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    Music to a Writer's Ears: You've Won a Kleban

    Joe Iconis was having breakfast with a friend at the Westway Diner in Manhattan earlier this spring when his phone rang.

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    "Hairy" Union Problems Solved

    The New Victory Theatrical Union Coalition has reached a collective bargaining agreement with Frederick Zollo and other producers of the Wooster Group's mounting of Eugene O'Neill's "The Hairy Ape" at the Selwyn Theatre on 42nd

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    ASCAP Foundation Supports Musical Theatre in Two Ways

    It must be obvious to just about everyone by now that the East Coast is not the only place where successful musicals are built, which explains why the ASCAP Foundation and the Disney entertainment juggernaut underwrite musical theatre workshops in the Los Angeles area. Applications are currently being accepted for ...

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    BC/EFA Helps Make HIV Struggle Bearable

    Here are the bear facts: Every year Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS holds an annual event called "Broadway Bears," which should not be confused with another of the organization's annual events, "Broadway Bares." The difference is that the latter involves removing clothing to wild applause; the former (scheduled for ...

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    'Bent' Defunded in St. Louis

    When legislators and theatre companies butt heads, it's usually the theatre company that finishes second. Here recently—in a morass of mishaps and a great amount of backing and filling, blushing and going, "Aw, shucks!"—an anonymous Missouri state legislator and the Missouri Arts Council forced a small St ...

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    Off the Bookshelf - How-To Times Four

    How-to books frequently combine an unendurable smugness with psycho-babble. A virtual model of that repellent coupling is one of the four books reviewed here: Smart Actors Foolish Choices--A Self-Help Guide to Coping with the Emotional Stresses of the Business (Back Stage Books, an imprint of Watson-Guptill Publications, softcover, 176 pgs ...

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    Dinner With Friends

    "Dinner With Friends," presented by the Globe Theatres in the Old Globe Theatre, Balboa Park, San Diego. Tues.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 2 p.m. Apr. 5-May 6. $35-45. (619) 239-2255.

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    SAG lists main strike issues

    When the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists begin negotiations for a new film and TV contract, the unions' main issues will focus on residuals, salary compression, industry consolidation, diversity, digital technology and the Internet.

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    SAG Grants Agents New Powers: Eastern board approves waiver, breaking tie in West.

    The Screen Actors Guild has approved a waiver that will give talent agents broad new powers and privileges. The waiver will allow talent agents to engage in the distribution and financing of motion pictures and to have non-controlling interests in production companies.

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    CAL SHAKES

    Shana Cooper (cstg. dir.) will hold auditions for the California Shakespeare Festival. Season to include: Cymbeline, The Skin of Our Teeth, Romeo & Juliet, and Twelfth Night. Rehearsals start May 1. Performances run through Oct. 7 in Berkeley. There is pay for non-Equity performers.