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    David Greenspan Discusses Playing All Eight Characters in 'The Patsy'

    During the last few months, an undisputed New York theater highlight was David Greenspan taking on all eight roles in the Transport Group's revival of "The Patsy."

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    How to Create Digital Effects for Your Film Project

    If you're thinking about adding effects to your work and don't know where to begin, here are a few types of basic effects to consider.

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    Larry Strauss

    Former pet supply distributor and actor Larry Strauss is a big believer in second chances.

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    Are Actors Swayed by Other Performers?

    When playing a classical or other oft-performed role, to what degree do actors find themselves influenced—intentionally or unintentionally—by the performances of others?

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    Zack Zublena ... Got the Part

    Actors using Back Stage will spend countless hours looking at casting notices. Sometimes, though, all the actor has to do is upload a strong résumé, and the director will find him.

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    Bukowski and Popsicles in a Hollywood Meeting

    I'm sitting across from one of the biggest directors in Hollywood, and he's trying desperately to remember the name of a film.  "Carla?  What's the name of that picture?  You know, about the pirates?"

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    Yikes!

    When you hear that an actor is burned out, it usually means he's been working on a successful series for way too many seasons and is physically and mentally exhausted.

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    Novation Launch Provides Portable Audio Options

    With eight factory templates and eight more user templates, you could have as many as 448 controls in your arsenal at any one time—not too bad for a device that measures just a little over 9.5 inches long and 4.6 inches wide.

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    Welcome to the Theater

    Aside from always being on time and always being thoroughly prepared and doing your best, it's kind of up to the gods. The rest you have absolutely no control over.

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    If You Hear From the IRS

    Everybody dreads getting mail from the Internal Revenue Service. If you do, never hesitate to open it. You would be surprised how many taxpayers put the envelope aside out of fear.