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    Stampede Theatre Festival: 52 New Performances

    The third annual Stampede Theatre Festival, running from Jan. 8 to Feb. 8 at Midtown's Trilogy Theatre (341 West 44th St.), will be presenting a month-long offering of new works that are decidedly downtown in sensibility. The festival is being produced by Feed the Herd, a company that had ...

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    Back Stage publishes reviews of over 400 NYC

    Back Stage publishes reviews of over 400 NYC theatrical productions every year. Because of space limitations, it can sometimes take a while for a review to see print, so make sure you check our website at www.backstage.com, where all reviews are posted the same week they are filed.

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    ...Left The Building

    "...Left the Building," presented by See-Sharp Productions at the Gardner Stages, 1501 N. Gardner, Hollywood. Fri.-Sat. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7-Dec. 20. $12. (323) 960-7665.

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    Rent

    "Rent," presented by InTour, LLC at the Wilshire Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Tue.-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 & 8 p.m., Sun. 1 & 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9-21. $20-69.50. Also at the Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim. Mon.-Tue. 8 p.m ...

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    Rap

    "Rap," presented by AppleArts and BirthWrite Productions at the Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. Thu.-Fri. 8 p.m. Nov. 20-Dec. 27. $12. (310) 869-1701.

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    Fueling the Creative Process

    Once again, the American Theatre Wing corralled top theatrical professionals for a dynamic three days of seminars. Last week, Back Stage covered the Playwright/Director/Choreographer and Performance panels. This week, we take a look at the Production and Design Seminars. The series took place on Oct. 28-30 at the ...

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    Major Dilemma, Gift of Gab

    Dear Jack: I am a sophomore in college, and I am thinking about majoring in theatre. What are the advantages and disadvantages of that majoring?

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    Masha No Home

    "Masha No Home," presented by the East West Players at the David Henry Hwang Theatre at the Union Center for the Arts, 120 Judge John Aiso St., L.A. Thu.-Sat. 8 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 2 p.m. Nov. 12-Dec. 7. $28-33. (213) 625-7000, ext. 20.

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    A Funny Thing Happened...While Job Hunting

    After returning from my last gig, I found myself back in the usual New York routine: Search Back Stage, attend audition, get rejected, start again. The difference on this occasion was not the big plans or high hopes, but the complete lack of money. Despite a lengthy last contract, I ...

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    A Middling 'Millie' and an Uneasy 'Night'

    When a Broadway transfer sweeps into town, having recently won six Tony Awards, expectations are naturally high. Too high, perhaps, because several newspaper reviewers have been completely underwhelmed by the arrival of Thoroughly Modern Millie to the Shaftesbury Theatre—"You'll like the costumes" read one headline, while another suggested ...