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    The craft

    In one of my first acting classes, the teacher asked us to hear an imaginary sound. We all furrowed our brows, cocked our heads. "No, don't indicate listening," she said. "Really listen!" This was my first understanding of what indicating—and acting—is really all about. I lived in ...

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    New Townshend Rock Opera Opens at Fest

    More than 30 years after his seminal "Tommy" and "Quadrophenia," The Who's Pete Townshend has written a new rock opera that will be given a test run at a theater festival in New York this weekend.

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    Hutton, Strathairn Talk Craft at Woodstock Fest

    Actors Timothy Hutton and David Strathairn will talk about their craft at the five-day Woodstock Film Festival, which starts Wednesday.

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    SAG Reaffirms 'Phase One' with AFTRA

    SAG won't let its hard feelings toward AFTRA derail labor solidarity in upcoming contract talks.

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    AFTRA's Connolly Tapped for Fed Council

    The San Francisco district of the Federal Reserve Bank appointed AFTRA President John Connolly to its economic advisory council.

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    SAG, Before Panel, Challenges ATA

    The Screen Actors Guild wants the California legislature to alter the state Talent Agency Act to better police and heavily penalize agents and personal managers who violate the law. Also, the guild has again challenged the legality of a waiver which talent agents have proposed to their franchise agreement with ...

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    Howard, Bana on List for 'Factor X'

    Eric Bana and Terrence Howard are attached to star in "Factor X," a thriller being written by Gregory Allen Howard for New Line Cinema telling the true tale of how the BTK killer was captured.

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    'Life in the Theatre' Keeps 'Moving On'

    In times of trouble, the theatre is one of the few escapes from the intense nerve-wracking, gut-checking, soul-searching angst that grips even the most jaded Americans when faced with the prospects of war and incomprehensible terrorism. Still, it's seldom a true escape.

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    Tippet, Tudor, & de Mille Make for a Memorable ABT Matinee

    Back Stage will be closed on Thurs. Nov. 22 and Fri. Nov. 23 for the Thanksgiving Day holiday. The Nov. 23 issue will be on the newsstands on Wed. Nov. 21, one day earlier than the usual Thursday date. The deadline for that issue will be Thurs. Nov. 15 at ...

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    The Wicked Stage

    Folklore of stage and screen is ready-made fodder for TV biopics and docu-plays eager to capitalize on the familiarity of legendary figures whose private lives are as much a part of the culture as their performances and productions. Such fare tends to be either ultra-reverent or queen-bitchy, or some unholy ...