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    Summertime Is Festival Time in NYC

    How can anyone ignore the summertime festivals dominating the Gotham theatre scene? The nine-year-old New York International Fringe Festival (running Aug. 12–28), the six-year-old Midtown International Theatre Festival (concluding Aug. 7), and the two-year-old New York Musical Theatre Festival (running Sept. 12–Oct. 2) are just part of a ...

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    Work Today, Work Tomorrow?

    A day job is an inevitable part of the struggling actor's life, a way to keep the rent paid and the fridge stocked while you go out on auditions, try to land an agent, and hone your craft in classes and onstage. The problem is, most typical 9-to-5 gigs ...

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    Waiting For Lefty

    "Waiting for Lefty," presented by and at the Sanford Meisner Center Theatre, 5124 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Fri.-Sat. 9 p.m. May 20-July 2. $12-18. (818) 509-9651.

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    Destroy She Said

    "Destroy She Said," presented by Etant Donnes: The Fund for French-American Theatre and the San Diego Black Ensemble Theatre in association with and at Theatre/Theater, 6425 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Fri.-Sat. 8 pm. Jan. 14-Feb. 13. $15. (310) 382-0710.

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    ZviDance: Territories

    In "Territories," Zvi Gotheiner's new work, there were snatches of perfectly beautiful movement.

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    Arcadia

    "Arcadia," presented by Vox Humana at Century City Playhouse, 10508 W. Pico Blvd., L.A. Thu.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 & 7 p.m. Mar. 19-Apr. 10. $20. (323) 769-5794.

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    Producer Bruckheimer Conquers Small Screen

    Five years ago this week, movie producer Jerry Bruckheimer attended his first network TV "upfront" presentation after landing his first primetime series on CBS, an unassuming crime drama with a convoluted title: "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

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    ot many actors are wholeheartedly beloved.

    ot many actors are wholeheartedly beloved. There's just something so kind, formidable, and salt-of-the-earth about character actor Frances McDormand. She brings this quality to nearly all her roles, but in North Country she's in rare form.

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    Dunkin' Donuts Ad Actor Michael Vale Dies

    Michael Vale, the actor best known for his portrayal of a sleepy-eyed Dunkin' Donuts baker who said "Time to make the doughnuts," has died. He was 83.

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    Casting Notice Policy

    The casting deadline is Friday at 1:30 p.m. for the issue which hits newsstands on the following Thursday. Items may be mailed, faxed, or brought in person to Back Stage West, Attn: Casting, 5055 Wilshire Blvd., 5th flr., Los Angeles, CA 90036. Fax number: (323) 965-1340. Website: www ...