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    The Great Election

    "The Great Election," presented by John Stark Productions at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. Thu.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m. July 31-Aug. 22. $15-19.50. (310) 477-2055.

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    New Honor at Actors' Equity

    Actors' Equity Association has announced a newly created musical theatre award available to Equity membership candidates. The honor is named for the late casting director Roger Sturtevant, who died last year at age 56 and who adored musicals.

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    Rants and Raves

    I always thought I would be the last person to be writing in, but something really got my goat last week. I have seen several casting notices in the last couple of weeks for various projects that involve homosexual male characters. Please keep in mind that I am a male ...

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    Cast of Sideways Joins Back Stage West For Evening

    As part of Back Stage West's ongoing "An Evening With..." series, the cast of Sideways joined readers for a conversation following a screening of the film Nov. 16. The Fox Searchlight film is the fourth feature from Alexander Payne, director and co-writer (with Jim Taylor) of Citizen Ruth, Election ...

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    The Hasty Heart

    Best known for "The Teahouse of the August Moon," playwright John Patrick was a consummate craftsman.

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    SDCF Head Miloscia Quietly Exits

    Joseph Miloscia, executive director of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation, has quietly stepped down from his position, Back Stage has learned.

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    SNL Member to Perform at Homelessness Benefit

    SNLcast member Will Forte, Mike Schwartz and comedian Demetri Martin will perform at a benefit as part of the "Homelessness Isn't Funny" campaign.

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    Some Theater Chains Refuse 'Fahrenheit'

    "Fahrenheit 9/11" will expand into 286 additional theaters Friday. But if you're in Grand Island, Neb., or Marquette, Wis., you'll have to drive to the next town to see it.

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    Frederick Knott's 1952 stage hit, "Dial 'M' for Murder," has not been revived in New York in 52 years, probably due to the popularity of the Hitchcock film with Grace Kelly and Ray Milland and the remake with Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow. Theater by the Blind has revived ...