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    Company Koan

    The Odyssey Theatre's Ron Sossi is about to embark upon a long, adventurous journey, another of his odysseys. Sossi is looking for a few good men, and women, to join him on a voyage of discovery undertaken somewhat in the spirit of "We don't know where we're ...

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    Following Her Heart

    Gillian Anderson walked into the room, shook my hand, and sat down next to me for what would be one of her many interviews that day. She was taking her Sunday off from work on The X-Files to talk about her latest role in Terence Davies' film adaptation of Edith ...

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    Balancing Act

    He is leading an exhausting life, for which he sounds extremely grateful. Co-starring on television's popular and critical hit The West Wing (playing Leo McGarry, the White House chief of staff), John Spencer wakes up at 4 a.m. and heads to Warner Bros., where he works from 6 ...

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    Ione Skye & Jon Cryer

    Back Stage West recently went out on the town with Jon Cryer and Ione Skye, who currently co-star in the independent feature Went to Coney Island on a Mission From God... Be Back by Five, a story based on a personal experience by Cryer. The film marks Cryer's second ...

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    Justin Whalin & Zoe McLellan

    Justin Whalin and Zoe McLellan, who co-star in the new adventure film Dungeons & Dragons, recently sat down for a chat with Back Stage West to share their experiences surviving as actors in Los Angeles.

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    Count on Him

    This year has been very good to Mark Ruffalo. To Ruffalo's delight, he's receiving great feedback from audiences and critics—a number of whom have put him at the tops of their best actors lists for his performance opposite Laura Linney as an estranged loner who reconnects with ...

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    Making Her Mark

    Beth Henley was depressed. The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright had reached that point in her life we all eventually come to, where we try to figure out the meaning of life and what the hell we're doing on this planet, anyway. Henley and a friend had been having dinner at ...

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    On the Job

    Ned Beatty has about as many faces as the characters he's played—from a bumbling small-time politico in Robert Altman's 1975 film Nashville to the despotic head of a struggling broadcast company in Sidney Lumet's Network (earning Beatty his only Oscar nomination) to Lex Luthor's right-hand ...

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    Scary Business

    Shakespeare did it. So did Molière and Harold Pinter, David Mamet and Sam Shepard. Even Tennessee Williams took his turn on the stage, late in his career. So it shouldn't surprise knowledgeable audiences at Houston's Alley Theatre that an actor they saw twice has returned—as a playwright.

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    Scary Parts

    The first image that pops into my head when I think of Willem Dafoe is the scene in David Lynch's 1990 dark comedy Wild at Heart in which Dafoe, as the white-trash criminal Bobby Peru, proceeds to simultaneously repulse, terrorize, and even seduce Laura Dern's naïve character, Lula ...