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    OPEN MIKES AND SHOWCASES

    A survey of clubs, theatres, and other venues that are "open" to unsolicited comedy acts in varying degrees. Most allow performers to sign up on the night of performance; some require submissions and/or auditions, often well in advance of performance.

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    OREGON THEATER 2001 SEASONS

    Jim Giancarlo (prod.) will hold auditions for the Oregon Cabaret Theatre (Guys on Ice, runs Mar. 14-June 11; Eat-TV, runs May 23-Sept. 3; Gunmetal Blues, runs Aug. 15-Nov. 5; 'Tis the Season, runs Oct. 17-Dec. 31) and Rogue Music Theatre (Kiss Me Kate, runs May 29-July 29; Godspell in Concert ...

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    Ohio Bound: Outdoor Confab Held in October

    Drama practitioners and enthusiasts from across the country will gather in Fairborn, Ohio, Oct. 21-24 for the 36th annual Conference on Outdoor Drama, sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Institute of Outdoor

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    SAG Sends Warning to Agents and CDs

    The striking actors unions are threatening to crack down on talent agents who supply non-union actors to commercial producers during the unions' ongoing strike against the advertising industry. SAG has also put Hollywood's casting directors on notice that they face criminal prosecution if they continue to cast non-union actors ...

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    Obies Honor Off-B'way: 'Waste,' Eileen Heckart, 'Jitney' Cast & Director Among Winners

    The best of Off- and Off-Off-Broadway were honored at the 45th annual Obie Awards, presented by the Village Voice at Webster Hall on Mon., May 15. The Obies have no nominees and set categories. Former Obie winners Claudia Shear and Mary Testa who was subbing for an ailing Patrick Stewart ...

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    MAKING CHOICES: WHEN THE ACTOR'S DREAM BECOMES A NIGHTMARE

    You've had a great day! You've just gotten home from a callback for a big, juicy part in a new play that's going into an Off-Broadway house at the end of next month, and they told you right away that you've got the role! Rehearsals start ...

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    LONDON CALLING

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    "Back Stage West," Gina Keena Win BPI Awards

    Back Stage West has won The Donaldson Award, BPI's highest honor given annually for editorial quality and service. Gina Keena, manufacturing and operations director for Back Stage, Back Stage West, and Shoot, has been named a winner of BPI's President's Award for commitment and

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    "Scarlet Pimpernel' Musicians Don't Want to Downsize: Show's Move to Smaller Theatre Would Cut Orchestra by Four

    Local 802, the Association of Musicians of Greater New York, and the producers of "The Scarlet Pimpernel" are crossing swords over the size of the pit orchestra when the downsized musical resumes at the Neil Simon Theatre, Sept. 10. Radio City Entertainment and Ted Forstmann are the "Pimpernel"