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    The Tragedy of King Lear

    "The Tragedy of King Lear," presented by and at the MET Theatre, 1089 N, Oxford Ave., Hollywood. Thu.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m. Nov. 14-Dec. 20. $15. (323) 957-1152.

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    Book Nook

    Looking for some great gift ideas for actors? Back Stage West reviews the best new books coming out for the holidays.

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    Awards Season Companion

    Below is a compilation of this season's theatre awards and nominations announced so far. Click on a title to learn more about an award and it's picks for this year. This site wil be updated as more accolades are presented.

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    It didn't take long for the entertainment unions

    It didn't take long for the entertainment unions to bring up the issue of residuals after the Walt Disney Co. announced Oct. 12 that episodes of its most popular TV series, Desperate Housewives and Lost, would be available for download onto iPods. That day the Screen Actors Guild, the ...

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    A Rapist's Eyes

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    The Eight: Reindeer Monologues

    "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues," presented by Shire Entertainment in association with Attic Theatre Ensemble at the Attic Theatre & Film Center, 5429 W. Washington Blvd., L.A. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m. Nov. 12-Dec. 18. $20. (323) 525-0600, ext. 2.

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    Opening Doors

    Jeff Bridges has starred in more than 50 movies, yet he never feels he's repeating himself. "I like to think each character is different from one I've played before," Bridges told an audience of Back Stage West readers at a Q&A session following a screening of his ...

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    Stewart Wins Thurber Prize for Humor

    For a funny guy, Jon Stewart is starting to collect some serious prizes.

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    Play7

    When you purchase an annual PLAY7 pass for $27, you can see as many L.A. plays as you want from the list of 22 member companies for only $7 per ticket.

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    NoCal Notes: RING IN THE OLD; ON THE ROAD AGAIN

    SAN FRANCISCO—Openings were scarce last month in the Bay Area; resident theatres spent December finishing runs and gearing up for what looks to be an exciting theatrical new year. But among the few that opened around Christmastime were several hands-down winners.