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    The Real Oscars

    The Oscars are less than three weeks away, but we just can't wait that long.  Secret Agent Man presents the Sammy Awards.

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    Readers Share Their 'Back Stage' Stories

    Thanks, Back Stage readers, for your kind words in celebration of our 50th anniversary. We couldn't have come this far without you. Here's to the next 50 years!

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    The Wrong Method

    Al Pacino once said an acting teacher can ruin an actor. It's one of the most delicate things to instruct, and there are so many hacks out there, you have to be very careful whom you hire.

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    Comedy Clubs

    The following is a list of various comedy clubs throughout the United States. Some may have open mike nights, while others may only book established comedians through talent bookers.

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    How To Get Cast in Family Theater

    Kids are the best audience you’ll ever have. They’ll let you know instantly if you have them enthralled by listening intently, and if you don’t, the wiggles, the giggles, and the talking will start.

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    Artistically Inclined, College in Mind

    While I know artistry and commercialism don't have to be mutually exclusive in this business, it seems like you have to be good-looking, charming, and tremendously social to even be seen.

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    Watching Movies on a Budget

    As awards season sweeps in every year, I immediately start scheming how I can see as many movies as possible for as little money as possible.

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    A Chance to Kick Up My White Boots

    We're at Mile High Stadium in Denver. At that moment I was standing in a long line of hundreds of pretty girls, all waiting anxiously. 

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    Pretending It's Chocolate

    I don't have 'showmances' as a rule. Getting involved with your romantic opposite is not only messy, it is a breach of a professional relationship—one which inevitably interferes with your performance.

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    Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company: Serenade/The Proposition

    In its New York premiere, the pithy 60-minute work is splendidly rendered by the remarkably diverse and talented Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.