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    CastingOuch!

    • Back Stage West received several reports that to be cast in HowTo ReadMinds.com, a non-union film production whose notice appeared in the May 2 issue, performers had to first purchase the book of the same name for $19.95.

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    Broadway Stars Among 'Alley' Cats

    Music, dance, and springtime frolic will enliven the Times Square area on May 29 when "Stars in the Alley," a free annual concert presented by the League of American Theatres and Producers, kicks off at 11:30 am in Shubert Alley, the fabled pedestrian walkway between

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    Robbins, Hunt Gang up for "Guys"

    Tim Robbins and Helen Hunt are slated to star in this summer's L.A. premiere ofThe Guys,Anne Nelson's Sept. 11-themed play, at Robbins' theatre company, the Actors' Gang, in Hollywood.

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    Down South

    "Down South," presented by the Fritz Theater at 6th@Penn Theatre, San Diego. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m. May 17-June 9. $15-20. (619) 233-7505

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    The Skinny

    Opportunities abound for writers out there in this week's Skinny—proof again that the industry is bounding back. And remember, much like acting, writing muscles need to be exercised often. Seeking a mentor or a non-paying internship may not be glamorous, but it can help you flex and tone ...

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    SAG, ATA planning strategy as observers scratch heads

    And so begins the standoff. The Screen Actors Guild and the Association of Talent Agents were in an uneasy stalemate Monday as they began the process of navigating uncharted waters for actors and agents in the wake of the rejection by SAG members of the new agency franchise agreement.

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    Uncle Vanya

    "Uncle Vanya," presented by the MET Theatre, the Classical Theatre Lab, and Cedarburg Productions at the Met Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Hollywood. Sun. 7 p.m., Mon.-Tues. 8 p.m. Apr. 21-May 21. $15. (323) 957-1152.

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    Neo A La Carte

    "Neo Ala Carte," presented by Theatre Neo at the Hudson Avenue Theatre, 6537 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m. Apr. 5-May 11. $15. (323) 769-5858.

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    Andorra

    We are told that Max Frisch's 1961 "Andorra" is a lost masterpiece, that it was given a misguided 1963 Broadway production, that Michael Feingold's new translation is more faithful to the original, that current director Liviu Ciulei has cut the play's repetitions, and that "Andorra" is not ...

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    Win two tickets to the Los Angeles premiere of "Love Makes Things Happen"!

    "Love Makes Things Happen," the heartwarming story of a successful female executive who falls for a charming and single maintenance man, features a host of show-stopping musical performances written by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and starring recording artists Kevon Edmonds (After 7), Coko (SWV), Dawn Robinson (En Vogue), and comedian Joe ...