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    ACTORS WE LOVE - Kenneth Branagh: Vaulting Ambition

    OK, so he plugged his own movie, Love's Labour's Lost, at the Tonys. And yes, there were an inordinate number of close-ups of him as Berowne in it. Probably he was the dumper and winsome Emma Thompson the dumpee in that defunct marriage. So Brit crits and others ...

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    OBITUARIES

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    Student Oscar Nominees Have Reel Values

    Thirty students have been selected as finalists in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 26th Annual Student Academy Awards national

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    Quick-Choice Artist

    Warming up to cold readings means looking at them as little

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    Bit Parts - Amas' "Babies"

    A winner of the 1997 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre comes this month to Amas Musical Theatre. "Barrio Babies" is a musical comedy chronicling adventures of Latino actors and writers trying to break the Hollywood mold of stereotyping ethnic artists. With music by Fernando Rivas and book and lyrics ...

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    LAUGHING MATTERS: Fabulous Females

    I definitely hit the group show jackpot in April, catching some of the funny female shows that are out there. The first show I ever reviewed in this column, that used funny females as its theme, was produced by Sunda Croonquist, who has featured many comics. I'm glad to ...

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    CORRECTIONS

    The listing for Rick Von Schnier was omitted from last week's list of Acting Schools and Coaches. It reads as follows: RICK VON SCHNIER is a private coach who focuses primarily on audition preparation (monologue, scene work, and cold reading). Rick has specific training and experience in Stanislavski, Meyerhold ...

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    Mid-Coast CUES - Starting Over

    It's back to square one for the $36 million Chicago Music and Dance Theatre, which has abandoned its proposed Cityfront Center construction site. The concept of a 1,500-seat shared home for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Chicago, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Opera Theatre, Old Town School of ...

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    BISTRO BITS: Mon Coeur S'Ouvre Ta Voix

    Australian singing star Judi Connelli, making her first local cabaret appearance in over a year, is currently in residence at The FireBird Cafe nightly, through Nov.