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    Howe, Vogel Among Blackburn Finalists

    Plays by some familiar names, including Tina Howe and Paula Vogel, were among this year's 11 finalists for the 20th annual Susan Smith Blackburn Awards. The prizes are given every year in recognition of outstanding achievement by women dramatists writing for the English-speaking

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    Passing Performances: New book looks at American theatre history through the lives of closeted leading players.

    With the embrace of Tony Kushner and Terrence McNally pulling gay characters and sensibilities into the mainstream and the wild success of Charles Busch and "queer" performance art in the avante-garde, homosexuality has become an open partner in American theatre. However, most understand that gay and lesbian artists have been ...

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    "THOUSANDS OF DREAMS"

    Hiroyuki Hatsuse (prod./dir.) is accepting submissions for Thousands of Dreams, a sync-sound dramatic digital short for Cal State Long Beach. Two-weekend shoot starts Feb. Copy and credit provided. There is no pay.

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    NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINES BROADWAY SHOWS

    Jean Ann Ryan (prod.) will hold auditions for Smokey Joe's Café, Guys and Dolls, and A Cameron Mackintosh Salute. Six-month contracts run on Norwegian Cruise Lines. There is pay.

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    "VICTOR/VICTORIA"

    The American Musical Theatre will hold non-Equity and Equity auditions for Victor/Victoria, a Broadway musical. Dir. Seth Reines. Rehearsals start Apr. 9. Performances run May 17-June 3. There is pay for non-Equity performers.

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    UNTITLED FEATURE

    Art Edwards (dir.) is accepting submissions for an untitled 35mm African-American-themed feature film. Shoot starts Mar. Copy, credit, and meals provided. There is no pay.

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    JFK ON JFK

    Actor/playwright Michael Shannon scores with this clear-eyed, solid portrayal of Jack Kennedy. While the evening could use some judicious cutting, Shannon's memorable performance captures the character and, more importantly, the soul of the late president like none other in recent memory. Shannon, under the skillful direction of Vickery ...