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    Smith Blackburn Finalists Named

    The ten finalists nominated for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Award have been announced. The award, now celebrating its 24th anniversary, is given annually to top-notch women playwrights forging works for the English-speaking stage.

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    Trachtenberg Acting 'Odd' for Indie

    Michelle Trachtenberg is in final negotiations to star opposite Bijou Phillips in the indie "Odd Girl Out." Shooting is scheduled to start Jan. 12 in Los Angeles with Deepika Daggubati at the helm.

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    NEWS IN BRIEF

    The first week of the 2007–08 TV season has left industry observers concerned about the absence of a breakout series. On Madison Avenue and Wall Street, estimates of the first week of the season varied from the harsh to the wait-and-see. Bank of America said in a research report ...

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    Letters

    [In response to the Our View "Et Tu, Affleck?," Back Stage Dec. 6, 2007]

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    Voight Signs on for Villainous Role on '24'

    In his first series role in 40 years, Jon Voight has signed on as a recurring character on the upcoming seventh season of "24."

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    British Playwright Simon Gray Dead at 71

    British writer Simon Gray, author of literate, bittersweet plays and acerbic diaries, has died at 71, his publisher said Thursday.

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    Chris Noth Joins Cast of 'Farragut North'

    Television's Mr. Big is going off-Broadway. Chris Noth will appear in the world premiere of "Farragut North," Beau Willimon's play of political intrigue.

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    Regional Roundup

    ed a mesmerizing assembly of characters whose wistfulness, laughter, and suffering echo our own. There's talk that the show will play New York after a summer run at London's Barbican Centre.

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    Ott Named Seattle Rep Artistic Director

    Sharon Ott, who has led the Berkeley Repertory Theatre for the past 12 years, has been named the new Seattle Repertory Theatre artistic director. She will assume her role in July 1997, succeeding Daniel

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    <b>Actors don't want strike, SAG's negotiator insists</b>

    The Screen Actors Guild is not hankering for a strike against the film and TV industry this summer, according to Brian Walton, the guild's chief negotiator.