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    CD-Actor Follow-Up, Kissing Edict

    Regular readers will remember that last week I promised a follow-up about a commercial casting director who also works as a commercial actor. You were concerned that this CD's proximity to the clients and director would give him or her an unfair advantage.

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    L.A. Auditions at a Glance

    Culled from the hundreds of casting notices listed daily on BackStage.com, below are this week's audition highlights, organized by West Coast and by the day the auditions are being held.

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    Laura Allen: Down to Earth

    If this acting thing doesn't work out, Laura Allen has at least one career option to fall back on. The actor studied criminology and sociology at Wellesley College, and she worked as a domestic violence counselor with the New York Police Department shortly after graduation. "Coming out of Wellesley ...

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    Equity Members Meet Jan. 9

    Members of Actors' Equity Association's three regions will all meet Fri., Jan. 9 in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

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    Romeo and Juliet: The Last Battlefield

    "Romeo and Juliet: The Last Battlefield," presented by Rustix Theatre Co. at the Next Stage Theatre, 1523 N. La Brea (2nd Floor), Hollywood. Wed. 8 p.m. Through Aug. 27. $10. (323) 850-7827.

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    The Mouse Speaks: Disney Execs Discuss Plans with Back Stage

    Disney Theatrical Productions (DTP) President Thomas Schumacher and Walt Disney Studios Chairman Peter Schneider announced in April that two DTP executives have been given new titles. Former Senior Vice President of Business Affairs Stuart Oken was promoted to executive vice president, and former Vice President Alan Levey has been given ...

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    Banderas Nervous About Broadway Debut

    Antonio Banderas admits he'll have a few butterflies when he makes his Broadway debut tonight in the revival of the musical "Nine." But Banderas says once he starts singing he won't be nervous anymore. "You just get into it, and you just want to communicate what you're ...

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    The Tragedy of Hamlet

    It is rare that any event so greatly anticipated should exceed even the standards of our wildest imaginations. But such is the case for "The Tragedy of Hamlet," directed by the incomparable Peter Brook, now showing at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

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    Laughter by the Book

    If you're a standup resolving to read more about your profession, a fan of comedy hoping to find out about what goes on behind the scenes, or you're just looking for a fun way to cash in your holiday bookstore gift certificates, January is a great month for ...

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    Blackburn Noms to 12 Plays

    Candidates Include Eight American Playwrights