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    The Invasion of the Soul Snatchers: Interactive Theatre or Collective Embarrassment?

    Thresholds for embarrassment are mighty high. Indeed, our culture is awash in gawking and self-display. Very few squirm.

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    A new reading series at the Blue Heron Arts Center

    A new reading series at the Blue Heron Arts Center, produced by Back Stage contributor Leslie (Hoban) Blake, will introduce New York theatregoers to characters and themes of Canada.

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    92nd St. Y Offers Professional Discount to 'Broadway Talks'

    Putting together a stage show for a New York audience must be a wonderful, exhilarating experience, right? But if that's the case, why is it so often described as a horrible torture? Panels of theatre professionals will attempt to answer that question this spring in a new series at ...

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    comedy contest

    Stand-Up New York is holding a variety of comedy contests: funniest lawyer, doctor, teacher, gay & lesbian, etc. Top prize includes paid booking at Stand-Up New York. For contest information, call Bob Anzell at (212) 877-4766.

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    Actors, Film/TV Execs Powwow

    Actors and producers won't begin negotiations on a new, major theatrical-and-television contract for a month or so. But the two sides began setting the stage for talks last Monday, meeting to discuss contract issues they plan to address during the bargaining.

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    i-589 theatre co.

    i-589 Theatre Co. is casting for "The Vanek Plays," a comic trilogy by V«clav Havel, and an American premiere of an unpublished companion one-act by Arthur Miller. Runs April 26-May 6 at the Grove St. Playhouse, 39 Grove St., NYC. Equity Showcase. Seeking—Vera: female, 30-45, perfect wife to ...

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    Bea Arthur to Headline 'Threepenny' for Fund

    Many original cast members of the legendary 1954 production of "The Threepenny Opera" will reunite for a one-night-only performance to benefit the Actors' Fund of America Mon., Dec. 18. Bea Arthur, Charlotte Rae, William Duell and Jo Sullivan Loesser are among the original cast members who will perform a concert ...

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    Ad Spending in 2001 Down But Not Out

    (BPI) Advertising spending in the United States will grow at a slower rate next year, but fears of a downturn are exaggerated, Universal McCann forecaster Robert Coen said.

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    male singers, gregorian chant

    Paladin Music and Entertainment, Inc. is seeking male singers for a Nov. 30 recording project in West Paterson, NJ. Must be able to sing in four-part harmony, a cappella, and in old Latin. Pay. Auditions will be held Nov. 16 by appointment only. Call Chris Lance at (201) 406-9213. NON-UNION ...

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    Stage Exits and Entrances

    They come, they go, and they come back (sometimes). Theatrical venues in New York are canaries in a coalmine, in that their survival rate gives an idea of the whole endeavor's health status. When the spaces shutter, it indicates a dip in business across the industry. Conversely, when new ...