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    BISTRO BITS - First Time at Bat

    YPICALLY, I WILL NOT GO TO SEE A PERFOR-mer's first cabaret show. As I've said previously, I believe that newcomers should be given the chance to develop their talent free from the pressures (and potential pain) of public criticism. Occasionally, I will see a debut--if, for example, something ...

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    SAG/NY Election Results Stand

    A specially-convened Screen Actors Guild/New York committee voted unanimously last week to let stand the results of the November election for the NY National Board of Directors, despite a challenge from eight independent

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    A "Pride"-ful Old Globe Premieres Tina Howe

    Like many other contemporary playwrights, Tina Howe decided to open her new play, "Pride's Crossing," outside of New York City, away from the critics who can kill a show before it really has a chance to develop. She turned to a theatre with a reputation for quality, the Old ...

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    Thursday, May 9

    Oliver!, Joseph , Funny ....Page

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    Equity Meets on "Les Misƒrables" Purge

    Cast Up in Arms Over Mass Firings; Plan of Action Is UnclearBy Michael

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    Critic's Picks

    - ACME Schmacme, presented by and at the ACME Comedy Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Ave., Hollywood. Through July 25. (213)

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    Critic's Picks

    Accidental Death of an Anarchist, presented by New Crime Productions at the Evidence Room, 3542 Hayden Ave., Culver City. Through Dec. 20. (310)

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    Stevenson Hospitalized: Theatre Wing Chair Collapses After Tonys

    Isabelle Stevenson, chair of the American Theatre Wing, spent more than a week in intensive care after undergoing emergency surgery a few hours after the conclusion of the June 4 Tony Awards ceremony.

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    No More Fiddling Around: With his latest show, The People's Violin, Charlie Varon gets serious.

    He's given Rush Limbaugh a heart, Ralph Nader an enlarged brain (courtesy of the heretofore unknown "justice cluster" of cerebral cells governing righteousness and compassion), and thousands of satire-lovers hours of hearty laughs. But playwright/ solo performer Charlie Varon's latest work may be tackling the most complex icons ...

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    Call for Papers

    The 18th annual William Inge Theatre Festival and Conference has issued an invitation for