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    ACTOR'S ACTOR: Frances Bay - Royal Privileges

    She does Hecuba by night in The Greeks, Ron Sossi's powerful production of classic Greek tragedies at his Odyssey Theatre, and rehearses The Hughleys, ABC's popular sitcom, by day. The contradictions feed her and her zest for life enriches them in the late-blooming career of petite, 80-something Frances

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    Backlot Buzz : BlakeRecently Wrapped

    Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan were in town right up to the wrap on Nora Ephron's You've Got Mail, while Entropy, the film that parallels writer-director-producer Phil Joanou's ("Final Analysis") life (but is not exactly autobiographical), kept Stephen Dorff ("I Shot Andy Warhol" 's Candy Darling) and ...

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    CastingOuch!

    As a service to protect our readers, this column is dedicated to exposing scams and other questionable incidents that occur at auditions and elsewhere. If you have experienced any suspicious occurrences during the auditioning process, please call the Back Stage West casting line at (323)

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    VOICE MATTERS: The Voice-Over Explosion - Speaking With Animation: Opportunities in the Cartoon World

    Once regarded as one of the lowest rungs on the entertainment ladder, voice work in animation is now near the top. In recent years, the animation market has exploded. Cartoon features are no longer confined to Disney, with almost every major studio beginning to horn in on the Mouse's ...

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    Strong Leaves Edinburgh's Fringe Fest

    In the wake of controversy, Hilary Strong is leaving her post after five years as director of the Edinburgh Fringe

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    Contemporary

    It's a mind-boggling mystery-why and how some dancers are able to work consistently in the under-funded, under-appreciated field of contemporary dance. Most auditioning wannabes never crack the code and soon give up, convinced of the impossibility of achieving success in a field where employment is scarce, financial rewards are ...

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    NAACP's Daytime Drama TV Diversity Hearing Spotlights Exec Revolts, Lawsuit Threats

    (BPI) LOS ANGELES-The NAACP's hearing on diversity in television Monday had all the intrigue of a primetime melodrama: a revolt by high-ranking network executives, a hero in the guise of the one network president who did show, passionate testimony from minorities on discrimination in Hollywood-all set against the tense ...

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    Actors Studio M.F.A. Program Presents Second Repertory Season

    The Actors Studio M.F.A. program at the New School's School of Dramatic Arts will launch its second repertory season of thesis productions by the 56 actors, directors, and playwrights who will graduate this May. Performances, which are free to the public, will take place at the Circle ...

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    "...SKETCH SHOW"

    Chris Berube (dir.) is accepting submissions for Yet Another Orange County Sketch Show. Rehearsals start Feb. 9. Performances run May 12-June 2 at the Second Stage. There is no pay.