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    NY Acting Schools & Coaches

    Got books? Acting teachers' top picks on the best books. Plus Back Stage's comprehensive N.Y. coaching listing.

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    Spotlight on Agents: Reality Check

    Agent H. Shep Pamplin of Agents for the Arts said he couldn't stand it when an actor calls him and asks, " 'Can I send you a picture?' I'm not the post office. I can't stop you," Pamplin quipped. The audience laughed, as Pamplin offered another common scenario ...

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    Welcome to Hollywood

    This week's Spotlight is: Welcome to Hollywood.  Topics include deciding the right time to move, financing your arrival, the commercials market, and a revealing interview with Leslie Mann in which she talks about her days in Hollywood.

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    An L.A. State of Mind

    Shallow, superficial, self-involved, sprawling, segregated, smoggy, history-free and earthquake-prone, nipped and tucked and lifted and peeled, the place where the only cultural advantage is that you can make a right turn on a red light....

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    Spotlight on SAG: A Tribute

    Back Stage looks back -- and forward -- at SAG, detailing many of the union's special committees, reminiscing with former presidents, and finding out how actors snagged their SAG card.

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    Riding the Regional Circuit

    You may have moved to New York or Los Angeles from America's hinterlands to pursue a career as an actor, but if you don't have an agent or can't seem to land paying work consistently, your best bet -- ironically -- might be to move back.

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    Hail Britannia!

    Why would Americans travel across the ocean to Britain to study, starting anew in technique, living where one can barely understand the native speakers?

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    Agents and Managers Sound Off

    Let's get this out of the way quickly. Bona fide agents and managers are all gung ho on several points, starting with the fact that they never ask potential clients for money—for any purpose. Indeed, they do not receive funds from their signed clients either, short of a ...

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    Actors to Watch

    We set about choosing performers from film, TV, and stage we believed our readers should be watching out for in the next year.

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    Edge Odds and Ends

    AUGUSTA AND TWO OTHER RANDOM ACTS Only the program can prove these three disparate works came from the pen of a single writer. Cheryl Lilko certainly shows range and—in one case—depth, humor, and humanity. Wedding Date finds a woman (Stacy Marr) with a new boyfriend (Jon Malmed) needing ...