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    AWhat exactly does an agent do, and why should

    AWhat exactly does an agent do, and why should you want one? Five talent agents will explore these and other questions during a panel discussion at Actorfest, Back Stage's annual trade show, which will be held Sat., Oct. 13, at Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan.

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    Comings and Goings on N.Y. Theater Scene

    This weekend, while many (myself included) gather to watch new movies at the film festival in Telluride, Colo., the New York theater scene shrinks considerably.

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    Lehman, Lynskey in Gear to 'Drive' Pilot

    Kristin Lehman and Melanie Lynskey have been tapped to co-star in Fox's drama pilot "Drive."

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    Review: 'The Human Comedy'

    Traditionally, Barrington Stage Company's season-opening musical is one of the highlights of the Berkshires theatre season -- not so withThe Human Comedy.

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    Off the Wire... SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA—Glendale's classics-focused A Noise Within announces its fall 2005 repertory season. Included are Shakespeare's Othello (Sep. 23-Dec. 8), directed by Julia Rodriguez Elliott and Geoff Elliott; William Inge's Pulitzer-winning 1953 drama Picnic (Oct. 7-Nov. 27), directed by Craig Belknap; and Henrik Ibsen ...

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    Seda, Manheim Sign New Deals with CBS

    Jon Seda has joined the cast of the CBS drama "Close to Home" as a regular, while Camryn Manheim recently signed on to co-star on another CBS drama, "Ghost Whisperer."

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    Kennedy Center Seeks New American Plays

    The Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays is seeking grant proposals from American professional non-profit theatres for its 2000 awards. Any such theatre may apply for financial support for one new play to hold its world premiere between Nov. 1, 2000, and Dec. 31, 2001. The deadline for submissions ...

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    Memorial Grants Deadline Nov. 30

    The 1997 Annual Memorial Grant Awards will be given to 30 performing arts companies on March 10, 1997. Deadline for nominations is Nov.

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    Ohio Critics Bestow Honors

    The Central Ohio Theatre Critics Circle has presented its fourth-annual citations.

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    BIT PARTS : Shift in "Power"?

    Alan Arkin and Elaine May's newest collaboration, "Power Plays," is popular with critics and audiences. So Arkin and May are pulling a "power play" of their own. The two, who co-wrote and co-directed the production, as well as co-star, along with their respective offspring, will leave the show, reportedly ...