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    THE CRAFT: Critics Are People, Too? Attempting to answer the sphinx-like riddle: What do critics want?

    It happens all the time: Two critics see the exact same opening-night performance. One says you were brilliant; the other says you sucked. What gives? I called up a few reviewers to find out the answer to this and other mysteries that actors obsess

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    BITS & BITES

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    Circle Rep Closes After Three Decades As Off-B'way Staple

    After 28 years of Off-Broadway glory, the most recent marked by financial and political strife, the Circle Repertory Theatre has closed up shop. Artistic director Austin Pendleton cited "the sheer lack of money and the lack of ways to get any more of it" as a major reason for the ...

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    BISTRO BITS: The 13th Annual MAC Awards

    The stars came out to play at the 13th annual award ceremonies of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs, at Town Hall, on Monday night, April 5. Liza Minnelli, Barbara Cook, Betty Buckley, David Campbell, Billy Stritch, John Pizzarelli, and Kathie Lee Gifford were among the luminaries who performed, and ...

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    From "Ragtime" to Riches: Jason Graae finds comic gold in Forbidden Broadway's lampoons.

    Actor/singer Jason Graae once played a leprechaun in a Lucky Charms commercial, a role befitting an actor with such a mischievous sense of humor. The versatile Graae has garnered both critical and audience acclaim for a roster of widely diverse roles, ranging from the valiant Harry Houdini in Los ...

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    AEA Shut Out at Universal - Performers Vote Against Union Representation

    By a vote of 129-97, live performers at Universal Studios Escape have rejected attempts to designate Actors' Equity Association as their collective bargaining representative. Performers at the Orlando theme park voted against union protection in an election conducted last Friday by the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) Tampa field

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    Good Coverage Insuring a New York Show

    "When we were in the London audience of 'Phantom,' I became aware of a man sitting next to me who may have been in his 90s," recalls Margery Boyar, co-manager of the Theatrical Division at J & H, Marsh & McLennan's Arts and Entertainment Group. "When the chandelier dropped, swooping down ...

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    TNA Names New Executive Director

    Theatre for a New Audience has named Jaan W. Whitehead as its first executive director. Whitehead will begin in the post on Sept.

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    New York State Filmmaking Rises

    A dramatic rise in shootings in New York over the past year has led to congratulations from Gov. George Pataki. But the activity doesn't involve crime. The gov is celebrating an increase filming in the State of New York, and a rise in jobs as a result.