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    Spine

    "Spine," presented by Griffin Productions and Stevedore Productions at the Coast Playhouse, 8325 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m. Sept. 16-Oct. 21. $15-20. (323) 655-8587.

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    NYC Divvies CIG Funding

    The NYC fiscal year 2005 budget includes a partial breakdown of the $101.15 million going to the city's Cultural Institutions Group.

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    Close Encounters of a New York Kind

    "Close Encounters of a New York Kind," presented by 3 Kings Productions in the Elephant Performance Lab, 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Thurs.-Fri. 8 p.m. Oct. 4-26. $12. (323) 372-4688.

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    So Cal Plays Dominate Ashland Fest

    A strange coincidence happened when the reading committee selected the finalists for this year's Ashland New Plays Festival in Ashland, Ore. The festival received 200 submissions from all over the country.

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    Goulish Goings On, From 'Vampire' to Bard!

    There is no shortage of spectral outpourings--theatre-based spectral outpourings--to celebrate Halloween.

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    The Triangle Factory Fire Project

    TACT's only fully staged production of the season was the world premiere of "The Triangle Factory Fire Project," written by Christopher Piehler in collaboration with the company.

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    Underneath the Lintel

    Glen Berger's "Underneath the Lintel" is quirky; its restless heart renders it endearing. The story of a librarian (T. Ryder Smith) who stumbles upon a book 113 years overdue is practically David Ivesian; Berger's play, however, reveals a humanitarian voice.

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    SAG-AFTRA Talks Near With AMPTP

    Negotiations on a major new feature-film and television contract between actors and studio and network producers could begin as early as next week. The negotiating committees for the Screen Actors Guild and the American Feder-ation of Television and Radio Artists were meeting last week in Los Angeles in preparation for ...

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    Puppets Abound On Local Stages: A New Aesthetic?

    In "The Long Christmas Ride Home," a new play by Paula Vogel depicting a dysfunctional family whose kids grow up to be self-destructive and unlucky in love, it seems self-evident that a statement is being made about the troubled family (generically and specifically) and the long psychic shadow it casts ...

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    Mostly Sondheim

    Can we start dispensing superlatives right now? Musical theater doesn't get much better than this.