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    Down With the Real People

    When Irish actor Stephen Rea was shooting The Crying Game, he played opposite non-actor Jaye Davidson.

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    Restless Jester

    Actor and clown Bill Irwin arrives for an interview in American Conservatory Theater's conference room wearing a baseball cap and sweatshirt. Tall, rangy, and blue-eyed, his Irish lineage evident in his fair complexion and clean-cut features, he might be mistaken for a Little League coach but for the dog-eared ...

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    Really Scared

    I recently watched a perfectly good stage actor indicate fear and horror by bugging out his eyes. I couldn't really blame him. Playing panic convincingly was always one of my Achilles' heels, too. I remember in one screwball comedy, no matter how much I tried to imagine that I ...

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    Now and Then

    Something happened to Christina Ricci since the last time I spoke to her—and it's not just that she blossomed from an awkward, flippant 17-year-old into a buxom, poised young woman. Ricci found a sincere respect for acting—a dramatic turn from a few years back.

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    Clark Middleton & Christopher Thornton

    Actor Clark Middleton describes himself as "one ear short of being bionic." The proud owner of new hips, knees, and a shoulder—replaced due to rheumatoid arthritis—was just recovering from surgery a few years ago when playwright John Belluso handed him the script for his new piece, The Body ...

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    Pilar Padilla: Over Borders, Over Frontiers

    It's hard enough trying to land a leading role in your film debut. Now imagine auditioning for your first film role, to be played mostly in a language you don't speak. You might say Mexican actor Pilar Padilla was an unlikely choice to play the lead in Ken ...

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    Mare Winningham & Dennis Christopher

    Sometimes hit plays start or stay in L.A., but quite often they come from elsewhere—from London or New York or Chicago, or all the above. When they do make it here, awards and acclaim in tow, it's not unheard of for original or previous producers, cast, star ...

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    A Class of Touch

    If you've ever attended an acting conservatory, you're probably familiar with the Alexander Technique, a system of body alignment and correct posture and movement; most comprehensive training programs include it. If not, you may have wondered exactly what it is and why it's considered by many to ...

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    Andrew Ableson & Jeff Sugarman

    Andrew Ableson and Jeff Sugarman, currently appearing in Orson's Shadow at the Black Dahlia Theatre—as, respectively, Kenneth Tynan and Laurence Olivier—each carved out an impressive resumé prior to relocating to Los Angeles. Ableson, an English native with a background in multimedia performance, has numerous London stage credits ...

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    Obstacle Course

    We're all familiar with that important actor's tool, the objective, but don't forget the other "O" word: obstacles. Obstacles go hand in hand with objectives but are less frequently discussed, perhaps even misunderstood.