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    So Cal Plays Dominate Ashland Fest

    A strange coincidence happened when the reading committee selected the finalists for this year's Ashland New Plays Festival in Ashland, Ore. The festival received 200 submissions from all over the country.

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    Goulish Goings On, From 'Vampire' to Bard!

    There is no shortage of spectral outpourings--theatre-based spectral outpourings--to celebrate Halloween.

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    The Triangle Factory Fire Project

    TACT's only fully staged production of the season was the world premiere of "The Triangle Factory Fire Project," written by Christopher Piehler in collaboration with the company.

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    Underneath the Lintel

    Glen Berger's "Underneath the Lintel" is quirky; its restless heart renders it endearing. The story of a librarian (T. Ryder Smith) who stumbles upon a book 113 years overdue is practically David Ivesian; Berger's play, however, reveals a humanitarian voice.

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    SAG-AFTRA Talks Near With AMPTP

    Negotiations on a major new feature-film and television contract between actors and studio and network producers could begin as early as next week. The negotiating committees for the Screen Actors Guild and the American Feder-ation of Television and Radio Artists were meeting last week in Los Angeles in preparation for ...

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    Puppets Abound On Local Stages: A New Aesthetic?

    In "The Long Christmas Ride Home," a new play by Paula Vogel depicting a dysfunctional family whose kids grow up to be self-destructive and unlucky in love, it seems self-evident that a statement is being made about the troubled family (generically and specifically) and the long psychic shadow it casts ...

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    Mostly Sondheim

    Can we start dispensing superlatives right now? Musical theater doesn't get much better than this.

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    Tape

    "Tape," presented by Naked Angels at the Coast Playhouse, 8325 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hollywood. Wed.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m. Apr. 11-May 11. $25. (323) 856-4200.

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    Fed Mulls Calling Nonprofits 'Political Committees'

    Passions are running high in this presidential year, which is perhaps why on April 28, the Internal Revenue Service released an advisory reminding not-for-profits that they are legally prohibited from "participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office."

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    Zemeckis Lauded with Career Nod at ShowEast

    Warner Bros. Pictures unwrapped its eye-popping holiday offering "The Polar Express" on Tuesday night at ShowEast, where its director, Robert Zemeckis, was honored with a career award.