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    Breakout Talent - Ever Clear

    Oscar and Lucinda, Gillian Armstrong's new film of Peter Carey's picaresque novel, may be accounted an interesting failure--with most of the failure, truth be told, laid at the narrow feet of Ralph Fiennes, who, as a gambling-addicted na•f cleric, gives the kind of twitchy, bewildering performance for ...

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    Congress Grants NEA $98M

    The President wanted $136 million for fiscal 1999. The chairman wants $200 million for a near-future fiscal year. But right now, they're accepting a $98 million FY99 budget for the National Endowment for the Arts

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    WORKING ACTOR : Front-line Fears

    I'm a big fan of irony, even when it seemingly occurs at my own expense. Irony is life's balancer. It has a way of reminding you that basically it's all up to chance, and never to take things too seriously; what goes around comes around. Hence, this ...

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    Speak the Speech

    Classics from Rostand to Shakespeare get virile, even loutish,

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    Corrections

    In our story in the Feb. 11 issue on summer training (improvisational classes), there were a few errors. Tom Soter's website is tomsoter.com. His Sunday night class, from 5 to 6:30 pm, costs $10. His Tuesday class costs

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    Indie Workshop

    According to Ramin Niami--a veteran of the low-budget world and organizer of a new workshop at New York Performance Works on Chambers St. in lower Manhattan--the worst problem about tight budgets and impossible deadlines in indie features is the way actors are rushed into scenes without rehearsal time. The cure ...

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    Voice-Over Workshop

    David Zema, a voice-over performer and coach, will offer a series of workshops on voice-overs in conjunction with a number of casting

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    London Calling: More Attacks on British Theatre

    In June I reported on growing criticism that British theatre is not all it should be. This is continuing. The latest playwright to enter the fray is John Godber, author of several popular comedies, notably Bouncers, Teechers, and the recently filmed Up 'n' Under. Interviewed about his five productions on ...

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    "THE SCENE"

    Stephen Antoni (prod./dir.) is accepting submissions for The Scene, a 16mm soapy interacial romance set against the L.A. art scene. Four-day shoot starts Nov. 16. Copy, credit, and meals provided. There is some pay.

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    CORRECTIONS

    In last week's Spotlight on Film & TV Casting (Back Stage West, 8/19/99), a listing of casting directors misspelled Stacy Pinhas' name. Also, a roundup of fall TV shows and their respective casting directors failed to credit the trio of casting partners Anya Colloff, Jennifer Fishman, and Amy ...