a Hoboken dressmaking factory circa 1958, "Sweatshop" tells the story of 10 female sewing machine operators in conflict over whether or not they should unionize. Mary, the central figure, based ...

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    Will SAG Strike Over Spot Pact?

    The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) is seeing a growing fervor among its members for a new, lucrative commercials contract. At the same time, the guild seems to be leaving little doubt that it will call a strike if producers hold back on such serious issues as cable and foreign

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    ACTOR'S ACTOR: Harry Lennix - Stage Reverence

    "Shakespeare was able to put into one speech what other playwrights can't do in an entire play," claimed Harry Lennix, who can currently be seen performing the juicy role of Aaron the Moor in Julie Taymor's directorial film debut, Titus (based on the Bard's Titus Andronicus). Likewise ...

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    No "Blues" Suit, But Co-Creator Suffers Stroke

    The producers of "It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues," facing the loss of one of the show's co-creators and co-stars to illness and an upward trend in ticket sales, have decided not to take legal action against CBS and Tony Award Productions-at least for

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    Four Arts Groups Apply to Head Manhattan DEC

    Four local arts organizations have applied to administer the new Decentralization Program (DEC) in

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    CORRECTIONS

    In our recent list of L.A. ensemble theatre companies (Back Stage West, 7/8/99), we neglected to list the following venerable mainstay of the