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    Auditions at a Glance

    Thursday, March

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    Bit Parts : Rewarding Memory

    "It reminded me of a moment when I was really small," recalled Douglas Sills, speaking last week to The Detroit Free Press of when he first read the script for the Broadway musical "The Scarlet Pimpernel." "My mother called me into her room to look at something on TV. And ...

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    Republican Hoekstra Investigates NEA

    The Republican chairman of the House of Representatives' oversight subcommittee is conducting an extensive investigation of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The inquiry is apparently a part of the Republicans' multi-pronged attempt to scrap the agency, which the House's conservative leadership has marked for elimination at the ...

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    Dave Attell Shelled Nut

    Dave Attell is like an all-star athlete who plays for a small-market sports team; think Michael Finley of the Dallas Mavericks or Jason Giambi of the Oakland A's. Attell is that guy: a highlight reel not seen by nearly enough people. That's where the comparisons to multimillion-dollar athletes ...

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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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    Obituaries

    Robert Harris Blaisdell, 58,

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    Head of the Table - In the musical-chairs world of entertainment, Lynn Redgrave now finds herself controlling the game.

    When she enters a room, the gracious Lynn Redgrave exudes an aura of aristocratic poise, but it quickly becomes evident that she is also a lady of tremendous sincerity and warmth. In a recent interview with Back Stage West/Drama-Logue at the coffeeshop in Santa Monica's Shutters Hotel, this ...

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    Pearls of the Perilous - San Francisco's Magic Theatre helps silenced voices to be heard with its Festival of Playwrights in Danger.

    San Francisco's Magic Theatre-the Bay Area's prime purveyor of new plays-is on a roll with a series of popular "festivals" that showcase the work of important, often marginalized playwrights. This month, the 33-year-old mid-sized theatre takes on its most ambitious project yet: a Festival of Playwrights in Danger ...

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