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    REGIONAL ROUNDUP

    Philly Season in Full

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    Call for Papers

    The 18th annual William Inge Theatre Festival and Conference has issued an invitation for

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    No More Fiddling Around: With his latest show, The People's Violin, Charlie Varon gets serious.

    He's given Rush Limbaugh a heart, Ralph Nader an enlarged brain (courtesy of the heretofore unknown "justice cluster" of cerebral cells governing righteousness and compassion), and thousands of satire-lovers hours of hearty laughs. But playwright/ solo performer Charlie Varon's latest work may be tackling the most complex icons ...

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    Stevenson Hospitalized: Theatre Wing Chair Collapses After Tonys

    Isabelle Stevenson, chair of the American Theatre Wing, spent more than a week in intensive care after undergoing emergency surgery a few hours after the conclusion of the June 4 Tony Awards ceremony.

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    Homeless, HIV+ Star in Housing Works Musical

    In conjunction with World AIDS Day (Dec. 1), the Theatre Project at Housing Works will present "Every Beat Face Ain't Beautiful," a new musical written and performed by "homeless and formerly homeless men, women, and queens living with

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    Unions Blast "Racist" Ad From RSA

    The actors strike against the ad industry turned ugly Thursday as union leaders and their supporters expressed outrage and horror at a "blatantly racist and sexist" ad taken out by directors Tony and Ridley Scott's commercial production company, RSA USA. The Scott brothers issued a sincere apology last Thursday ...

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    LAUGHING MATTERS: Battling "Bringer" Burnout

    In recent months, I've received mail about Back Stage Editor In Chief Sherry Eaker's "Center Stage" column from Nov. 6, in which she gave common-sense advice about club scams and asked me to comment on "bringer" shows. I want to thank you for trying to keep me up ...

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    Writers Guilds Get Specific

    The brothers of the pen--Writers Guild East and WGA West--have provided specifics to the agreement which has ended their bitter feud and will lead them back into negotiations on a new film-television