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    Work It Out

    According to casting director Kimberly R. Hardin, an actor's job is to bring himself to the material. "An actor can only do his take on it," she said. Then her job is to make that fit within the concept of the film: "One of the most important things about ...

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    California State University, Long Beach

    Film & Electronic Arts Dept.

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    A Lie Of The Mind

    "A Lie of the Mind," presented by and at Theatre 40, 241 Moreno Dr., Beverly Hills. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Mar. 2-Apr. 7. $15-18. (310) 364-0535.

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    Drama Dispatch: Sept. 30, 2002: 'Burn This'; 'Our Lady of 121st St.'; 'Little Ham'; 'Call the Children Home'

    Tales of urban love and loss achieve mixed results. Edward Norton stars in a Lanford Wilson revival. Comedy and tragedy are uneasy bedfellows in 'Our Lady.' Two musicals come up short.

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    Breakfast At Ephiphanies & Out of the Cupboard

    "Breakfast at Epiphanies & Out of the Cupboard," presented by Little Nosh at the Hollywood Court Theatre, 6817 Franklin Ave., Hollywood. Thurs. 8 p.m., Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 5 p.m. Sept. 19-Oct. 13. $15. (323) 219-9732.

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    Casting Ouch!

    As a service to protect our readers, this column is dedicated to exposing scams and other questionable incidents that occur at auditions and elsewhere. If you have experienced any suspicious occurrences during the auditioning process, please call the Back Stage West casting line at (323) 525-2358.

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    Andrew Prine & Richard Herd

    Reporting and photo by Jamie

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    New and Improved

    It's not always easy to spot trends in the sprawling, diverse theatre scene that springs up on stages all over Los Angeles each year, but 2001 handed us an obvious one: From the radically revised Flower Drum Song to a deaf-and-hearing interpretation of Big River, from a stunning in-the-round ...

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    11 projects in Sundance lab

    The Sundance Institute has tapped 11 projects for its annual screenwriters lab, to take place Jan. 4-9 at the Sundance Village in Park City, Utah.

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    SAG Actor Awards Watch

    K&H Integrity Voting Systems will handle the balloting process for the 8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Based in Everett, Wash., K&H, a union shop with more than 90 years experience in print communications, offers the SAG Awards state-of-the-art, by-mail secure balloting technology, including optical scanning rather than ...