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    Orchestra Pit Unrest Could Prompt British Strike

    The specter of a possible musicians' strike was hanging over London theaters Wednesday because of the threat to jobs from "virtual orchestras."

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    Primus Prize Renewed

    The Francesca Primus Prize, which has been on hiatus since 2002, resumes in 2004 under the auspices of the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA). The prize, awarded to women playwrights, lost its home at the Denver Center Theatre Company (DCTC) as a result of cutbacks in the company's new ...

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    Mary Shelley's Santa Claus

    "Mary Shelley's Santa Claus: Presence in Boxes," presented by Cornerstone Theater Company at the Furious Theatre at the Armory Northwest, 965 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 & 8 p.m. Dec. 6-22. $15. (213) 613-1700 x 33.

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    The Winter's Tale

    Known for perhaps the silliest stage direction of all time ("Exit, pursued by a bear"), Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale" suffers from an identity crisis.

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    "1st Mondays" at Naked Angels

    Naked Angels is presenting the second of its new monthly reading series, "1st Mondays," on Monday, Nov. 4.

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    Tumor Brainiowicz

    Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (1885-1939), a Polish painter and writer who lived and worked between two world wars, is one of the great surrealist dramatists of the 20th century. His work

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    A.R.T./NY Moves More Mellon Money

    Bloomberg Ups $500,000 Round-Two Grants By Another $200,000

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    By any number of collaborations over the years, co

    By any number of collaborations over the years, connect the names of two performers or creators who have never worked together, and receive a Back Stage West T-shirt. Weekly winners are chosen by the creativity, cleverness, and brevity of their connections.

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    "Cats' Stamp Unveiled

    An unexpected-and yes, theatre-icon of the 1980s was honored on Wed., Jan 12, when the United States Postal Service unveiled a new commemorative postage stamp featuring the Broadway musical "Cats." The ceremony was held at the Winter Garden Theatre, where the smash musical is still playing. It's part of ...

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    ACTORS' TAXES: Same Time, This Year - Since the Y2K bug failed to wipe out the IRS computer system, it's once again time for taxes.

    Wow, we made it! And, of course, as predicted, the Earth opened up, continents were swamped with giant tidal waves, Jupiter collided with Mars, Los Angeles slid into the Pacific Ocean, and the Dow-Jones plummeted to pre-1900 numbers. Unfortunately-and the saddest news of all is-the Internal Revenue Service withstood all ...