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    ALONE TOGETHER: As Samantha Mathis and Linda Lavin attest, a two-hander, like any successful relationship, teaches actors to rely on their partners, while recognizing their individual journeys.

    Sitting down with Samantha Mathis and Linda Lavin to discuss their respective L.A. stage debuts in Donald Margulies' two-hander Collected Stories at Geffen Playhouse, it's immediately apparent this show has been well cast.

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    More NYC Musical Development Resources

    For all composers, lyricists, and librettists desiring development support, Back Stage has updated the following information from New York-based organizations that support and help to shape the work of those who write musicals. Many of these groups may be interested in receiving your submissions. Organizations that we may have inadvertently ...

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    Free Readings

    Starting Tues., Feb. 24, Applause Books will be presenting bi-monthly free readings open to the general public. The readings take place every other Tuesday at 7:30pm. Located at 211 W. 71st St., Applause will offer West Side Repertory Theatre's presentation of Niccolo Machiavelli's comedy "La Mandreagola" on ...

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    Gypsy of Year-a Winning Year

    The 11th Annual Gypsy of The Year Competition raised a whopping $2,080,000 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), beating last year's record of $1,751,

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    Laughing Matters

    Listen Up THIS COLUMN IS DEDICATED to a few tips and helpful hints. Things that, at first glance, may seem simplistic, but for that very reason are easy to overlook. Some of them I overlooked myself when I was doing stand-up. Others I learned along the

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    Denver, Primus Announce New Prize

    The Denver Center Theatre Company and the Francesca Ronnie Primus Foundation have announced a new playwrighting prize. Called the Francesca Primus Prize, after the late theatre critic and Back Stage columnist, the honor will carry a $3,000 cash award for the winning

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    FACE TO FACE: Alfred Uhry - After the "Ballyhoo"‹Comes the "Parade"

    Playwright Alfred Uhry suggests there's an irreconcilable gap between being Southern and being Jewish. "If you're a Southerner you're a Southerner for the rest of your life, whether or not you're living in the South anymore. In fact, southern Jews define themselves as Southern first, American ...

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    Elton Revisits Revised "Aida' Composer Lauds Show 10 Days After Hissy-Fit Walkout

    Elton John returned to the Palace Theatre last Thursday to re-preview his new Broadway musical "Aida" and declared the production, which is scheduled to open March 23, "an 11 on a scale of one to 10." This was only 10 days after the composer, who collaborated on "Aida" with lyricist ...

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    SAG-AFTRA Panel Set to Fight Ageism

    One of the more insidious aspects of discrimination is the way it frequently makes victims feel, or come to feel, that it's inevitable. People who face increasingly common incidents of ageism may feel embarrassed and, even worse, helpless. But they don't have

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