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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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    STAGE & SCREEN by Tom Provenzano

    Opportunity Knocks From Jiminy Cricket to Jack Benny, television to stage, Eddie Carroll lets any opening be his

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    Laughing Matters - New Shows Strike Comedy Gold

    THE GOLD RUSH BAR & GRILL, on 10th Avenue and 38th Street, has only been open for a few months, but already management has realized that in New York patrons expect to be served great entertainment with their grub. As well as offering barbecue and an Old West decor complete with ...

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    Durkin Drama - Agency gives up franchise after years of complaints.

    If a good agent is hard to find, the inverse would seem to be that an erring agent is hard to fine, prosecute, or reprimand. Debbie Durkin and her eponymous Durkin Artists Agency have weathered a storm of serious complaints since late 1995 that they were charging clients for the ...

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    Union Merger Clears Hurdle SAG, AFTRA Boards Approve Year-End Member Referendum

    (BPI) LOS ANGELES‹In an historic vote that's been 50 years in the making, the national boards of directors of SAG and AFTRA have approved the final plans for a merger of the two unions. The proposed merger, however, must still be approved by the members, and opponents and ...

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    RANDOM SIGHTINGS

    Musicals Come to the

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    Pataki Proposes Ticket Broker Bill

    Gov. George E. Pataki has entered the political debate on how much New York ticket brokers can charge for tickets to entertainment and sporting events, proposing a resale cap of 40% above face value. The former law, which allowed brokers to charge no more than 10% or $5, expired on ...

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    Mission, Money, Moxie & Muse -- FringeU Panels Swim Theatre's Deep Ocean of Issues

    What role does New York's alternative theatre scene of 30 years past play in the development of new theatrical innovations? Should a theatre company be forced to compromise its original artistic statement for the sake of breaking the bank, and if so, when? Is securing the perfect location for ...

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    Roundabout Tables "Cabaret" Till 1998

    The Roundabout Theatre Company and British director Sam Mendes have decided to postpone their production of "Cabaret," originally planned for January 1997, until the spring of

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    Our Nov. 9 winner: We asked readers to connect Alf

    Our Nov. 9 winner: We asked readers to connect Alfre "Passion Fish" Woodard with Abe "Fish" Vigoda and received three responses—all of them incorrect. Too tough for you, huh? Well, if you want something done right... Our link-up: Alfre Woodard starred in Mumford with Ted Danson; Danson starred in ...