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    Laura Kenny Quite a Character

    If Laura Kenny had been around in 1930s and '40s Hollywood, it's a good bet that this mainstay of Seattle's theatre scene would have been cast in the kind of roles that kept Marjorie Main, Marie Dressler, Thelma Ritter, and other such successful character actresses in demand. As ...

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    Theatrical at Heart

    What on earth is it about ABBA? Is it the buoyancy of the music—its shameless, unadulterated pop-ness? The fanciful, shiny, out-there costumes? The beat? The fantastic fusion of the voices of the four members—Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, and Agnetha Faltskog? Some people may scoff, but anyone ...

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    Billy Dee Williams Revisited

    It's been a while since Billy Dee Williams has shaken things up on-screen, but his latest performance in Jordan Walker-Pearlman's distinguished first film, The Visit, due in theatres next month, should remind audiences just how effective this actor can be when given strong material. He was recently nominated ...

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    Dark Man Lightens Up

    Dark and twisted may best describe the films of Sam Raimi—in terms of settings, as well as plots. From the bizarre and bloody camp of his Evil Dead trilogy to the backwoods thrillers A Simple Plan and the soon-to-be-released The Gift, Raimi's reputation has been built in the ...

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    Not Done Yet

    ack Stage West recently went backstage with Nora Dunn, who was in the midst of rehearsals for George Furth's reworked play Precious Sons. Dunn portrays a wife and mother of two in this darkly comic story set in the late 1940s. The play debuted on Broadway four years ago ...

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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.