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    All of Her

    Great actors bring all of themselves to any role. In the case of Helen Mirren, that's a lot—decades of both wild living and sedate gardening, and a dizzyingly diverse career, from Shakespeare to soft porn, from itinerant avant-garde theatre to the BBC detective thriller she's still best ...

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    Quick-Change Artists

    Quick costume changes—which delight audiences and turn backstage into a living hell—are a common feature of contemporary plays. So says South Coast Repertory costume designer Shigeru Yaji. "A lot are written like screenplays," he explained, "so the times and places change with short scene after short scene."

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    Lesley Fera: Going Bold

    Lesley Fera has the prettiest dress. It's a long thing, a deep shade of red with a sheer black sheath over it, and it has that sort of smoky allure that only a few women can carry off.

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    Almost Famous

    The first thing you should know about Billy Crudup is that he has no intentions of selling out.

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    Wishing Well

    Last year at this time, for this column, I asked actors what their New Year's resolutions were. The responses were personal and varied. One actor talked about resolving to enter auditions as herself, not as who she felt she was expected to be. Another was determined to get cast ...

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    Telling Details

    Robert Altman wants you to see his films twice. Not that he's vain, or out to top the repeat-business box office of Harry Potter. It's just that this fiercely independent auteur—who's been directing films, television, and theatre since 1951—views filmmaking as a kind of layering ...

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    Anthony LaPaglia: Fortysomething

    Does an actor need a career strategy to have a career? Anthony LaPaglia is living proof that showing up and doing good, often great work in whatever medium will have him—film, television, stage—is enough to build a fine living as a working actor, and, not coincidentally, a reputation ...

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    Rodney Gilfry & Jason Graae

    The worlds of opera and musical theatre are generally regarded as quite separate, though the musical grew out of operetta, which grew out of opera. In an era in which such shows as Contact and The Car Man blur the line between dance theatre and traditional Broadway fare, musical productions ...

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    Chemistry Crash Course

    Two and a half years ago in this column I wrote about how to create onstage and onscreen romantic chemistry. I concluded that it was not something that just mysteriously happens between some lucky actors, like Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, although critics would have you believe that. I wrote ...

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    Standout Support

    Why isn't Don Cheadle a leading man? He's got the good looks, screen presence, and talent, certainly. It may be a color thing, in part—Hollywood seems to have an unwritten quota of African-American leading actors. But it may also be that Cheadle has proven himself such a ...