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    BISTRO BITS - First Time at Bat

    YPICALLY, I WILL NOT GO TO SEE A PERFOR-mer's first cabaret show. As I've said previously, I believe that newcomers should be given the chance to develop their talent free from the pressures (and potential pain) of public criticism. Occasionally, I will see a debut--if, for example, something ...

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    Critic's Picks

    Accidental Death of an Anarchist, presented by New Crime Productions at the Evidence Room, 3542 Hayden Ave., Culver City. Through Dec. 20. (310)

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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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    REGIONAL ROUNDUP

    Philly Season in Full

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    Actorfest Success; The "Les Miz" Controversy

    My two-week vacation abroad turned out to be a three-month leave of absence from this column. When I returned to the office in mid-September there were so many projects that I needed to attend to right away that I just put "CenterStage" on hold for awhile. (A habit that I ...

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    NEW YORK NOTES: "No Bull" Market - The artificial Tonys go belly up, but the value of honest Off-Broadway family shows rises.

    Well, all I can say about the Tonys is it was probably more fun being in the pressroom listening to the reporters making caustic comments-like the robots on Mystery Science Theatre 3000-than being in the Gershwin Theatre having to keep a respectful silence. During that weird reader's theatre play-montage ...

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    "Surviving HIV" Conference

    "Surviving Multiple Losses from HIV/AIDS: Sustaining Creative Energy," a day-long conference sponsored by HIV Arts Network, the Actors' Fund of America, and Dancers Responding to AIDS, will be held on Thurs., May 22, 10 am-4:30 pm, at St. Mark's Church in the Bowery, 131 East 10th St ...

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    "AFTER THE AFFAIR"

    Shawn Magnuson (dir.) is accepting submissions for After the Affair, a film for LMU. Prod. Kristin Kelly. Shoot starts Apr. 2. There is no pay.

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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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    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