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    A BALANCED DIET: Planning Your Theatre Season

    Let's get something out of the way quickly: All the artistic directors we talked with, who head nonprofit theatres nationwide, acknowledge that funders cotton to a programming mix reflecting the experiences of an audience awash in diversity (ethnically, racially, age and gender-wise). But nobody plans a season based on

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    The Earl of Cabaret

    Crooner Earl Fries will perform his revue "Earl Fries, Songs and Such" at Danny's Skylight Room Cabaret (346 W. 46th St.), March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, at 9:15 pm. Information: (212)

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    EMPOWERED BY PRODUCING: Young Women Follow a Path Forged by Few

    Sick of acting but still love working in theatre? Then follow the lead of New York's young female producers. Nearly all of the women Back Stage spoke to for this annual International Women's Day/Women's History Month feature began as performers but found a more rewarding life ...

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    CLUB TALENT

    DON'T TELL

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    True Confessions

    I HAVE BEEN A FAN OF PIANIST-SINGER RONNY Whyte for 20 years. When I was living in Philadelphia and coming to New York every weekend, my Friday evenings were often spent at whatever club or restaurant he was appearing at. In fact, last week marked the 365th time I've ...

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    ACTORS' DIALOGUE: Shirley Knight & Kaitlin Hopkins

    "All women become like their mothers-that is their tragedy," goes the famous line from The Importance of Being Earnest, but Kaitlin Hopkins wouldn't call it tragic that she's followed in the footsteps of her mother, the great veteran stage and screen actress Shirley Knight. Frustrating, perhaps-but then, her ...

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    REGIONAL ROUNDUP

    LOS ANGELES - Moisƒs Kaufman's Gross Indecency at the Mark Taper Forum seemed to delight and challenge audiences during its premiere week in Los Angeles. Michael Emerson continues to intrigue audiences as Oscar Wilde, and the winning ensemble of Wilde's lovers, accusers, and contemporaries included rich performances by Mike ...

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    Justice Considers Appeal of NEA Ruling

    The federal Justice Department may challenge a Nov. 5 appeals court decision which declared that tying "decency standards" to federal arts funding is unconstitutional. The decision was based on a 1990 lawsuit filed by four performing artists against the National Endowment for the Arts