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    You'll need serious screen chops to earn any kind of audience acclaim playing a member of the GOP on the left-leaning series The West Wing, and the venerable Alan Alda has long proven his ability to bring charm to the seediest characters. And Alda's Arnold Vinick, the heavily ...

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    Soul Workout

    Therapy can be a way for actors to better understand what holds them back from fully embracing their lives and their art.

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    ComedySportz

    "ComedySportz," presented by ComedySportz Los Angeles at the National Comedy Theatre, 733 N. Seward St., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat. 8 & 10:30 p.m. Oct. 4-Nov. 15. $12-15. (323) 856-4796.

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    Strathairn Gears Up for 'Challenger'

    Oscar nominee David Strathairn is set to star in a new drama about a Nobel laureate's investigation into the 1986 explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.

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    Build It and They Will Come

    James Mellon and Kevin Bailey, longtime companions and frequent professional collaborators, have enjoyed wide-ranging and prolific careers, together and separately. A new chapter in their professional lives commenced in fall 2004 when they brought one of their most ambitious shared dreams to fruition. They bought the Renegade Theatre and converted ...

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    Director Val Guest Dies at Age 94

    Val Guest, best known for directing science-fiction classics "The Quatermass Xperiment" and "The Day the Earth Caught Fire," has died. He was 94.

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    AGMA Explores New Vocal Care Institute in NYC

    The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) has been consulting with a New York City medical center on the possibility of creating an institute for the care of singers' and actors' voices.

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    If there seems to be little unifying these three

    If there seems to be little unifying these three works or Clayburgh's motives in choosing them, there's a good reason: "I have no plans," she says of her selection process. "Plans are seen only in retrospect. Sometimes I'll take a role because I need the money or ...

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    Equity Alleges Unfair Practices

    Actors' Equity Association filed a charge of unfair labor practices against American Girl Place last week when, the union contends, the company said it would withdraw a proposed pay increase for actors who perform at its theatre in Manhattan because they are trying to join Equity.