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    Lauren Graham Close to the Source

    For actress Lauren Graham, the role of Lorelai Gilmore in the critically acclaimed TV show The Gilmore Girls is just the kind of character she had been looking for. Graham portrays a 32-year-old single mother of an independent and cerebral 16-year-old. Lorelai walks the thin divide between friend and parent ...

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    House Rules

    If you're interested in working in interactive theatre, you'll be glad to know that the actors I talked to—who have worked, respectively, in Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding in Los Angeles and San Francisco, in Shear Madness, and in Teatro Zinzanni—enjoy their jobs thoroughly.

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    Sick Savings

    In the category of medical expenses, just about every dollar you spend can be deducted, but there are some exceptions and income limitations to consider. All doctors' visits are deductible: medical doctors, dentists, eye doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, physical therapists, chiropractors, and even acupuncturists.

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    New Year's Resolutions

    So this is the real new millennium. To celebrate, I asked a random group of West Coast actors to come up with a New Year's resolution or wish related to their acting. Here are their responses, ranging from the personal to the political. Maybe some of them will inspire ...

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    Back Stage welcomes letters on performing arts issues. All letters should include the writer's address and phone number, are subject to editing, and must be limited to 250

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    David Morse Embracing the Dark

    When David Morse first read the script for Lars Von Trier's musical feature Dancer in the Dark, the actor could not imagine himself as the character Von Trier had him in mind for. Though Morse definitely has played his share of problematic characters—such as John Booth, a paroled ...

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    LETTERS

    Back Stage welcomes letters on performing arts issues. Each letter should include the writer's address and phone number, is subject to editing, and must be limited to 250

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    The Character and I

    Recently, when I was interviewing Royal Shakespeare Company actor Monica Dolan, she made a curious comment. "One of my directors taught me something very important," she said, "to always say 'she' when talking about the character. I find it useful. When you start doing what you would do in a ...