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    Franks' Ballpark

    Jerry Franks knows the talent business from both sides: He worked for a time as an agent for Metropolitan Talent, though he's best known as the award-winning casting director of Bagdad Caf and as the former head of talent at 20th Century Fox

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    Cabaret Crushed by Loan Arraignment

    Shakespeare and cabaret usually don't intertwine, but the spectacular rise and fall of John Jerome, a.k.a. John Loan, a man called both an embezzler of millions and one of cabaret's great supporters somehow seems to possess the very dimensions of Shakespearean tragedy.

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    SAG candidate Harper: Masur on Gilbert stump

    Screen Actors Guild presidential candidate Valerie Harper has accused former guild president Richard Masur of going back on his word by campaigning openly for her main opponent, Melissa Gilbert, in SAG's upcoming national election rerun.

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    <b>Drama Dispatch: Feb. 22, 2002</b>: 'Bea Arthur on Broadway'; 'Maria del Bosco'; 'All Over' (McCarter Theater)

    Bea Arthur takes it easy, Richard Foreman confuses, and Edward Albee reigns supreme in New York and New Jersey.

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    Egoyan To Head Berlin Fest Jury

    Canadian director Atom Egoyan will head the jury at the 53rd Berlin International Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday. The fest funs Feb. 6-16.

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    Slates set for SAG H'wood vote

    Here we go again.

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    Soul, Synergy, Silliness, and Sophistication

    One of the songs Veronica Klaus has written for herself is "Dirty Little Secret." When she delivered it some weeks back in her Queer @ Here show, "At Ease: A Soul Cabaret for Trying Times," it seemed like one of the ways she's found to wink at her background: She ...

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    Raisin

    "Raisin," presented by International City Theatre at the Center Theater in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Feb. 7-Mar. 9. $32-40. (562) 436-4610.

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    SAG Responds To Anti-Mergerites And WIPO

    Actors signing a petition opposed to the SAG-AFTRA merger "are misinformed," according to John Sucke, executive director of the Screen Actors Guild's New York office. Sucke rebutted the document's major implications in a Back Stage interview on Mon., Feb.