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    CAL SHAKES

    Shana Cooper (cstg. dir.) will hold auditions for the California Shakespeare Festival. Season to include: Cymbeline, The Skin of Our Teeth, Romeo & Juliet, and Twelfth Night. Rehearsals start May 1. Performances run through Oct. 7 in Berkeley. There is pay for non-Equity performers.

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    ACTORS' CUES & A'S: On Industry Seminars

    After writing a column a while back on the subject of seminars conducted by agents and casting directors, I heard from many actors who wrote to share their stories. Below, two actors pose questions about their

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    Corrections

    Phone-tag confusion led to our rewriting history in the April 28 review of "Our Lady of Sligo." De Valera most certainly was not England's prime minister. He was a leader of Sinn Fein and became, in 1932, president of the Irish Free

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    Mid-Coast CUES- Lyric Opera's Krainik to Retire

    Ardis Krainik, the brilliant general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago for 15 years, will retire next April 30 at the conclusion of Lyric Opera's 1997 fiscal year. Krainik, who underwent surgery last summer, cited reasons of health for her voluntary

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    BISTRO BITS

    'Da Noise, 'da Talent, 'da

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    Artists Eye Stage Smoke

    Actors' Equity Association and the musicians of Local 802 are both currently working to assure members' safety when they're exposed to Broadway stages' smoke and fog. Each union is combining its efforts with the League of American Theatres and

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    SAG/NY's Prez, Chair Discuss Nominees

    Last week, Back Stage published an article about seven actors running as an independent slate for the New York and national boards of Screen Actors Guild. We received several phone calls and letters from candidates responding to the article. To assure a balance, this week we'll discuss SAG/NY ...

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    DANCE DIARY - All-Balanchine, All-NYC Ballet

    During the first week of its winter season, New York City Ballet featured an all-Balanchine program consisting of "Ballo della Regina," "Kammermusik No. 2," "Sonatine," and "Brahms-Schoenberg

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    Liza Minnelli To Pinch-Hit On Broadway Again

    For the second time in her career, Liza Minnelli will pinch-hit for a major Broadway star when she takes over the title role of "Victor/Victoria" for four weeks, Jan. 7-Feb.

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    DGA Decries Diverse Hiring

    "Industry employers have consistently failed to hire women and minorities in numbers that demonstrate any true commitment to the encouragement of diversity in the directorial team."