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    BISTRO BITS: Comings & Going

    Consider this the hail-and-farewell column. Actually, two hails and a farewell-with the farewell up first. In a show at Arci's Place, called "Another Final Farewell Appearance," Kaye Ballard explains, "I ruined my voice singing in the only keys Arthur Siegel could play." Okay, she brought up the voice thing ...

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    Cymbeline marks Rashad's Shakespearean debut,

    Cymbeline marks Rashad's Shakespearean debut, though she says starring in August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean, with its dense, poetic text, was good preparation. Her character in that play—the ancient, near-mythic matriarch Aunt Ester—is the role she's most proud of, in part for the delicate ...

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    SAG Hears Challenges

    The Screen Actors Guild's national election committee next week will hear challenges to the recent elections results.

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    Sam Seeks Short Play Scribes

    Samuel French, Inc. is seeking plays for its 22nd annual Off-Off-Broadway Original Short Play

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    SAG Urges ATA to Table

    Responding to talent agents' criticisms of its stance on general service agreements (GSAs), the Screen Actors Guild has announced it will stand its ground, yet wants to return to the bargaining table.

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    Damon Raises Money for Idaho Theater

    Actor Matt Damon came into town to promote his latest film and to try and boost a local theater.

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    Nonprofit Bonuses in Philly

    Theatres and other performing arts organizations have always been concerned with attracting the finest artistic talent, but now they also appear to be actively pursuing and retaining the best business minds as well. This is just one of the findings that emerged from a 2001 survey of employee compensation and ...

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    Guild Merger Naysayers Endorse New Consolidation

    Several founding members of the original SaveSAG group held court in front of a handful of reporters Monday to explain their decision to flip-flop and endorse the current consolidation plan.

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    Film Critics Play 'Pianist' as Top Picture

    "The Pianist," Roman Polanski's drama based on the true story of a Polish musician surviving the Holocaust, was the choice of the National Society of Film Critics as Best Picture. The group is the last of the major critics' organizations to make their awards. The 55-member Society voted on ...

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    Casting Session

    Between a good actor and a great role stands a casting director who has the vision to see when one is made for the other. In the world of casting directors, there are few busier than Deborah Aquila, Lisa Beach, Mali Finn, and Debra Zane.