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    IATSE Chief: Recall a 'Travesty'

    The day before the California Labor Federation is scheduled to hold a crucial strategic meeting, IATSE president Thomas Short blasted California's upcoming recall election, calling it a "true breakdown of the democratic process."

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    Love Letters

    In its new incarnation at the intimate Duplex, A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters" shines as if new-minted, allowing one to see charms that were previously unrecognized.

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    Spotlight on Commercial Casting

    This year, Back Stage's spotlight on commercial casting focuses on change: How the style, form, and content of advertisements are changing, how the qualities an actor needs to be cast in them are changing, and how the ad market itself is changing the very way ads are bought and ...

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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.