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    Chita Chats: First in Actors' Series

    All paid-up Equity members are invited to a free chat with two-time Tony winner Chita Rivera Thurs., May 10 at the Equity Building, located at 165 W. 46th St. According to Equity President Patrick Quinn, who will host the event, the chat will touch on "her insights on how she ...

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    Life Is A Dream

    "Life Is a Dream," presented by and at A Noise Within, 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Repertory schedule. $16-40. (323) 953-7795.

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    Numerous Women

    Picture this: a play set in and warped Anthony Burgess-like prison, devised for men who have abused women and can only escape by producing an artistic masterpiece or resigning themselves to the mind-numbing pleasures of nail polish remover.

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    The Gardens of Frau Hess

    "The Gardens of Frau Hess," currently on stage at the Jewish Repertory Theatre, draws upon a footnote of history concerning Ilse Hess (wife of Nazi leader Rudolph Hess) and her Jewish gardener.

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    The Great Debate— Resolved: The American Musical Has Entered a New Golden Age

    There certainly seem to be more new musicals than ever before on American stages from sea to shining sea. From Broadway's newest smash hits, "The Producers" and "The Full Monty," to Disney's long-running triple crown of "Aida," "Beauty and the Beast," and "The Lion King," to scrappy Off- ...

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    Rice Boy

    "Rice Boy," presented by Taper, Too at the Actors' Gang, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Tues.-Sun. 8 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 2 p.m. Apr. 26-May 13. $20. (213) 628-2772.

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    DCA Diced 62%: Mayor Again Slashes Arts Program Grants

    New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has continued his financial assault on not-for-profit arts programs, proposing that grants be slashed by nearly 62% overall, with theatre and dance companies suffering higher cuts.

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    Best Plays Gets New Editor

    Theatre critic Jeffrey Eric Jenkins has been named editor of "Best Plays." Former editors Otis L. Guernsey Jr. and Henry Hewes will serve as consultants to Jenkins, who is the chairman of the American Theatre Critics Association, a journalist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and a former writer for Back Stage ...

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    3Hree

    "3hree," presented by Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown L.A. $35-70. Tues.-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 & 8 p.m., Sun. 2 & 7:30 p.m. Apr. 25-June 10. (213)628-2772.

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    Hello, Again to <I>Hello Again</I>

    British critics—usually so astute in judging the worth of new plays—seem to get flummoxed when presented with a new musical. (They're quite comfortable with old ones, presumably because they already know them, hence the predictably lavish praise heaped on the predictable and lavish National Theatre production of ...