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    "I joined a new theatre company this month: Open

    "I joined a new theatre company this month: Open at the Top (NoHo theatre group)—very excited about that. It was (in my opinion) the best audition I've ever given. It was with a monologue from Steve Martin's Patter for the Floating Lady. Great little play!"

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    BackStage.com Seeking Asst. Web Editor

    BackStage.com seeks for an assistant web editor for its NYC office (770 Broadway at 9th Street). There will be extensive client contact and research using Internet; must be comfortable with both.

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    Getting Laughs in Vegas

    Music lovers have flooded Las Vegas to catch performances by Céline Dion, Elton John, and Cher. Now HBO hopes comedy fans will also flock there for a festival featuring the hottest comedians around. HBO and AEG Live's The Comedy Festival will present three days of standup, sketch, improv, films ...

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    George Clooney may have mastered the art of

    George Clooney may have mastered the art of dealing with the media, but for actors experiencing the publicity machine for the first time, the whirlwind of questions and situations can be a little disconcerting. You may be exhausted from tackling a tough role in a film or TV show, but ...

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    Matlin Joins Cast of Showtime's 'L Word'

    Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin ("Children of a Lesser God") is joining the cast of the Showtime series "The L Word."

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    A rare cinematic opportunity has arisen for you

    A rare cinematic opportunity has arisen for you this week, dear reader. For a mere five bucks you can attend the Airplane! Reunion and witness quite possibly the funniest comedy on the planet. We know what you're thinking: "Surely, you can't be serious!" We are serious, and don ...

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    SAG, AFTRA Seek Ad Study Consultant

    SAG, AFTRA and ad industry representatives will focus their attention on picking a consultant to conduct the study on alternative compensation schemes.

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    Moving On, Pro and Con

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    Okay, so not everyone can go to Yale. Meryl

    Okay, so not everyone can go to Yale. Meryl Streep, Paul Giamatti, Patricia Clarkson, and Frances McDormand are alumni. Current SAG National President Alan Rosenberg attended for a year but left the program to pursue acting Off-Off-Broadway. Playwrights Wendy Wasserstein and Thornton Wilder were also Bulldogs at one time.