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    The Mysteries

    "The Mysteries," presented by and at the Actors' Gang, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. July 19-Sept. 28. $15-20. (323) 465-0566, ext. 15.

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    Post-'Friends' gig for LeBlanc

    Is this the one where Joey gets his really big break? Maybe so. Sources say talks are accelerating among NBC, Warner Bros. TV and Matt LeBlanc to cut a deal for a "Friends" spinoff sitcom revolving around LeBlanc's Joey Tribbiani character.

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    Ringside Seats

    Writer/lyricist Clay McLeod Chapman has a sweet tooth for the macabre.

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    DCA Receives $118.8 Million for FY04

    The New York City Council and Mayor Michael Bloomberg last week somehow managed to cover a $6.4 billion deficit by agreeing on a $43.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2004, the largest budget in the city's history. That action included restoring $24.1 million, or all but ...

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    Technique: Concentrating on character work, ex

    Technique: Concentrating on character work, ex studio vet Chris Berube utilizes techniques stylized for sitcoms rather than coffee shops. Berube is constantly casting for shows in three different theaters and relies heavily on workshop actors.

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    Americans for the Arts Sues for Lilly Largesse

    Philanthropic circles were abuzz last fall with news that Ruth Lilly had made unprecedented gifts to Poetry magazine and to Americans for the Arts. A year later, the organization is suing the bank that administers those trusts.

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    Commercial Casting: The Changing Shape of TV Ads: Going for the Gut

    "Television commercials have become more intuitive, less cognitive." So asserts Gerry Schweitzer, chief account planning officer at the advertising firm Bates North America. "Of course, the best, most effective commercials have always worked on an emotional as opposed to an intellectual level.

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    Broadway Bares Raises $450,000

    The 13th annual Broadway Bares event, put on by Mac Cosmetics and the Mac AIDS fund, has raised $450,000 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA).

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    Revivals Likely to Dominate Tony Awards

    "Gypsy" and "Nine." And what about "La Boheme"? And then there's Peter Nichols' "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" and Eugene O'Neill's monumental family drama, "Long Day's Journey Into Night," not to mention the Greek tragedy "Medea."

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    Actors Speak Out on Background Restrictions

    I would not favor more restrictive membership requirements, but don't particularly care to elaborate, as I find that issue a distraction from more pressing concerns. If actors working background receive due respect and representation in the new merged union, that will allow us to properly influence not only membership ...