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    Highlights and Insights From Our Back Stage Critics

    We asked our critics to proffer the names of companies or individuals--among those whom they reviewed for us in the last calendar year--who promise notable work in the future. Although several writers produced variations on that theme, and a few couldn't resist praising artists whom they saw but did ...

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    Blackburn Prize Honors Two Women

    Responding to what it called "a banner year for plays of the highest quality," the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize--given annually to women playwrights working in the English-speaking theatre--honored two dramatists instead of issuing the customary single

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    Equity Blocks "Oklahoma!" - Union Defends Cultural Exchange Record

    Actors' Equity Association has blocked the entire British company of the London revival of "Oklahoma!" from crossing the Atlantic and opening on Broadway. The union also has supplied specific data in aggressive defense to the British Arts Council's recent criticisms of the American union.

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    SAG's Masur Urges Support For Merger

    (BPI) LOS ANGELES‹Screen Actors Guild president Richard Masur is appealing to SAG members to add their names to a list of high-profile and rank-and-file members who support the guild's merger with AFTRA.

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    THE CRAFT: Much Ado About Nothing - Is the Shakespeare schism of poetry vs. action really just a tempest in a teacup?

    "Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue," Hamlet advised the Players. Is it possible American actors have taken that advice a little too literally? Or, conversely, have they not taken it seriously

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    BARGAIN HUNTERS

    Nina D'Abbracci, an actress and Alexander teacher, has taught at the New Actors Workshop and is in private

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    1998 Don and Gee Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowships

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected five new writers to receive 1998 Don and Gee Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowships. Each screenwriter receives $25,000 and will be honored at a gala on Nov. 12. The 1998 Nicholl Fellows in Screenwriting are Jacob A. Estes of Los Angeles ...

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    Face to Face:Lewis J. Stadlen Plays Schmuck in "Mizlansky/Zilinsky or 'schmucks' "

    Lewis J. Stadlen notes that Sam Zilinsky is not as clearly defined as his former partner and now-nemesis, Davis Mizlansky, a manically driven producer turned con man. In Jon Robin Baitz's "Mizlansky/Zilinsky or 'schmucks"' Stadlen as Zilinsky has his work cut out for him. The comedy with dark ...

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    BREAKOUT TALENT: Alessandro Nivola - "Face" Lessons

    Though he's played his share of "sullen, suffering, tortured types," as he puts it, Alessandro Nivola makes no complaints about his acting trajectory. Nivola, who currently portrays the seductive Henry Crawford in the current film adaptation of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, has been slowly gaining attention for his ...

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