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    A Simpler Plan: L.A.'s Equity 99-Seat Plan gets a makeover, and the early reviews are mixed.

    After 11 years with a union code that guaranteed them small per-performance stipends for working in theatres under 99 seats, Los Angeles actors are getting a new version of the Equity 99-Seat Plan, known more popularly as Equity

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    Musicians' Local Protests "Fever' Orchestra Size

    The Broadway theatre orchestra musicians' union, Local 802, was scheduled to protest the reduced, 16-member orchestra playing for "Saturday Night Fever" at the Minskoff Theatre, in a leaflet distribution to audience members outside the theatre at 7 pm on Nov. 10. The union contract for that theatre calls for 24 ...

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    Obituaries

    William Goodhart, 74,

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    8 Sure Ways of Capturing An Agent's

    I got a phone call earlier this week from a young woman just starting out in her acting career. She paid $450 to a so-called "agency" (located in the W. 20s) which advertised in The Village Voice. The "agency" promised to send her picture-resume to agents and casting directors, and ...

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    Paul Green Playwrights Prize Deadline Sept. 30

    The Paul Green Playwrights Prize is accepting submissions for the award that celebrates the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of "In Abraham's Bosom." The winner will receive a $500 award and possible production of the work by a consortium of North Carolina

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    Durst Wins Times Square Dismissal

    Douglas Durst, developer of the new Four Times Square tower, confirmed to Back Stage Tuesday that he had won a significant legal victory over dozens of area businesses forced to close last July after a personnel hoist collapsed during construction on the 48-story

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    "State Fair," Davidson Set Non-Union Tour

    Negotiations have broken down between producers of the upcoming tour of "State Fair" and Actors' Equity. The tour will go forth on a non-Equity basis, and its star, John Davidson, will have to resign from the

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    Food Local Sour on Merger

    Hollywood has one less labor union now that IATSE Motion Picture Crafts Services Local 727-the union that represents the men and women who serve food on Hollywood's TV and movie sets-has been forced to merge with IATSE Grips Local 80, the union whose members pull the camera dollies and ...