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    Johansson to Receive 'Rising Star Award'

    Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson will be honored next month at the 15th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.

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    B'way Rocks Times Square Sept. 7

    Nathan Lane and Jane Krakowski will co-host this year's Broadway on Broadway, the 12th annual free concert featuring a plethora of White Way stars in Times Square on Sun., Sept. 7 starting at 11:30 am.

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    The Spickner Spin

    "The Spickner Spin," a scrumptious satirical concoction, is just the right entrée for this political season.

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    The Threepenny Opera

    Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's "The Threepenny Opera" is often revived, but not in the 1954 Marc Blitzstein adaptation that made it a success in the U.S.

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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."