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    The Duchess a.k.a. Wallis Simpson

    Seventeen years after her death, Wallis Simpson remains an enigma.

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    ShoWest travels with Fellowes for writing nod

    Julian Fellowes, nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay for "Gosford Park," has been named Screenwriter of the Year by the organizers of ShoWest 2002. Fellowes will accept his award during the exhibitor convention's closing-night Gala Awards Banquet on March 7 in Las Vegas.

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    New Latino Play Festival

    The third annual "Songs From Coconut Hill" festival, a New Works/Latino Voices Playwrights Festival, will take place at the Lower East Side's Teatro La Tea (the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk Street) from Mon., March 22 through Sun., April 4. The event marks a collaborative effort ...

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    Stiles, Weaver to Judge Battle of the Bards

    The bar and cabaret club Crobar is set to host the second annual Battle of the Bards contest, a lively competition of original one-act plays.

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    Abundance of Character

    He's the quintessential character actor: You recognize his face, he's consistently great in whatever he does, and yet most of you don't know his name. That's just the way Stephen Root prefers it.

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    New To L.A.?

    If you are an actor who is new (within the past year) to the Los Angeles area and you'd like to share your experience with Back Stage West for its Jan. 22 "Welcome to L.A." issue, please contact

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    A Funny Thing Happened...In a Musical

    I was playing an Aggie football player in the national tour of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" starring Ann-Margret. We were in the Oriental Theatre in Chicago when two funny things happened in one week.

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    Reporting Income

    Here we are in the second week of the new year. The holidays are a pleasant memory and probably the last thing on your mind is taxes. Unfortunately, the yearly deadline for filing your income tax return looms just a few weeks away. Although you haven't received any documents ...

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    Compagnie Maguy Marin

    The best adjective defining Compagnie Maguy Marin's production of "Les Applaudissements ne se Mangent Pas (One Can't Eat Applause)" might be "beige," though "bland" would do just as well, and "repetitive" even better.

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    Dealer's Choice

    "Dealer's Choice," presented by Birdman Productions, in association with Old Country Productions, at the Third Stage, 2811 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m. Sept. 14-Nov. 2. $15. (818) 842-4755.