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    Filmmaker Ismail Merchant Dies

    Filmmaker Ismail Merchant, who with partner James Ivory became synonymous with classy costume drama in films such as "A Room With A View" and "Howard's End," died Wednesday. He was 68.

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    Directors Return to Indie Roots for IFC

    Three indie directors who went on to work for major studios will be among the advisers for the Independent Film Channel's new cinema center.

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    Linklater, Kelly, Coppola to Represent U.S. at Cannes

    The Festival de Cannes announced its official selection Thursday. Of 19 competing films, only a few are from directors who have contested the Palm d'Or previously.

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    Work

    "Work," a new play by Charlotte Meehan, aims to skewer the tensions and monotony of the workplace in contemporary corporate America.

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    The Cherry Orchard

    Anton Chekhov labeled his last play, "The Cherry Orchard," a comedy, but very few American productions achieve this goal.

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    Coming to Broadway

    Performances of the acclaimed revival of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh" begin at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on March 29, with an official opening on April 8. The cast will feature several film and TV stars, including Kevin Spacey as Hickey, Robert Sean Leonard as Don Parritt, and ...

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    Further Than the Furthest Thing

    From its rustic opening to its climactic torrents of melodrama, "Further Than the Furthest Thing" tries on many hats, very few of them comfortably.

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    "Guys" and Solos

    In this age of ripped-from-the-headlines entertainment, it's amazing that the first piece of drama about the tragedies of Sept. 11 is not an explosion-happy action picture but an intimate drama performed in a small room close to Ground Zero. The Guys was written by journalist Anne Nelson at the ...

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    Drama League Goes for Heckart

    Eileen Heckart, who has said her starring role in "The Waverly Gallery" will be the last legit performance of her career, received a Drama League Distinguished Performance Award at a Fri., May 5 luncheon.

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    Williams Challenges Equity

    When the notorious non-union tour of "The Sound of Music" ended its run in March, most onlookers assumed it meant an end to the fractious bickering between the tour's star, Barry Williams, and Actors' Equity Association, the national union for stage performers.