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    Singing Caviar Instead of Chestnuts

    Cabaret performers, not unlike actors, grapple with typecasting issues. Consider Mark Nadler's newest act, "Write Now! Songs by People Who Aren't Dead," that played through Sat., July 31 at the posh Opia Restaurant on East 57th Street. It's not that Nadler didn't evoke the persona with ...

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    How's a Mom To Act?

    Okay, here's the thing: When my son Gabe told us he loved performing comedy more than anything in the world, I was thrilled he had found something he loved so much. But when he said he might want to be a professional actor, I thought, "Shit! We are so ...

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    NYC Fringe Fest Bounces Back

    The New York International Fringe Festival is rising, phoenixlike, out of its recent economic doldrums. Back Stage has learned not only that applications for this year's eighth annual cavalcade of the cool and curious scored new highs, but, more important, the festival has implemented fiscal and structural changes designed ...

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    Keener Charged with a 'Crime' Role

    Catherine Keener and Ellen Page will star inAn American Crime, a gritty drama about the abuse, torture, and death of a 16-year-old girl in 1965.

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    Corsets as Metaphor

    Actress Viola Davis does not feel that the issues her character, Esther, faces in "Intimate Apparel" are all that dated, despite the play's time frame of 1905. Davis is, however, perturbed by something else. "What affects me is the image of the dark-skinned African-American woman as plain. Often that ...

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    Cusack, Others to Solve 'Kit Kittredge' Mystery

    Joan Cusack, Chris O'Donnell, Julia Ormond and Wallace Shawn are the latest to be added to the formidable ensemble cast for the Depression-era feature "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mystery."

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    L.A. Film Fest Celebrates 10 Years

    The Los Angeles Film Festival will kick off its 10th year with a screening of writer/director/star Zach Braff's Garden State June 17. The 10-day festival will close June 26 with The Clearing, starring Robert Redford and Helen Mirren. The festival will screen nearly 200 narrative features, documentaries ...

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    How to Be a Publicist's Dream

    While greeting audience members after a performance of Of Mice and Men, San Francisco actor Karl Erickson demonstrated his talent for fostering good public relations.

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    Hollywood Unions Tell It to the FCC

    Leaders of the Hollywood unions decried media consolidation before all five FCC Commissioners at the Commission's first public hearing yesterday afternoon.

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    Clooney Scores Double Play of New Projects

    George Clooney will earn his stripes with the Warner Bros. family. The actor-director-producer has signed on to two high-profile projects with Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Independent Pictures.