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    Only the Sound

    "Only the Sound," Jenny Laird's new play that has just opened at the Chicago Dramatists, is the honest, rural memoir of Nathan, who suffers from a form of multiple sclerosis he inherited from his mother.

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    Playwright-Mentor Projects Taking Root

    Where is help when the young playwright needs it most? The answer can be found in mentor-playwright programs, which are becoming increasingly popular tools for theatre groups developing new plays and playwrights.

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    Music Men and Women Join 'Music Man' Boycott

    The planned national tour of "The Music Man" scheduled to open in Des Moines, Iowa, this October is having its share of trouble. Although the production will re-create Susan Stroman's direction and choreography from the revival that opened on the Main Stem last season, and is billed as a ...

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    Bright Ideas

    It is Genevra Bradley (Seana Kofoed) who says to her husband, Joshua (Paul Fitzgerald), "If there's one thing I learned from Martha Stewart -- you do not poison a guest."

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    SAG Names Pisano CEO

    The Screen Actors Guild has named A. Robert Pisano, a former senior executive at Paramount Pictures Corporation and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., as the union's new national executive director/chief executive officer.

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    Pageant

    "Pageant," presented by and at the Hudson Avenue Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Thu.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 & 7 p.m. Nov. 28-Dec. 28. $25. (323) 960-4420.

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    Laurie Lands in Fox Redo of 'Phoenix'

    Actor Hugh Laurie, who played Mr. Little in both "Stuart Little" installments, has joined the cast of 20th Century Fox's remake of "The Flight of the Phoenix."

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    The Back Stage Bargain Hunters

    Living in New York can be a tremendous strain on your finances, as out-of-control rent and outrageous Manhattan prices suck up every penny you scrape together. For starving artists and struggling performers, finding the best deals around is not just a matter of being a little thrifty-- it's an ...

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    Buried Treasure

    In less than a decade of making movies, Alan Tudyk has amassed a rather eclectic résumé, including a 14th century squire, a carnival con man, a space cowboy, a coke-addicted German stripper, a mental patient, a robot, and, yes, a man who thinks he's a pirate. "I guess people ...

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    Earthquake Sun

    "Earthquake Sun," presented by San Diego Repertory Theatre at the Lyceum Space, 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego. Tue. 7 p.m., Wed.-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 & 7 p.m. Apr. 17-May 16. $25.50-42.50. (619) 544-1000.